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Topic: PT boats and air crews help needed

Please view the link below and the reference to PT Boats. Does anyone know what squadron this would have been and possibly what boat numbers? Thanks, Mark

Posted By: Mark Culp | Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 - 6:06am
Total Posts: 135 | Joined: Oct 15, 2006 - 2:56pm

Hi Mark,
I am just going to make your link clickable,
I will review At Close Quarters to see if I can find any mention of the Kavieng missions. Jerry

Jerry Gilmartin

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 - 11:40am
Total Posts: 1230 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm

Thank you, highly appreciated.

Posted By: Mark Culp | Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 - 1:11pm
Total Posts: 135 | Joined: Oct 15, 2006 - 2:56pm

RON 5, RON 6, and RON 11. I suggest you e-mail Earl(108), LTjg John Iles(48, 125, and 105) or Jack Duncan(103, 62 ,and 319)
Take care,

Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 - 7:10pm
Total Posts: 2893 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am

It looks like Squadrons 5 and 11 were the ones to focus your search on.

I found this in "At Close Quarters"

In the "Guadalcanal and Beyond- the SolomonsCampaign" Section Part 33 Page 163-165

.....From July to October the boats claimed only 15 barges destroyed..... but usually it was impossible to assess damage with any accuracy at the time of the strafing. Squadrons 5 and 11, at Emirau, had the most varied missions. They caught 5 more trucks on the New Ireland coastal road, claiming 3 destroyed and 2 damaged and possibly destroyed. They undertook a continuous evacuation of natives from New Hanover, to reduce the Japanese labor supply on the island -- and, incidentally, food supply, for the remaining Japanese were reduced to obtaining their food from the natives. In July and August the Emirau boats stole 283 natives and 16 Chinese from under the enemy's nose on New Hanover and took them to Mussau Island. Emirau boats also landed raiding groups, which the PT officers and men frequently accompanied, to destroy Japanese supplies on the small islands off the New Hanover coast.

The landing of American forces in the Philippines in October made the war seem remote indeed from the Solomons. It also created a new and expanding area for PT's. Commodore Moran discontinued all PT patrols in the Northern Solomons on November 24. In December Squadrons 5, 11, 20, and 23 departed for duty under the Commander Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons Seventh Fleet.

Then later in the New Guinea Campaign section: Part 25 seems to indicate RON12 was involved as well

During March and April (1944), PT's from Dreger made 28 patrols along the south coast of New Britain, and claimed destruction of.......

...........As had been the case in the past, when the boats were operating from Kiriwina, the south coast of New Britain continued to be the only area where enemy planes attempted to harass the PT's with any regularity. The planes caused no damage, and on the night of March 12/13, (1944) Lt. (jg.) Alfred G. Vanderbilt, USNR, in PT 196, (RON 12) and Lt. (jg.) Cyrus R. Taylor, USNR, in PT 193, had the satisfaction of shooting down a floatplane in flames after it had dropped a bomb 150 yards astern of the 193.

On the night of April 13/14, 1944 Lt. (jg.) Julius O. Aschenbach, USNR, in PT 132, and Ens. Fendall M. Clagett, USNR, in PT 133, attacked eight barges in Henry Reid Bay, sinking four, destroying two on the beach, and damaging the other two. During repeated runs on the barges, the PT's were attacked by an enemy plane which dropped four bombs and made two strafing runs. The PT's refused to be diverted from their own attack and kept blasting away at the barges until they were out of ammunition.


Jerry Gilmartin

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Oct 3, 2010 - 8:11pm
Total Posts: 1230 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm