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  PT-107 "Black Magic"
USN
PT 103 Class
Elco 80'

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 3' 6"
4 x torpedo tubes
1 x 20mm gun
1 x 40mm gun
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
1 x 37mm (added later)
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USN c1944

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USN c1944

Wartime History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) Bayonne, NJ. Laid down February 16, 1942. Launched June 13, 1942. Completed July 3, 1942. This PT Boat undertook maneuvers off the east coast of the United States with PT-105.

During late August 1942, shipped aboard the Liberty Ship Joseph Stanton with PT-108 from the Norfolk Navy Yard to the Panama Canal zone.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 5. Assigned to commander Henry Farrow. Operated in seas off the Panama Canal during September 1942 until the spring of 1943.

Afterwards, shipped overseas to the Solomon Islands. During July 1943 assigned to the Rendova PT Boat Base (Bau Island). Assigned to Captain Lt(jg) William F. Barrett, Jr. Nicknamed "Black Magic".

Combat missions included a patrol during the night of August 1-2, 1943 patrolling the southern entrance of Blacket Strait.

Later, on August 15, 1943 at 3:20am this PT Boat landed troops at Barakoma during the preliminary phase of the Allied landing at Vella Lavella Island.

The bow of this PT-Boat was damaged by a Japanese aerial torpedo that failed to explode and afterwards was repaired.

Afterwards, this PT-Boat continued to operate with the squadron in the Central Solomons and Northern Solomons.

Sinking History
On June 18, 1944 participated in a patrol off New Ireland, then returned to Hamburg Bay off Emirau Island. While refueling with PT-63, a defective fuel valve leaked gas into the sea and when PT-107 started its engines, a spark ignited the surface fuel. Within an hour PT-107, PT-63 and the dock were destroyed by the fire. Luckily, there was no loss of life aboard either ship or onshore.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 57, 122, 165, 456, 486, 488
Navy Source - PT-107

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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