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Call sign:
Nan - Dog - Jig - Tare

78' Higgins Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 28 October 1942 by Higgins Industries, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched 22 December 1942
  • Completed 24 May 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron NINTEEN (MTBRon 19) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Russell H. Smith, USN
  • MTBRon 19, assigned to South Pacific, had action at Vella Lavella, Treasury, and Green. The squadron was decommissioned 15 May 1944 and its boats were distributed to replenish other squadrons which had suffered
    operational losses
  • Transferred 19 April 1944 to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY THREE (MTBRon 23) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Ronald K. Irving, USN
  • MTBRon 23, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Bougainville and Green. Transferred to the Southwest Pacific in December 1944, the squadron had action at Palawan, in the Philippines. It also based for a time at Mios
    Woendi, New Guinea, and at Mindoro, P.I., but had no action from these bases
  • The "Werewolf" was placed out of service 26 November 1945, stripped and destroyed at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 78'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5' 3"
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, two 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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    PT-243 & 244 118k c. 1945
    Palawan, Philippines
    Outboard of PT-243
    Jerry Gilmartin, MMC(SW), USN, Ret.

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-244
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