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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Oboe - Able

Wrecked 12 January 1943

77' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 20 February 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 20 May 1941
  • Completed 30 June 1941, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (MTBRon 2) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Earl S. Caldwell, USN
  • MTBRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41
  • Transferred 13 August 1941 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (MTBRon 1) under the command of Lt. William C. Specht, USN
  • MTBRon 1, when it was composed of 77' Elco boats, was sent to Pearl Harbor, where it was in action on 7 December 1941. Its boats again saw action at the Battle of Midway, and participated in the
    Aleutian campaign
  • Wrecked in a storm 12 January 1943 at Dora Harbor, Unimak, AK.


  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 77'
  • Beam 19' 11"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: Two twin .50 cal. Browning M2 machine guns in Dewandre turrets, one .30 cal. machine gun and four 21" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-28 191k Original photo: A single .30 cal. Browning machine gun on a tripod is fitted forward
    U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Refueling
    National Archives photo
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Tracy White
    PT-28 & 29 262k USS Hornet (CV-8) arrives at Pearl Harbor after the Doolittle Raid on Japan, 30 April 1942. PT-28 and PT-29 are speeding by in the foreground
    National Archives photo 80-G-16865 from Naval History and Heritage Command
    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Jerry Gilmartin, MMC, USN, Ret.

    Boat Captains
    01LT Robert A. Williamson, USNRJanuary 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-28
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