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POLL: US PT-Boats in the Pacific


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unknown member writes:

One does wonder if the American PTs had been armed with a weapon like the Japanese Long Lance torpedo if they might have racked up a much more impressive tally

One does wonder if American destroyers, subs, and aircraft had had torpedoes that worked before the middle of 1943.

The early PTs had torpedoes that had all the flaws of the destroyer and submarine torpedoes. Then they used aircraft torpedoes that were slow and ran deep with fuses that failed if the impact was at a 90 degree angle.

Then being insulted by the torpedo ordnance bureau as cowards and incompetents.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
highly effective
9
10%
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moderately effective
20
22%
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useful
34
37%
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not very effective
12
13%
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highly ineffective
1
1%
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none of these/no opinion
15
16%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION
Writing in Naval History magazine, Admiral James L. Holloway III (who was gunnery officer on DD Bennion at Surigao Strait) recalls seeing the PT-boats advancing to set up an ambush for the oncoming Japanese fleet:
I had never heard such a racket. We could hear the PT engines five miles away and see them at even greater distances, because they were engulfed in a cloud of their own exhaust fumes. It was my first encounter with PT boats; I was not impressed.
How would you evaluate the usefulness of US PT boats in the Pacific in WWII?

Poll set up by unknown member, based on this pre-poll discussion.