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   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by 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   GMC   GMI   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   Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   R.G. LeTourneau   Seagrave Fire Apparatus   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  


Chrysler Main Page    Dodge Trucks in World War Two   Dodge Trucks in Service with the Polish Army   Chrysler built M4 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M4A3 Sherman Photos    Chrysler built M3 Lee/Grant Tank Photos   Detroit Tank Arsenal Photos   Chrysler Post WWII M60 Patton Tank Photos   Chrysler Post WWII M103 Heavy Tank Photos 

Chrysler built M4A4 Sherman Tank Photos
Built at the Warren, MI Tank Arsenal

This page added 11-10-2016.

The M4A4 was just one of several types of tanks that Chrysler Warren built during WWII.  It was powered by the Chrysler designed and built A57 multibank engine.  Chrysler was the only manufacturer of the M4A4.  The M3, M4 and M4A3 were also included in Chrysler's tank output during WWII. 

The M4A4 can be identified by the protrusion for the radiator behind the turret on the engine deck.  There is also a wider spacing of the bogies compared to the other types of M4 tanks, due to having to make room for the radiator in the engine bay. All of the M4A4 tanks were small hatch.

Chrysler marked its serial numbers on the rear towing eyelets.  I have included photos of the serial number for those M4A4s that I was able to photograph. In some cases the paint was too thick over the numbers or was nothing legible.  For many there was no evidence of a serial number.  For the remaining, the readability of the numbers ranges from minimal to excellent.

Most of the M4A4 tanks were given to the British.  The US Army used some for desert training at Fort Irwin, CA and in China and Burma.

The M4A4 Sherman tank is defined by the Chrysler A57 multibank engine.  Author's photo taken at Chrysler Museum.


Serial Number: 18108
US Registration Number:  3018414
Date Built: June 1943
Location:   Patton Museum, Fort Knox, KY
Nickname: Storm
Date of Photo:  10-15-2016
This tank was used by the British and has had a rough life.

 Note that the Patton Museum has misidentified this as an M4A2.  The museum only has two Sherman tanks left and both have been misidentified.  The M4A3E8 inside is identified as an M4E8.  Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Note the wider spacing between the bogies.  Author's photo. 

The air intake and the top of the radiator and radiator cap.  Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Serial Number: 21169
US Registration Number:  3021475
Date Built: June 1943
Location:  Arnhem War Museum, Schaarsbergen Netherlands
Date of Photo:  9-17-2016

Photo courtesy of David D Jackson, Jr.

Photo courtesy of David D Jackson, Jr.

Serial Number: 21424
US Registration Number:  3021730
Date Built: July 1943
Location:  Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, CA
Nickname:  Forceful III
Date of Photo:  6-26-2016

Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Author's photo.

The serial number 21424 is plainly evident on the tow lug.  Author's photo.




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