PG-45 Panay Reclassified PR-5
One of two medium sized ships built for Yangtze service. The USS PANAY was commissioned September 10, 1928. Named for an island of the Philippines, she was built for duty on the Yangtze Patrol. While on the patrol she was routinely fired upon by Chinese bandits and warlords. The ship's commanding officer wrote, "Firing on gunboats and merchant ships have(sic) become so routine that any vessel traversing the Yangtze River, sails with the expectation of being fired upon. Fortunately, the Chinese appear to be rather poor marksmen and the ship had not sustained any casualties in these engagements.
On December 12, 1937 Japanese naval aircraft were ordered by their Army to attack "any and all ships" in the Yangtze above Nanking. Knowing of the presence of the PANAY the navy requested verification of the order, which was received before the attack began about 13:27 that day. The Japanese fired on and sank the PANAY with colors fully displayed. The Japanese claimed the attack was unintentional, and accepted full responsibility. Three men were killed, 43 sailors and 5 civilians were wounded.
Commissioned October 22, 1928 the OAHU [PG-46, Reclassified PR-6] participated in regular Yangtze River duties such as escorting foreign and American merchantmen up and down the river, supplying armed guards to US and British rivercraft, landing blue-jackets at treaty ports threatened with unrest, and evacuating US citizens and foreign nationals in times of danger. Escaping China in November 1941, she sailed the open sea to Manila where she operated until she was sunk by enemy gunfire on May 5, 1942 off of the island of Corregidor.
Patrol Craft Displacement 450 tons Length 191'1" Beam 28'1" Draft 5'3" Speed 15 knots Armament 2x1 3 inch/50 10x1 .30 cal AA Complement 65 Reciprocating engine twin screws
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