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Motor Gunboat/Patrol Gunboat Photo Archive


Call sign:
Nan - Tare - Oboe - Mike


SC-497 Class Submarine Chaser/PGM-1 Class Motor Gunboat:

  • Laid down 2 November 1942 by the Wilmington Boat Works, Inc., Wilmington, CA
  • Launched 1 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS SC-1366, 12 August 1943
  • Reclassified as a Motor Gunboat, PGM-8, 10 December 1943
  • Damaged 29 March 1944 when she runs aground off Kundu Kundu Island, Solomons
  • Transferred to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in May 1947
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 88 t.
  • Length 110' 10"
  • Beam 17'
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 21 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 3"/23 gun mount, one 40mm gun mount, six 20mm guns, four twin .50 cal. machine guns, and one 60mm mortar
  • Propulsion: Two 1,540bhp Electro-Motive Corp. General Motors 16-184A diesel engines, two shafts.
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    PGM-7 169k Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Photo added 6 August 2019

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG Paul W. Hessel, USNR18 August 1943
    02LTJG Elmer T. Thompson, USNRJune 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan and Wolfgang Hechler

    There is no DANFS history available for PGM-8
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    Patrol Craft Sailors Association

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