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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Destroyed 12 April 1942

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Originally planned as PT-35 but reclassified as a Motor Boat Submarine Chaser, PTC-15
  • Reclassified back to PT-35 in March 1941
  • Laid down 3 April 1941 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 19 June 1941
  • Completed 16 July 1941 and placed in service with Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron ONE (MTBRon 1) under the command of LT William C. Specht, USN
  • MTBRon 1 was the first squadron commissioned, and originally was made up of experimental boats
  • Transferred 12 August 1941 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THREE (MTBRon 3) under the command of Lt. John D. Bulkeley, USN
  • MTBRon 3 was the only PT squadron engaged in the defense of the Philippines. Among its important missions was the evacuation of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor in March 1942
  • Under the command of Ensign A. B. Akers, the following personnel were evacuated from Corregidor to Mindanao:
    Colonel Charles A. Willoughby, G-2
    Lieutenant Colonel Le Grande A. Diller, Aide, (PRO)
    Lieutenant Colonel Francis H. Wilson, Aide to Major General Richard K. Sutherland, and
    Master Sergeant Paul P. Rogers, Secretary
  • Scuttled 12 April 1942 at Cebu, Philippines to prevent capture.


  • Displacement 40 t.
  • Length 77'
  • Beam 19' 11"
  • Draft 4' 6"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: Two twin .50 cal. Browning M2 machine guns in Dewandre turrets and four 21" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 3,600shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-31, 34, 35 & 41 148k Original photo: c. September 1941
    Guadalupe (AO-32) bound for the Philippines with a deck cargo of six PT boats (PT-31, PT-32, PT-33, PT-34, PT-35 and PT-41) of MTBRon 3
    Replacement photo: 2 September 1941
    Photo by ELCO Naval Division, Electric Boat Company, Bayonne, NJ
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Richard Jaslovsky
    PT-31, 34, 35 & 41 117k c. September 1941
    PT-31, 34, 35 and 41 in the well deck of the tanker Guadalupe, while on their way to the Philippines
    Photo from PTBM
    Robert Hurst

    Boat Captains
    01ENS Anthony B. Akers, USNR - Awarded two Silver Stars (1942)January 1942
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-35
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