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
GM2/c F.A. Ziether
TM2/c Crowder
S1/c Champion
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RM2/c A.C. Davis
MM2/c T. Ryan
MoMM2/c Tenney
MoMM2/c Edward Servatius
SC1/c W. Landy
Ship's Cook

9 Sept.
Hoisted aboard SS Robin Wently.
11 Nov.
Arrived in Noumea.
16 Nov.
Underway for Espiritu, towed by USS Trevor (broke towline).
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 PT's 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, results unobserved.
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 DD?s 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.

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