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Destroyed 8 August 1943

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 25 March 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 3 July 1942
  • Completed 23 July 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
  • Transferred 22 September 1942 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWO (PTRon 2) under the command of Lt. George A. Brackett, USNR
  • In late 1942, with six 77' Elco boats and six 80' Elco boats, PTRon 2 was shipped to the South Pacific, where it was active in the Solomons campaign, engaging in many strenuous night actions with the Tokyo Express in the defense
    of Guadalcanal. PT's 113 and 114 operated from December 1942 to April 1943 as part of Motor Torpedo Boat Division 17, in turn part of PTRon 6, on detached duty in New Guinea waters. Lt. Earl S. Caldwell, USN, was
    for a time commander of both PTRon 1 and 2
  • Transferred 1 April 1943 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHT (PTRon 8) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN
  • PTRon 8, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action in New Guinea waters at Tufi, Morobe, Kiriwina, and Aitape; at Rein Bay and Talasea on New Britain, and in Philippine waters at Mindoro, Zamboanga, and Tawi Tawi. The
    squadron based for a time at Kana Kopa, Dreger Harbor, and Mios Woendi, New Guinea , and at San Pedro Bay in the Philippines, but had no action at these bases
  • Beached and abandoned 8 August 1943 after being damaged by grounding off Veale Reef, near Tufi, New Guinea
  • The "Zero Chaser", ex-"Green Banana" was later scrapped.


  • 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-113 239k In dry dock Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

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