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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Queen - Love

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 February 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 4 June 1942
  • Completed 26 June 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (PTRon 5) under the command of Comdr. Henry Farrow, USN
  • PTRon 5 was assigned to Panama Sea Frontier from September 1942 until the spring of 1943, when it was shipped to the Solomons. There its boats were in action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, Green, and
    Emirau. After assignment to the Southwest Pacific area at the end of 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses
  • She was present during an action with Japanese destroyers in Blackett Strait on the night of 1-2 August. On the 22nd of that month, she participated in a daylight raid on the Kolombangara coast that provoked a considerable fight
    between U.S. PT boats and enemy coastal guns
  • Transferred 15 February 1945 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHTEEN (PTRon 18) under the command of Lt. Edward Macauley, III, USNR
  • PTRon 18 assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Aitape, Hollandia, Wakde, and Mios Woendi, in New Guinea; at Manus in the Admiralties; and at Morotai in the Halmaheras. It also based for a time at
    Kana Kopa, New Guinea, and in San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Hellcat" was placed out of service 1 November 1945 stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One single 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-105 151k Leading other units of PTRon 5 during exercises off the U.S. East Coast, 12 July 1942
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44452
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PT-105 152k Underway with other units of PTRon 5 during maneuvers off the U.S. East Coast, 12 July 1942
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44453
    PT-105 132k Running at high speed, during exercises off the U.S. East Coast with other units of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Five, 12 July 1942
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97974
    PT-105 119k Maneuvering off the U.S. East Coast with other units of PTRon 5, 12 July 1942
    National Archives photo 80-G-17402
    PT-107 515k 12 July 1942
    PT-105 and PT-107 maneuvering off the U.S. East Coast
    U.S. Navy photo
    Tom Kerman

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-105
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