This is HOBSON (DD-464) in September of 1942, camouflaged in Measure 15. This was an experimental scheme directly developed from a British Admiralty camouflage type, which added White (5-U) to the usual Measure 12 (modified) splotch pattern. The hull numbers are also painted in a darker color, probably as an attempt at low visibility. The white addition was intended for the North Atlantic / Arctic environments the USN was operating in during convoy escorts to the Soviet Union. Measure 15 was (obviously) not found to be particularly effective and was abandoned in favor of Measure 21, Measure 22, and the later Measure 31-32-33 dazzle patterns.
HOBSON was a "repeat GLEAVES" class destroyer, and shows a very typical mid-war configuration for this type.
HOBSON provided gunfire support for each of the large amphibious landings in the ETO, covering the landing forces during Operation TORCH (the invasion of North Africa), Operation OVERLORD (the invasion of Normandy), and Operation DRAGOON (the invasion of southern France). HOBSON also escorted convoys in the Atlantic prior to VE Day, after which the ship arrived at Charleston Navy Yard where she would be converted to a destroyer-minesweeper. Recommissioned as DMS-26, HOBSON transferred to the Pacific and served off Okinawa, where the ship was hit by a kamikaze, with four men killed. HOBSON was sent back to Pearl Harbor and then onto the Norfolk Navy Yard for repairs. The war ended while HOBSON was in Norfolk.
HOBSON served in the destroyer-minesweeper role in the postwar USN, but in 1952 the ship collided with WASP (CV-18) off Newfoundland and was sunk, with 176 of her crew lost at sea.---
All original work. Do not reproduce without following the Shipbucket.com Fair Use Agreement (requires preservation of the scale bar, watermark, and credits in the original on any derivative works).