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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Yoke - George - Mike

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 2 September 1942 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 16 November 1942
  • Completed 28 November 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
  • Japanese naval and army aircraft bomb Rendova, New Georgia, Solomon Islands 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
  • Damaged by Japanese plane 7 July 1943 off Banieta Point, Solomons
  • Damaged by Japanese floatplane 10 August 1943 off Gatere, Solomons
  • 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
  • "Jahnz Canoe", ex-"Sassy Sally", ex-"Terror of the Seas" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed by U.S. Forces 24 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm, 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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    No image of PT-161 is available at this time

    Boat Captain
    01LTJG Rogers V. Waugh, USNR - Awarded the Bronze StarJune 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-161
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