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PT-171



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Item - Xray

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 September 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 14 December 1942
  • Completed 30 December 1942, placed in service 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
  • Assisted PT-157 in the rescue of 11 survivors of PT-109, 6 August 1943
  • 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 "Slow Freight", ex-"Devil Due", ex-"Dinah-Mite" 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-163 96k c. May 1945
    Philippines
    Moored inboard of PT-163
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-167 88k 9 June 1945
    MTBRon 10 PT's nesting along side tender USS Pontus (AGP 20). PT-171 on the outside, followed by PT-167, PT-108 and an unknown boat.
    Photo courtesy of Henry Beazley

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-171
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