April 24, 2012
He can't play because he's the one that brought it to my attention... and I had never heard of it. So take your best shot, folks! Winner gets a post on a topic of their choice, with the usual limitations. Good luck!
Didn't the Japanese capture or refloat an old four piper in the early days of the war? Wasn't she the Stewart? Heard the story long time ago, but I looked her story up in DANFS and she fits the verbal (no pictures).
I could be very wrong, as usual....
Posted by: The Old Man at April 24, 2012 12:40 PM (dBz2M)
You are absolutely correct - that is IJN patrol boat PB-102, formerly the CLEMSON class destroyer USS STEWART (DD-224). One of two former Allied destroyers to be repaired and taken into IJN service during WW2, and which says a lot about the IJN's priorities and lack of resources. Depending on which source you read, she was named 'ex-STEWART' or simply 'DD-224' following her repossession by US forces at the end.
Given the different appearance of the other Allied destroyer to be captured by the Japanese during WW2, it is easy to deduce PB-102's identity.
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