Irish Guards Shermans in Op Goodwood
- Who can help Colin, please?
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 19:24:43 EDT
Subject: Irish Guards Shermans in Op Goodwood
Dear Hanno, I am building in 1/35 scale the scene of Lt. John Gorman's M4A4
Sherman 'Ballyraggett' ramming a King Tiger of 503 Pz.Abt. outside Cagny,
near Caen on July 18th 1944. He rammed the Tiger after his own 75mm gun had
jammed, then after both crews bailed out, he ran back to take over command
of Sgt. Workman's 17lb gun Firefly 'Ballymena' to finish off the Tiger, Sgt
Workman having been killed during the action. Lt. Gorman was awarded the
Military Cross for his exploits, and is still alive and living in Northern
Ireland today.I have been in touch with him in the attempt to get
accurate/detailed information on the matter.I have also tried the Tank
Museum in Bovington and the Irish Guards Museum as well in the hope of
assistance but to no avail.
My main points are;
1. The War Dept. census code numbers on the hull sides of both the M4A4 and
the Firefly.In the course of this action the battalion was losing tanks at
an alarming rate 10-20 a day, and no records were kept,or photographs
taken.Staying alive was taking priority !
2. What colour would the inside of the hull/turret/hatches have been painted?
3. Same question as for the King Tiger.
I hope that you may be able to aid me in this endeavour, or know someone
with more information that would be of benefit to me.