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  PT-167 "Who Me? / Ugly Duckling / Knickerbocker / Hot As Hell"
USN
MTBS 10

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 5'
1 x 40mm
2 x Torpedoes
2 x Twin 50 cal MG
1 x 20mm
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November 5, 1943

Ship History
Entered service in December 17, 1942.

Wartime History
Transported to the Pacific aboard the SS Stanvac Manila, which was torpedoed and sunk off Nouméa. PT-167 managed clear the sinking ship and sustain only damage to the topside. Afterwards, was towed by destroyer to Nouméa Harbor.

Operating from the newly established Torokina PT Boat Base.

During the afternoon of November 5, 1943 PT-167 commanded by Ens Theodore Berlin departed Torokina PT Boat Base on an escort mission of LCI 70 and LCT 68 to the Treasury Islands. Departing in the afternoon of November 5, 1943. On the journey, 28 miles south-west of Cape Torokina at twilight twelve Japanese torpedo bombers attacked. PT-167 opened fire, the first aircraft struck the boat's antenna mast, wobbled and crashed into the sea, but PT-167 experienced a severe shock.

A few minutes later, another group of planes attacked, and another plane was observed to be shot down by 20mm fire. A gunner saw a torpedo wake pass under PT-167 as the attacking aircraft concentrated on LCI 70.

After the attack, it was discovered a torpedo had passed through the bow of PT-167 without exploding, ripping a hole above the water line, and leaving a fin and rudder embedded in the hull. LCI had also been hit, and that torpedo entered the engine room but failed to explode, but injured two men this ship was then towed. Reportedly, Radio Tokyo claimed two carriers off Bougainville.

Sinking History
On November 11, 1945 PT-167 was stripped and scuttled off Samar Island.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 112-113, 141-142, 437, 461
Navy Source PT-167 (photos)

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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