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  PT-108 "Plywood Bastard/8 Boat/Lil' Duck"
USN
Elco 80'

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 3' 6"
40mm Bofors gun
37mm cannon
20mm cannon
2x Twin .50 cal. MG
4 x 21" Torpedoes

Ship History
Built by Elco at Bayonne, New Jersey as the sixth PT boat built by Elco in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down February 27, 1942. Launched June 17, 1942. Completed July 7, 1942 delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PT-108.

Wartime History
During September 1942 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Five (MTBRon 5) operating in the Panama Canal Zone. During early 1943 transported across the Pacific to the Solomon Islands. In July 1943 assigned to Rendova PT Boat Base. Nicknamed "Plywood Bastard" and later nicknamed "8 Boat" and "Lil' Duck".

During the night of August 1-2, 1943 under the command of Lt(jg) Sidney D. Hix departed Rendova PT Boat Base as one of fifteen PT-Boats on an overnight patrol in the Blackett Strait off Kolombangara. Patrolling the southern entrance of Blackett Strait was PT-108, PT-107, PT-104 and PT-106. During that same night, PT-109 was sunk during a collision with Amagiri.

During the night of August 2-3, 1943 while patrolling off Vella Lavella repeatedly attacked by Japanese aircraft, but she not damaged.

On August 22, 1943 participated in a daylight raid off Kolombangara and was repeatedly attacked by enemy fire, suffering serious casualties among her crew.

Afterwards, operated from Rendova, Vella Lavella, Treasury, Bougainville, and Green Island. In April 1944 later operated from Saidor, Mios Woendi, Morotai and Samar. On February 15, 1945 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron TEN (PTRon 10).

Sinking History
On November 11, 1945 stripped and scuttled off Samar in the Philippines.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 57, 122, 130, 135-136, 456, 461, 561 (index)
Navy Source - PT-108

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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