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Allan

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Hello All:

Due to the nature of the work, there are very, very few photos of PT's in action and making a run on a target. I've never seen one, so far as I can recall. There are several paintings, but none that I've seen that represent the 103 Class PT in a 100% accurate configuration. I really like the Elco poster of the Barge Busters but theer are problems with that one, too- in my view. Only five men are accounted for of a crew of eleven. Given one man in the engine room and perhaps a radioman in the chart house, there should be four more on the attack side of the PT with small arms. Also, the mast is in the raised position, which the New Guinea PT's (early boats, at least) did not use. And the twin-50's show only a single tracer line coming from each.

Is anyone aware of a truely accurate 103 Class PT picture or painting in the public domain in an attack mode? I sure would like to access one- particularly one doing the barge work..

Allan


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Allan,
I found a couple but not quite what you were wanting to see. Jerry PT658 Portland

PT143 Bill Skades crew shelling beach



PT143 shooting at something




More PT143 small arms practice



Not sure what Squadron shooting at Biak Island (NH photo 80-G-256496)



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Allan

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Allan   Send Email To Allan Posted on: Jul 8, 2012 - 6:35am
Hey Jerry:

Good pictures all. I had not seen them prior. Thanks for the post. You're right though- I am searching for something that would show the entire boat in a so-called "action shot". Not sure that one exists. Elco's advertising paintings do a great job but take a few "liberties"- I think they might call it "artistic license".

Maybe someone will come through with a suggestion or ideas as to where an actual picture might be found, but I'm not very hopeful.

Thnaks again, Jerry, for your post.

Allan


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Allan,

It's not barge work, but have you seen the artwork on the cover of Victor Chun's book, Volume II, which shows the 124 in action ?



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I notice in the pic of the 143 that the 40mm is named "BETTY". I wonder how common it was back then to do that.

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Will,
I see that the PT127 (crewman Bob Douglas photo) had named their 40mm "Claire" Jerry





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Allan

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Allan   Send Email To Allan Posted on: Jul 10, 2012 - 6:10pm
Steve:

I have not but wll check it out. Thanks.

Allan


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Allan;
Once again NOT barge work, but PT's in action, strafing oil refinerey's in Borneo 1944-1945.
Take care,
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TED WALTHER

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Allan;
Update: film is dated Jan-1-1944. But I believe this is incorrect. I believe it is really June-July 1945 and possibily boats from RON 10 and RON 27, as Miri, Jesselton, and Kudat strafing attacks were around this time frame.
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How about the scene in PT-109 where they use the .50 cal, guns and the 20 mm to fight off Japanese aircraft? The boat in that film sure does look like an early war Elco PT-103 Class boat.

Check out the footage about 25:25, 27:25, 35:15 in this film:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUc0NCGsSzs&feature=related

About the 30:00 - 31:20 mark it shows a torpedo being loaded into a tube and the tube being traversed outboard and the chrage being inserted into the torpedo tube firing chamber. Great detail of the traversing gear and locking pin.

Hope this helps.

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