American PT Boats in World War II: by Victor Chun

By Victor Chun

American PT Boats in global conflict II is an illustrated research of the improvement, development, strategies, and strive against activities, of U.S. PT Boats.

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A close up view of the searchlight and the antenna lIIount. Courtesy Elco. /flers were inSTalled at the stern ofthe boat. /flers IInder waTer or sTraighT out TO increase POIVeJ: Courtesy of Elco. 102 Sometillles the aft TOrpedo tubes were replaced with the depth charge racks. Depth charges are not shown in this picture. Courtesy ofElco. 103 American PT Boats in World War II I , Chapter 12: Anatomy of PT Boat PT 20 type - PT's 20-68 (Elco Boatworks). Length 77 feet; beam 19' 11 "; draft 4'; displacement 35 tons.

Whell rhey gar wirhill half a mile oj rhe wharf, several gUlls opelled Up ollrhemJrom shore. 71Je PT boars rumed aroulld alld fired back. They desllvyed several barges and ser 111'0 Jreighr cars abla:e beJore elearillg our oj rhe harbol; Courtesy of the National Archives. 57 Chapter 9: The Philippines (return) American PT Boats in World War II During amphibious operations on Mindom, PT boats lVere also used in the rescue operation after a LSTlI'as hit by a Japanese suicide plane. Courtesy of the nited States avy.

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