I know that in WW1 the Austrian battleship Szent Istvan was sunk by an Italian motor torpedo boat. What was the largest warship sunk by a PT boat in WW2?

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    In the title of this question you ask about MTBs, but in the body you use the US specific term PT boat. I presume you mean to ask what was the largest ship sunk by torpedoes by fast attack boats of any nation in WW2. And by largest I take that to mean greatest full load displacement. Feb 8, 2015 at 7:20

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The loss of HMS Manchester (11,930 tons full load displacement), from the Wikipedia article of the Manchester:


Manchester took part in Operation Pedestal, an operation to supply the besieged island of Malta, and which cost a number of warships, including the carrier HMS Eagle. During the operation, on 13 August, she was torpedoed and disabled by two Italian motor torpedo boats and subsequently scuttled with explosive charges. She was the largest ship sunk by motor torpedo boats during the Second World War.1

1 Malvezzi, Pierluigi. "MAS, VAS and MS". Regia Marina Italiana. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

enter image description here Royal Navy official photographer - This is photograph FL 4159 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 8308-29)

  • Nice idea but I like also @Pieter Geerkens 's answer because tonnage of McCawley is superior Nov 11, 2022 at 19:45

That is possibly the accidental sinking of the attack transport USS McCawley, Rear Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner's flagship for the invasion of Rendova Island on June 30, 1943, following her substantial damage by aerial attack and subsequent evacuation.


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