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nationality american
purpose war
type torpedo boat
subtype/class Elco 80 class motor torpedo boat (am.)
Elco 80 class motor torpedo boat (am.) PT-107 (+1944)
propulsion petrol engine
date built 1942
is nickname no
weight (tons) 51  grt
dimensions 24.4 x -- x -- m
material wood
engine 3 petrol engines, 3 shaft, 3 screws
armament 1 x 20 mm, 4 x MG (2x2), 4 x 21" torpedos 1 37 MM
power 4050  horsepower  [*]
speed 43  knots
about the loss
cause lost scuttled
other reasons damage
date lost 12/10/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Harbour Boat Building Co., California
engine by
Packard, Detroit
Us Navy - United States Navy
complement 11
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 19/05/2010
last update Neumann Pruce
last update 30/08/2014

[*] means that the value was inherited from PT-107 (+1944), the reference for Elco 80 class motor torpedo boat (am.).
[1] Lettens Jan19/05/2010
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Lettens Jan19/05/2010On October 12th, 1944 motor torpedo boat PT-368, damaged by grounding, western of New Guinea, 01°59´N, 127°57´E, is scuttled by demolition charges.
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Claes Johnny19/09/2007On 11 October 1944 USS PT 368 was damaged by grounding off Halmahera, Netherlands East Indies and is scuttled by demolition charges to prevent capture by the Japanese.

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John Paul Jones - An American Naval Hero and known as father of the American Navy.

John Paul was born in a gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He went to sea as a youth and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. After killing a mutinous sailor at Tobago he added 'Jones' to his name and began a new life in America. He volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy, and managed to obtain a lieutenant's commission in the Continental Navy.

He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the BONHOMME RICHARD over the HMS SERAPIS. After the BONHOMME RICHARD began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is now remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned.

In 1781 he returned to America and Congress passed a vote of thanks to him for the way he had sustained the honour of the American fleet and in 1787 awarded him a gold medal. He also received a gold sword and the Order of Military Merit from Louis XVI.

Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. He spent the remaining years of the war advising on the establishment of the navy and the training of naval officers.

In 1792 Jones was appointed U.S. Consul to Algiers, but in July of that year he died before the commission arrived. He was buried in Paris and his body lay in an alcohol filled coffin in an unmarked grave for over a century. In 1905 his remains were found and taken to the United States where, in 1913, they were finally laid to rest in a marble sarcophagus in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis, Maryland

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 Packard, Detroit
Packard was an American luxury-type automobile marque built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The first Packard automobiles were produced in 1899, and the last in 1958.

During World War II, Packard again built airplane engines, licensing the Merlin engine from Rolls-Royce as the V-1650, which powered the famous P-51 Mustang fighter, ironically known as the "Cadillac of the Skies" by GIs in WWII. It was one of the fastest piston-powered fighters ever and could fly higher than many of its contemporaries, allowing pilots a greater degree of survivability in combat situations. They also built 1350-, 1400-, and 1500 hp V-12 marine engines for American PT boats (each boat used three) and some of Britain's patrol boats.

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