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Re: USS Indianapolis 4/42
Art, a good example of why B&W grayscale photos can't be used to determine "exact" colors without additional information. By April 1942, most, is not all, USN fleet units in the Pacific (except for recent transfers from the Atlantic and DesDiv 9 destroyers still wearing experimental camouflage ... which were pretty much painted over by April 1942 anyway
) were painted with either the first version of 5-N or the revised 5-N paint. This whole image is "washed out" due to camera settings, a hazy day, and likely darkroom processing, so that details can be seen.
Thanks for this! Interesting pic.
What measure do you think she was painted up in? Looks awfully light.
Here is a rare look at USS Indianapolis at Pearl Harbor the first week of April 1942. This photo was taken from the sub base looking at the Navy Yard and Ford Island. Indianapolis is being escorted out of the Navy Yard by a tug. Her crew is manning the rails. In the far distance just to the right of the large floating crane YD-25 you can see USS California still at berth F-3 just days away from being refloated.
I suspect this is the day Indianapolis left Pearl for the States for her April '42 refit at Mare Island.
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