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Re: Hull numbers for US Carriers.
UP TO THE ESSEX us carriers were designed for over the bow landings with the ship full astern! this was soon seen as never used and dropped!
I think the answer is, most did, certainly from 1943 on, but some didn't, depending on the ship and date. I'm not sure if there were specific orders regarding hull numbers on CV decks, but the photographic evidence shows many different practices. Some carriers (Yorktown CV-10, Wasp CV-18, e.g.) even had their numbers at the bow facing the "wrong" way (possibly for potential landings over the bow?)
I trust you're checking www.navsource.com? There's a lot there that you might find helpful.
A piggy back on an earlier discussion. During WW2, did US Carriers continue to show their hull numbers on flight decks even when stained (as with MS21, etc.).? I see numerous plastic models where this is the case but very little photographic evidence of this on actual carriers themselves. Maybe I'm not seeing things correctly or the numbers are too faint? I am guessing they did in order to avoid identification errors by pilots. Can someone pls clarify?