>The serial number is 466, but there is a lightly
mis-stamped 6 in between.
That's a help, Michael.
I don't think that anyone has ever documented the
exact number of M74 conversions done by BMY, but certainly it wasn't 4666, so
I'm pretty sure that one has to be S/N 466.
So, to my mind, that dataplate provides the info
that BMY did at least 466 up to March, 1954.
Heretofore 396 was the highest M74 S/N I had recorded.
FWIW, M74s were the last Sherman-based vehicles
to be declared obsolete.
>If I had to guess, I would say it looks something like
The Army over ordered M4A3(105)HVSS's, & M74s were
mostly converted from unused or lightly used units in the postwar US inventory.
A lot of the surviving examples are in the 72xxx
thru 74xxx serial number range, so you probably couldn't see the last digit on
the towing lugs of the Schweinfurt.
Based on photographic evidence, M74s kept their
Sherman Registration Numbers, so if someone wanted to paint the original USA
Number back on to a surviving example, he would have to find the original tank
Hi Jeff, hope all's good with you.
>My point here is there was NO reason for these tanks
to ever leave a rail car and travel by road to get to BMY..... So a very
I'll see if I can scare up the SC
I picked up a copy of "Letterkenny Ordnance Depot in
War and Peace" at one of those antique places along Rte 30.
An enclosure in my copy suggests it was given to employees
as a souvenir in 1957.
They stored acres & acres of WW II surplus AFVs there.
Out in the open at first, & then hermetically sealed
in huge "cans" which were probably POL silos originally intended to supply the
invasion of Japan.
They fed AFVs to BMY for rebuild or conversion.
It's about 75 miles from Chambersburg to York?
Perhaps it was easier to ship some of them that short
distance down Rte 30 by truck?
>Center of link above should show BAE Systems, Ground
Systems Div in the center of the photo. They are the current owner of BMY York.
A friend took me to the plant just before 9/11. It was in
the middle of a huge cornfield.
I liked that we still had the presumption of innocence in
We just drove right up to the front
Since Bowen McLaughlin had an involvement
with Shermans, HTs etc. during & after WW II, I was hoping they might
have a motherload of BMY files gathering dust there.
The manager said he would look around, but of course, I
never heard from him.
Same with Letterkenny.
Anyway, BMY did a walk around of one converted from M4A3(105)HVSS USA 30141181 (S/N 74791).
The pix appear to have been taken in a nearby quarry. Do
you recognize it?
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2012 3:03 PM
Subject: [G104] Schweinfurt M74
Here are the details of the M74 ARV in Schweinfurt. The hatches are
open and there is a readable BMY data plate. The serial number is 466, but
there is a lightly mis-stamped 6 in between. If 466 is not a valid number
for an M74, then it could have been intended to be 4666. I tried to
find the serial number of the tank it once was, but the numbers on the tow hook
lug are very hard to read and even harder to photograph. If I had to
guess, I would say it looks something like 7408, with only the 08 being