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Destroyed 12 December 1942

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

Originally planned as PT-44 but reclassified as a Motor Boat Submarine Chaser, PTC-24

  • Reclassified PT-44 in March 1941
  • Laid down 17 May 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 18 July 1941
  • Completed 30 July 1941
  • Placed in service 31 July 1941 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWP (PTRon 2) under the command of LCDR Earl S. Caldwell, USN
  • PTRon 2 tested the first 70' Elco boats in Florida and Caribbean waters in the winter of 1940/41. In December 1941, with 11 new 77' Elco boats, the squadron was assigned to the Panama Sea Frontier. Then late in 1942, with six
    77' Elco boats and six 80' Elco boats, it was shipped to the South Pacific, where it was active in the Solomons campaign, engaging in many strenuous night actions with the Tokyo Express in the defense of Guadalcanal
  • Destroyed 12 December 1942 by Japanese destroyers Kawakaze and Suzukaze off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.


  • 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 and four 18" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 1,200shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-37 192k Map of the location of PT-44 and other World War II shipwrecks in Ironbottom Sound in the Solomon Islands Ron Reeve

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-44
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