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HM MGB-185

Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - Item - Nan

PT-209 served the Navies of the United States, Great Britain and Yugoslavia

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 3 August 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 24 October 1942
  • Completed 9 February 1943, placed in service 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
  • "Pistol Packin' Mama" was transferred to Great Britain 17 October 1944 and reclassified HM MGB-185
  • Transferred to Yugoslavia later in October 1944 and reclassified MT-5
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-209 176k 26 October 1942
    Under construction
    Tracy White
    PT-209 131k
    PT-209 132k Getting a new engine Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-209 80k Glider rescue Original photo: Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    Replacement photo: Russ Padden

    Photo replaced 27 March 2019
    PT-209 65k Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.
    PT-209 86k
    PT-209 86k Port side forward torpedo rack
    PT-209 110k 20mm mount
    PT-209 93k 40mm mount
    PT-209 62k c. October 1944
    On last run before turnover to Great Britain

    Boat Captains
    01LTJG William Knox Eldredge, USNR - Awarded the Navy Commendation RibbonJuly 1943
    02LTJG James K. McArthur, USNRJune 1944
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-209
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