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


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for CA-24

Design 14D

for CA-24

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CA-24
Measure 32
Pensacola (CA-24)

Measure 33
Salt Lake City (CA-25)

This is a composite of the two drawings for Design 32/14D drawn for the Pensacola class heavy cruisers dated April 7, 1944. The Measure 32 vertical colors were dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) with the horizontal surfaces having a pattern of deck blue (20-B) and ocean gray (5-O). Measure 33 vertical colors would probably be navy blue (5-N), haze gray (5-H) and pale gray (5-P).

A Design 14D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Benson class destroyers. This design was also used as above on the cruiser USS Pensacola (CA-24) in Measure 32 colors and USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) in Measure 33 colors using 5-N. Design 14D was used by seven Fletcher class destroyers in two colors and over twenty destroyer escorts in both two and three colors. It was then redrawn on June 28, 1944, for the heavy cruiser USS Wichita (CA-45), but probably was never used.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-109727 and 80-G-109728.