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HM MTB-312

Call sign:
Nan - Able - George - Zebra

PT-54 was built for Great Britain

77' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 7 July 1941 as PT-54 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Reclassified as BPT-6 later that month
  • Launched 16 September 1941
  • Completed 23 February 1942, transferred to Great Britain and commissioned HM MTB-312
  • Sunk off Tobruk, Libya by German aircraft 14 September 1942.


  • 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 1,200shp Packard V12 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-54 95k A trio of MTBs berthed at the Royal Navy submarine base at Lazaretto, Malta. The two 77' Elco boats (nearest one appears to be MTB 312) in the foreground sport two different types of splinter camouflage; grey and dark grey on their lower hulls
    Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport photo from "British Motor Torpedo Boat 1939-1945" by Angus Konstam
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01T/Lt Alfred Robert Howlett "Bobby" Nye, RNVR23 February 1942
    02Lt Jan Quarrie, RNVRSeptember 1942
    Courtesy of Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-54
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