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1 x 40mm
1 x 37mm cannon
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4 x Torpedo Tubes
On September 22, 1942 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Two (MTBRon 2) under the command of Lt Rollin E. Westholm, USN. During early October 1942, loaded aboard USS Tallulah (AO-50) as deck cargo along with PT-111 and shipped to the South Pacific.
On January 10, 1943 during the evening, PT-112 under the command of Lt. Westholm departed with PT-43, PT-40 on a mission to intercept eight Japanese destroyers expected off after midnight and patrolled off the north coast of Guadalcanal between Cape Esperence and Aruligo. Another group including PT-59, PT-46 and PT-36 patrolled between Tassafaronga to Doma.
After the attack, PT-112 had to turn hard left to avoid a collision and passed astern of the Hatsukaze as other ships opened fire. Turning east under fire, PT-112 was hit twice at the waterline and near the forward bulkhead of the engine room. Damaged, Lt. Westholm ordered the crew to abandon ship and was the last to leave.
The crew deployed their life raft while PT-112 remained afloat. At 1:30am, Westholm attempted to return to the vessel and paddled to within 100' when the ship exploded and settled by the stern. By dawn, PT-112 sank into Iron Bottom Sound roughly one mile east of Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal.
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