USS PT 473
Motor torpedo boat of the Higgins 78' class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Type||Motor torpedo boat|
|Built by||Higgins Industies (New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||27 Apr 1943|
|Laid down||18 Jan 1944|
|Launched||14 Mar 1944|
|Commissioned||16 May 1944|
|History||Sold in April 1946.|
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Notable events involving PT 473 include:
They parted company around 1030I/19. HMAS Vendetta then set course to make rendezvous with the motor torpedo boat tender USS Acontius () and a group of 15 motor torpedo boats. [The report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta gives the number of motor torpedo boats as 17 but this seems to be incorrect.]
Around 1300I/19, when 37 nautical miles to the west of the intended route of USS Acontius, 14 [The report of proceedings gives the number 16, but this must be incorrect] motor torpedo boats were sighted. They reported that they had not sighted the Acontius since leaving Mios Woendi around 1600I/18.
Around 1440I/19, USS Acontius and the 15th motor torpedo boat were sighted. The other motor torpedo boats had meanwhile continued on independently and contact was not regained.
HMAS Vendetta, USS Acontius and the single motor torpedo boat arrived at Palau around 1200I/21. Five hours later the other motor torpedo boats also arrived.
The motor torpedo boats were from Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 31 and were the following; PT-453, PT-454, PT-455, PT-462, PT-463, PT-464, PT-465, PT-466, PT-467, PT-468, PT-469, PT-470, PT-471, PT-472 and PT-473. (1)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for December 1944