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PT Boat Photo Album

As a part of my research I collect photos and paintings of PT Boats, Here is a selection of these photos and paintings. If you have authentic PT Boat photos you would like to share, along with some of the history that goes with the photos, please contact me.

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PT-189, a first series eighty foot Elco PT-103 Class boat moored in a nest of other Squadron Eight boats late in the war, flying a captured Japanese flag as a war prize.
PT boats in New Guinea - PT boats moored at a beach in Mios Woendi, New Guinea.
   
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PT-564, the Hellcat - Note the twin .50 caliber machine guns on the foredeck.
PT boats nested together in a river "somewhere in the Southwest Pacific."
   
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Elco eighty foot PT boats at Melville, Rhode Island, the PT Training Center
PT-559 of Squadron 29 - This boat carried an experimental weapon that contained four 20mm guns and two .50 caliber machine guns. This mount was called the "Elco Thunderbolt." The boat also carried the Mark XIII torpedoes in roll-off racks and a 20mm gun on the foredeck. It also carried the SO-Type radar.
   
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The Huckins seventy-eight foot PT-95 Class PT boat. The Huckins built PT-95 Class PT boat. These seventy-eight foot boats had a planing type hull instead of the deep V hulls of the Elco and Higgins PT boats.
PT-194 of MTB Squadron 12 "the millionaires Squadron" taking wounded sailors off of a ship. At this point of the war,the boats were heavily armed. In this shot, you can see a field mounted twin .50 caliber machine gun, a 20mm Oerlikon gun on a tripod mount and a pipe-tripod mount for another free swinging machine gun near the roll-off rack for the Mark XIII torpedo.
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PT-124 in the Slot - A well done painting depicting a typical night action in "the Slot" in the Solomons.
PT-69 was the Huckins experimental design, it was never placed into service
as a PT boat. It was reclassified as YP-106 on September 24, 1942. (Thanks to to At Close Quarters by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, USN (ret.))
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PT-105, somewhere off the U.S. East Coast, 1942. PT-105, a patrol boat of the same class as John F. Kennedy's PT-109 performs test maneuvers in the Atlantic. With crews of 12 to 14, the "mosquito boats" in the Solomon Islands nimbly harassed Japanese warships, usually under cover of darkness. The PT crews' primary goal in the Solomons was to hinder delivery of troops and supplies to Japanese bases.
PT Boat manufactured by Elco (Electric Launch Company)