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What is your source for them being painted out?
Posted by Tracy White on October 5, 2017, 7:23:51, in reply to "Another Hornet (CV-8) question?"
CV-5 is known to have had flight deck markings... they just were not nearly as prominent as the later war markings and are much harder to spot. They are visible from "higher" vantage points such as a video clip of a F4F crash during the battle and photos of her sinking
(note the centerline dashed line). Generally BuShips and CINCPAC ordered the same thing for types (Carriers) so there shouldn't be too much variation.
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