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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Item - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 21 September 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 5 December 1942
  • Placed in service 22 December 1942 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (PTRon 10) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Thomas G. Warfield, USN
  • PTRon 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 "Raidin' Maiden" was placed out of service, 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 40mm mount, two torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-168 83k . .
    PT-61 342k 8 October 1943
    PT-168 off the starboard quarter of the field-modified "gunboat" PT-61 with two shielded 40mm guns and the complete absence of torpedo tubes. The position of the two twin .50s proclaims it to be a 77-foot Elco.
    Photo courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Edwin W. Polk, USN, Ret. from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PT-168 357k Cover of the November 1943 edition of Yachting magazine Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-168 60k Crew photo
    PT-174 & 168 111k PT-174 being loaded with ammunition and supplies by her crew, while alongside PT-168 with some of her crew sitting under a tarpauline
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-168
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