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PT-63



Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Xray - Xray

ex-BPT-15
ex-PTC-31
ex-PT-63

Destroyed by fire 18 June 1944

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Planned as PTC-31
  • Reclassified PT-63 in June 1941
  • Laid down 9 August 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-15 prior to completion
  • Launched 23 October 1941
  • Transfer to Great Britain canceled
  • Reclassified PT-63 in December 1941
  • Completed 7 February 1942
  • Destroyed by fire 18 June 1944 while refueling off New Ireland, Papua, New Guinea.

    Specifications:

  • 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-63 211k c. June 1944
    Emirau Island, Papua, New Guinea
    What remains of PT-63
    From the collection of Torpedoman 3rd Class John E. Mirus, Jr., crew member
    Rick Schaefer

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-63
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