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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Able - Fox - Mike

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 3 January 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 6 August 1942
  • Completed 28 August 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTEEN (MTBRon 13) under the command of Comdr. James B. Denny, USN
  • MTBRon 13 participated in the Aleutian campaign from March 1943 to May 1944. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Mindoro, P.I., and
    Brunei Bay, Borneo. It also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and San Pedro Bay, P.I., but had no action from these bases. As part of Task Unit 70.1.4, Squadron 13 was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro from December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Six Bits" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 23 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 40 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes, one 40mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-75 404k 3 August 1942
    Port quarter view of PT-75 and PT-76 under construction
    Higgins Industries photo
    PT-75 209k 21 June 1943
    PT-75, PT-82 and PT-79 nested alongside USS Gillis (AVD 12) in Casco Cove, Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, AK
    National Archives photo 80-G-53505
    Rick Davis and John Chiquoine
    Photo added 18 December 2020
    PT-75 440k c. July 1943
    Aleutian Islands Campaign, June 1942 - August 1943. PT-75 and PT-78 moored outboard of an unidentified PT boat in Attu Harbor in the Aleutians, in background is Consolidated PBY “Catalina” taking off
    Photographed by Lieutenant Horace Bristol
    National Archives photo 80-G-475727 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    PT-75 112k 12 May 1944
    Womens Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska
    National Archives photo
    Tracy White

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