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Arjan Wiskerke

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Hi, last week I happened across a pic of PT 515 (if I read the number correctly) with a jeep strapped to its foredeck. I assume the location is the port of Cherbourg 1944. Does anyone know the story behind this jeep ? I wonder if jeeps were normally allocated to PT squadrons ? I found the pic here :

http://www.aheroamongmillions.com/

I also wonder about the airfoil wind deflectors installed on Ron 35 PT boats. What if any was the advantage of these over normal wind screens ?

Thanks in advance.

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Not sure this is Cherbourg. Think it may be when they were still in England; Portland?

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Arjan Wiskerke

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Hi Charlie, you may be right. After all the Germans carried out extensive demolitions in the port before they left Cherbourg.. So the port in question may well have been in England (Portland, Portsmouth) or perhaps even Rosneath in Scotland. Navsource has an interesting pic of PT 515 and in its caption it is mentioned the boat may have been carrying spares to a forward area. The large object strapped to the foredeck in this particular pic looks like a bench or something . The pic is of an earlier date though :

http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/05515.htm



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TED WALTHER

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The photo was taken in Portsmouth. They took the jeep to Cherbourg for transportation purposes..
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The photo was taken in Portsmouth. They took the jeep to Cherbourg for transportation purposes..
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Much obliged Ted ! I'm going to make a 1/35 model of PT 515 with its remarkable cargo. Merry Christmas and best wishes to all of you for the new year



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  TED WALTHER

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Arjan;

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Those boxes aft Port and Starboard are additional 40MM ready service lockers, just like the two forward are dedicated to the 20MM.
The "bench" looking thing, I have seen on a few England based boats.
jqK96.jpg
PT 515 and PT 518 RON 35 Portland Bill June or July 1944.
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Arjan Wiskerke

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Thanks a lot for posting this nice pic Ted ! Today I noticed (top view of PT 513 in a canal/ lock) that at least some of the Ron 35 boats had a cylindrical object (locker?) in front of the port spray shield. These are also present on PT 518 and PT 515 in the photo you posted. Were these indeed lockers and if so what was contained in them ?

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Arjan Wiskerke

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Not quite sure how to post a pic here, hope it works :



On the subject of England based Elco PT boats, I was struck by the fate of PT 509. This is a nice site :

https://www.jerseybunkertours.com/pt509

I was interested in info from a German perspective but there was none :

https://www.forum-marinearchiv.de/smf/index.php/topic,30619.0.html


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  TED WALTHER

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Arjan;
the object you mentioned in front of the port spray shield is a line locker. This was later incorporated into the spray shield, (The later version is represented on the Italeri 1/35th scale PT 596 model).
Looking through the photos, I can only find this style on England based boats(RON 34 and RON 35).
Great overhead photo of PT 519, where did you find it? I don't remember ever seeing this photo. It is obvious that this photo was taken on the transport ship to England. Does the photo description mention the ship it is on?
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