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


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Fletcher Class

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for DD-445

Design 16D

for DD-445

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-445
Measure 31
Hutchins (DD-476)Isherwood (DD-520)
Laws (DD-558)Stoddard (DD-566)
Dyson (DD-572)Young (DD-580)
Conner (DD-582)Hart (DD-594)
Braine (DD-630)Colahan (DD-658)
Dortch (DD-670)

Measure 32
Leutze (DD-481)Claxton (DD-571)
Charrette (DD-581)Izard (DD-589)
Cushing (DD-797)Little (DD-803)

The Design 16D drawing for the Fletcher class destroyers is shown. The standard Measure 31 range of colors is indicated. Ships that subsituted light gray (5-L) for haze gray (5-H) would have been in Measure 32 colors. The front view of turret one shows the color 20-B on the roof, but the top view shows it as 5-O as was depicted in the original Navy drawing. The stern view showing the port and starboard edge-on caused some ships to paint extra panels on the stern.

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 and Gleaves classes of destroyers, 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. This design drawing for the Allen M. Sumner class varies from other, probably 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-164290 and 80-G-164291.