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


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for CL-4

Design 2F

for CL-4

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CL-4
Measure 32
Trenton (CL-11)

Measure 33
Concord (CL-10)

The composite design drawing for Measure 33/2F for the Omaha class light cruisers drawn on June 3, 1944. The vertical Measure 33 colors were pale gray (5-P), haze gray (5-H) and navy blue (5-N) with a pattern of ocean gray (5-O) and deck blue (20-B) on the horizontal surfaces. Measure 32 colors would be light gray (5-L), ocean gray (5-O) and dull black (BK) on the vertical surfaces.

The starboard pattern consists of a wedge of haze gray and navy blue centered near the bridge area flanked by false perspective “stairs” with dark sets to the left and a light set to the right. The port pattern is almost a mirror image and keeps symmetry bow to stern while the Fletcher 9D port pattern had symmetry left to right and thus dark “stairs” on the bow and light “stairs” to the stern.

The earliest Design 2F drawing was attached to the Supplement to SHIPS-2 in March 1943. Then Design 2F was drawn for the Omaha class light cruisers on June 3, 1944, as above.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172091 and 80-G-172092.