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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: Nov 6, 2022 - 5:55am
I'm looking for photos of PT 694 when she was Howard Hugjhes' FLYING BOAT TENDER. I've drawn her as she would have looked in Soviet service, but would like to draw her as the tender. This is the only photo I have. It looks like there are a couple of large reels under tarps, but there are other structures aft. An overhead or side view would be very useful.

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Al

puy84.jpg

pu5OM.jpg


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Joe Reese

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Joe Reese  Posted on: Nov 6, 2022 - 5:26pm
I have not had much luck. This image from reddit aviation looks like a Vosper. I can see what I think are the torpedo channels at the bow. I can't tell much of what is on the deck aft, though, or even if it's the 694. Do you know if Hughes only bought that one boat, or were there others it could be?





The first pic in this site may be of some use identifying deck items, and it looks like it is the Vosper.

https://www.vintag.es/2019/05/h-4-hercules.html



And I believe it is again on the 9th pic



I found a few other variations of these pics, though none of them were as clear. Struck out so far with NARA, having trouble processing search parameters tonight, for some reason.





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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: Nov 7, 2022 - 5:01am
Thanks, Joe. These are very helpful.

Al Ross


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Joe Reese

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Joe Reese  Posted on: Nov 8, 2022 - 3:26pm
Found a nice, clear one on this reddit post:

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/3atz90/68_years_ago_today_construction_was_completed_on/


Direct link:

https://external-preview.redd.it/so406cjgeyBf9lt_93C-I2zLC3HXgvPa48eIUyZlj_Y.jpg?auto=webp&s=fe6dbce2c84f2c0571636465f6c6ce77e7d44849


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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: Nov 9, 2022 - 6:48am
Nice find Joe! You are an excellent researcher. I cropped it out to post here although the original has a much higher cool factor with that behemoth of an airplane included:

puNLJ.jpg



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Dr. Ross,

You are aware that PT 694 was eventually reconfigured to the "McHale's Navy" TV series' "PT 73," right?

I had Dick post a pretty good color photo capture of "PT 73" underway from the 1964 theatrical "McHale's Navy" film on the Forum some time ago.

Don't know if this helps you or not.

-- Drew


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Joe Reese

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Joe Reese  Posted on: Nov 15, 2022 - 4:26pm
Thank you, Al and Jeff. I am really enjoying this, learning a lot.


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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Stearman  Posted on: Nov 16, 2022 - 8:24pm
A long time back, I had a photo of PT-694 after her PT-73 days, when the Mayor of Hawthorne, CA, owned her! Does anyone have that photo?


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