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Jeff D

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David Waples did some research on a rare (for PT use) 37mm automatic gun M1A2 and located a manual for it. He also identified an image I sent him (probably from Gene Kirklands site but I can't find it there now) of most likely a 300 series Elco 80 with one mounted to the bow.

Technical Manual 37-mm Antiaircraft Automatic Gun M1A2
TM 9-235 37-mm AA Gun Materiel, 1944-01-24
https://archive.org/download/TM9-235/TM9-235.pdf

I did some digging and found a few other 37mm manuals on the site:

TM 9-1235 Ordnance Maintenance: 37-mm Antiaircraft Gun Materiel, 1942-05-16
https://archive.org/download/1942TM9-1235/1942TM9-1235.pdf

TM 9-1235 Ordnance Maintenance-37-mm Antiaircraft Gun Materiel 1943-04-01
https://archive.org/download/1943TM9-1235/1943TM9-1235.pdf

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The gun PT 109 had lashed to her forward deck when she went down, not an automatic gun like the others posted here:

TM 9-1245 37-mm Gun, M3, and Carriage, M4, 1941-01-15
https://archive.org/download/TM9-1245/TM9-1245.pdf

TM 9-1245 37-mm Antitank Guns M3 And M3A1, And Carriages M4 And M4A1, 1943-02-06
https://archive.org/download/1943TM9-1245/1943TM9-1245.pdf

FM 23-70 37-mm Gun, Antitank, M3 1942-11-28
https://archive.org/download/FM23-70/FM23-70.pdf

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Probably the most common automatic 37mm gun mounted on PTs, the M4:

TM 9-240 37-mm Aircraft Gun Materiel M4, 1942-03-30
https://archive.org/download/TM9-240/TM9-240.pdf

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No luck finding a manual for the later M9.

This site has a lot of WW2 manuals including TM 9-240, 37mm Automatic Guns AN-M4 and M10 (Aircraft) in this section:
http://bulletpicker.com/technical-manuals.html



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Drew Cook

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Great finds, Jeff. Thanks for posting them.

Some trivia: the 37 mm gun shown being installed on the 109's foredeck in the movie "PT 109" was a WWII German Pak 35/36 field piece.


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Jeff D

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You're welcome Drew! I've been looking for a M4 manual for some time.



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Dick

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Jeff . . .

Again thanks as always, specially for all your resource link posting.
Great job.

Dick . . .


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Jeff D

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You're very welcome Dick, and DITTO for your comment on the .50 manual thread!



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Great job as always Jeff, I have a copy of the M4 manual released by Oldsmobile but it doesn't cover the endless belt magazine in great detail,nor gives detail about ammunition packing crates...So thank yuo very much for posting this stuff.
Greetings

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Daniele Klay

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Great job as always Jeff, I have a copy of the M4 manual released by Oldsmobile but it doesn't cover the endless belt magazine in great detail,nor gives detail about ammunition packing crates...So thank yuo very much for posting this stuff.
Greetings

Daniele Kly

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Daniele Klay

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P.S. Does anybody have hints on how stores were secured in the forward passageway(on the" stowage bench" as plans refer to it) I am planning to have spare ammunition for the foredeck guns stored there and don't know how to keep it from flying aroun in heavy seas;ropes, straps, cargo net, ???

Greetings

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Jeff D

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As always I look forward to seeing your work Daniele!

The updated manuals appear to have gotten better, a 1942 .50 manual I downloaded wasn't as graphically nice as a 1944 one I had.



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