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HM MGB-184

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Have - Victor

PT-208 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia.

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 16 July 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 22 October 1942
  • Completed and placed in service 10 February 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIFTEEN (MTBRon 15) under the command of Comdr. Stanley M. Barnes, USN
  • MTBRon 15 was the first PT squadron sent to the Mediterranean Theater, where it operated as a unit of the British Coastal Forces. It had action throughout the western Mediterranean, basing at Bizerte
    and Bone, Africa; Palermo, Sicily; Salerno, Capri, and Leghorn, Italy; Maddalena, Sardinia; Bastia and Calvi, Corsica, and St. Tropez, France
  • The "Eight Ball" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-184
  • Transferred to Yugoslavia later in October 1944 and reclassified MT-4
  • Scrapped in 1966.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, four 21" torpedoes, two twin .50 cal. machine guns, one 37mm mount and one 20mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three 4,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-208 81k PT-208 and PT-308 Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-208 321k Bizerte, Tunisia
    New engines ready for installation
    PT-217 & 208 110k From the collection of MoMM1c Dave Prentice PT-204
    PT-208 86k c. 1944
    PT-208 and PT-214 with an unidentified boat between them, are moored together at the PT Boat Base at Bastia, Corsica in the Mediterranean
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, Shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green

    Boat Captain
    01LTJG John M. Torrence, USNRDecember 1943
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-208
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