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Pearl Harbor, T.H.
1. Commander Aircraft, Battle Force, concurs in the opinion of the Bureau as to the desirability of less conspicuous flight deck painting and marking. A change from the existing maroon base color is, however, considered necessary not only to obtain somewhat improved concealment of the ship herself, but also to hide the number of planes on deck.
2. To this end, experimental painting of both deck and upper surface of airplanes has already been undertaken. The upper surfaces of all planes attached to the ENTERPRISE (CV6) have been painted with non-specular patrol plane blue-gray lacquer. For a first trial, the flight deck has been painted with a trial coat of blue-gray paint mixed by ship's force. This experimental work has not been completed to the point where final recommendations can be submitted.
3. The Bureau will be kept informed.
W. F. HALSEY
National Archives & Records Administration, College Park
Record Group 19, BuShips General Correspondence CA-CV 1940-45
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