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Trip Report, April 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:17 pm
Post subject: Trip Report, April 2013

I made some stops to and from AMPS 2013 in Atlanta.

West Virginia
M41 tank
It is in the fenced grounds of the armory, first building on the right. It was open during business hours. The serial was heavily painted but it looked like 5xx.

M41 tank and unknown gun
It is actually across the street from the courthouse, in a parklet on the corner of W Main and N Walker Streets. SN is 3225.

M41 tank #1
This is the Bowen Field tank in the Register. It is SN 378.

M41 tank #2
This one I had on my map from the old geocaching site. It looks to be at an old armory or something. It is SN 2546.

North Carolina
Mount Airy
The SN is 6753. An ex-Italian vehicle with turret gutters. Interestingly, I noticed that the small idler between the sprocket and last roadwheel has been removed and the mounting hole blanked off. I’ve found this on all my photos of “gutter” tanks. There is one (see below) without gutters that still has this idler.

South Carolina
The armory has closed and the pad is empty. The park nearby has no tank. I did not explore anywhere else in the town.

Confirm location and SN.

Confirm location. SN is 1759 on tow lug. Records say this should be 9B5117.

Confirm location. SN is 704 on tow lug and engine deck. Records say this should be 9B3813.

M56 90mm SPAT
Confirm location. SN is 201 from modification plate inside right rear fender.
Confirm location and SN. Stamped RN is 9B5074.

M4A3(76) HVSS
VFW at corner of Old 41 Hwy and VFW Rd. I got 33.09510N 84.18176 W. SN is 61312. Also M5 3-inch gun SN 1761.

Confirm location.
M3A1, SN 7302.
M4A3(76) HVSS, SN is ?6004?, probably 6004x..
M47, SN appears to be 5xx0. No gutters on turret. No Italian mod plate, maintained small track idler.
Also M1A1 155mm gun, M1917/M1918 155mm howitzer, Soviet D-44 85mm gun, M1 57mm gun, M3A1 37mm gun, and Soviet 122mm mortar.

Confirm location.
M4A1, BN 381. Has a flamethrower mounted instead of a 75mm gun.
M60A3. I found SN 1855 on the lug and JJ068G on the engine deck. This pairing is correct according to records.
M114 #1 (near others) No cupola.
M114 #2 (in armory parking lot) No cupola.

Ooletewah/Collegedale (Ooletewah is closer and between park and Collegedale)
M48A5, confirm location and SN. It is also stamped JA00T2. Location is hard to get to; you must park in a business’ parking lot and walk about ¼ mile.

Sutherland Ave armory, confirm location.
M42, SN 222
M59, appears to have been painted 12LC77.
M60, confirm SN 75.

Jefferson City
M42, confirm location. BN 228, RN 4022822x

Had old geocaching record for an M4A3(76) HVSS here but couldn’t find anything.

M4A3(76) HVSS, confirm location and SN 61056.

Armory closed, tank gone.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:02 am
Post subject: Re: Trip Report, April 2013

thanks Kurt !

I'll add the Shermans serials to the database.


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