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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - King - Roger - Easy

Sunk 1/2 November 1944

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 26 December 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 5 March 1943
  • Completed 27 March 1943
  • Placed in service 8 April 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY ONE (MTBRon 21) under the command of CDR Selman S. Bowling, USN
  • MTBRon 21, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Morobe, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at San Pedro Bay and Subic Bay in the
    Philippines. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and at Samar and Basilan Island in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases. MTBRon 21 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for action in the New Guinea area from October 1943 to March 1944
  • The "Sea Bitch" was bombed and sunk by Japanese aircraft 1/2 November 1944 at San Pedro Bay off Leyte, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, four 21" Torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-320 420k Boat's wreckage, alongside Willoughby (AGP 9), after she was hit by a bomb in Leyte Gulf, 5 November 1944
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44321
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Boat Captains
    01ENS Joseph W. Burk, USNR - Awarded the Navy Cross (1945), Silver Star (1945) and two Bronze StarsJanuary 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-320
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