The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson


Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
Manufacturers:
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  
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Chrysler Main Page   Dodge Trucks in World War Two    Dodge Trucks in Service with the Polish Army  Chrysler built M4 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M4A4 Sherman Photos  Chrysler built M3 Lee/Grant Tank Photos  Detroit Tank Arsenal Photos   Chrysler Post WWII M60 Patton Tank Photos

Chrysler built M4A3 Sherman Tank Photos
Built at the Warren, MI Tank Arsenal
1941-Present

This page updated 10-13-2017.

The M4A3 was just one of several types of tanks that Chrysler Warren built during WWII. It was powered by the Ford GAA V-8 engine.  Also included in its output at Warren were the M4 and M4A4. 

Chrysler marked its serial numbers for the M4A3 on the rear towing eyelets.  I have included photos of the serial number for those M4A3s that I was able to photograph.  In some cases, the paint was too thick over the numbers, or the numbers were not legible.  For many, there was no evidence of a serial number. For the remaining, the readability of the numbers ranges from minimal to excellent.


Both Chrysler at Warren, MI and Fisher Body at Grand Blanc, MI built the large hatch M4A3 Sherman tanks starting in early1944 and continuing until the end of WWII.  They were built in various versions.  The M4A3 tanks produced by the two companies are almost identical for interchangeability in the field, and are nearly impossible to identify which company built it.  Almost.  Each company added welds on either side of the differential housing on the glacis which are unique, and allows one to identify the manufacturer, if necessary.  For Chrysler the weld looks like a "C" on the left side and a backwards "C" on the right. 


The "C" for Chrysler weld can be seen just to the left of the differential housing.  A Fisher Body weld was square shaped.

In many cases the M4A3s can be identified by going to the Sherman Minutia Website, which has a great table of all known Sherman tanks where the serial number has been identified. 

The large hatch M4A3 became the preferred tank of the US Army once it became available.


The Ford GAA V-8 defines the Chrysler M4A3 Sherman tank.  Author's photo taken at the Ropkey Armor Museum.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  452x5  This could be either 45215 or 45245
US Registration Number:  Either 30101449 or 30101479
Date Built:  July 1944
Location:  Jefferson Barracks, St MO
Nickname:  Might Mo II
Date of Photo:  9-17-2017
Date Photos added:  9-27-2017


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


452x5 is very readable.  However, the x could be a 1 or a 4.  Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  45310
US Registration Number:  30101544
Date Built:   August 1944
Location:  First Division Museum, Wheaton, IL
Nickname:  AH'M PISTOFF
Date of Photo:  9-25-2015
Comments: 
This was originally built as a VVSS.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


The M4A3E8 has the distinctive "C" identification weld on the glacis.  Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  45460
US Registration Number:  30101694
Date Built:   August 1944
Location:  Russell Military Museum, Zion, IL
Date of Photo:  9-25-2015
Photo added:  10-11-2017
Comments: 
This was originally built as a VVSS.  The tank is sitting at the back of the lot on a trailer with the engine out.


Type:  M4A3E8(105)
Serial Number: 58068
US Registration Number:  30111629
Date Built:  October 1944
Location:   Ropkey Armor Museum, Crawfordsville, IN
Date of Photo:  9-21-2013

The Ropkey Armor Museum closed permanently on 7-31-2017.  This tank will be sold off.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 59894
US Registration Number:  3031757
Date Built:  October 1944
Location:  Patton Museum, Fort Knox, KY
Date of Photo:  10-15-2016, 10-2013

Comments: 
The Patton Museum was undergoing a change in displays in 2016, which was not yet complete when I was there in October 2016.  Full access to the tank was not available.  The first photo shows the Chrysler built M4A3E8(76) in its new location.  The second photo gives a better view of the tank its 2013 location.  The museum misidentifies this as an M4E8.  The museum only has two Sherman tanks left, and both have been misidentified.  The M4A4 outside is identified incorrectly as an M4A2.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 60009
US Registration Number:  3031872
Date Built:   October 1944 
Location:  West Point Visitors' Center and Museum, West Point, NY

Date of Photo:  8-12-2017
Date Photo added:  10-13-2017 


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 60110
US Registration Number:  3031973
Date Built:   November 1944
Location:  AAF Museum, Danville, VA
Nickname:  Carmen

Date of Photo:  11-6-2015
Comments: 
This does not have the muzzle brake attached, but does show how it treaded on to the barrel of the 76mm main gun.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 60478
US Registration Number:  3032341  
Date Built:   November 1944
Location:  Renziehausen Park, McKeesport, PA

Date of Photo:  5-31-2017
Date Photo added:  6-18-2017


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


The right side of the tank has sunk into the ground.  Overall this display is need of some maintenance and restoration work.  It is in pretty sad shape.  Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 61178
US Registration Number: 
30114200
Date Built:  December 1944
Location:  American Legion Post 165, Wolcott, CT
Date of Photo:  8-12-2017
Date Photo added:  10-13-2017
 



Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 61180
US Registration Number: 
30114202
Date Built:  December 1944
Location:  Monessen City Park, Monessen, PA
Date of Photo:  5-31-2017
Date Photo added:  6-18-2017
Comments: 
This M4A3 sits part way up the hill in the city park among the trees.  It is a very picturesque setting for it.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number: 61704
US Registration Number: 
30114726
Date Built:  February 1945
Location:  PA Army National Guard Armory, Chambersburg, PA
Nickname:  Adam
Date of Photo:  6-1-2017
Date Photo added:  6-18-2017
Comments:
 The correct registration number is on the tank.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(105)
Serial Number: 64078
US Registration Number:  30120275
Date Built:  December 1944
Location:  Russell Military Museum, Zion, IL
Date of Photo:  9-25-2016


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(105)
Serial
Number: 65407
US Registration Number:  30124788
Date Built:  January 1945
Location:  VFW Post 5096, Custer, MI
Date of Photo:  8-1-2016


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built: Unknown
Location:  Ropkey Armor Museum, Crawfordsville, IN
Date of Photo:  9-21-2013

The Ropkey Armor Museum closed permanently on 7-31-2017.  This tank will be sold off.


The M4A3E8 has the distinctive Chrysler "C" identification weld on the glacis.  Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  VFW 2174, Westville, NJ
Date of Photo:  9-22-2016


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


The M4A3E8 has the distinctive Chrysler "C" identification weld on the glacis.  Author's photo.


Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Veterans Park, Harrodsburg, KY -
This is on US127-Business just north of the split with US-127.  Some data bases have this located at the VFW two miles to the south.  There is no tank of any type at the VFW.
Date of Photo:  3-22-2017

 

 

 

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