Posted by: SJS | July 16, 2013

PT boats in dense jungle waters

Nest of PT boats in New Guinea

PT boats nested on river in New Guinea

A group of PT boats nested on a river somewhere in New Guinea in the South Pacific are shown in this photo from early 1945. During their time in Squadron (Ron) 27, Red Stahley and Tom Saffles were sent on many missions patrolling rivers that cut through dense jungles like the one pictured here. Even with their weaponry and the manuverability of their boats, the PT crews always found themselves on the defensive as they made their way carefully through the narrow waterways shrouded in thick vegetation. Their objective was often to locate and destroy enemy communication stations. And that was no easy task.

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