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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Dog - Victor

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 1 May 1943 by Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 13 July 1943
  • Completed 5 August 1943, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TWENTY SEVEN (MTBRon 27) under the command of Comdr. Clinton McKellar, Jr., USN
  • MTBRon 27, assigned to the South Pacific, had action at Treasury and Green. Assigned temporarily to the Third Fleet, the squadron was based at Palau, in the Marianas, from October to December 1944,
    when it was transferred to the Southwest Pacific. There it had action at San Pedro Bay and Subic Bay in the Philippines, and Balikpapan in Borneo
  • PT-373 and PT-356 entered Manila Bay 7 February 1945 for night reconnaissance. They were the first Naval units to enter that body of water since the surrender of Corregidor in 1942
  • Placed out of service 19 October 1945
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1946 and sold
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, one 37mm mount, one twin 20mm mount, three twin .50 cal. machine guns and four Mk13, 22.4" torpedoes
  • Propulsion: Three 1,500shp Packard W-14 M2500 gasoline engines, three shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    PT-373 189k MacArthur Memorial Archives photo donated by Lewis France, who served in PT-373 Bill Gonyo
    PT-373 256k 2 March 1945
    PT-373 returning General Douglas MacArthur and Philippine President Sergio Osmeņa to Corregidor
    Robert Rocker
    PT-373 123k Underway in Manila Harbor in March 1945
    Photos from LIFE Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest
    Mike Green
    PT-373 121k
    PT-373 183k

    Boat Captains
    01LT Alexander W. Allison, USNJuly 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-373
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