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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive
Nan - Charlie - Nan - Tare
PT-216 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Turkey
78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:Laid down 2 September 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LALaunched 30 December 1942
Completed 26 February 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USNTransferred 13 March 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (MTBRon 15) under the command of CDR Stanley M. Barnes, USNMTBRon 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 Bizerteand Bone, Africa; Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez,
FranceOn 21 October 1943, PT-212, PT-206 and PT-216 torpedoed and sank the German auxiliary minelayer Juminda
(742 GRT, former Italian Elbano Gasperi) 2 miles west of San Stefano, MonteArgentario, ItalyThe "Shangri La" was transferred
to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-180Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in March
1947, sold to Turkey and named Bora (HB-8)Fate 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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||2 February 1944
Shown taking Lieutenant General Mark Clark to the advance command post at the Anzio Beachead
U.S. Army photograph SC 212640 now in the collections of the National Archives from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
||PT-216 (Shangri La) moored outboard of the PT-214 (Zombie) at the PT Boat Base at Bastia, Corsica in the Mediterranean
Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
|Bora (HB 8)
||Captain Iskender Sidar, TUN, Ret.
There is no DANFS history available for PT-216
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