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PT-344



Call sign:
Nan - King - Tare - Baker

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 8 March 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 15 May 1943
  • Completed 1 June 1943
  • Placed in service 17 June 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY FIVE (MTBRon 25) under the command of Lt. Daniel J. Bauchman, Jr., USN
  • MTBRon 25, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Mios Woendi, and Amsterdam Island in New Guinea; Rein Bay and Talasea in New Britain; Mindoro and Ormoc in the Philippines; and Morotai in the
    Halmaheras. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 13
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount, four Mk13 22.4" 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-344 373k Touching up MTBRon 25's logo
    From the collection of Ens. Robert Hostetter
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-344 414k From the collection of Ens. Robert Hostetter

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-344
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