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

Destroyers

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Benson Class

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War-built destroyers divided into two sub-classes--some carried five 5-inch guns and 5 torpedo tubes, and others had four 5-inch guns and 10 torpedo tubes.

Ships in red are not confirmed by photographic or textual research.
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Hull NumberNameClassCamouflage DesignDesign DatePaint DateNotes Other
DD-421BensonBenson32/3D*1
DD-422MayoBenson32/3D*1
DD-423GleavesGleaves32/3D*1
DD-424NiblackGleaves32/3D (rev)*1
DD-425MadisonBenson32/3D*1
DD-426LansdaleBensonNA - Lost 4/20/44
DD-427Hilary P. JonesBenson32/3D*1
DD-428Charles F. HughesBenson32/3D*1
DD-429LivermoreGleaves32/3D11/15/4412/7/44*1
DD-430EberleGleaves32/3D11/15/44*1
DD-431PlunkettGleaves32/3D*1
DD-432KearnyGleaves32/3D*1
DD-433GwinGleavesNA - Lost 7/13/43
DD-434MeredithGleavesNA - Lost 10/15/42
DD-435GraysonGleaves32/16D8/9/44*2
DD-436MonssenGleavesNA - Lost 11/13/42
DD-437WoolseyGleaves32/3D*1
DD-438LudlowGleaves32/3D*1
DD-439EdisonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-440EricssonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-441WilkesGleaves32/3D*1
DD-442NicholsonGleaves31/16D8/9/44
DD-443SwansonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-444IngrahamGleavesNA - Lost 8/22/44
DD-453BristolGleavesNA - Lost 10/13/43
DD-454EllysonGleavesDMS-19 11/15/44
DD-455HambletonGleavesDMS-20 11/15/44
DD-456RodmanGleavesDMS-21 11/15/44
DD-457EmmonsGleavesDMS-22 11/15/44
DD-458MacombGleavesDMS-23 11/15/44
DD-459LaffeyBensonNA - Lost 11/13/42
DD-460WoodworthBenson31/6D6/5/446/11/44*2
DD-461ForrestGleavesDMS-24 11/15/44
DD-462FitchGleavesAssigned Atlantic until DMS-25 11/15/44
DD-463CorryGleavesNA - Lost 6/6/44
DD-464HobsonGleavesAssigned Atlantic until DMS-26 11/15/44
DD-484BuchananGleaves31/3D6/5/44*2
DD-486LansdowneGleaves31/3D9/1/44*2
DD-487LardnerGleaves32/3D8/1/44*2
DD-488McCallaGleaves31/3D8/18/44*2
DD-489MervineGleaves32/3D*1DMS-31 5/39/45
DD-490QuickGleaves32/3D*1DMS-32 6/23/45
DD-491FarenholtBenson32/3D*2
DD-492BaileyBenson31/6D7/3/448/20/44*2
DD-493CarmickGleavesAssigned Atlantic then DMS-33 6/23/45
DD-494DoyleGleaves32/3D*1
DD-495EndicottGleaves32/3D*1
DD-496McCookGleaves32/3D*1
DD-497FrankfordGleaves32/3D*1
DD-598BancroftBenson31/6D7/10/44*2
DD-600BoyleBenson32/3D9/23/44*1
DD-601ChamplinBenson32/3D (rev)9/23/44*1
DD-602MeadeBenson31/6D7/3/449/11/44*2
DD-603MurphyBenson32/3D*1
DD-604ParkerBenson32/3D9/23/44*1
DD-605CaldwellBenson32/23D*2
DD-606CoghlanBenson31/6D*2
DD-607FrazierBenson32/23D4/15/44*2
DD-608GansevoortBenson31/6D5/5/44*2
DD-609GillespieBenson32/23D7/21/44
DD-610HobbyBenson31/6D7/20/44
DD-611KalkBenson32/23D7/26/44
DD-612KendrickBenson32/3D (rev)9/23/44*1
DD-613LaubBenson32/3D*1
DD-614MackenzieBenson32/3D9/23/44*1
DD-615McLanahanBenson32/3D (rev)9/23/44*1
DD-616NieldsBenson32/3D9/23/44*1
DD-617OrdronauxBenson32/3D (rev)9/23/44*1
DD-618DavisonGleavesAssigned Atlantic then DMS-37 6/8/45
DD-619EdwardsGleaves32/16D7/24/44*2
DD-620GlennonGleavesNA - Lost 6/10/44 at Normandy
DD-621JeffersGleavesDMS-27 11/15/44
DD-622MaddoxGleavesNA - Lost 7/10/43
DD-623NelsonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-624BaldwinGleaves32/3D*1
DD-625HardingGleavesDMS-28 11/15/44
DD-626SatterleeGleaves32/3D*1
DD-627ThompsonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-628WellesGleaves31/3D8/1/44
DD-632CowieGleaves32/3D*1
DD-633KnightGleaves32/3D*1
DD-634DoranGleaves32/3D11/15/44*1
DD-635EarleGleavesAssigned Atlantic then DMS-42 6/23/45
DD-636ButlerGleaves32/3D*1DMS-29 11/15/44
DD-637GherardiGleaves*1DMS-30 11/15/44
DD-638HerndonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-639ShubrickGleaves32/3D*1
DD-640BeattyGleavesNA - Lost 11/6/43
DD-641TillmanGleaves32/3D*1
DD-645StevensonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-646StocktonGleaves32/3D*1
DD-647ThornGleaves32/16D6/10/446/30/44
DD-648TurnerGleavesNA - Lost 1/3/44 in Measure 22

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

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.
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.