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


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for DD-423

Design 16D

for DD-423

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-423
Measure 31
Nicholson (DD-442)

Measure 32
Grayson (DD-435)Edwards (DD-619)
Thorn (DD-647)

The Design 16D drawing for the Gleaves class destroyers dated June 7, 1944, is shown. The standard Measure 32 range of colors is indicated. Ships that subsituted haze gray (5-H) for light gray (5-L) would have been in Measure 31 colors. A later version of 16D for DD-423 was dated July 11, 1944 (NARA 80-G-100076 and 80-G-100077).

A Design 16D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Farragut class destroyers. Some parts of Design 16D were derived from an earlier pattern used for Measure 16. Design 16D was also drawn for Allen M. Sumner class of destroyers and Buckley class destroyer escorts, Bayfield class attack transports and for Tacoma class frigates. The cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) and the battleship USS California (BB-44) also wore Design 16D. The design drawing for the Allen M. Sumner class varies from the later drawings on the port side from the area under the bridge forward, in that the stripes are reversed in direction.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172981 and 80-G-172982.