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Re: So can one assume by deduction for at least Yorktown class ?
No assumptions can be made as to when repainting occurred on USS ENTERPRISE. Photos taken of the interior as late as March 1943, seem to show the same aluminum bulkheads as seen in pre-war photos. I suspect it is likely that USS HORNET (CV-8) had the same bulkhead treatments as her near-sisters, since the change over order came AFTER HORNET was built.
That Hornet came out in white, Yorktown went down in aluminum and Enterprise was repainted white sometime before her 1943 refit?
The inside bulkheads and maybe overheads, appear to have been "painted" with aluminum paint for the YORKTOWN class and likely RANGER and the LEXINGTON class as well. In January 1942, the USN issued a directive discontinuing use of aluminum paint and substituting "white". But, it didn't order an immediate "repaint", only until next required painting. Now then, the areas around the elevator "shafts", did get a limited camouflage paint treatment to reduce visibility, which seemed to vary over time.
What were the colors of the Yorktown class hanger decks and bulkheads. I think non-skid for deck was a very dark grey, but cant find out bulkhead tones, considering they were camouflaged at the beginning of the war. Please advise.
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