U.S. Navy Mine Warfare in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945

Minesweepers (AM, DMS)

by Hull Number


AM: Minsweepers
DMS: High-speed Minesweepers

Ships in red are not confirmed by photographic or textual research.
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Hull NumberNameClassCamouflage DesignDesign DatePaint DateNotes Other
AM-57AukAukAtlantic until August 1945
AM-58BroadbillAukAtlantic until August 1945
AM-59ChickadeeAukAtlantic until August 1945
AM-60NuthatchAukAtlantic until September 1945
AM-61PheasantAukAtlantic until May 1945
AM-62SheldrakeAuk32/1M10/21/44
AM-63SkylarkAukLost 4/28/45
AM-64StarlingAuk32/1M11/15/44
AM-65SwallowAuk32/1M10/6/44
AM-100HeedAuk32/1M6/27/44
AM-101HeraldAuk32/1M8/14/44*1
AM-102MotiveAuk32/1M
AM-103OracleAuk32/21D7/7/44
AM-104PilotAukAtlantic
AM-105PioneerAukAtlantic until February 1945
AM-106PortentAukNA - Lost 1/22/44
AM-107PrevailAukAtlantic until February 1945
AM-108PursuitAuk32/1M3/14/44
AM-109RequisiteAuk32/1M5/12/44
AM-110RevengeAuk32/1M5/12/44
AM-111SageAuk32/1M5/12/44
AM-112SeerAukAtlantic until March 1945
AM-113SentinelAukNA - Lost 7/10/43
AM-114StaffAukAtlantic
AM-115SkillAukNA - Lost 9/25/43
AM-116SpeedAukAtlantic until March 1945
AM-117StriveAukAtlantic until February 1945
AM-118SteadyAukAtlantic until February 1945
AM-119SustainAukAtlantic until February 1945
AM-120SwayAukAtlantic until January 1945
AM-121SwerveAukNA - Lost 7/9/44 at Anzio
AM-122SwiftAukAtlantic until January 1945
AM-123SymbolAukAtlantic until January 1945
AM-124ThreatAukAtlantic until January 1945
AM-125TideAukNA - Lost 6/7/44 at Normandy
AM-126TokenAuk32/21D7/7/44
AM-127TumultAuk32/21D7/7/44
AM-128VelocityAuk32/21D7/7/44
AM-131ZealAuk32/1M6/27/44
AM-136AdmirableAdmirable32/21D5/13/446/10/44Transferred to USSR 7/18/45
AM-137AdoptAdmirable32/21D5/13/44
AM-138AdvocateAdmirableTransferred to USSR 6/25/43
AM-139AgentAdmirableTransferred to USSR 7/10/43
AM-140AlarmAdmirableTransferred to USSR 8/5/43
AM-141AlchemyAdmirableTrnsferred to USSR 8/11/43
AM-142ApexAdmirableTransferred to USSR 8/17/43
AM-143ArcadeAdmirableTransferred to USSR 8/26/43
AM-144ArchAdmirableTransferred to USSR 9/6/43
AM-145ArmadaAdmirableTransferred to USSR 9/16/43
AM-146AspireAdmirableTransferred to USSR 9/29/43
AM-147AssailAdmirableTransferred to USSR 10/5/43
AM-148AstuteAdmirable32/21D1/29/44Transferred to USSR 7/18/45
AM-149AuguryAdmirable32/21DTransferred to USSR 7/18/45
AM-150BarrierAdmirableTransferred to USSR 7/18/45
AM-151BombardAdmirableTransferred to USSR 7/18/45
AM-152BondAdmirable32/21D5/13/44Transferred to USSR 8/17/45
AM-153BouyantAdmirable32/21D5/13/44
AM-154CandidAdmirable32/21D5/13/4411/20/44
AM-155CapableAdmirable32/21D5/13/44Transferred to USSR 8/16/45
AM-156CaptivateAdmirable32/21D2/7/443/4/44
AM-157CaravanAdmirable32/21D2/7/44Transferred to USSR 8/16/45.
AM-158CautionAdmirable32/21D2/7/44
AM-160ClamourAdmirable32/21D3/25/44*2
AM-161ClimaxAdmirable32/21D3/25/44*2
AM-162CompelAdmirable32/21D3/25/445/22/44*2
AM-163ConciseAdmirable32/22D4/14/44*2
AM-164ControlAdmirable32/22D4/14/44*2
AM-165CounselAdmirable32/22D4/14/44*2
AM-218DensityAdmirable32/21D5/26/44
AM-219DesignAdmirableNAYF
AM-220DeviceAdmirable32/21D6/11/44
AM-221DiplomaAdmirable32/21D6/11/44
AM-222DisdainAdmirable32/22D
AM-223DourAdmirable32/22D11/7/44
AM-224EagerAdmirable32/22D11/7/44
AM-232ExecuteAdmirable32/22D9/14/4411/10/44*3
AM-233FacilityAdmirable32/21D9/26/44
AM-234FancyAdmirable32/22D9/14/4412/13/44*3
AM-235FixityAdmirable32/23D9/26/44
AM-238GarlandAdmirable32/21D9/1/44
AM-239GayetyAdmirable32/22D8/22/44
AM-240HazardAdmirable32/22D9/14/4410/31/44*3
AM-241HilarityAdmirable32/21D9/26/44
AM-242InauguralAdmirable32/22D9/26/442/6/45
AM-259LucidAdmirable32/22D
AM-264MethodAdmirable32a/21DTransferred to USSR 5/21/45
AM-267NotableAdmirable32/21D12/12/44
AM-270PalisadeAdmirable16/ for AM-2704/17/44Transferred to USSR May 22, 1945
AM-270PalisadeAdmirable32/21D12/9/44
AM-271PenetrateAdmirable32/21D12/9/44
AM-272PerilAdmirable32/21D12/9/44
AM-280ProwessAdmirableNAYF
AM-281QuestAdmirable32/23D (rev)10/6/4411/23/44
AM-282RampartAdmirable32/23D (rev)10/6/4412/21/44
AM-283RansomAdmirable32/22D9/27/4410/18/44
AM-284RebelAdmirable32/22D9/27/4410/18/44
AM-285RecruitAdmirableComm. 2/28/45
AM-286RefreshAdmirableComm. 4/10/45
AM-294SaluteAdmirable32/21D3/4/44
AM-296ScoutAdmirable32/21D2/8/44
AM-297ScrimmageAdmirable32/21D3/6/44
AM-298ScuffleAdmirable32/21D4/1/44
AM-299SentryAdmirable32/21D4/1/44
AM-300SereneAdmirable32/21D4/1/44
AM-301ShelterAdmirable32/21D4/1/44
AM-302SignetAdmirable32/21D4/28/44
AM-303SkirmishAdmirable32/21D4/29/44
AM-304ScurryAdmirable32/21D4/29/44
AM-305SpectacleAdmirable32/22D7/25/44
AM-306SpecterAdmirable32/22D7/25/44
AM-307StaunchAdmirable32/22D7/25/44
AM-311SuperiorAdmirable32/22D
AM-315ChiefAuk32/1M10/30/44
AM-319GladiatorAuk32/1M
AM-323TriumphAuk32/1M
AM-324VigilanceAuk32/1M
AM-340ArdentAuk32/1M
AM-361DunlinAdmirable32/22D11/8/44
AM-362GadwallAdmirable32/22D11/8/44
AM-375PochardAuk32/1M11/7/44
AM-376PtarmiganAuk32/1M12/7/44
AM-377QuailAuk32/1M11/7/44
AM-378RedstartAuk32/1M11/7/44Comm. 4/4/45.
AM-379RoselleAuk32/1M12/26/44
AM-383SurfbirdAuk32/1M10/31/445/3/45
AM-384SprigAuk33a/1M11/29/44
AM-387ToucanAuk32/1M10/31/442/6/45
DMS-1DorseyDorsey32/7D8/23/44Converted from DD-117
DMS-2LambertonDorseyConverted from DD-119, AG-21 6/5/45
DMS-3BoggsDorseyConverted from DD-136, AG-19 6/5/45
DMS-4ElliotDorseyConverted from DD-146, AG-104 6/6/45
DMS-5PalmerDorseyConverted from DD-161, Lost 1/1/45
DMS-6HoganDorseyConverted from DD-178, AG-105 6/5/45
DMS-7HowardDorseyConverted from DD-179, AG-106 6/5/45
DMS-8StansburyDorseyConverted from DD-180, AG-107 6/5/45
DMS-9ChandlerChandlerConverted from DD-206, AG-108 6/5/45
DMS-10SouthardChandler32/7D6/17/44Converted from DD-207
DMS-11HoveyChandler32/7D6/17/44Converted from DD-208
DMS-12LongChandlerConverted from DD-209. Lost 1/6/45
DMS-13HopkinsChandler32/7DConverted from DD-249
DMS-14ZaneChandler32/7D10/4/44Converted from DD-337, AG-109 6/5/45
DMS-15WasmuthChandlerNA - Lost 12/27/42. Converted from DD-338
DMS-16TrevorChandlerConverted from DD-339, AG-110 6/4/45
DMS-17PerryChandlerConverted from DD-340. Lost 9/13/44 Peleliu
DMS-18HamiltonDorsey32/7DConverted from DD-141
DMS-19EllysonEllyson32a/22D12/5/4412/17/44*4Converted from DD-454
DMS-20HambletonEllyson32a/22D12/5/4412/18/44*4Converted from DD-455
DMS-21RodmanEllyson32a/22D12/5/4412/17/44*4Converted from DD-456
DMS-22EmmonsEllyson32a/29D12/5/44Converted from DD-457
DMS-23MacombEllyson32a/29DConverted from DD-458
DMS-24ForrestEllyson32a/29D12/6/44Converted from DD-461
DMS-25FitchEllyson32a/29D12/6/44Converted from DD-462
DMS-26HobsonEllyson32a/29DConverted from DD-464
DMS-27JeffersEllyson32/25D11/4/44*5Converted from DD-621
DMS-28HardingEllyson32/3D (rev)12/17/44*6Converted from DD-625
DMS-29ButlerEllyson32a/29D12/5/44Converted from DD-636
DMS-30GherardiEllyson32a/29D12/5/44Converted from DD-637
DMS-31MervineEllysonConverted from DD-489 on 5/30/45
DMS-32QuickEllysonConverted from DD-490 on 6/23/45

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.
No assignment yet found.
Indicates date commissioned, if after 1/1/45, ship may not have worn Measure 31-32-33 while commissioned. Exceptions were landing craft in Measure 31.

Footnotes

AM-101 was sent 31/1M on 6/24/44, but on 7/12/44 requested camouflage instructions from BuShips, so BuShips resent drawing 32/1M on 8/14/44 to Pearl Harbor to use on AM-101.
AM-160 thru AM-165 were originally sent 32/1F on 3/6/44 and 3/7/44, but that was probably in error. Later, AM-160 thru AM-162 were sent 32/21D on 3/25/44 and AM-163 thru AM-165 were sent 32/22D on 4/14/44.
AM-232, AM-234 and AM-240 were sent 32/22D, but with vertical colors of light gray (5-L) and navy blue (5-N); which should probably have been labeled Measue 32a.
DMS-19, DMS-20 and DMS-21 were sent drawing 32a/29D on 12/5/44, but by 12/17/44 and 12/18/44 were painted in a version of 22D, probably 32a/22D for which the drawing is yet to be found. It is possible that the version of 22D was labeled 29D.
A 11/4/44 speedletter to New York Navy Yard directed DMS-27 to paint an adapted 32/25D, later on 12/6/44 DMS-27 was sent drawing 32a/29D.
DMS-28 was sent drawing 32a/29D on 12/6/44 but painted in 32/3D reversed by 12/17/44.
Dazzle - Minesweepers (AM, DMS) by Hull Number