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PT-104



Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Oboe - Queen

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 January 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 30 May 1942
  • Completed 19 June 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (PTRon 5) under the command of Comdr. Henry Farrow, USN
  • PTRon 5 was assigned to Panama Sea Frontier from September 1942 until the spring of 1943, when it was shipped to the Solomons. There its boats were in action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and
    Emirau. After assignment to the Southwest Pacific area at the end of 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 15 February 1945 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHTEEN (PTRon 18) under the command of Lt. Edward Macauley, III, USNR
  • PTRon 18 assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, Hollandia, Wakde, and Mios Woendi, in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at Morotai in the Halmaheras. It also based for a time at
    Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and in San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Lean Jean" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 1 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-104 233k From the collection of Clural Thomas Hogue Pam Pike

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