U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945

Fleet Carriers (CV, CVL)

by Hull Number


CV: Includes pre-war and war-built Essex classes.
CVL: Light carriers built on light cruiser hulls.

Ships in red are not confirmed by photographic or textual research.
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View by Design Number
Hull NumberNameClassCamouflage DesignDesign DatePaint DateNotes Other
CV-2LexingtonLexingtonN/A - Lost 5/8/42
CV-3SaratogaLexington32/11A
CV-4RangerRanger33/1A
CV-5YorktownYorktownN/A - Lost 6/7/42
CV-6EnterpriseYorktown33/4Ab
CV-8HornetYorktownNA - Lost 10/27/42
CV-9EssexEssex32/10D12/4/43
CV-10YorktownEssex33/10A1/26/446/5/44
CV-11IntrepidEssex32/3ADamaged by Kamikaze 11/25/44.
CV-12HornetEssex33/3A11/27/4312/27/43
CV-13FranklinEssex32/6A12/9/431/4/44*1Later 32/3A port and 32/6A starboard.
CV-14TiconderogaEssex33/10A3/8/44
CV-15RandolphEssex32/17A17/24/44
CV-16LexingtonEssexRemained in Measure 21
CV-17Bunker HillEssex32/6A1/19/44Severely damaged, but not sunk 5/11/45.
CV-18WaspEssex33/10A
CV-19HancockEssex32/3A7/1/44
CV-20BenningtonEssex32/17A212/1/44
CV-20BenningtonEssex32/17A16/28/44
CV-21BoxerEssexNA - Commissioned 4/16/45
CVL-22IndependenceIndependence33/8A1/7/444/5/44
CVL-23PrincetonIndependence32/7ALost 10/24/44
CVL-24Belleau WoodIndependence33/3D
CVL-25CowpensIndependence32/7A
CVL-26MontereyIndependence33/3D
CVL-27LangleyIndependenceRemained in Measure 21
CVL-28CabotIndependenceRemained in Measure 21
CVL-29BataanIndependence32/8A12/16/43
CVL-30San JacintoIndependence33/7A11/15/43
CV-31Bon Homme RichardEssex32/17A2
CV-32LeyteEssexNA - Commissioned 4/11/46
CV-33KearsargeEssexNA - Commissioned 3/2/46
CV-34OriskanyEssexNA - Commissioned 9/25/50
CV-36AntietamEssex32/17A210/13/44
CV-37PrincetonEssexNA - Commissioned 11/18/45
CV-38Shangri-LaEssex33/10A
CV-39Lake ChamplainEssexNA - Commissioned 6/3/45
CV-40TarawaEssexNA - Commissioned 12/8/45

Notation

Indicates the date that the Bureau of Ships sent to the ship or shipyard drawings and instructions to paint that camouflage design. That directive was usually followed and camouflage completion photos were returned to the Bureau. For the rows that are marked red, no verification memos or photos have yet been found.
Indicates the earliest date that memos or photos confirm painting in that design.
Not applicable.

Footnotes

CV-13 commissioned on January 4, 1944, wearing camouflage design 32/6A on both port and starboard, but three months later repainted the port (the District Camouflage Officer determined Design 6A was too dark on the port) using a modified drawing 32/3A while retaining 32/6A on the starboard side. Severely damaged by bombs 3/19/45 CV-13 did not return to the war.
Dazzle - Fleet Carriers (CV, CVL) by Hull Number