American PT Boats in World War II by Victor Chun

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An illustrated research of the improvement, building, strategies strive against activities of PT boats, many drawings, diagrams, plans, profiles pictures.

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Courtesy of Robert Ferrell. Courtesy of Robert Ferrell. Courtesy of Robert Ferrell. 84 85 Chapter 12: Anatomy of PT Boat American PT Boats in World War II HIGGINS 78' I! &. e 1680 6/1/46 BOlh photos courtesy of lhe PT Boal Museum. 86 87 11' • I nuUI r 1 '. C' Or .. , American PT Boats in World War 11 Chapter 12: Anatomy of PT Boat HUCKINS Huckins PT boat practices laying a smoke screen. Courtesy of the National Archives. PT 297 saw action at Mindoro. December /944. Note the heavy compressed air launchers on top of the torpedo tubes.

Shafts - three shafts, three propellers (all right hand). Rudders - three rudders, mechanical steering. load one engine, 11 knots, 1050 miles. DEVELOPMENT OF THE TORPEDO RACK A single 40 n1ln cannon was inslOlied 01 Ihe Slern of lOler PT boals. II was mOSI effective to use against enemy barges. Courtesy of the J08 ational Archives. Experimenls 10 develop new launching techniques were initiated 01 the Motor Torpedo Squadrons Training Cenrel; Melville, Rhode Island. some time in 1942. One of the deVice!

PT 297 saw action at Mindoro. December /944. Note the heavy compressed air launchers on top of the torpedo tubes. Courtesy of the PT Boat Museum. PT 95 at Jacksonville. Florida. Courtesy of the Bureau of Ships. r::.. HOCI( sC~EEN (;£N. , TORPEDo aox f] ENGIME ROOM f:ATCH MOLIn red arrhe cenrer of rhe bow is rhe 37 mm gun on a Mark I MOLlIJ1 wirh rwo boxes ofammunirion behind ir. Funher back is rhe 20 mm gun wirh irs dnlmmagazines on lOp of rheir slOrage box. Borh guns are especially effecrive in dealing wirh rhe enemy supply barges.

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