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U.S. Navy Motor Torpedo Boat Operational Losses in World War II: Circumstances, Location and Date of Loss


PT-22 badly damaged in storm, north Pacific, 11 Jun. 1943.

PT-28 wrecked in storm, Dora Harbor, Alaska, 12 Jan. 1943.

PT-31 destroyed to prevent capture, Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, 19 Jan. 1942.

PT-32 destroyed to prevent capture, Sulu Sea, 13 Mar. 1942.

PT-33 destroyed to prevent capture, off Point Santiago, Philippine Islands, 15 Dec. 1941.

PT-34 destroyed by Japanese aircraft from seaplane carrier Sanuki Maru, off Cauit Island, Philippine Islands, 9 April 1942.

PT-35 destroyed to prevent capture, at Cebu, Philippine Islands, 12 Apr. 1942.

PT-37 destroyed by Japanese destroyer Kawakaze, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 1 Feb. 1943.

PT-41 destroyed to prevent capture, Lake Lanao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 15 Apr. 1942.

PT-43 scuttled after damage by Japanese warships the previous day, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 12 Jan. 1943.

PT-44 destroyed by Japanese warships Kawakaze and Suzukaze, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 12 Dec. 1942.

PT-63 destroyed by fire in port fire while fueling, off New Ireland (Emirau), 18 Jun. 1944.

PT-67 destroyed by fire in port fire while fueling, off Tufi, New Guinea, 17 Mar. 1943.

PT-68 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, New Guinea, 1 Oct. 1943.

PT-73 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Philippines, 15 Jan. 1945.

PT-77 destroyed by friendly fire due to faulty identification, off Talin Point, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 1 Feb. 1945.

PT-79 destroyed by friendly fire due to faulty identification, off Talin Point, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 1 Feb. 1945.

PT-107 destroyed by fire in port fire while fueling, off New Ireland (Emirau), 18 Jun. 1944.

PT-109 destroyed by Japanese destroyer Amagiri, in Blackett Straits, Solomons, 2 Aug. 1943.

PT-110 lost in collision, off New Guinea, 26 Jan. 1944.

PT-111 destroyed by Japanese destroyer Kawakaze, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 1 Feb. 1943.

PT-112 destroyed by Japanese warships, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 11 Jan. 1943.

PT-113 destroyed as a result of grounding, not in enemy waters, off Buna, New Guinea, 8 Aug. 1943.

PT-117 destroyed by Japanese aircraft, Rendova Harbor, Solomons, 1 Aug. 1943.

PT-118 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Vella Lavella, Solomons, 7 Sep. 1943.

PT-119 destroyed by fire in port fire while fueling, off Tufi, New Guinea, 17 Mar. 1943.

PT-121 destroyed by Allied aircraft, north of New Britain, 27 Mar. 1944.

PT-123 destroyed by Japanese reconnaissance seaplane, off Guadalcanal, Solomons, 1 Feb. 1943.

PT-133 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, off New Guinea, 15 Jul. 1944.

PT-135 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, New Britain, 12 Apr. 1944.

PT-136 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Vitiaz Strait, New Guinea, 17 Sep. 1943.

PT-145 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, New Guinea, 4 Jan. 1944.

PT-147 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, New Guinea, 19 Nov. 1943.

PT-153 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Solomons, 4 Jul. 1943.

PT-158 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, off Munda Point, Solomons, 4 Jul. 1943.

PT-164 destroyed by Japanese aircraft, in Rendova Harbor, Solomons, 1 Aug. 1943.

PT-165 lost in transit when US tanker Stanvac Manila sunk by Japanese submarine I-17 south of Noumea, New Caledonia, 23 May 1943.

PT-166 destroyed by US B-25 aircraft, off New Georgia, Solomons, 20 Jul. 1943.

PT-172 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, off Vella Lavella, Solomons, 7 Sep. 1943.

PT-173 lost in transit when US tanker Stanvac Manila sunk by Japanese submarine I-17 south of Noumea, New Caledonia, 23 May 1943.

PT-193 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Noemfoor Island, New Guinea, 25 Jun. 1944.

PT-200 sank off Newport, Rhode Island, after collision off Long Island, New York, 22 Feb. 1944.

PT-202 destroyed by enemy mine, off Point Aygulf, France, 16 Aug. 1944.

PT-218 destroyed by enemy mine, off Point Aygulf, France, 16 Aug. 1944.

PT-219 damaged beyond repair in storm, scrapped, off Attu, Aleutians, Sep. 1943.

PT-239 destroyed by fire in port fire while fueling, Solomons, 14 Dec. 1943.

PT-247 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, off Bougainville, Solomons, 5 May 1944.

PT-251 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, off Bougainville, Solomons, 26 Feb. 1944.

PT-279 lost in collision with PT-282, off Bougainville Island, Solomons, 11 Feb. 1944.

PT-283 sunk by destroyer USS Guest (DD-472) while spotting, off Choiseul Island, Solomons, 17 Mar. 1944.

PT-300 destroyed by Japanese suicide plane, off Mindoro Island, Philippine Islands, 18 Dec. 1944.

PT-301 badly damaged by explosion in port, scrapped, off New Guinea, 7 Nov. 1944.

PT-311 destroyed by enemy mine, Ligurian Sea, Mediterranean, 18 Nov. 1944.

PT-320 destroyed by Japanese aircraft, off Leyte, Philippine Islands, 5 Nov. 1944.

PT-321 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, San Isidore Bay, Philippine Islands, 11 Nov. 1944.

PT-322 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, off New Guinea, 23 Nov. 1943.

PT-323 destroyed by Japanese suicide aircraft, Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands, 10 Dec. 1944.

PT-337 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, Hansa Bay, New Guinea, 7 Mar. 1944.

PT-338 badly damaged by grounding, scrapped, Mindoro, Philippine Islands, 28 Jan. 1945.

PT-339 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, off Biak, New Guinea, 27 May 1944.

PT-346 destroyed by US aircraft, off New Britain, 29 Apr. 1944.

PT-347 destroyed by US aircraft, off New Britain, 29 Apr. 1944.

PT-353 destroyed by Allied aircraft, north of New Britain, 27 Mar. 1944.

PT-363 destroyed by Japanese shore batteries, Kaoe Bay, Halmahera, Netherlands East Indies, 25 Nov . 1944.

PT-368 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, off Halmahera, Netherlands East Indies, 11 Oct. 1944.

PT-371 grounded, destroyed to prevent capture, Halmahera, 19 Sep. 1944.

PT-493 destroyed by Japanese warships, in Suriago Strait, Philippine Islands, 25 Oct. 1944.

PT-509 destroyed by German warships, off Jersey, English Channel, 9 Aug. 1944.

PT-555 destroyed by enemy mine, off Cape Couronne, Mediterranean, 23 Aug. 1944.

Adapted from: "An Administrative History of PT's in World War II." [Better known as United States Naval Administrative History of World War II #171, located in the Rare Book Room, Navy Department Library, Naval Historical Center, Washington DC. Available in microfiche for purchase, or it can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.].

Also see: Cressman, Robert J. The Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy During World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000. [Cressman’s Chronology was used to make some corrections, and to add details to some of the incidents listed above.].

20 December 2007