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


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for CL-55

Design 1D

for CL-55

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CL-55
Measure 32
Cleveland (CL-55)Houston (CL-81)
Miami (CL-89)

Measure 33
Columbia (CL-56)

The composite design drawing for Measure 32/1D for the Cleveland class light cruisers drawn up probably in August 1943. The style of this drawing indicate that this was an early design drawing. No specific colors were identified on this drawing. The standard Measure 32 colors were light gray (5-L) and dull black (BK) on vertical surfaces with a pattern of ocean gray (5-O) and deck blue (20-B) on the horizontal surfaces.

The first drawing for Design 1D was attached to the March 1943 Supplement to SHIPS-2 for DD-380 Gridley class using Measure 33. Design 1D was also worn by the battleship USS Tennessee (BB-43), the large cruiser USS Alaska (CB-1), the light cruisers USS Raleigh (CL-7), USS Houstan (CL-81), and USS Miami (CL-89) all in Measure 32 colors. The light cruiser USS Columbia (CL-56) wore this design using Measure 33 colors. In addition, Design 1D was worn by a few Evarts class destroyer escorts.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-157052 and 80-G-157053.