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 Author  Topic: Two names my dad told me from PT331
Joey

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I went to the nursing home to see my dad. I told him about the forum and I was going to print off the pictures of his boat and see if could remember any of the men in the pictures. He told me the names of his two best friends on the boat. They are John Cannon nicknamed Beak and Pete Porter. My dad said they were from South Carolina and he was too.


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MN Gal

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Good Job!
I hope you can get those photos printed and let us know if he comes up with any other memories. The photos might spark some stories we would all love to hear.
Your so lucky to still have him here and you are able to ask him questions. Our father died young, before we knew he was on the 156. We now have so many questions and we only get to guess what it was like for our father. We get to imagine what it was like for him through others stories.
Give your dad a hug for me.
Regards, Julie


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  Wayne Traxel

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Found additional unknown PT-331 crew shots.











Hope these help

Wayne

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TED WALTHER

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Wayne;
Interesting photo of the 40mm, I notice it has no steel plate on the deck. the lack of weight distribution here must have really damaged that deck.
Take care,
TED


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Joey

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Thanks to everyone for their help. Still have not seen a picture that my brothers and I can say 100% is him,but we have seen some possibilities. My niece has some photo enhancement software and she is going to try to see what she can do to enhance some of the photo's we think might be him.


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Wayne Traxel

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Found and scanned more PT-331 crew Photos.













Only other shot I have of 40mm mount on PT-331

Ted, Have too noticed and wondered about the lack of deck strengthening around the base of the 40mm mounts on 331 and 323 myself. This 40 mount has a round base + sits lower to the deck. From what I've discovered is that Ron 21, CO, CDR. Bowling, obtained the mounts from the Royal Australian Navy after seeing the 40's on Harlee's Ron 12 boats. Don't know if these mounts were installed by the Australian or US Tenders/Base force. I really don't know the time period that these photos were taken but am guessing that it was while Squadron 21 operated in New Guinea. Kind of looking for answers from Joey's father.

Wayne


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Jeff Sherry

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Great photos. What stands out to me is the missing armor plate behind the cockpit


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I'm currently modding an Italeri PT-596 to PT-490 (more work than I first envisioned)

She too doesn't have the armour plate behind the wheel. It seems quite common, I imagine crews removed it to make access to the helm better and sacrificed the protection it offered.

Also PT-490 at least had the low 40mm circular mounting, I haven't found a clear image but both look very similar, the whole gun assembly seems to sit much lower than on the usually seen mounting.

Thanks for posting these pics by the way, Purely from a modelling point of view they give so much detail and perspective of life aboard these vessels.

Brave young men indeed.

Keith

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ducati650

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When I was researching for my build of the 495 boat, I also found that it had the "Army" mount. It was lower and circular sitting in a square not much larger than the circle.


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Kornbeef

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message   Posted on: Dec 12, 2013 - 12:38am
I've used Bronco's superb Bofors kit instead o Italeri's (I now have 3 of these Italeri 40mm's spare to be cannibalised) I kind of cheated and used the carriage centre as my gun mounting. What images I have are really unclear of what sat under the gun other than the circular base.

Any way this is hijacking the thread. So I'll be quiet.

Keith

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