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

Destroyer Escorts

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John C. Butler

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for DE-339

Design 22D

for DE-339

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-339
Measure 31
O'Flaherty (DE-340)Oberrender (DE-344)
Straus (DE-408)Walter C. Wann (DE-412)
Melvin E. Nawman (DE-416)Tabberer (DE-418)
Corbesier (DE-438)Goss (DE-444)
Gilligan (DE-508)

Measure 32
Robert Brazier (DE-345)Richard M. Rowell (DE-403)
Dennis (DE-405)Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
Oliver Mitchell (DE-417)Robert F. Keller (DE-419)
Conklin (DE-439)William Seiverling (DE-441)
Kendall C. Campbell (DE-443)Grady (DE-445)
Lewis (DE-535)

Drawing 32/22D for the John C. Butler class destroyer escorts dated April 5, 1944. These Measure 32 colors were dull black (BK) and light gray (5-L ) while Measure 31 would have used dull black (BK) and ocean gray (5-O) or haze gray (5-H). Notice at the upper left, in an apparent attempt to reduce confusion, only the stern from knuckle to knuckle was shown in its own view. Even this still did not make clear whether the black panel was intended to be connected with the side panel on the starboard stern; thus some ships painted a gap between these panels on the stern.

This design first appeared as a pattern for Measure 16 in June 1942. It was later drawn in December 1943 for the Fletcher and Allen M. Sumner classes of destroyers and later drawn for the Porter and Benson classes of destroyers. The battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) used Design 22D in Measure 32 colors of dull black, ocean gray and light gray. Design 22D was used for the Atlanta class light cruisers USS San Juan (CL-54) and USS Flint (CL-97). They were painted using Measure 32 in three colors, even though the drawing specified Measure 33 colors.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-172517 and 80-G-172538.