A Mark XIII aerial torpedo being launched from a PT Boat by simply dropping it over the side during tests in the Rendova area of the Solomon Islands, 1943.

Caption   A Mark XIII aerial torpedo being launched from a PT Boat by simply dropping it over the side during tests in the Rendova area of the Solomon Islands, 1943. ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Navy
Identification Code   80-G-58547
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jan 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
26 Oct 2015 02:38:52 PM

Dropping aerial torpedoes over the sides of PT Boats allowed the boats to remove the heavy torpedo tube launchers and replace that weight with additional gun and cannon mounts. When launching torpedoes with this method, the torpedo is not rolled off the skids but is slid off the rails so as to not tumble the gyros.

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