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80' x 20' 8" x 5'
4 x 21" Torpedoes
1 x 40mm gun
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
Justin Taylan 2003
|Captain Ensign Henry W. Cuttler, USNR
Crew MoMM3c Francis C. Watson
Crew Hyde (MIA)
Crew Bruce S. Bales, USNR, O-257522 (MIA / KIA ) NC
Crew QM2c Allen B. Gregory, USNR (MIA / KIA)
Crew RM2c Harry E. Barnett, USNR
Crew Y2c Henry S. Timmons
Crew TM3c Edgar L. Schmidt, USNR, 5763780 (MIA / KIA) TX
Crew MoMM3c Evo A. Fucili, USNR (MIA / KIA)
Crew SC3c James P. Mitchell
Engine Room MoMM1c William Daley, Jr., USNR, 7079462 (WIA / MIA / KIA) NY
Crew TM2c Morgan J. Canterbury, USNR
Sunk March 7, 1944
Built by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ. Laid down February 17, 1943 as a 80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat. Launched April 24, 1943. Completed May 14, 1943. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PT-337.
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 24 (MTBRon 24) and shipped across the Pacific to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA). Nicknamed "PT Intrepid" and later "Heaven Can Wait". This PT Boat operated from Dregger Harbor PT Boat Base on the north coast of New Guinea.
During the night of March 5, 1944 to March 6, 1944 PT-337 participated in a successful attack against Bogia Bay. The next night a follow up mission was planned further to the north deeper into enemy territory.
On March 6, 1944 during the evening departed Dregger Harbor PT Boat Base along with PT-338 under the command of captain Lt.(jg) Carl T. Gleason. The pair proceeded northward into enemy territory to search for enemy barges in Hansa Bay.
On March 7, 1944 at 2:00am the pair were idling outside Hansa
Bay then spotted
targets close to shore on radar and attacked two luggers moored together,
but heavy machine gun fire opened up from the beach area.
Fates of the Crew
By dawn on March 8, 1944, they were still to the north of the island. Delirium gripped the surviving crew, with more trying to swim to the island, but disappearing. They thought they saw one of them reach the shore, then Japanese appear on the beach. Mitchell successfully reached the shore, saw enemy and returned to the raft. That night, a boat approached them from shore with armed men aboard, but a sudden squall came up and the boat disappeared. On the morning of the March 9, 1944, they found a overturned Japanese boat, and a crab clinging to it that they ate, and a drifting dried coconut. This was the only food or water they had and all were covered in sores and sunburn.
On March 10, 1944 at noon three B-25 circled them and dropped a package
but it sank, but two other packages survived, with instructions that
a PBY Catalina would rescue them the next day.
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