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PT-193



Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Queen - Peter

Scuttled 25 June 1944

80' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 30 November 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 11 February 1943
  • Completed 27 February 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Squadron 12 (MTBRon 12) under the command of LT Cyrus R. Taylor, USNR
  • On the night of 12 - 13 March 1944, "Bitchin' Witch" and PT-196 were attacked by a Japanese float plane which dropped a bomb 150 yards astern of PT-193. Both PT boats returned fire and shot down
    the float plane. LT Taylor was awarded the Silver Star for this action
  • On a mission from Biak to Noemfoor Island, New Guinea 25 June 1944, prior to the American invasion, to locate friendly Noemfoor Islanders to assist in planning the American assult. A team of U.S.
    Army 201st CIC (Counter Intelligence Corps), Captain Victor Cook, U.S. Army and Staff Sargeant Carl R. Thien, U.S. Army, landed and sucessfully completed their mission. Afterwards, the PT boat engaged ands sunk three Japanese barges off the island, before running aground on a coral reef off Bani Point. PT-331 took the crew aboard, and PT-193 was scuttled. LT Taylor was severly injured when gasoline he was using to destroying the ship's radar equipment blew up, prior to scuttling. He was immediatly taken to a hospital ship off Biak, but died from his wounds. Camp Taylor, the PT base at Mios Woendi, New Guinea was named in his honor.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns (replaced by two 20mm mounts), one 37mm mount and one Mk 14 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-193 310k MTBRon 12 boats underway in the Southwest Pacific, circa March 1943. The boat in the foreground is one of four Ron 12 boats (PT-193-96) fitted out with an armament of one 20mm Mk 14 gun forward, two 20mm guns in Scarff ring turret mounts (replacing the 0.50s"), and a 40mm gun aft. The other six boats of Ron 12 (PT-187-92) one of which is in the background were armed with two 20mm guns fore and aft (Mk 14 and 10 Mounts), they also had Scarff ring 20s in place of their 0.50s. Note what appears to be a 40mm gun sited forward of the aft 20mm
    Photo from Allied Coastal Forces of World War II, Vol. II by John Lambert & Al Ross
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-193
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