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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-51

Design 10D

for DE-51

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-51
Measure 31
Osterhaus (DE-164)O'Neill (DE-188)
Eldon (DE-264)Willmarth (DE-638)
Fieberling (DE-640)Weaver (DE-741)
Hilbert (DE-742)Tills (DE-748)

Measure 32
Evarts (DE-5)Acree (DE-167)
Stern (DE-187)Bangust (DE-739)

The 10D Design drawing for the Buckley class destroyer escorts dated December 30, 1943. As with many other early designs, this one was an open design, so the measure and range of colors was not specified, but could be added to a copy before sending to the individual ship. If the lightest color were either ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H) then it would be Measure 31. Measure 32 would use light gray (5-L) for the lightest color. The deck pattern was also typical in that it was an attempt to confuse any observer as to the direction of the ship.

A Design 10D drawing was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the DD-384 Dunlap class using Measure 31. Then Design 10D was drawn for the Essex class carriers probably in July or August 1943. USS Pensacola (CA-24) appeared at Pearl Harbor in October 1943 in 33/10D. Design 10D was drawn up for the Fletcher class destroyers on December 9, 1943.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172863 and 80-G-172864.