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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Charlie - William - Oboe

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 13 November 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 16 March 1943
  • Completed 20 March 1943
  • Placed in service 29 March 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron SEVENTEEN (MTBRon 17) under the command of LCDR Russell B. Allen, USN
  • MTBRon 17, assigned to Hawaiian Sea Frontier, arrived at Pearl Harbor late in 1943, In February 1944, the squadron was shipped to Majuro Atoll, in the Marshalls, where it conducted patrols but had no
    enemy contacts. The squadron returned to Pearl Harbor in April and was shipped, a few boats at a time, to the Southwest Pacific. PT's 227 and 230, the first to arrive in the Southwest Pacific, as part of Task Unit 70-1.4, were awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for action at Mindoro, P.I., from December 15 to 19, 1944
  • The "Pink Panther", ex-"Pink Lady" was placed out of service, stripped and destroyed 19 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: Four 21" torpedoes, one 40mm mount, one 20mm mount and two twin .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    PT-227 82k 12 November 1944
    Preparing to be towed by the corvette [minesweeper] HMAS Stawell (J 348)
    Australian War Memorial photos 084744 and 084746
    Mike Green
    PT-227 74k
    PT-227 59k 12 November 1944
    Mios Woendi, New Guinea
    Towing completed, Lt Cmdr [Sidney J. Griffith, RANR(S)], on the bridge of the HMAS Stawell (J 348) observes the towing cable release
    Australian War Memorial photo 084751

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-227
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