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

Destroyer Escorts

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for DE-51

Design 23D

for DE-51

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-51
Measure 31
Harmon (DE-678)

Measure 32
J. Douglas Blackwood (DE-219)

This is a composite of the drawing sheets for the Buckley class destroyer escorts showing design 32/23D dated March 8, 1944. The vertical colors indicated are dull black (BK) and light gray (5-L). Notice that the whaleboat has been properly shown on the starboard view as well behind the stack from the port view. The stern view shows a starboard panel wrapping around the stern quarter.

Design 23D was derived from a Measure 16 pattern dated June 1942. The design drawing for Buckley class destroyer escorts above was dated March 8, 1944. Design 23D was drawn again for Admirable class minesweepers on May 5, 1944. Also on May 18, 1944, the Design 23D drawing was reissued for the destroyer Cassin, rebuilt after Pearl Harbor, but both starboard and port bow patterns had been extensively modified even though the design number remained the same; there is no evidence whether Cassin used this modified design.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-172866 and 80-G-172870.