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 2C

for DE-339

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DE-339
Measure 31
Edwin A. Howard (DE-346)Rolf (DE-362)
Richard S. Bull (DE-402)Eversole (DE-404)
Jack Miller (DE-410)LeRay Wilson (DE-414)
McCoy Reynolds (DE-440)Ulvert M. Moore (DE-442)
Silverstein (DE-534)Bivin (DE-536)

Measure 32
Raymond (DE-341)Abercrombie (DE-343)
Johnnie Hutchins (DE-360)La Prade (DE-409)
Stafford (DE-411)Lawrence C. Taylor (DE-415)
Howard F. Clark (DE-533)

The drawings for Design 31/2C for the John C. Butler class destroyer escorts are shown. The colors used for the vertical surfaces were dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and haze gray (5-H), light gray (5-L) would be used instead of 5-H to become Measure 32. These drawings were initialed and dated March 28, 1944, by Everett Warner. There were no bow or stern views and no whaleboats shown.

A drawing for Design 2C was attached to the July 15, 1943, memo to PacFleet for the San Francisco CA-38. Design 2C was used by the Brooklyn class light cruisers USS St. Louis (CL-49) and USS Honolulu (CL-48) using Measure 32 colors in 1943. By January 1944 the pattern was redrawn for destroyers of the Fletcher class in Measure 31 colors and used by at least five Fletcher class destroyers. It was then drawn up for the destroyers of the Sims class on February 16, 1944, and used by the USS Morris (DD-417).

Design 2C was then redrawn with slight modifications using Measure 31 colors for destroyer escorts of the John C. Butler class as shown above. Some ships were directed to use light gray (5-L) for haze gray (5-H) creating Measure 32.

Original drawing sources: NARA 80-G-172518 and 80-G-172519.