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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

RCAF Banoskik (B 118)
ex-RCAF Banoskik (M 408)

PT-7 served the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force

81' Experimental Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 March 1940 as PT-7 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 31 October 1940
  • Completed 25 February 1941
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy and reclassified HM MTB-271 in April 1941
  • Transfer to the Royal Navy canceled, transferred instead to the Royal Canadian Air Force, named RCAF Banoskik (M 408) and used as a High Speed Rescue Launch at Eastern Air Command,
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Reclassified B-118
  • Returned to U.S. custody in 1945
  • Sunk as a target in April 1945.


  • Displacement 51 t.
  • Length 81'
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 3'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes and one single 40mm mount
    RCAF Armament: Two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Four Hall-Scott gasoline engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-7 416k 11 July 1940
    Under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 787-40 from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    RCAF Banoskik (B 118)
    PT-7 212k Canadian Forces photo Terry Leversedge

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Robert Cecil Houston, USN1941
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Bob Houston

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-7
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