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PT-68
ex-BPT-20
ex-PT-68
ex-PTC-36

Destroyed 30 September 1943

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Planned as PTC-36
  • Reclassified PT-68 in June 1941
  • Laid down 27 August 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-20 prior to completion
  • Launched 13 November 1941
  • Transfer to Great Britain canceled and reclassified PT-68 in December 1941
  • Completed 13 January 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FOUR (MTBRon 4) under the command of Lt. Rollin E. Westholm, USN
  • MTBRon 4 was the training squadron, based at the MTB Squadrons Training Center, Melville, R.I. It was the largest squadron, having a peak of 28 boats in service at one time
  • Transferred 1 October 1942 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHT (MTBRon 8) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN
  • MTBRon 8, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, and Aitape; at Rein Bay and Talasea on New Britain, and in Philippine waters at Mindoro, Zamboanga, and Tawi Tawi. The
    squadron based for a time at Kana Kopa, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea , and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action at these bases
  • Grounded 1 October 1943 at Vincke Point, Huon Peninsula, eastern New Guinea and destroyed to prevent capture.

    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 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-68 96k c. 1942
    Narragansett Bay, RI
    PT-68 running at 45 kts.
    PT Boats, Inc. photo
    Mike O'Neil
    PT-68 221k c. 1942
    Narragansett Bay, off Melville, RI
    Photo from the book "Knights of the Sea"
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-68 390k Solomons
    She displays one of the first field-applied green camouflage patterns. Contemporary color photos show that, upon arrival, she carried Measure 13, with Navy Blue/Sea Blue numbers on the pilothouse. Standing in the black swim trunks is Francis “Ed” Bearfield
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-68
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