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


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for CL-51

Design 24D

for CL-51

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CL-51
Measure 32
San Diego (CL-53)Oakland (CL-95)

Measure 33
Reno (CL-96)

The Measure 33/24D design drawings for for the Atlanta class light cruisers dated December 21, 1943. The vertical colors would be light gray (5-L) and ocean gray (5-O) with a pattern of deck blue (20-B) and ocean gray (5-O) on horizontal surfaces. The Measure 32 colors would be dull black (BK) and light gray.

Design 24D was derived from a Measure 16 pattern dated June 1942. In December 1943, Design 24D was used for the light cruiser USS Reno (CL-96) in Measure 33 colors: ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L). About the same time 24D was used with Measure 32 colors for the Fletcher class destroyers. In February 1944, it was redrawn for the Cleveland class light cruisers. Design 24D was worn by the light cruisers USS Springfield (CL-66), USS Topeka (CL-67) and USS Astoria (CL-90) in Measure 33 colors and USS Pasadena (CL-65) in Measure 32 colors. Light cruiser USS San Diego (CL-53) also wore Design 24D using the Measure 32 colors dull black (BK) and light gray (5-L), beginning in April 1944, until the end of the war.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-162034 and 80-G-162035.