I'm a Canadian History Major who defected to Vermont to work in the IT
industry (Long Story, needless to say!). Last spring I drove up to
Sherbrooke to photograph Bomb for a fellow modeller. Its in pretty rough and
The Article says its located in the Regiments Parade square, however its
next to a athletic field in a park across town. The interior is gutted,
anything on the exterior that could be ripped off has been, and it has a
patina of light rust.
I've posted a few photos on my site, the urls are:
Unfortunately I never thought to look for the serial number. I'll see if I
can get up there before the snow starts to fall.
From: Joseph DeMarco [mailto:snick@...
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2001 10:38 AM
Subject: Re: [G104] Bombtank article-Sherbrooke Fusiliers
>I saw an item on the Bombtank. Here the newspaper item in picture
>form! Picture of the crew including Lt Walter White(deceased)
The Daily News article names two of her crew, Lt Walter White &
Ernest C. Mingo.
The article states that White figured out a way to float his Squadron's
tanks across the Rhine by wrapping them with compressed air hoses.
Any more information about that???
There is a piece entitled "2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade's Tank
Monuments" on page 15 of The First Hussars Bulletin:
(Actually, the whole Bulletin is worth a read.)
"Monuments" explains how the following tanks ended up where
they are today.
HOLY ROLLER - London WD number CT 152655
BOMB - Sherbrooke WD number T 152656
The Doetinchem tank - Holland WD number T 232615
While there are period photos showing "Bomb" with T-152656,
it seemed a little incongruous that "Holy Roller," in a different unit,
would be T-152655. However, the article states, "by a curious
coincidence these two vehicles had consecutive hull numbers."
A short section about "Bomb" (with another commander) is excerpted below.
"THE SHERBROKE FUSILIER REGIMENT
For the Sherbrookes a call from the Canadian Army Film Unit
proved a Godsend. The Sherbrookes were asked to assist in
making a picture based on the exploits of a Sherman 75-mm
named Bomb. It was Bomb's proud record to have been the only
tank in the regiment to make it all the way from the Normandy
beaches to VE Day. Bomb was duly recovered from the
Ordnance Corps Field Park where all the tanks had been
deposited to await turnover to the Dutch Army.
Its crew was reunited and taken back to the Rhineland,
where scenes were shot on the site of the battle where
Bomb's crew commander, Lieutenant John Neill, had won
the Military Cross. In the words of his citation:
On 26 Feb 45, Lt Neill quickly appreciating the situation
decided to make a dash for the objective and attempt,
with fire from his tanks, to dominate the dead ground beyond.
The tank charge was extremely difficult and dangerous due to
the fact it was made without infantry support and enemy bazooka
men were in every ditch and slit trench.
Arriving on the objective with only one other tank he was met by
intense enemy mortar, artillery and machine-gun fire.
Although alone with one other tank and faced with superior
enemy fire he refused to withdraw, but coolly and with grim
determination, brought accurate fire to bear on the enemy,
inflicting numerous casualties so that when the infantry arrived
some twenty minutes later they were able to dig in and consolidate
without appreciable loss.
After the filming, the regiment contrived to retain Bomb,
arranging through less than proper methods to have the tank
sent to Canada. Today it sits in a Sherbrooke park, hometown of
the Sherbrooke Hussars, as the regiment is now known."
Thanks, Jim Goetz, for digging that up!
(And for all your help with the serial numbers of Canadian Shermans.)
Back in Oct. 2000 on this DG, we talked about "tracing the entire history
of a Sherman tank, from factory, to boat, to battlefield and back again."
A tank like "Bomb" seemed to offer a good oppurtunity for such a project.
Anyway, the two articles provide a few pieces of the puzzle concerning the
history of "Bomb" & her crew.
The tank itself as it sits in Sherbrooke, is like a big, heavy historic
document. For some time, Jim & I have been trying to obtain the
US Ordnance serial numbers of the two most historic tanks in Canada,
"Bomb" & "Holy Roller." We think that information will provide us with
the "factory" part of the equation. We're pretty sure that both tanks are
examples of early production M4A2's from the Fisher Tank Arsenal,
built in the summer of '42. It's possible that "Bomb" might have
a combat history preceding D-Day...
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