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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - William - Charlie - Able

PT-515 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 27 October 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 19 January 1944
  • Completed 17 February 1944, placed in service and assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron THIRTY FIVE (MTBRon 35) under the command of LCDR Richard Davis, Jr., USN
  • MTBRon 35 had action in the English Channel area from June to November 1944, when orders were received to prepared the boats for delivery to the Soviet Union
  • The "Boomerang" was transferred to the Soviet Union 4 March 1945 and reclassified TK-433
  • Destroyed by the Soviets in 1954.


  • Displacement 56 t.
  • Length 80'
  • Beam 20' 8"
  • Draft 5'
  • Speed 41 kts.
  • Complement 17
  • Armament: One 40mm mount, 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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    PT-515 77k Crew photo
    Back row center is Earle H. Lightner, Jr.
    PT-515 692k 11 April 1944
    A typical late-war Elco. The forward 20mm gun with ready-use ammunition box aft is clearly visible. Aft, the boat has a standard army-type (unpowered) 40mm gun. Note the two torpedo launching racks and the depth charges abaft then. The boxes aft probably held spare parts, which the Elco would carry to a forward area. The helmsman and captain can be seen in the cockpit
    Photo from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-515
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