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80' / 23' / 5'
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
1 x 20mm
1 x 37mm bow
1 x 40mm stern
4 x Mark 37 torpedoes
4 x depth charges
Captain Lt(jg) Stanley L. Manning USNR
During the morning of April 29, 1944 at 0705, two FG Corsairs from VMF-215 "Fighting Corsairs" spotted the boats behind the demarcation line, climbed to 6000' and dived on the targets. Major Dill in command later stated: "there was no recognition signals of any kind." From two miles away, both started strafing and then circled once. The two boats tried unsuccessfully to contact the unidentified planes using daytime frequency. PT-347 blinked "S" and "V" with searchlight during the whole attack. Both had US Stars painted on roof and were flying US flag. Crews waved their arms frantically. When the strafing started, Captain Williams aboard PT-350 ordered his gunners to return fire, shooting down the F4U 13307.
The F4U Corsair piloted by Dill landed to Green Island Airfield and ordered an immediate attack on the enemy gunboats. During the initial attack, no one aboard PT-347 was hurt, but PT-350 suffered three dead and three wounded and departed the area.
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