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1 x 40mm Bofors
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During May 1943, one of five PT Boats loaded into a cradle aboard SS Stanvac Manila that was torpedoed on May 24, 1943 fired by the Japanese submarine I-17 roughly 100 miles south of Nouméa on New Caledonia. Due to efforts of the crew, PT-174 was floated off the sinking vessel and towed to Nouméa Harbor.
During the night of August 1-2, 1943 PT-174 under the command of Lt. Russel W. Rome departed Rendova PT Boat Base (Lumbari Island / Todd City) as one of of fifteen PT Boats patrolling the Blackett Strait in four sections. Patrolling the southern portion of Blackett Strait was PT-174, PT-105 and PT-103. During the mission, PT-174 fired all four of her torpedoes at Japanese destroyers off the southern side of Kolombangara Island. Afterwards, returned to base without claiming and hits and out of torpedoes.
During April 1944, transferred to the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) and operated off New Guinea, Morotai and the Philippines and finally used in the Borneo campaign.
On July 22, 1945 PT-174 under the command of Lt(jg) Robert L. Baker with PT-170 and PT-163 made a daylight attack against Paloe Bay in the Celebes claiming considerable damage ashore.
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