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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - Roger - Zebra

Destroyed 18 June 1944

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 16 February 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 13 June 1942
  • Completed 3 July 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (MTBRon 5) under the command of Comdr. Henry Farrow, USN
  • MTBRon 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
  • Following training and defensive duty in the Panama Canal Zone area, in the spring of 1943 she was shipped to the Solomon Islands for front-line service in the war against Japan. In July 1943, her
    squadron moved forward to the new base at Rendova, in the Central Solomons, where she actively employed in combat operations. She fired her four torpedos at Japanese destroyers during a night battle in Blackett Strait on the night of 1-2 August 1943. In the middle of that month, she put troops ashore during the preliminary phase of the invasion of Vella Lavella Island. For the rest of 1943 and into 1944, she took part in her squadron's operations in the Central and Northern Solomons and in the Bismarcks
  • On 18 June 1944, after participating in a patrol off Japanese-held New Ireland, "Black Magic" was destroyed by an accidental gasoline fire in Hamburg Bay, Emirau Island, New Guinea.


  • 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-107 69k PT Boats Public Group
    PT-107 515k 12 July 1942
    PT-105 and PT-107 maneuvering off the U.S. East Coast
    U.S. Navy photo
    Tom Kerman
    PT-107 588k On alert for silhouettes of enemy ships during maneuvers. Sister ships of this deadly little mosquito boat have wrecked havoc with the Japanese fleet in the embattled South Pacific
    National Archives photos (Released 29 October 1943) 80-G-43525, 80-G-43526, 80-G-43527, 80-G-43528, 80-G-43529 and 80-G-43530 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    PT-107 432k
    PT-107 455k
    PT-107 445k
    PT-107 355k
    PT-107 464k
    PT-107 & 108 186k PT-108 (left) and PT-107 (right) stowed on board the "Liberty Ship" Joseph Stanton for transportation to the Pacific. Photographed at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 20 August 1942
    National Archives photo 19-N-33168
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PT-107 78k Close up of above photo Jerry Gilmartin, MMC, USN, Ret.
    PT-107 45k Original photo: c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo from the 1944 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Replacement photo: Photo from ELCO 80 PT Boat - On Deck Color Series No. 5 by David Doyle
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp
    PT-107 163k Refueling with other PT boats .
    PT-107 100k Showing storm damage to her pilothouse
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Henry Montgomery, USNR - (aka movie star Robert Montgomery)July 1942 - November 1942
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-107
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