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PT Boat Crewman Lathers Up with Soap Prior to Salt Water Bath

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Crewman of a motor torpedo boat covering himself with soap prior to dive over side of ship in the Philippines. Note 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun with helmet next to gunner‘s seat. PT boats were instrumental in securing the Philippines, able to bring firepower to the many islands. PT boats attacked Japanese convoy TA-6, consisting of two transports escorted by three patrol vessels that left Manila on November 27, 1944. They were attacked by American PT boats in Ormoc Bay on the night of November 28 and by air attack as the surviving ships left the area. All five ships were sunk. The United States created a forward base for PT Boats at Ormoc Bay on December 28, 1944.
Image Filename wwii1034.jpg
Image Size 1.93 MB
Image Dimensions 2854 x 2904
Photographer Miller, Wayne
Photographer Title Lieutenant
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed December 21, 1944
Location PT Boat
City Ormoc Bay
State or Province Leyte
Country Philippines
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
Record Number
Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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