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

Aircraft Carriers

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for CVL-22

Design 7A

for CVL-22

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for CVL-22
Measure 32
Princeton (CVL-23)Cowpens (CVL-25)

Measure 33
San Jacinto (CVL-30)

The two drawings for Measure 33 Design 7A for the Independence class light carriers probably dated November, 1943. The vertical colors were specified to be navy blue (5-N), haze gray (5-H) and pale gray (5-P) with white (5-U) for countershading. The horizontal surfaces were deck blue (20-B). The colors for Measure 32 would be dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) with white countershading. USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) commissioned in this camouflage on November 15, 1943.

The first version of Design 7A seems to have been for the Bogue class escort carriers on September 4, 1943, using Measure 33 colors. Then probably in November 1943, Design 7A was redrawn for the Independence class light carriers also in Measure 33. On January 19, 1944, Design 7A was drawn up for the Iowa class battleships using Measure 32.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-160566 and 80-G-160567.