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1 x 40mm
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x 21" Torpedoes
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Completed as PT-353. Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 25 (MTBS-25).
Later, four other P-40 Kittyhawks from 78 Squadron and a Beaufighter from 30 Squadron accidentally attacked the pair of PT-Boats. Another Beaufighter successfully identified the ships as friendly, but was not able to stop the attack. After they made several passes, the PT-Boats returned fire, but the captains of each boat made them cease fire. As a result of the attacks, both PT-Boats were hit, burned and sank.
Shortly after the attack, the first group of P-40s returned to the area, reported the tragedy and dropped life raft. Five hours later, other P-40s guided PT-346 and PT-354 to the site to look for survivors. A total of four officers and four enlisted men were KIA, four officers and four enlisted men were WIA. This was the first friendly fire incident in the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA) when Allied aircraft accidentally attacked PT-Boats but would not be the last incident.
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