Posted by: SJS | August 18, 2022

PT 513 in the English Channel

PT 513 armed, ready and moving out

My thanks to Griff Carey for posting this powerful photo from the archives of Life Magazine. The photographer was David Scherman.

PT 513 was part of the legendary Squadron (RON) 35 which participated in the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944. The PTs of that squadron performed multiple tasks as part of the Normandy invasion–clearing mines, supporting landing craft, and helping to rescue Allied troops whose crafts went down in the channel. On D-Day and the days leading up to the invasion, the PTs were busy indeed.

High quality black and white photos like this one always do an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere and the energy that surrounded the work of the PT boats. Color photos are wonderful but when it comes to capturing the nuances of mood, movement, and tension, I’ve always found black and white photos to be the best.


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