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  PT-107 "Black Magic"
USN
PT 103 Class
Elco 80'

56 Tons
80' x 20' 8" x 3' 6"
4 x Torpedo Tubes
1 x 20mm gun
1 x 40mm gun
2 x Twin .50 cal MG
1 x 37mm (added later)

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USN July 12, 1942

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USN Aug 20, 1942
Ship History
Built by Electric Boat Company (Elco) in Bayonne, NJ. Laid down February 16, 1942. Launched June 13, 1942. Completed July 3, 1942 as PT-107. Afterwards, undertook maneuvers off the east coast of the United States with PT-105 and was photographed during trials on July 12, 1942.

Wartime History
During late August 1942 at Norfolk Navy Yard loaded aboard SS Joseph Stanton with PT-108 as deck cargo and transported southward to the Panama Canal Zone (CZ). Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 5. Assigned to commander Henry Farrow. During September 1942 operated off the Panama Canal until the spring of 1943.

Transported across the Pacific to the Solomon Islands. During July 1943 assigned to the Rendova PT Boat Base (Bau Island). Assigned to Captain Lt(jg) William F. Barrett, Jr. Nicknamed "Black Magic". This PT Boat began conducting combat patrols.

During the night of August 1-2, 1943 patrolled the southern entrance of Blacket Strait. During the patrol, PT-107 fired all four torpedoes at Japanese destroyers.

On August 15, 1943 at 3:20am this PT Boat landed troops at Barakoma during the preliminary phase of the Allied landing at Vella Lavella Island.

PT-107 continued to operate 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.


Sinking History
On June 18, 1944 participated in a patrol off New Ireland, then returned to Hamburg Bay off Emirau Island. While refueling from a dock with PT-63, 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 57, 122, 165, 456, 486, 488
Navy Source - PT-107

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Last Updated
June 18, 2019

 

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