U.S. Navy Destroyers in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945

Porter & Somers Classes

by Hull Number


Both classes were designed to be squadron leaders with three twin 5-inch gun mounts. There were 8 torpedo tubes on Porter, and 12 torpedo tubes on Somers.

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
DD-356PorterPorterNA - Sunk 10/26/42
DD-357SelfridgePorter32/22D3/26/44*1
DD-357SelfridgePorter32/3D*2When in Atlantic
DD-358McDougalPorter32/3D*2
DD-359WinslowPorter32/3D*2
DD-360PhelpsPorter32/3D*2
DD-361ClarkPorter32/3D*2
DD-362MoffettPorter32/3D8/29/44*2, *3
DD-363BalchPorter32/3D (rev)9/20/44*4
DD-381SomersSomers32/3D*2
DD-383WarringtonSomers32/3D*2
DD-394SampsonSomers32/3D9/6/44*2, *5
DD-395DavisSomers32/3D*2
DD-396JouettSomers32/3D1/9/45*2

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.
Not applicable.

Footnotes

Reassigned to a new Design by the Bureau of Ships 6/10/44 memo to ComServPac that listed ships that had been reassigned from the 10/11/43 letter #0937.
A July 19, 1944 letter #02098 from CinCLant requested BuShips to paint all Atlantic Fleet destroyers in camouflage 32/3D during each ship's next shipyard overhaul.
An October 24, 1944 memo from Boston Shipyard to the Bureau of Ships reported DD-362 was painted in 32/3D using an adapted DD-421 drawing on 8/29/44.
An October 24, 1944 memo from Boston Shipyard to the Bureau of Ships reported DD-363 was painted in 32/3D (reversed) on 9/20/44.
An October 24, 1944 memo from Boston Shipyard to the Bureau of Ships reported DD-394 was painted in 32/3D using an adapted DD-421 drawing on 9/6/44.
Dazzle - Porter & Somers Classes by Hull Number