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Re: US Chicago "Blue" or USS Houston "Blue"?
Thanks for the memo information. From my references . The Chicago was sent to the south pacific in Feb ,1942 to operate with the RN ,RAN
help define Australia .In photo album book by Arms and Armour warship .10 the US Navy in WW2 1941-42 it has photos of the Chicago with the HMS Leander and states the Chicago was in Measure 11(Sea Blue 5-S).
In June ,1942 after the Battle of Midway the Navy ordered the Pacific Fleet to paint it's ships in Measure 21 and the Atlantic Fleet in Measure 22.
The Chicago reportly is listed as being painted in Measure 21(Navy Blue 5-N) at the time of her loss in January,1943. The Spruance memo could be a follow up to the previous order issued . Ships in drydock had the opportunity after repair to be properly repainted . Well I hope that helps.
There is a photo in Darwin's Library archives of Houston & Peary Feb 1942
Once upon a time a source came to us that said something about Aussies seeing HOUSTON at Darwin (v. early in the war, obviously) and they made reference to the "big blue cruiser" there...I always wondered about that. AFAIK CA-30 never looked particularly blue...regardless of the so-called "Cavite blue".
There may be nothing to it, but this mention of CHICAGO "blue" brought that all back to me.
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