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 Author  Topic: Elco 77 Foot PT BOATS
Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Aug 20, 2021 - 4:26am
Here are some great photos taken at the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Training Center that highlight the Elco 77 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: Aug 20, 2021 - 8:02am
Nice series of photos Frank, thanks. Great details of the early boats, hint hint Italeri.

That 20mm looks like it would be hard on the back, or maybe I'm thinking like the old man I am.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Aug 20, 2021 - 8:05am
Heck when your 18-23 years of age those things are pretty easy. That angle does look very uncomfortable but then again he has the strap on


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Dick

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These images are great Frank, thanks for posting them.

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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Aug 20, 2021 - 12:48pm
Your welcome Dick. Hope all is well. Once again the little PT BOATS Leading the Charge

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Stearman

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I have a question about the Lewis machine guns on the bow of the early 77 boats, were they actually used? While looking up PT-34, I stumbled onto NavSource, and they state, (Not known if Lewis machine guns were ever installed/later removed) Not very clear.


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Stearman,
I was reading Iliff Richardsons War Diary written from PT34 and he states they had 2 Lewis guns mounted on the bow aboard PT34 and Al Ross Father manned the forward 30 cal to shoot at Jap floatplanes using one! You should read it for yourself. See pages 73, 128 and 142 where he mentions the 30 cal.
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Frank J Andruss Sr

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Frank J Andruss Sr   Send Email To Frank J Andruss Sr Posted on: Aug 31, 2021 - 5:37am
Stearman

The 41 boat did in fact have have the guns on her forward deck before arriving in the Philippines. This photo clearly shows one of those guns on the starboard side of the boat while in transit

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Stearman

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Thanks Jerry and Frank, that does answer my question. I will read that Jerry! I could not imagine manning that position, must be why the later boats didn't have them.


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Dad once told me that when they started out on patrol, he would tip the Lewis down to let the water drain out of the barrel, then fired a round to clear it.,


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