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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Xray - William - Able

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 April 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 July 1942
  • Completed 15 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. After its transfer to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron was decommissioned and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered operational losses. PT's 119-122, with PT's 113 and114 of MTBRon 2, were designated Motor Torpedo Boat Division SEVENTEEN (MTBDiv 17) and were sent to the Southwest Pacific in December 1942. MTBDiv 17, under command of Lt. Daniel S. Baughman, USN was the first PT unit to operate in New Guinea waters. It was absorbed by Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron EIGHT (MTBRon 8) on 1 April 1943
  • Sank the Japanese submarine I-22, 12 November 1942 off the mouth of the Kumusi River, 15 miles southwest of Buna, Papua, New Guinea at 08 32' S., 148 17' E
  • Transferred 1 April 1943 to MTBRon 8 under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN
  • MTBRon 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
  • The "Super Boat" was stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 28 October 1945 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-122 250k Photo courtesy of Bill Skade, MTBRon 8 Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-122 & PT-149 61k c. 1945
    Tulagi, Solomon Islands
    Photo by Robert Aubrey Moore, Machinist Mate 2/c, USS Agawam (AOG 6) of Yorktown, VA
    Andrew Payne

    Boat Captains
    01ENS Robert F. Lynch, USNR - Awarded the Silver Star (1942)December 1942
    02LTJG Earle P. Brown, USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarApril 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-122
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