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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive
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PT-214 served the Navies of the United States and Great Britain
78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:Laid down 19 August 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LALaunched 16 December 1942Completed 15 February 1943Placed in service 18 February 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (PTRon 16) under the command of CDR Russell H. Smith, USNPTRon 16 participated in the Aleutian campaign from August 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I.; and Brunei Bay, Borneo. It alsobased for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these basesTransferred 13 March 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (PTRon 15) under the command of CDR Stanley M. Barnes, USNPTRon 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, FranceThe "Gallopin' Ghost", ex-"Zombie", ex-"Little Killer" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-178Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945 and destroyedFate unknown.
Specifications:Displacement 56 t.Length 78'Beam 20' 8"Draft 5' 3"Speed 41 kts.Complement 17Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mountPropulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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||26 February 1943
New Orleans, LA
PTRon 16 commissioning ceremony on the fore deck of PT-215. PT-214 is in the background
|Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
MoMM1c Dave Prentice of PT-204goofing on the 40mm mount forward of PT-214
Photo from the collection of MoMM1c Dave Prentice, PT-204
There is no DANFS history available for PT-214
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