PGM Photos

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PGM-5 - probably December, 1943, somewhere near San Pedro, California - note the head of the pilot just clearing the top edge of the bridge- radar mast folded down aft of bridge

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PGM-5 - probably December, 1943, somewhere near San Pedro, California - ship not underway, there is no man visible on the bridge, radar on mast just aft of bridge

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Bridge of PGM-5 - notice man on the right; only his head is above the top edge of the bridge (the canvas top and windows can be removed for an open-air bridge). The bridge of the ship prior to conversion was configured as a completely enclosed pilot house with flying bridge above. I have yet to determine for certain why the bridge was converted to this open design for the PGMs. As originally designed, these ships were intended to protect against German submarines along the east coast of North America (sub chasers or SC). In this case there was no danger from attack by enemy aircraft and an enclosed pilot house would provide more protection against the elements. I believe the bridge was converted to the open design, with the option to remove the canvas top, to enable a better view of the sky. There clearly was a threat from Japanese aircraft in the South Pacific and it may have been an advantage for those on the bridge to be able to spot aircraft above them. Of course it would also expose them to more danger from enemy fire from above.

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PGM-7 Bridge - mast for radar on right side of photo - note slightly elevated platform below wheel for man to stand on, perhaps to help keep his shoes from getting soaked with sea water in heavy seas?

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Bridge of PGM-7 - note watertight hatch for access below deck, also deck strip here appears to be perforated, this is the elevated portion seen in second photo above, the perforations probably function to drain sea water off the elevated deck. Magnetic compass directly in front of wheel, voice tube over on the right of wheel (I believe this voice tube was for communication with the engine room)

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MTB Base 9 at Stirling Island, Treasury Islands, Solomon Islands. A PGM on the left (number unknown)

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SC-757 - later converted to PGM-2 - the pilot house of sub chasers was completely enclosed with bridge above, unlike the PGMs