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alross2

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At some point, PT143 was fitted with a Sperry 60" searchlight. I searched the discussions and nothing came up, but I vaguely remember there was some a long time ago. Anyone have anything on this?

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Stearman

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Stearman  Posted on: Oct 25, 2022 - 7:47pm
It looks like it was temporary, since the wheels are still on the generator, and the electrical cable not in conduit. Strange that it has torpedo's still on board, and the 37mm! Like to know what the thinking behind that experiment? Cheers, Dennis


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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: Oct 26, 2022 - 5:10am
Wow:

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Jeff D

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Here's a thread on it, nol information on its purpose though: http://www.ptboatforum.com/cgi-bin/MB2/netboardr.cgi?cid=101&fid=102&tid=4890


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alross2

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of alross2   Send Email To alross2 Posted on: Oct 26, 2022 - 6:49am
Thanks, Jeff. Maybe Ted has more?



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Jeff D

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You're welcome Al.


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Too weird! Just when you thought you'd seen everything....


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  TED WALTHER

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Al;
Nope I have not found anything yet to explain the purpose of this modification. I have yet to look at the RON 8 war diary, maybe something is in there. I would like to think this was done before or after Bill Skade’s time on 143, because, since he left a nice collection of photos and info on his time on 143, he would have mentioned it. He was on 143 1944-1945.
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TED


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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I agree with Ted, this must have been before Bill Skade reported aboard for duty. I have none of Skades' photos of the 143 that show this light. However, I do seem to remember something about mounting a searchlight on one of the Boats in RON22 for use in the Med? It may have been mentioned in the Squadron Diary? I will look and see if I can find something in there.

Jerry Gilmartin
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Joe Reese

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There's a little blurb about it in At Close Quarters.

https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/CloseQuarters/PT-4.html

Apparently Lt. Farley had it installed to experiment with spotting barges.

I grabbed a screenshot of it, but I can't find the image button.


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