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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Sugar - Zebra

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 24 October 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 4 March 1943
  • Completed 13 March 1943
  • Placed in service 19 March 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (PTRon 16) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • PTRon 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 also
    based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these bases. As part of Task Unit 70.1.4, PTRon 16 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from
    December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Ball Buster" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 26 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: As built - Four 21" torpedoes, two depth charge racks aft, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
    1944 - Removed two aft torpedo racks and added a 40mm mount aft, one 20mm mount forward (later replaced by a 40mm mount)
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-223 217k c. 1945 Wayne Traxel

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-223
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