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PT-297



Call sign:
Nan - Queen - King - Mike

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 10 March 1943 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 27 April 1943
  • Completed 20 October 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN (PTRon 16) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Almer P. Colvin, 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, Squadron 16 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from
    December 15 to 19, 1944. PT's 295-301, placed in service after the squadron had departed for the Aleutians, were designated as Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIXTEEN B (PTRon 16B), which was commissioned as a
    separate command under Lt. James H. Van Sicklen, USNR. PTRon 16B was placed out of separate commission on 31 May 1944, when it joined the parent squadron in Seattle
  • "Old '97' " was placed out of service 26 November 1945, stripped and destroyed 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-297 395k . Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-297 106k 15 December 1944
    PT-297 picks up survivors of LST-738 hit by a suicide plane during invasion of Mindoro, Philippines
    National Archives photo 80-G-294583
    Original photo: Hyperwar, U.S. Navy in World War II
    First replacement photo: Joe Radigan
    Second replacement photo: Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-297
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