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HM MTB-307

Call sign:
Nan - William - Love - King

PT-49 served the Navies of Great Brian and Italy

77' Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 12 June 1941 as PT-49 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified BPT-1 in July 1941
  • Launched 26 August 1941
  • Completed 20 January 1942
  • Transferred to Great Britain 4 February 1942 and commissioned HM MTB-307
  • Paid off 10 March 1945 at Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in November 1945
  • Transferred to Italy in February 1947 at Palermo and reclassified as a Torpedo Recovery Craft GIS-0019
  • Cannibalized for spares and scrapped.


  • 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 (replaced by two Mk V .5" Vickers machine guns and two twin .303 cal. Lewis machine guns) and four 21" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-49 69k HM MTB 307 and HM MTB 313 (ex-PT-55) moored alongside several Vospers, apparently at Alexandria, Egypt. At some point after being merged with the 10th MTB Flotilla, the surviving 77 ft. MTBs of the 15th MTB Flotilla were repainted in the Light Standard Scheme F
    Photo H. Tong, CFVA
    Robert Hurst
    PT-49 329k Showing crew members at action stations somewhere in the Mediterranean. The image shows the aft 0.5" Vickers Mk. V powered mounting is aimed skyward by the gunner, the skipper (dark jacket and shorts) and his second in command pose for the camera on the bridge, while the forward starboard side twin 0.303" Lewis aimed skyward by the gunner
    Imperial War Museum photo

    Commanding Officers
    01T/LT J. G. G. Muir, RNVR23 June 1942 - 29 December 1943
    02T/LT L. H. Blaxall, RNVR29 December 1943 - 20 February 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-49
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