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


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for CL-55

Design 24D

for CL-55

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CL-55
Measure 32
Pasadena (CL-65)Topeka (CL-67)
Wilkes-Barre (CL-103)Dayton (CL-105)

Measure 33
Milwaukee (CL-5)Springfield (CL-66)
Biloxi (CL-80)Astoria (CL-90)
Atlanta (CL-104)

The Measure 33/24D design drawings for for the Cleveland class light cruisers dated February 17, 1944. 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. Measure 32 colors would be light gray (5-L) and dull black (BK).

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. 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-165985 and 80-G-165992.