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PT-168



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 (MTBRon 10) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Thomas G. Warfield, USN
  • MTBRon 10, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, and Green
  • Mistakenly damaged 20 July 1943 at Ferguson Passage, Solomons by U.S. Army Air Force B-25s
  • Damaged 10 August 1943 by Japanese aircraft off Sandfly Harbor and Ferguson Passage
  • Damaged by Japanese aircraft 10 October 1943 north of Vella Lavella
  • 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.

    Specifications::

  • 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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