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


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Gridley & Benham Classes

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for DD-409

Design 1D

for DD-409

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-409
Measure 31
Bagley (DD-386)Helm (DD-388)
Ralph Talbot (DD-390)

Measure 32
Mugford (DD-389)

The design drawing for Measure 32/1D for the Sims class destroyers drawn on March 6, 1944. The lightest vertical color light gray (5-L) could be replaced by haze gray (5-H) to make this Measure 31. Note, the stern view was crossed out. Also note that the port side drawing was mislabeled to be Measure 31 instead of 32. This is evidence that the same "master" drawing was used with the labels changed appropriately before copying and sending to a particular ship.

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-170944 and 80-G-170945.