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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - Fox - Mike

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 21 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 4 November 1942
  • Completed 20 November 1942, placed in service under the command of Lieutenant William Liebenow and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINE (MTBRon 9) under the command of Lt.
    Comdr. Robert B. Kelly
  • MTBRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green
  • Japanese naval and army aircraft bomb Rendova, New Georgia, Solomons 2 July 1943; light cruiser IJN Yubari and nine destroyers bombard the beachhead. PT-156, PT-157 and PT-161 engaged the
    enemy, but inflict no damage
  • Rescued the 11 survivors of PT-109 6 August 1943 with the assistance of PT-171
  • Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in May 1944, the squadron had action at Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea; Morotai, in the Halmaheras; and at Zamboanga and Tawi Tawi in the Philippines. The
    squadron also based for a time at Dreger Harbor, New Guinea, and at Samar in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • The "Aces and Eights", ex-"Old Pickle Puss" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 27 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns (forward .50 cal. replaced by one 20mm mount)
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-157 36k Hyperwar, U.S. Navy in WWII
    PT-157 83k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-157 83k PT Boats Public Group
    PT-157 129k Crew members pose on the boat's foredeck, at Rendova, Solomon Islands, in July 1943, while operating in support of the New Georgia operation. PT-157's "Aces & Eights" insignia is painted below her number on the cabin front
    Photographed by T/Sgt. J. Sarno, USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps photo USMC 57386
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    PT-108 64k c. 1944
    Mios Woendi, Dutch New Guinea
    PT-108, PT-162 and PT-157
    PT Boats Public Group

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-157
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