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Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - William - Charlie - George

PT-518 served the Navies of the United States and the Soviet Union.

80' Elco Motor Torpedo Boat:

  • Laid down 5 November 1943 by the Electric Boat Co., Elco Works, Bayonne, NJ
  • Launched 28 January 1944
  • Completed 29 February 1944, placed in service at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY and asigned to Motor Torpedo Squadron THIRTY FIVE (PTRon 35) under the command of LCDR Richard Davis, Jr., USN
  • PTRon 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
  • "Requisition Joe" was placed out of service 7 April 1945, transferred to the Soviet Union at Glasgow, Scotland and reclassified TK-438
  • Placed in reserve 3 September 1953 and mothballed ashore
  • Struck from the Naval Register 25 June 1956
  • Scuttled 28/30 June 1956.


  • 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-518 253k 24 June 1944
    Ferrying RADM Kirk and General Eisenhower to a landing craft as they set out to tour the Normandy beaches on D+18
    Left to right: Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, Commander Western Naval Task Forces; General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force; Lt(jg) Hutchinson DuBosque, USNR, CO, PT-518 and Ensign William Shaw, USNR, XO, PT-518
    U.S. Army photo
    PT-518 88k 24 June 1944
    Ferrying RADM Kirk and General Eisenhower
    Sam Stokes
    PT-518 85k Crew photo. .

    There is no DANFS history available for PT-518
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