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HM MGB-183
ex-PT-207



Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - George - Peter

PT-207 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia.


78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 July 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 16 October 1942
  • Completed 2 February 1943
  • Placed in service 3 February 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (PTRon 15) under the command of Comdr. Stanley M. Barned, USN
  • PTRon 15 was the first PT squadron sent to the Mediterranean Theater, where it operated as a unit of the British Coastal Forces. It had action throughout the western Mediterranean, basing at Bizerte and Bone, Africa;
    Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France
  • Damaged by naval gunfire 27 March 1944 at Anzio, Italy
  • The "Big Seven", ex-"Lucky Seven", ex-"Big 7", ex-"Seven Dice", ex-"Zebra" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-183
  • Transferred to Yugoslavia later in October 1944 and reclassified MT-3
  • Scrapped in 1966.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-207 109k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-207 106k Photo from the collection of MoMM1c Dave Prentice
    PT-207 156k Revell Model Kit Tommy Trampp
    PT-207 81k Translation: "U.S. Navy Mosquito Boat PT-207. The name "Mosquito" is an apt description of the fast wooden torpedo boats that were used by the U.S. Navy in WW2. These boats could quickly drive up to the less maneuverable enemy naval units and as a particularly deadly type of mosquito shoot the torpedoes from a very short distance. Their speed and agility made them unusual difficult targets. PT-207 was built in 1942 at the Higgins Boat Company. It had 3 Packard motors each with 1350 hp. Its maximum speed was 45 knots. PT-207 was built of wood and 25 meters long. After 2 years service in the U.S. Navy PT-207 went to the British Royal Navy from borrowed and was there until the war ended."

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-207
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