|PT 40-Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Two
September 1942/January 1943
Lt. Allen H. Harris Boat Captain
Lt.(jg)Ralph O. Amsden Executive Officer
QM2/c C.L. Smith Quartermaster
GM2/c F.A. Ziether Gunnery
TM2/c Crowder Torpedoman
RM2/c A.C. Davis Radioman
MM2/c T. Ryan Engineering
MoMM2/c Tenney Engineering
MoMM2/c Edward Servatius Engineering
SC1/c W. Landy Shipís Cook
9 Sept. Hoisted aboard SS Robin Wently.
11 Nov. Arrived in Noumea.
16 Nov. Underway for Espiritu, towed by USS Trevor
18 Nov. Arrived Espiritu.
19 Nov. Underway for Tulagi.
20 Nov. Arrived at Tulagi, night patrol, no contact.
22-23 Nov. Patrol-no contact.
25-28 Nov. Patrol, no contact.
2-5 Dec. Patrol, no contact
7-8 Dec. Patrol, no contact.
10-11 Dec. Patrol, no contact.
12 Dec. Patrol, Lt. Henry S. Taylor in command. In company with
PTís 45 and 59. Enemy contact-fired torpedoes, results undetermined.
Three sailors brought aboard, dead. U.S. Navy officer (Lt.(jg) Charles
M. Melhorn) brought aboard.
13 Dec. Patrol-no contact.
17-18 Dec. Patrol-no contact.
19 Dec. Patrol-fired two torpedoes at ship off Guadalcanal,
20 Dec. Patrol-no contact.
24 Dec. Patrol with PT 45. Made torpedo run on object resembling
enemy ship. Object found to be Kokumaronki Island. Three U.S.
dive bombers dropped flares. Two planes dived upon PT 40 and PT 45,
dropping four bombs. All were near misses. One plane then attempted to
strafe PT 40. No injuries.
25-26 Dec. Patrol-no contact.
30 Dec. Patrol-no contact.
2 Jan. 43 Patrol-fired two torpedoes at an enemy destroyer.
Sighted two other DDís off Cape Esperance, but lost contact.
3 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
9 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
10 Jan. Patrol-Lt. Clark W. Falkner at conn. Enemy contact.
Fired three torpedoes at Japanese DD and saw two explosions
(one hit confirmed on IJN DD Hatasukaze.)
12 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
14 Jan. Patrol-Enemy contact, sighted two destroyers,
illuminated by flare to starboard, saw DD heading east.
Fired two torpedoes and headed for base.
17 Jan Patrol-no contact.
19 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
25 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
28 Jan. Patrol-no contact.
29 Jan. Patrol-no contact.