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


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Fletcher Class

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for DD-445

Design 14D

for DD-445

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-445
Measure 31
Terry (DD-513)Wadsworth (DD-516)
Charles Ausburne (DD-570)Wickes (DD-578)
Marshall (DD-676)

Measure 32
Aulick (DD-569)William D. Porter (DD-579)
Lewis Hancock (DD-675)

The design drawing for Design 3_/14D for the Fletcher class destroyers is shown. The date was probably before January 1944 and there were no front or rear views of the turrets. Ships in Measure 31 would use ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H) for the lightest vertical color and ships in Measure 32 would use light gray (5-L). Some ships added extra panels to the stern to match the stern view at left.

A Design 14D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the Benson class destroyers. This design was also used in three colors on the cruisers USS Pensacola (CA-25) and USS Salt Lake City (CA-26), but Salt Lake City used Measure 33 colors. Design 14D was used by many destroyer escorts in both three colors and two colors. It was also redrawn in three colors for heavy cruiser USS Wichita (CA-45) on June 28, 1944, but probably was never used.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-158593 and 80-G-158594.