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  PT-167 "Who Me? / Ugly Duckling / Knickerbocker / Hot As Hell"
USN
PT-Boat
Elco 80'

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. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PT-167. Assigned to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 10 (MTBS 10).

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.

On November 5, 1943 during the afternoon departs escorting LCI 70. At twilight roughly 28 miles southwest of Cape Torokina attacked by twelve Japanese torpedo bombers. 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 from the torpedo embedded in the hull. LCI had also been hit, and that torpedo entered the engine room and injured two crew but also failed to explode. Afterwards, the damaged ship was towed and repaired. Reportedly, Radio Tokyo claimed hits on two carriers off Bougainville.

Fate
On November 11, 1945 placed out of service, stripped of usable parts then destroyed and scuttled off Samar Island in the Philippines.

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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July 18, 2020

 

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