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PT-114



Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Uncle - Baker

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 March 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 6 July 1942
  • Completed 24 July 1942
  • Placed in service 28 September 1942and assigned to Motor Torpedo Squadron FIVE (PTRon 5) under the comand 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 22 September 1942 to PTRon 6 under the command of Lt. George A. Brackett, USNR
  • PTRon 6 late in 1942, with six 77' Elco boats and six 80' Elco boats, 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. PT's 113 and 114 operated from December 1942 to April 1943 as part of Motor Torpedo Boat Division 17, in turn part of PTRon 6, on detached duty in New Guinea waters. Earl S. Caldwell, then a
    lieutenant, was for a time commander of both Squadrons 1 and 2
  • Transferred 1 April 1943 to PTRon 8 under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN
  • PTRon 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
  • Collided with PT-110, 26 January 1944 at Ablingi Harbor, New Britain. PT-110 was sunk by an exploding depth charge which broke loose from the collision
  • The "Buccaneer", ex-"Silver Dollar" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 28 October 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-114 364k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-114 153k From the collection of LTJG William Skade, USNR, commanding PT-143
    PT-114 171k Borneo
    PT-142, PT-143 and PT-114 nested alongside a tender
    From the collection of LTJG William Skade, USNR, commanding PT-143
    PT-114 364k PT-114, PT-120, PT-352 and others being stripped at Samar
    Courtesy of Alvin Hobson

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-114
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