Posted by: SJS | January 10, 2017

PT strategy session- New Guinea 1943


Few photographs reflect the intensity, informality, and laser focus of a PT crew as does this remarkable shot that was taken in 1943 somewhere in New Guinea in the South Pacific.  Gazing at this group of seasoned vets, all with wisdom and experience beyond their years, I can easily envision my father and his buddy, Tom Saffles, listening intently to their officers and each other about the latest mission and conversing about what they can anticipate on the mission yet to come.  Their youthful vigor and clear-eyed determination suggest that they’re ready for anything.   Everything about this photo conveys the brash courage, can-do spirit, and dedication to teamwork that characterized the Mosquito Fleet.

My thanks to Frank Andruss for making this–and hundreds of other remarkable pictures from his Mosquito Fleet Exhibit–available to us.  Frank’s work in promoting the legacy and heritage of the USN’s PT fleet has been an outstanding contribution to everyone interested in WWII history but especially to those of us who have family members who served on PT boats, bases, and tenders.

Keep up the great work, Frank!  Your efforts are appreciated by more people than you could ever realize.  I urge all who are interested in PT history to visit his website:  The Mosquito Fleet Exhibit.  It is a tremendous resource for us all.




  1. You said it beautifully, Stephen. This generation is one of which we will not soon see again!!
    I’ll pop on over to the Fleet right now.

  2. Thanks, GP. That photo spoke volumes to me. It was so easy to imagine my father being in the middle of a group of sailors like that–relaxed yet intense and all about getting the job done. Those photos open up his world to me. Thanks so much for your continued support and the tremendous job you do on your blog. Keep up the great work.

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