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PT-126



Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Yoke - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 May 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 10 August 1942
  • Completed 27 August 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIX (PTRon 6) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Clifton B. Maddox, USN
  • PTRon 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.
    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 NINE (PTRon 9) under the command of Lt. Michael R. Pessolano, USN
  • PTRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Morotai, in
    the Halmaheras; and at Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. The squadron also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and at Samar in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Miss Gwin", ex-"Acey Deucy", ex-"String Rabbit Shirt" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 24 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.

    Specifications:

  • 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-126 & 159 201k 29 May 1944
    Courtesy of Alvin Hanson
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-126
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