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Old 16-11-2003, 02:17 PM
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From: Howard Bradbury
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In 1943 I was assigned to the US Naval Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron based at Tufi. As I recall the nature of the base, the boats were moored at docks constucted at the base of a steep hill. The personnel facilities were located at the top of the hill requiring quite a long walk from the boat area. At some time during April or May of '43, two of the boats caught fire. Both boats were destroyed as well as the dock facilities and all the stored fuel and amunition including torpedoes and depth charges. I am just curious if the remains of those boats are still visible.

Also, I notice in some of the pictures of Tufi that there seems to be no coconut palms. When I was there it seemned we were in the center of a vast coconut plantation.

I would sincerely appreciate any information or references that you might forward to me.

Although the circumstances of may stay in Tufi in 1943 were most unpleasent (wartime environment), I have, over the years, cherished the beauty of that lovely place and the people living there.

Thank you in advance for any information you might send me.
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I visited Tufi twice in 1974 and swam near the boat wharf. There were remnants of the torpedo boats there then. Tufi is a nice place with a very interesting backdrop of 'Fiords'.


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WWII information on Tufi & PT-Boat Wrecks

Hi there,

Here is information on Tufi during WWII, some photos and details on those PT-Boats, PT 67 and PT 119 sunk there.

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Aussie et al...

I spent a month at Tufi as the relief manager of the Tufi Fishery station.
While there, I was told the "story" of the two PT boats. Here it is:
PT boats always operated in as forward area as possible to accomodate range
issues. One night one or more PT boats spotted the sihlouet(sp) of a warship
and proceeded to make a gun run on it. No torpedoes were mentioned but all the fifties were blazing. Only one run was attempted and after the run the contact was broken as a prudent jesture to an alerted enemy.
The problem was is that it was an American warship that was attacked by the PT boats and the Admirals and staff were very perturbed about the attack. The next day an air attack was launched in reprisal. Two PT boats were sunk,
no lives lost. Lesson etched into memory of PT boat Navy: Identify your foe.
The two PT boats are listed as lost to "friendly fire" in the Naval Archives.
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re Tufi PT boats

I visited Tufi from Popondetta twice whilst teaching there in 1974-5. The story I heard was that two PT boats were destroyed at the Tufy Jetty after a fuelling fire. I did some snorkelling and saw some plywood wreckage near the Jetty.

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You can see underwater footage - just a short clip on a DVD called Moresby to Manus - the definitive underwater guide to PNG by British u/w videographer John Boyle


I'm hoping to dive the remains of these sunken PT boats in April. If I get any shots I'll link them to this site.
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