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#1 bigfun

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:19 PM

I was going through the Collier County Museum and found a Sherman Tank on the property! They have a small section on the history of WWII in the museum as well. Turns out the the Naples Airport has a rich WWII history!
The Naples Airport was a Pilot training facility.
Anyway, here is the Sherman! It was quite a surprise for me!!

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:23 PM

Did a little investigating and found this site on WWII vets in Collier County! Pretty interesting!
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.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:24 PM

Shame they didn't let you crawl around in that one too! Still, thought, it is good to see.

Okay, armor geeks (that's your Von Poop), is that a 90mm gun on that machine or a 76mm?

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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! :P
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:37 PM

I say a bigger gun because of the muzzle brake. I did not think that the 76s had a muzzle brake.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:44 PM

I stand correct, could be a M4A3(76). Have a look at the suspension.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 09:58 PM

Looks like I need to go back and get a few more shots! It said nothing about the tank in the building, but there is a walkway that you can go on, I didn't. I'll do that tomorrow, maybe I can find out something.
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Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:45 AM

Yeah, I saw the horizontal volute springs. I could not judge the size of the gun barrel to figure out if it was possibly a post-war M4 that had a 90mm gun.

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 07:23 AM

It's in great condition too. It could be used for a movie

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 10:40 PM

There are few things in life more pleasurable than stumbling across a 'new' M4.
Congratulations :D.

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...

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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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#11 T. A. Gardner

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 11:14 PM

M4A1E8. A relatively rare war production vehicle although a bit more common post war.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 01:34 AM

Interesting! Thanks guys! I'll stop by there Monday, and ask more about it!
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:21 PM

where did they find the sherman
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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:47 PM

Well I stopped by again to look at the tank, nobody could answer any question about the tank! But I did get some more pics maybe that will help?

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:50 PM

Nice, good to see it's well looked after too.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 11:53 PM

I also found something rather odd! B17 tires ona swamp buggy! It was built just after WWII. How funny is that!

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:27 AM

Scott I owe you for this one.A long-barrelled Sherman-and nice to see that it's well maintained.
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