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PT-188



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Peter - Jig

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 17 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 January 1943
  • Completed 17 February 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (PTRon 12) which was under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee, USN
  • PTRon 12, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, Hollandia, and Mios Woendi, and in the Philippines at San Pedro Bay and Ormoc. It also based for a time at Kana
    Kopa, New Guinea, but had no action from this base
  • Transferred 10 May 1943 to PTRon 6 which was under the command of Lt. Clark W. Faulkner, USNR
  • 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 PTRon 8 which was under the command of Lt. Edward I. Farley, USNR
  • PTRon 8, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, and Aitape; at Rein Bay and Talasea on New Britain, and in Philippine waters at Mindoro, Zamboanga, and Tawi Tawi. The
    squadron based for a time at Kana Kopa, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea , and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action at these bases
  • The "Carolina Queen" ex-"Cookie" ex-"Double Trouble"was destroyed by U.S. Forces 28 October 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-130 291k Japanese prisoners of war on an unidentified PT boat with PT-188 and PT-130 in the background
    Courtesy of Alvin Hanson
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-188 243k Art Kuesel, CO
    Courtesy of LTJG Bill Skade

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-188
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