Found a Sherman Tank today!!
Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:19 PM
The Naples Airport was a Pilot training facility.
Anyway, here is the Sherman! It was quite a surprise for me!!
- Kai-Petri and von Poop like this
Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:23 PM
Collier County : WWII Capture Living History
Found this little snippet as well!
During the early days of aviation in Collier County, Florida, planes landed on a golf course or on the beach. But, that all changed in December 1943. World War II clamored for more pilots, more gunners, and more aircraft. The Naples Airdrome was built and suddenly the skies over Naples, Florida were filled with P-39s, P-40s, B-17s, and RP-63s. The orange "Pinball" (RP-63) participated in the Army Airforce's flexible gunnery training program. Hundereds of pilots and gunners were trained for combat and sent to the Pacific or European fronts.
Edited by bigfun, 30 January 2009 - 08:29 PM.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:24 PM
Okay, armor geeks (that's your Von Poop), is that a 90mm gun on that machine or a 76mm?
Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:31 PM
Shame they didn't let you crawl around in that one too!
They did Slip...............but I got stuck!
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:40 PM
It's not an M4a3 I'm afraid, that would have the welded slab-sided hull.
That cast one piece hull is distinctively M4a1, so that's an M4a1(76mm) and the HVSS tells us it's a late production job (M4a1E8??).
Most likely built by the Pressed Steel Car Company at some point between January '44 & June '45.
All the above of course depends on it's originality, but it definitely looks 'complete'.
Got some nice shots somewhere of these in unmodified Israeli service.
Wonder what route this one took to it's Floridian retirement...
Edited by Von Poop, 31 January 2009 - 11:03 PM.
Staring at nomenclature for another 10 minutes. Precise sherman-pinning does my head in.
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