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PT-369



Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Dog - Item

70' PT-368 Class Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Built in 1942 by the Canadian Powerboat Co., Montreal, Canada
  • Acquired by the Navy 21 November 1942
  • Completed 27 March 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHTEEN (PTRon 18) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Henry M. S. Swift, USNR.
  • PTRon 18, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, Hollandia, Wakde, and Mios Woendi, in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at Morotai in the Halmaheras. It also based for a time at
    Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and in San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases. The squadron originally was planned as a four-boat squadron for service in the Caribbean Sea Frontier. PT's 368-371,
    70-foot boats of Scott-Paine design, built by the Canadian Power Boat Co., Montreal, were acquired under reverse lend-lease from the Dutch Government, and were converted by installation of Elco fittings at Fyfe's Shipyard,
    Glenwood Landing, Long Island, N.Y. The squadron then was reassigned to Southwest Pacific and was augmented by PT's 362-367, 80-foot boats fabricated by Elco and assembled at the Harbor Boat Building Co., Terminal
    Island, California. When completed these boats were identical with the 80-foot Elco model
  • The "Sad Sack", ex-"J Mar J" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 1 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 33 t.
  • Length 70'
  • Beam 19'
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 12
  • Armament: Two 21" torpedo tubes, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-369 84k Commander S.S. Bowling, USN, COM MTB Squadrons, Seventh Fleet, observes Morotai operations aboard PT-369, 15 September 1944. Bowling is standing in left center
    National Archives photo 80-G-283915
    Mike Green

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-369
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