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Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down April 25, 1942. Launched July 25, 1942. Completed August 27, 1942. Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 6 (MTBS 6) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Clifton B. Maddox, USN.
On April 1, 1943 assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 8 (MTBS 8) under the command of Lt. Comdr. Barry K. Atkins, USN.
On December 13, 1942 PT-121 and PT-122 were sent to Porlock Harbor to establish an advanced base. During the night of December 18-19, 1942 the two PT boats made their first combat patrol. They sighted a Japanese submarine I-4 surfaced off the mouth of Mambare River and fired two torpedoes that they thought hit but did not explode.
During the night of March 3, 1943 during the Battle of the Bismark Sea four boats: PT-121, PT-68, PT-149 and PT-66 approached the burning Oikawa Maru at slow speed which was on fire and appeared to be abandoned. PT-149 believed it observe a search light on the ship and fired one torpedo at the ship before it lost sight of the target and the ship sank.
Later, four other RAAF P-40 Kittyhawks from 78 Squadron and a Beaufighter from 30 Squadron accidentally attacked the pair of PT-Boats. Another Beaufighter successfully identified the ships as friendly, but was not able to stop the attack. After they made several passes, PT-Boats returned fire, but the captains of each boat made them cease fire. Both PT-Boats were hit, burned and sank.
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