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

Auxiliary Ships

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for AK-99

Design 9D

for AK-99

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for AK-99
Measure 32
Melucta (AK-131)Seginus (AK-133)

Measure 33
Basilan (AG-68)Zaniah (AG-70)
Arkab (AK-130)Propus (AK-132)
Syrma (AK-134)Wildcat (AW-2)

The drawing for Measure 33 Design 9D for the Bootes class cargo ships using the (EC2-S-C1) maritime hull dated April 28, 1944. The vertical colors were specified to be: navy blue (5-N), haze gray (5-H) and pale gray (5-P). The horizontal surfaces were deck blue (20-B) and the boats haze gray (5-H). There were two waterlines: the load waterline and a camouflage line.

The first drawing for Design 9D was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Fletcher class destroyers. This design was redrawn on April 6, 1944, for the Allen M. Sumner class destroyers; and again on May 1, 1944, for Evarts class destroyer escorts; and on May 10, 1944, for the Dunlap class destroyers: Dunlap and Fanning. The cruiser USS Chester (CA-27) appeared in Design 9D beginning in June 1944. The camouflage worn by USS Ranger (CV-4) in July 1944 was a very good match for Design 9D even though the design was identified as 33/1A. Design 32/8Ax was an almost exact copy of 9D and was used by most of the ships of the Kenneth Whiting class of seaplane tenders.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172892 and 80-G-172893.