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Sunk 25 February 1944

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 12 November 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 15 January 1943
  • Completed 31 May 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY (PTRon 20) under the command of LCDR Glenn R. Van Ness, USNR
  • PTRon 20, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Bougainville
  • The "Nola Flash" grounded 26 February 1944 in Empress Augusta Bay, Solomon Islands and sunk by Japanese shore batteries.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 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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