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Re: Navy Day 1945
Posted by Rick E Davis on September 8, 2018, 21:51:24, in reply to "Re: Navy Day 1945
The whole story about when the USN transitioned from the old to the new paints is murky. They really didn't have production of the new paints settled until about February 1945. The USN had the direction to "USE EXISTING STOCK FIRST", and finding out what quantities of any paint types at bases, yards, or in private yards, isn't known. The East Coast yards used a LOT of paint after the war in Europe ended to get ships transferring to the Pacific in the directed camo measures. A lot of the Atlantic Fleet ships were still in dazzle, and required a whole new paint job. So I think a lot of the new ship construction by mid-1945 were painted in neutral grays.
I can't ... and NO ONE can ... tell from B&W photos what type of paint was used between purple-blues and neutral grays. They overlap in the range of Grayscale Shades. The Navy Gray neutral is a little easier to notice in B&W photos ... it looks a lot like the old 5-D paint. And as you can see, it isn't a sure thing that color images will tell the whole story either.
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