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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - William - Oboe

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 6 May 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 3 August 1942
  • Completed 20 August 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIX (MTBRon 6) under the command of LCDR Clifton B. Maddox, USN
  • MTBRon 6 arrived in the South Pacific in time for its boats to participate in some of the last actions with the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal. Later it had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury,
    Bougainville, Green, and Emirau
  • Damaged 4 September 1943 by Japanese planes off Meresu Cove, Solomons
  • After its transfer to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • Transferred 29 May 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (MTBRon 10) under the command of LCDR Francis H. McAdoo, Jr., USNR
  • MTBRon 10, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in April 1944, the squadron had action at Saidor
    New Guinea; Morotai, in the Halmaheras; and at Balikpapan, Borneo. The squadron also based for a time at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea, and at Samar, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • The "Who Me", ex-"Hogan's Goat" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 11 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One single 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-117 320k 29 August 1942
    New York, NY
    PT-117 and PT-124 alongside USS Saufley (DD 465) on her commissioning day
    David Way
    PT-124 168k April 1943
    Photograph by Scherschel. TimeLIfe. TimeLife images 116083714, 116083717, 116083722, 116083740 and 116083742
    David Upton
    Photos added 17 May 2021
    PT-124 192k
    PT-124 211k
    PT-124 264k
    PT-124 193k
    PT-124 147k 11 November 1945
    PT-124 and an unidentified PT boat burning at Samar
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-124
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