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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Destroyed 1 August 1943

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 10 April 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 15 July 1942
  • Completed 4 August 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SIX (MTBRon 6) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Clifton B. Maddox, USN
  • MTBRon 6 arrived in the South Pacific in time for its boats to participate in some of the last actions with the Tokyo Express at Guadalcanal. Later it had action at Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury,
    Bougainville, Green, and Emirau
  • The "Munda Morn" was destroyed by Japanese aircraft 1 August 1943 at Rendova harbor, Solomon Islands.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 20mm mount, four 21" Torpedoes 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-117 293k Replacement photo: Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman Original photo: HyperWar, U.S. Navy in World War II
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    PT-117 179k . Harris
    PT-117 55k . Robert Hurst
    PT-117 331k Photos from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    PT-117 605k
    PT-117 175k Russ Padden
    Photo added 25 March 2019
    PT-117 180k Photographed in August 1942 upon completion of construction
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 100910
    Mike Green
    PT-117 320k 29 August 1942
    New York, NY
    PT-117 and PT-124 alongside USS Saufley (DD 465) on her commissioning day
    David Way
    PT-117 142k Undated post card
    Inscribed on back of card:


    Typed underneath inscription:

    New York City, April 1943

    "This will acknowledge your purchase of a War Bond to help sponsor a PT BOAT during the United States Treasury's Campaign, Foreign Language Division, to raise $40,000,000 covering the cost of 100 of these Fighting Ships for our Navy."

    Original photo: Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp
    PT-117 362k Electric Boat Boat Company advertisement from the 1943/1944 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    PT-117 164k c. August 1943
    Hulk of PT-117

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-117
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