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 Author  Topic: Accordion-like device on PT 107's twin-.50 turret guns?
Drew Cook

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Drew Cook  Posted on: May 4, 2016 - 2:36pm
While looking at the nice, big HD color scan of PT 107's starboard twin-.50 turret Jeff posted, I noticed a light brown, accordion-like device under the gun's receivers, something I've never seen (or at least noticed) on a PT's twin-.50s before.

My guess is that it was some kind of covered (spring?) device to allow the heavy guns to be more easily maneuvered up or down by the gunner.

Anybody know for sure what that thing was, or how long it was used? I don't remember seeing it on photos of other Elco 80-footers.


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Jeff D

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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: May 4, 2016 - 5:01pm
Spent cartridge chutes Drew, check plate 2 here: http://archive.hnsa.org/doc/pt/fifty/index.htm#pg7. I don't see them often either. I don't know if crews just took them off or if they stopped using them at some point.

Something else you don't see often is the fancy cocking mechanism seen on HB guns. Most boat's turret .50s had the plain handle that went back and forth with the bolt. Knuckles beware.



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Drew Cook

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Ahh - so...

"Spent cartridge chute flexible tube," "Flexible ducts," "Spent cartridge and link chutes..."

Thanks Jeff, now I know!

-- Drew


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Jeff D

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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: May 5, 2016 - 11:59am
You're welcome Drew. I was impressed when they put that manual up. It's got to be a rare one!



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james sullivan

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of james sullivan   Send Email To james sullivan Posted on: May 13, 2016 - 7:44pm
MY father was on the 107 as a gunners mate thru sept 1943 until
he went on leave stateside. Will ask him to check out this post.


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james sullivan

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of james sullivan   Send Email To james sullivan Posted on: May 15, 2016 - 1:03pm
COULD YOU POST A LINK TO THE PHOTO OF THE 107 IN QUESTION thank you would like to see photo might be one we haven't seen.



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Drew Cook

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Drew Cook  Posted on: May 15, 2016 - 1:09pm
Jim,

Jeff Davidson posted some large photos a while ago here on the Forum, one of which is a color closeup shot of PT 107's starboard twin-.50 turret which shows the device I was talking about.

Go to the thread titled "4 Large Elco 80 Images" and search around, you'll find it.


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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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: May 16, 2016 - 1:48am
Hello shipmates,
Higgins comes to the rescue yet again!
Here are a few that Harland Avezzie made in Mass copied an original, then the PT631 builders photos show the accordion tubes attached to them.
Jerry

Spent link chutes


Higgins Factory photos of PT631 closeup of twin 50 cal turrets shows the accordion tubes attached to the spent link chutes


Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

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Jeff D

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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: May 16, 2016 - 5:12am
Nice Jerry!

Hey James, give your father my regards. I've always enjoyed reading his posts. The photo is well buried in my poorly titled post, here's a link: http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/80-G-K-13000/80-G-K-13627.html. The medium size is probably the best one to show him.



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  TED WALTHER

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of TED WALTHER   Send Email To TED WALTHER Posted on: May 16, 2016 - 11:15am
Jeff D;
My friend you have found a piece of PT Boat GOLD here!!!!!!!

Download the photo in TIFF, and then look very closely at the officer at the wheel.......can you tell me who that is????
Take care,
TED


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