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 Author  Topic: Tube launched torpedo MK's?
  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 - 1:15pm
Hi Don,
I have a picture taken in Rendova Harbour 1943 shows PT180 and PT183 and the boat in foreground has both types of torpedoes (Mark 8 and Mark 13) in roll off racks on the same boat! I found this in the photo files at the National Archives last May. Maybe this is the photo you were thinking of? Jerry



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Thanks Gerry great photo I do recall this one it is really unique.

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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: Mar 2, 2012 - 2:27pm
Sure looks like a MK18 tube to me...



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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: Mar 2, 2012 - 2:53pm
This is the only photo I recall of other than MK13s in roll-off racks on US boats.

It's from Frank Johnson's book and the caption alleges this is PT 562 with MK8s.

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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Jerry Gilmartin   Send Email To Jerry Gilmartin Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 - 5:58pm
Hey Al,
Thanks for spotting that. After looking at that photo more than once, I realize it looked kind of funny. That sure is a tube up front! I thought it was strange how I could not make out the fins and propellers on the rear of the longer torpedo! Hmmm lets see, maybe thats because it is inside of a tube! Anyway thanks again! Good eye! Jerry

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Drew Cook

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General question(s) on the photo of the 180 and 183 at Rendova...

Are they pulled up at Lumbari island? Or is it Pau, Bau, or Rendova island proper?

I'm always trying to figure where the boats are/were, in any Rendova photos...

PS - Granted, its something of an oblique angle, but note how close the depth charge is in front of the forward starboard tube on the 183, particularly evident in Dr. Ross's enlargement...not WAY OUT in front along the toe rail...(pet peeve of mine).


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David Waples

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Good observation on the depth charge. Similar to the 109 photo. Notice how high it sits in the rack on Al's photo. Different rack types?
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A blowup of one of Gene's images shows what might be the same type of rack (behind the man with the cap). It looks like it has an extended track, and rolls across the deck a bit. I can't tell if it is also raised:





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Excellent photo. That may be the case for the 109 as well. A little trip across the deck before hitting the water. I would not have guessed that!
Dave

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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: Mar 3, 2012 - 4:52pm
Didn't the 109 torpedo one of its own depth charges? That would put it in the usual position. I wonder if they moved them back to avoid that happening again.

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