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 Author  Topic: 40 MM ammo rack and engine room hatch
Jeff Sherry

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff Sherry  Posted on: Jan 11, 2013 - 1:54pm
I;, hoping someone can post a pic of a 40 MM ammo rack and the engine room hatch on an 80' Elco circa 1944. My Dad's boat was PT-342...Ron 24 if that helps.
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Jeff Sherry


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Jeff, I am not sure if this is what you are looking for but here you go. I have PT143 (Bill Skades Boat) on the lift showing an angle iron rack that holds 40mm ammo cans. Also I have one of PT364 (Kenny Morris' Boat) that shows a closeup of the wooden rack that holds individual 4 round clips. It looks like a double row on the top but lower down are two single rows of clips. See those wood blocks between the clips? I think they act as spacers for the clip to rest on, thus allowing your hand to reach under each clip in order to grab it. The last photo shows PT171 "Dyna-Might" and Cas Milewski on the 40mm that shows the angle iron racks holding ammo cans. I hope these are what you needed. Jerry

PT143 stern view notice angle iron racks for holding ammo cans


PT364 shows closeup of wooden rack with 4 round clips

Another view of PT364 ammo rack (notice damage to aft end of day room canopy from Jap 20mm shell hitting outboard gas tank)



PT171 with Cas Milewski on 40mm shows ammo cans in wire racks


Jerry Gilmartin
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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 - 5:20am
I'm not sure sure the first image is the 143 boat, the bridge wing and turret cove are from later boats. I suppose they could have been replaced? At any rate great images as usual Jerry, especially the way they show the different racks.



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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Jeff,
The photo in question is from Bill Skades personal photo collection. He was the skipper of PT143. He was in RON8 towards the end of the war (in late 1944 and all of 1945) and there were some boats also in RON8 that were higher numbered. So I suppose it is possible he may have taken a photo of somebody elses boat . Anyway the Squadron was being serviced by the LST Type tender there in the Phillipines and were nested alongside. I have a few other photos showing the 143 boat being hauled out from into a floating drydock that may answer the question. I will try to find it and post it for comparison later on. Jerry

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 - 12:39pm
Cool Jerry, thank you. I like the images of the boats being lifted.



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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Jeff,
You are correct, these are two different boats! Look below and compare for yourself. I labeled it as "PT143" when I scanned Bill's Photos but it definitely is not PT143! If you look at the PT143 with the numbers clearly visible on the stern in drydock and compare it to the "mystery boat" on the boat lift then it is pretty obvious they are not the same. Sorry for the mixup! Jerry

PT143 marked on stern in Floating Drydock



Mystery boat on boat lift



PT143 again in drydock further away from boat



PT143 in drydock bow view



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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jeff D   Send Email To Jeff D Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 - 3:03pm
Nice Jerry, thank you.



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Jeff Sherry

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Thanks guys!!!! What great pics! Thanks.


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I think we might be looking at two different "mystery boats". I see depth charge racks aft of the sternmost torpedo rack on one boat and not on the other.

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Jan 13, 2013 - 6:50pm
Hi Will,
You may be right! All those Elco boats look alike to me anyway, (they are so mundane) hear that TED? Ha! Jerry

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