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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive

Courtesy of Tommy Trampp


Call sign:
Nan - King - Roger - Tare

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 3 February 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 10 April 1943
  • Completed 29 April 1943
  • Placed in service 10 May 1943 and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY FOUR (MTBRon 24) under the command of LCDR N. Burt Davis, USN
  • MTBRon 24, assigned to the Southwest Pacific, had action at Dreger Harbor, Saidor, and Amsterdam Island in New Guinea, and at Mindoro, Zamboanga, Polloc Harbor, Sarangani Bay, and Davao Gulf in
    the Philippines. It also based for a time at Kana Kopa and Mios Woendi, New Guinea, and at San Pedro Bay and Basilan Island in the Philippines, but had no action from these bases
  • Following training off the U.S. East Coast, she was transported to the southwestern Pacific to participate in operations along the northern shore of New Guinea. On the night of 4-5 June 1944 she took part
    in the destruction of two Japanese barges near the mouth of the Sepic River. In December 1944 MTBRon 24 moved up to the Philippines. While en route from Leyte Gulf to Mindoro on 28 December, PT-332 was damaged when the ammunition-filled "Liberty" ship John Burke blew up after being hit by a suicide plane. She later operated in the southern Philippines and off Borneo, where on the night of 29-30 April she sank one enemy lugger and damaged several others with rockets and gunfire
  • After Japan's surrender, the war-weary "Black Hawk", ex-"Ferrett" was no longer needed, and not worth the effort to transport back to the United States
  • Placed out of service, and stripped 6 November 1945 at Samar, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • 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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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-332 90k Operating at high speed off New York, New York, 20 August 1943, during the training period of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 24. Painted in Measure 31, Design 5P
    camouflage pattern
    National Archives photo 80-G-K-3911
    Naval History and Heritage Command

    Boat Captains
    01ENS E. L. Mills, USNRJune 1944
    02ENS John Adams, USNMay 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-332
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