By 1941 there were 29 total PT’s total in the US Navy, by December ’43 there were 29 squadrons. Indeed, by the end of the war the small ships, PT’s LCI etc. numbered 7,000 craft of 80 types. Many Early PT boats had up to 4 torpedoes and 2 twin .50 Cal guns in powered mounting, a heavy load for the day. As with most American hardware, this was only the start! Soon a 20mm was added at the stern as standard, useful for surface or air action. Then, enterprising crews frustrated by strafing the tough Japanese barges to negligible effect mounted a USAAF 37mm automatic gun (acquired from an Air Cobra) and found it most effective!
Indeed, America had not been blind to the possibilities of the coming war and took great pains to watch and learn from her allies and foes so that when war came, America was ready to put into place a building program that dwarfed all the other navies combined and led to the naval dominance that she still enjoys today.
The US Navy Fleet Contains:
2 x Plastic Elco PT boat
2 x Plastic Higgins PT boat
1 x Coastal Cutter sub chaser (resin and metal)
1 x LCI-(L) landing craft (resin and metal)
4 x LCM-3 landing craft (metal)
1 x F4U Corsair (metal)
Plastic Torpedo markers
Includes free box of the F4U Corsair. It was an American fighter, of which, was designed and operated as a carrier-based aircraft. It quickly emplaced itself as one of the more capable fighter-bombers of the second world war. It had such a reputation that some Japanese pilots referred the F4U Corsair as the most formidable American fighter of World War II.
Note: All Cruel Seas items manufactured by Warlord Games are 1/300th (6mm) scale.