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Re: For What It's Worth - 1941 USN Color Chart
Some of their dates are off a bit. Some of the documents that Tracy found have the "Received dates" for West Coast Navy Yards. Documents generated at PH with directions aimed at PHNY got there almost the same day. The one I'm most familiar with is USS FLUSSER (DD-368), since I came across photos of her painted in 5-S, completed at MINY in early October 1941. The "Speed-o-gram" memo directing that "a destroyer" be painted with 5-N was sent on 21 November 1941. Deck Logs show that USS FLUSSER returned to PHNY on 26 November 1941 and departed on 5 December 1941, to be an escort for USS LEXINGTON. So, unless FLUSSER was tasked with a short duty(patrol?) off PHNY on 1 December 1941, I don't know how VT-6 could have observed FLUSSER. It isn't know for certain when FLUSSER was repainted with 5-N, but even if FLUSSER was still painted in 5-S on 1 December, there was time for FLUSSER to have been repainted with 5-N at PHNY before she departed on 5 December 1941.
I stumbled across this chart while searching for something entirely different. Thought it was interesting to share. This is NOT intended to start a controversy:
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