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Forum Name: PT Boats - General
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Topic: Base Names
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During WWII many of the bases, Combat or Advance were given code names such as Navy 60 or Cub 12. Is there a list of where these bases were and what the real Island names were?

Alan Curtis

Posted By: Alan Curtis | Posted on: May 3, 2007 - 5:17pm
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Alan:
I do have a list of Bases which show the locations of different Bases thruout the War. I am not aware of any code names for the Bases, although some had some very nice catch phrases attached to their signs. Are you looking for anything in General. For instance, Base 16 had on their sign the saying. "These are the little ships that in their own peculliar way bring discomfort to the enemy." Some as you are aware were advance Bases with little more then Tents, such as Tent City in Portland, England. The largest Base built during the War was in the Philippines at Bobon Point, Base 17. The Packard Overhaul Unit was called PMEOU, and of course the FEMU Units known as the Floating Equipment Maintainence Units were formed at Base 21. Advanced Bases were usually shore based and supported by Tenders. Squadron Base Forces or SBF moved with the Squadrons and included maintainence,supply, medical and administration. This is but a brief overview of the many units and services intended to keep the PT Fleet afloat during WWII.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 3, 2007 - 7:07pm
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Thanks Frank.
My father was assigned to Cub 12 which was somewhere in the Solomon Islands. I'm not sure if it was part of any of the PT bases. He was an aerial photographer and I know that some of that information was used by the PT crews. I was just trying to locate an island name associated with Cub 12.

Alan Curtis

Posted By: Alan Curtis | Posted on: May 4, 2007 - 7:43am
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my dad's command was out of guadalcanal and it's code name was ebon, i found a list of codes names for bases and if time permits ill try and locate it.

kendall p. strehle
avr c-26654

Posted By: kendall strehle | Posted on: May 7, 2007 - 6:13am
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thanks Ken:

I would love to see that list. I was really not aware of the code names for the Bases, but giving it some thought, it would sure make good sense. Hopefully you might find the list as I have never seen anything published on code names for the PT BOAT BASES in any Book or Publication.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: May 9, 2007 - 6:08am
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had some time to look for the list of bases and came across my dads summary of service of which had ....air center command ( ebon) not what i was looking for but will continue the search.......my files arent organized as i hoped they were.

kendall p. strehle
avr c-26654

Posted By: kendall strehle | Posted on: May 9, 2007 - 3:29pm
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i may have spoken , or responded , out of line. i found the list and ebon was for espiritu santo, new hebrides islands. the site is www. naval historical center.com and go the faq section. about 1/4 way down in the code word section, go to the naval code words and take your pick. again sorry about the confusion on my part.

kendall p. strehle
avr c-26654

Posted By: kendall strehle | Posted on: May 9, 2007 - 3:48pm
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[IMage]http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p249/ptboats/Base6.jpg[/IMage]

I have this picture of MTB Base 16 in the Philipines



Posted By: Gary Szot | Posted on: May 13, 2007 - 11:00am
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Alan:

I have been doing some research and I found this Australian website which gives quite a bit of information about missions and bases of PT Boats during the war.

If you go to this website and do a search for PT Boats, you will find a lot of info.

http://www.pacificwrecks.com





Posted By: Gary Szot | Posted on: May 18, 2007 - 3:13pm
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