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80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm gun
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
4 x 21" torpedoes
While motoring to the patroll area with PT-124, both were bombed and strafed ineffectively by enemy aircraft. PT-123 spotted an enemy destroyer between Cape Esperence and Savo Island and closed to 1,000 yards then fired three torpedoes then observed the target bursting into flames and burning. In fact, this was Makigumo that hit a mine while maneuvering to avoid the torpedoes.
PT-123 followed and was about to launch torpedoes at another enemy vessel while lining up to attack a F1M2 Pete dropped a bomb that hit the fantail and caused fires that swept over the boat. Richards ordered the crew to abandon ship as it sank into Iron Bottom Sound southwest of Savo Island and to the north of Cape Esperence on Guadalcanal.
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