The Sea Hawks

Discussion in 'Non-fiction' started by renrich, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. renrich

    renrich Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2007
    Messages:
    4,542
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    real estate
    Location:
    Montrose, Colorado
    Just finished reading "The Sea Hawks" a book about MTBs during the New Guinea campaign and the Phillipines invasion in 44-45. Not a really well written book but lots of information about relatively obscure campaigns. One thing I never knew about the armament of the PT boats late war was that they carried a lot of guns. The 80 foot Elco boats had a 37MM and two 20MMs on the bow. Two twin mount 50 cals amidships and a 40MM on the stern. In addition, they carried four torpedos, two depth charges and a smoke generator. They would be sent on recon missions to determine if a certain prospective landing beach was well defended and if they thought they could compete they would try to wipe out shore batteries with their gun armament. Pretty brash.
     
  2. Capt. Vick

    Capt. Vick Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,872
    Likes Received:
    637
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    That IS pretty Ballsy. I like it!
     
  3. renrich

    renrich Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2007
    Messages:
    4,542
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    real estate
    Location:
    Montrose, Colorado
    It was pretty gutsy, especially in a wooden boat. They did have speed and maneuverabilty.
     
  4. oldcrowcv63

    oldcrowcv63 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2012
    Messages:
    1,923
    Likes Received:
    96
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Occupation:
    Tired and Retired
    Location:
    Northeast North Carolina
    I'd love to see someone do a book about the earlier phase of MTB warfare. During the initial Phillipine and ABDA campaigns and in the Solomons. Looks like all I had o do was visit Battleship Cove when I lived in Massachusetts and check out the museum store. PT Boats, Inc.- BOOKS - Ship's Store

    American PT Boats in World War II,
    by Victor Chun
    Illustrated study of development, construction, tactics, combat actions.
    Over a 180 photographs
    (Book Style: Hardback)
     
  5. Glider

    Glider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2005
    Messages:
    6,160
    Likes Received:
    128
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Consellor
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    I have just finished looking at a book on the 80ft Elco boats and they often ditched the torpedo's and replaced them with 16 rockets which in later stages were behind the bridge and swung out for firing, far more handy for taking on island based defences. The 37mm came off P39's which were surplus to requirements in 1944/5
     
Loading...

Share This Page