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Re: [G104] Follow-up to vehicles at Baumholder FRG

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  • Kurt Laughlin
    ... the ... I checked and this S/N range is an open spot in the Sherman serials. Look for a number stamped on the tow lugs, on the differential housing
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2000
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      > > M4A3- Serial number stamped on the rear tow points- 49047.
      > > Registration # painted on the side- 3033859
      >
      > This is a M4A3(75)W built by Fisher Tank Arsenal in April, 1944. By our
      > reckoning the R/N should be 3081644. The number you give might have been
      > taken off a Detroit Tank Arsenal M4A3(76).
      >
      > > M7B2- Korean era veteran. Registration #- 40152257
      >
      > Our data shows that this was built by Pressed Steel Car. For that R/N,
      the
      > S/N ought to be 53389. (There weren't 50,000 M7s made, this was just the
      > assigned S/N range. It might have been an amended Sherman contract.)

      I checked and this S/N range is an open spot in the Sherman serials. Look
      for a number stamped on the tow lugs, on the differential housing adjacent
      to the sprockets, or stamped into the metal underneath where the data plate
      would go, beside the driver.

      > > M3- rare, orginally found in Australia. Serial number stamped on the
      > > rear tow points- 4559. Registration #- 209132
      >
      > Built by Detroit Tank Arsenal, July, 1942, R/N 3058150, but if it was a
      > Lend-Lease vehicle this number might never have been painted on it. In
      any
      > case, all American tank registrations began with "30" (vs. Gun Motor
      > Carriages which started "40"), so this may have been the Australian
      number.
      >
      > > M10- Registration #- 40162837
      >
      > No conclusive info. I'll have to dig a bit more when I get home tonight.

      Our data covers all the M10s and M10A1s produced, but this number is not in
      that list. It appears to have been assigned to a block of M3A1 half-tracks
      that was never built. . . None of the indentified M10/M10A1 ranges are
      close to this: 4040705 - 4042504, 4046509-4047546, 4081054-4082253,
      40110110-40111226, 40111504-40112379, and 40112380-40113054.

      > > M4A1- Registration #- 3039572
      >
      > This comes up a Pullman Standard M4 or M4A2, S/N 31042 . . . 30_6_9572,
      > however, was M4A1(76) S/N 36975 built by Pressed Steel Car.

      Again, check it the usual places when they can: On the tow lugs, on the
      differential housing adjacent to the sprockets, or stamped into the metal
      underneath where the data plate would go, beside the driver.

      M32 - This is actually an M74, the postwar successor to the M32 series.
      These were converted from existing M4A3s, mainly 105mm howitzer tanks as far
      as I can tell. I suspect the serial number is in the 70,000 range and
      should be visible on the rear tow lugs. Alternatively it may be stamped
      into the metal underneath where the data plate would go, beside the driver.

      KL
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