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RE: [G104] Beffe Sherman turret

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  • Kurt Laughlin
    That s a CFM-Wheeling turret. SER A61 is in Tecumseh, Nebraska and photographed by Gary Binder:
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 11, 2012

      That’s a CFM-Wheeling turret.  SER A61 is in Tecumseh, Nebraska and photographed by Gary Binder: https://picasaweb.google.com/gebinder01/M4A3ShermanTanksInNebraska#5192580400316932562


      CFM tanks can be characterized by the raised “tick” marks at the 6 o’clock and sometimes 3, 9 and 12 o’clock positions as well.  You can see the mark lower right corner of your photo.  CFM-Hubbard turrets put their markings back on the bustle. https://picasaweb.google.com/gebinder01/M4A3ShermanTanksInNebraska#5192577243515968786

      Both plants sometimes put a trademark under the bustle, on the bustle rear, or above the pistol port.


      ASF put their marks in front of the cupola as well, but farther back: https://picasaweb.google.com/gebinder01/M4A3ShermanTanksInNebraska#5192574129664678290


      As Joe mentioned, ASF appears to have machined the area immediately above turret race into a cylinder to clear the parts inside the splash ring, while CFM made a 45-degree conical cut going up and out.  Because the turret wasn’t a cylinder, the resulting edge looks jagged on their parts.







      From: G104@yahoogroups.com [mailto:G104@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Michael Lembo
      Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:37 PM
      To: g104@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [G104] Beffe Sherman turret



        The turret on the Beffe Sherman has casting and serial no. info in a different format than most of the others I have seen, serial no.A75 is the first I have seen with a letter prefix. Does anyone know what manufacturer made this one?  Also, like the XLR turret on the M4A1(76)HVSS in Vilseck, there is a number stamped into the left rear turret wall with a Y prefix.  On the Vilseck XLR it is Y920.  On the Beffe there is Y658 stamped in the same location. 



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