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

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Fisher Body built M4A2 Sherman Tank Photos
Grand Blanc, MI
1942-2013

This page added 7-3-2016.

An excellent source of Grand Blanc built M4A2 Sherman tanks is Canada, and especially the Province of Ontario.  Below are some of these that I have had time to visit in Ontario and Quebec.  As opportunity presents itself, I plan to add more images of Grand Blanc built M4A2s in the future.

The M4A2 was just one of several types of tanks and tank destroyers Grand Blanc built during WWII.  Also included in its output were the M4A3, M10, M36 and M26.  For the complete story on this important tank arsenal, see my Grand Blanc, MI Tank Arsenal page shown above.

Fisher Body marked its serial numbers on the rear towing eyelets.  I have included photos of the serial number for those M4A2s that I was able to photograph.  In some cases the paint was so thick over the numbers, there was nothing legible, and those were not included.  For the remaining, the readability of the numbers ranges from minimal to excellent.

M4A2(75) Small Hatch
Some Canadian Tank Regiments were issued the M4A2 small hatch Sherman during WWII.  This was known as the Sherman III in British nomenclature.  Two are in Canada.  Both are combat veterans.  I have been able to photograph one to day.

Serial Number:  7606
US Registration Number:  3062855
Date Built:  September 1942
Location:  Victoria Park, London, Ontario
Nickname:  Holly Roller
Date of Photo:  April 10, 2016

This is the oldest Grand Blanc built Sherman tank in existence in the western hemisphere, and is the third oldest worldwide of all of the tanks built by Fisher Body Division of General Motors.  It is a true war veteran, and as noted below it is the only tank that survived the war in operation with the 6th Canadian Armored Regiment (1st Hussars).  Due to its historical significance I wonder why the authorities and historians in Canada have not moved this to an inside venue to keep it out of the elements.  It is such a shame this grand old tank that fought all the way from D-Day to VE Day has to sit outside.


"Holy Roller" is located on the north side of the park along Central Avenue.


M4A2(76) Large Hatch
After WWII Canada received a number of late model Grand Blanc built M4A2(76) large hatch Sherman tanks equipped with the Horizontal Volute Suspension System.  These were used by Canadian Forces for training until 1970.  Of the 48 on display in Canada, 16 are shown below.

Serial Number:  64882
US Registration Number:  30122861
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum
Nickname:  Billy
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016




Serial Number:  64993
US Registration Number:  30122972
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum
Nickname:  Bart
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016


Serial Number:  65001
US Registration Number:  30122980
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Nickname: 
Date of Photo:  June 26, 2016


Serial Number:  65021
US Registration Number:  30123000
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario
Nickname: 
Date of Photo:  June 26, 2016


Serial Number:  65032
US Registration Number:  30123011
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  St. Thomas Armory, St. Thomas,  Ontario
Nickname: 
Date of Photo:  April 10, 2016


Serial Number:  65042
US Registration Number:  30123021
Date Built:  March 1945
Location:  Royal Canadian Legion Branch, Sarnia, Ontario
Nickname:  Calamity
Date of Photo:  June 23, 2016

 


The serial number 65042 on the right side towing lug.


Serial Number:  65223
US Registration Number:  30123202
Date Built:  April 1945
Location: Oshawa Armory
Nickname:  Conqueror
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016


Serial Number:  65240
US Registration Number:  30123219
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum
Nickname: 
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016


Serial Number:  65248
US Registration Number:  30123227
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Oshawa Military and Industrial Museum
Nickname: 
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016

This Fisher Body Grand Blanc built M4A2(76) was previously located at the Royal Canadian Legion in Meaford, Ontario, which has since closed.  While this Sherman is on the grounds of the Oshawa Military Museum it is owned by a private individual who has now joined the museum, and is displaying his equipment with the Museum's tanks.


Serial Number:  69036
US Registration Number:  30129515
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Lt. Col. Taylor Denison Armory, Toronto, Ontario
Nickname:  Athene
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016


Serial Number:  69192
US Registration Number:  30129671
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Beatty Street Drill Hall
Nickname:  Boss
Date of Photo:  February 2015 - Photos courtesy of David Jackson Jr.


Serial Number:  69199
US Registration Number:  30129678
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Wolseley Barracks
Nickname:  Angel
Date of Photo:  April 10, 2016


The serial number 69199 is just barely visible.


Serial Number:  69209
US Registration Number:  30129688
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  Lt. Col. Taylor Denison Armory, Toronto, Ontario
Nickname:  Ares
Date of Photo:  June 24, 2016


Serial Number:  69215
US Registration Number:  3012694
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  de Salaberry Armory, Gatineau, Quebec
Nickname:  Chateauguay
Date of Photo:  June 26, 2016


Serial Number:  69224
US Registration Number:  3012703
Date Built:  April 1945
Location:  de Salaberry Armory, Gatineau, Quebec
Nickname:  Chateauguay
Date of Photo:  June 26, 2016


Serial Number:  Unknown - There are two Grand Blanc built M4A2(76) tanks listed for this museum.  There are no markings and it is not possible to get to the rear of the tank shown below for a serial number.  The two listed are:  64994 and 65251.
US Registration Number: ?
Date Built:  1945
Location:  Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario
Date of Photo:  June 26, 2016

 

 

 

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