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  PT-113 "Green Banana / Zero Chaser"
USN
80' Elco

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm
1 x 37mm cannon
1 x 20mm cannon
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
4 x Torpedo Tubes
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Jerry Gilmartin c42-43

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Justin Taylan 2012

Ship History
Built Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down March 25, 1942. Launched July 3, 1942. Completed July 23, 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 5, under the command of Commander Henry Farrow, USN. Patrolled in the Panama Canal zone starting September 1942. On September 22, 1942 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 2 (MTBS-2) of Division 17. Nicknamed "Green Banana".

On April 1, 1943 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 8 (MTBS 8) and shipped to the Pacific. Nicknamed "Zero Chaser". By February 1, 1943 this PT-Boat was in poor condition from being grounded and operations, it was towed to Carins and rebuilt. Operated from Morobe PT Boat Base.

Sinking History
On August 8, 1943 grounded "high and dry" on Veale Reef near Tufi. All attempts to free the boat failed, and instead all usable equipment was removed and the hull abandoned on the reef.

Display
PT-113's builder's plaque is displayed in the PT Boat Museum aboard USS Massachuetts (BB-59) moored at Battleship Cove.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 57, 171, 175, 194, 452, 456-457, 459, 486, 488
Navy Source - PT-113 (photo)

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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