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


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Design 16D

for CA-68

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CA-68
Measure 32
Boston (CA-69)

Measure 33
Baltimore (CA-68)

The drawing for Design 3_/16D drawn for the Baltimore class heavy cruisers dated December 20, 1943. There were no colors specified for this drawing, but Measure 32 vertical colors usually would be 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). The cruiser USS Baltimore (CA-68) wore this design beginning in October, 1944, but used what appears to be navy blue (5-N), ocean gray (5-O) and pale gray (5-P) which has been labeled Measure 33.

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 up for the Fletcher, Allen M. Sumner and Gleaves classes of destroyers, Bayfield class attack transports, Mettawee gasoline tankers and for Tacoma class frigates. The battleship USS California (BB-44) wore Design 16D in Measure 32 colors. The design drawing for the Allen M. Sumner class is somewhat different from the others on the port bow from the area under the bridge forward, in that the stripes are reversed in direction.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-109723 and 80-G-109724.