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  PT-63 (PTC-31, BPT-15)
USN
PT Boat
77' Elco

40 Tons
77' x 19' 11" x 4' 6"
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
4 x 18" Torpedoes

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USN 1942

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Mirus June 1944
Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Planned as PTC-31 for the United Kingdom. Laid down August 9, 1941. Reclassified BPT-15. Launched October 23, 1941. Transfer to the United Kingdom was canceled and instead retained by the U. S. Navy (USN). In December 1941 reclassified as PT-63. Completed February 7, 1942.

Wartime History
Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Four (MTBRon 4) under the command of LT Rollin E. Westholm for training at Melville, RI.

On April 15, 1943 transfered to Torpedo Boat Squadron Five (MTBRon 5) under the command of CDR Henry Farrow. Transported to the Panama Canal Zone (CZ) and operated in the area between September 1942 until early 1943. Transported across the Pacific to the Solomon Islands.

PT-63 conducted patrols in the Central Solomons and Northern Solomons. During the middle of 1944 operated from PT Boat Base Emirau Island at Hamburg Bay on Emirau Island.

Mission History

On June 18, 1944 while refueling from a dock with PT-107, a defective fuel valve leaked gas into the sea. When PT-107 started its engines, a spark ignited the surface fuel. Within an hour both PT Boats and the dock were destroyed by the fire. Luckily, there was no loss of life aboard either ship or onshore.

References
At Close Quarters PT Boats in the United States Navy pages 59, 165, 454, 456, 485-486, 488
NavSource PT-63

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Last Updated
June 18, 2019

 

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