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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-51

Design 13D

for DE-51

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-51
Measure 31
Lovelace (DE-198)Seid (DE-256)
Haines (DE-792)

Measure 32
Manning (DE-199)Maloy (DE-791)

This is a redrawn composite copy of the drawings for Design 13D for the Buckley class destroyer escorts, originally dated December 30, 1943 and with open vertical colors. The labels for the necessary colors were probably added to the copy before it was sent to an individual ship. Measure 31 would use either ocean gray (5-O) or even haze gray (5-H) as the lightest color, while Measure 32 would use light gray (5-L). The bow and stern views were crossed out with pencil in the original starboard view drawing and the whaleboat was also crossed out on the port view.

The first drawing for Design 13D was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for Gridley class destroyers. Design 13D was drawn as well as for the New Orleans class heavy cruisers on February 3, 1944, and was used by the heavy cruisers USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37) and USS San Francisco (CA-38) with Measure 33 colors. These later versions of Design 13D differed from the destroyer escort design in the area of the port bow. Design 13D was also worn by at least 16 destroyers of the Fletcher class.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-163668 and 80-G-163669.