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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - George - Fox

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 29 August 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 13 November 1942
  • Completed 7 December 1942, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINE (MTBRon 9) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Robert B. Kelly, USN
  • MTBRon 9, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Rendova, Lever Harbor, Treasury, and Green. 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 "Lazy Daisy Mae", ex-"Tokyo-Ahead" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 24 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, one 37mm mount, one 20mm mount, four 21" torpedoes and two twin .50 cal. machine guns plus one experimental "Thunderbolt" mount consisting of four 20mm and
    two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-160 31k Hyper War, U.S. Navy in WW II
    PT-160 216k Refueling at sea Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-160 496k The prototype Elco "Thunderbolt" with two .50 cal. Browning machine guns as well as four 20mm Oerlikons, is shown aboard PT-160 for tests, late in 1942. Unlike the production version, the prototype had only a simple tube sight on the left, above the operator's seat. The rectangular object on the extreme left (inside the mount) is the breech end of the left-hand .50 cal. Browning machine gun
    Elco photo courtesy of Preston Sutphen, III from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History, by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    PT-160 261k 5 December 1942
    Experimental 'Thunderbolt' mount. Unlike production versions, this mount has two .50 cal. Browning machine guns in addition to the four 20mm Oerlikons
    Elco photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Volume II" by John Lambert & Al Ross
    PT-160 311k 18 January 1944
    PT-160 which was one of four MTBRon 9 boats to carry the 'Thunderbolt.' This photo of her mount shows that the boat was still in Measure 31/5P camouflage
    Elco photo from "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II: Volume II" by John Lambert & Al Ross
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 23 February 2022
    PT-160 314k Photo from the collection of QM1/c John C. McHenry, crewmember The Children of QM1/c John C. McHenry
    PT-160 463k QM1/c John McHenry "shooting the sun"
    Photo from the collection of QM1/c John C. McHenry, crewmember
    PT-160 113k c. 1945
    Photo from the collection of MoMM3/c Peter Bondarchuk
    Ed Bondarchuk
    PT-160 221k c. November 1945
    The "Lazy Daisy Mae" burning on the right of two unidentified PT boats. (Photo obscured by water damage and age)
    Photo from the collection of MoMM3/c Peter Bondarchuk
    PT-160 265k Gravestone of MoMM1c Jessee Fred McCarty, USN Wes Keat

    Photos from the collection of Angelo Francis Zucconi, Crewmember PT-160

    Contributed by Paul Zucconi

    (If you know the identity of any of these crew members, please send an email with their names)

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    1. Angelo Zucconi and Joe Jenkins

    2. Angelo Zucconi in one of the twin .50 cal. mounts. A PBY Catalina is in the left background

    3. Angelo Zucconi below deck writing a letter home. The picture of the two women on the shelf is his wife and his mother

    4. The "Bob Hope Theater" somewhere in the South Pacific

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG Joseph Stell, USNR1943 - October 1944
    02ENS Emil O. Sommer, Jr., USNROctober 1944
    03LTJG Charles J. Moran, Jr., USNRJune 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-160
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