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PT-281



Call sign:
Nan - Peter - Able - Victor

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 23 December 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 13 April 1943
  • Completed 8 July 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY THREE (MTBRon 23) under the command of LCDR Ronald K. Irving, USN
  • MTBRon 23, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Bougainville and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in December 1944, the squadron had action at Palawan, in the Philippines. It also
    based for a time at Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and at Mindoro, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • The "Midnight Lady" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 26 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    PT-277 461k MTBRon 23 commissioning ceremonies, at Higgins Industrial Canal Plant, New Orleans, La., 28 June 1942. Boats present in right front are: PT- 281, 277 and 288
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44483
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-281
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