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PT-191



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Queen - Baker

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 25 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 5 February 1943
  • Completed 24 February 1943, placed in service assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWELVE (PTRon 12) under the command of Lt. Comdr. John Harllee
  • 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. PTRon 12 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October 1943 to March 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register 19 December 1945
  • "Bambi" was transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm M1 mount on the fantail, two Mk 13 torpedoes, one twin .50 cal. machine gun on the starboard beam, one 37mm M4 mount and one 20mm Mk 4 mount on port beam
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-191 120k Refueling between Palau and Leyte Gulf
    This boat is armed with a 37 mm M4 gun, a 20 mm Mk 4 on the port beam, a twin .50" cal on the starboard beam, two Mk 13 torpedoes, and a 40 mm M 1 gun on the fantail
    National Archives photo
    Joe Radigan
    PT-191 213k Ormoc Bay, Leyte, Philippines
    Joseph N. Myers standing next to PT-191 "score card"
    From the collection of Joseph N. Myers
    Bob Myers
    PT-191 278k This picture of PT-191 was taken when returning from patrol. The reasons this is obvious are: we all have long pants on. This was mandatory on patrol as leg protection was important when firing the guns as spent shell casings were very hot. Reason two is that the boat is running at full speed and we are all smiling
    From the collection of Joseph N. Myers
    Bob Myers
    PT-190 & 191 622k Shot of the 191 boat, left and the 190 boat, right, at the Morobe River Base this is about October of 1943 just before going up to Dreger Harbor at Finschhafen these two boats were in an epic gun battle with Japanese aircraft on the morning of December 27th 1943 after a night of barge hunting on the South Coast of New Britain the running battle lasted for 45 minutes until Army Air Force aircraft showed up and drove off the remaining Japanese aircraft. During the air battle one P-47 was shot down and the 190 boat Captained by Ed Farley picked up the pilot and returned him to Finschhafen for medical care, the 191 boat limped back to base damaged with four wounded men including Captain Rumsey Ewing , the 191 boat was the most sucessful PT in the South and Southwest Pacific having destroyed 18 Japanese barges Bob Rocker

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-191
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