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“Irrefutable Evidence” ??
Jeff, you were doing so well until you made that statement.
A black and white photo dated 10/13/41 is very much refutable!
Two things... I now remember WHY I left this board...AND...
Why is it so difficult to comprehend that when ships of this size are told to repaint, it doesn't happen overnight? December 1941 was a HUGE transitional period for the USN in terms of camo, especially between ATLFLT and PACFLT. By the time 5-D was being implemented in the Pacific, 5-S had already replaced it in the Atlantic. By the time 5-S arrived in the Pacific, 5-N had replaced it in the Atlantic.
They were literally 60-90 days behind the curve in the Pacific. We have irrefutable evidence that some ships were in the middle of repaints...West Virginia's turrets and the cruisers at 10-10 Dock with 5-H barrier coats are a perfect example. Arizona shows 5-S on her hull and 5-D on her upperworks in a photo dated Oct.13, 1941...ANYONE who's ever served on board a ship of this size knows how involved the task of repainting can be, especially if you're not simply touching-up, but going from one color to another.
I strongly suggest that folks read the article that Don Andrews posted, THAT I WROTE, put aside your emotions and feelings, and look at the data.
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