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  PT-31
USN
77' Elco

40 Tons
77' x 19' 11" x 4' 6"
2 x Twin 50 cal
4 x Torpedo Tubes

Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down March 13, 1941. Launched June 2, 1941. Completed July 8, 1941. Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 1 (MTBS 1) under the command of Lt. William C. Specht, USN.

On August 12, 1941 transferred to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3 (MTBS 3) under the command of Lt. John D. Bulkeley, USN.

Wartime History
During the night of January 18, 1942 along with PT-31, proceeded to the mouth of Subic Bay and to the entrance of Binanga Bay. Spotted by lights and fired on by a field gun, then proceeded into Subic Bay alone and spotted a two masted freighter. Firing two torpedoes, but one stuck in the tube and failed to launch. The other launched but exploded prematurely a minute later. PT-34 departed under fire from shore guns. The torpedo was sticking halfway out of the tube and chief torpedo man John Martino, climbed onto it and stuffed toilet paper into the impeller blades to prevent the warhead from arming. Four hours later, the torpedo feel harmlessly into the sea and the boat returned safely. For his actions, Buckley earned the Navy Cross.

Wartime History
On January 20, 1942 Scuttled at Subic Bay.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 3, 5, 8-11, 13, 26, 53, 59, 450, 453, 484, 486, 488, 560 (index)
Navy Source PT-31 (photos)

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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