Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Karen Boggs Favorite


Call sign:
Nan - King - Sugar - Victor

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 2 March 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 11 May 1943
  • Completed 31 May 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY FOUR (MTBRon 24) under the command of Lt. Comdr. N. Burt Davis, USN
  • MTBRon 24, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Saidor, and Amsterdam Island in New Guinea, and at Mindoro, Zamboanga, Polloc Harbor, Sarangani Bay, and Davao Gulf
    in the Philippines. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa and Mios Woendi, New Guinea
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, two 20mm mounts, four Mk13 22.4" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    PT-195 357k PT-195 of MTBRon 12 and PT-342
    From the collection of Ens. Robert Hostetter
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-334, 106, 335, 340, 343, 341 & 342 50k PT-334, PT-106, PT-335, PT-340, PT-343 and PT-341 or 342
    From the collection of O. B. Williams

    Photos from the collection of Lawrence Boggs, Crewmember PT-342

    Contributed by his daughter Karen Boggs Favorite

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

    Click on thumbnail for full size photo

    1. Tommy's Cantina
    Panama Beach, FL
    Lawrence Boggs, second from left; Roy O. Groves, third from left
    c. October 1943

    2. New Guinea
    Natives carrying wounded sailors

    3. New Guinea

    4. Japanese prisoners of war

    5. Lawrence Boggs

    Photos from the collection of Roy O. Groves, Crewmember PT-342

    Contributed by his nephew John Groves

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

    Click on thumbnail for full size photo

    1. Crew photo
    Roy O. Groves, third row, second from right; Dominick A. Paone of Jersey City, NJ, back row on the right (Identified by his grandson Jes Paone)
    c. 1944

    2. Roy O. Groves, on the left
    c. 1944

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Herbert W. Punches, USNR - Awarded the Silver StarSeptember 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-342
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Index Back to the Motor Torpedo Boat (PT) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created and maintained by Joseph M. Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History