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Fisher Body built M4A3 Sherman Tank Photos
Grand Blanc, MI

This page updated 3-26-2018.

The M4A3 was just one of several types of tanks and tank destroyers built at Grand Blanc, MI during WWII.   The M4A3, M10, M36B1, M36B2, and M26 also included in its output.  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 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 Fisher Body at Grand Blanc, MI, and Chrysler at Warren, MI built the large hatch M4A3 Sherman tanks starting in February 1944 and continuing until the end of the war.  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 transmission on the glacis which are different and allows one to identify the manufacturer, if necessary.  For Fisher Body the weld consists of five individual welds that form a square. 

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

The five individual welds forming a square at the intersection of the glacis and differential is the Fisher Body identification.  A Chrysler will have a "C" shaped weld.

Some Fisher Body Sherman M4A3 tanks have the five weld beads in the vertical position.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  4875x - x is either a 1or 4
US Registration Number:  30812348 or 30812351
Date Built:  March 1944
 US Cavalry Museum, Fort Riley, KS
Date of Photo:  9-18-2017
Date Photo added:10-2-2017
Comments:  The patch on the front of the left side indicates this probably suffered combat damage in Europe during WWII. 

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  48923
US Registration Number:  3081520
Date Built:  March 1944
 US Army's Basic Combat Training Museum at Fort Jackson, SC
Date of Photo:  4-4-2014

This Fisher Body built M4A3 seen at Fort Jackson, SC was originally built in March 1944 with a 75mm main gun and VVSS suspension.  It was later converted to the 76mm cannon and HVSS suspension.  Originally it would have looked like the two M4A3's pictured below.  Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Type:  M4A3(75)
Serial Number:  48936
US Registration Number:  3081532
Date Built:  March 1944
Location:  Downtown, Bastogne, Belgium
Date of Photo:  5-12-2008

Type:  M4A3(75)
Serial Number:  49619
US Registration Number:  3082216
Date Built:  May 1944
Location:  The Citadel, Charleston, SC
Date of Photo:  3-23-2017
Added to page:  5-2-2017

Type:  M4A3(75)
Serial Number:  49730
US Registration Number:  3082327
Date Built:  May 1944
Location:  NJ Army National Guard, Vineland, NJ
Date of Photo:  9-22-2016

Type:  M4A3E2(75) Jumbo
Serial Number:  50418
US Registration Number:  3083015
Date Built:  June 1944
Location:  American Legion Post 101, Carbon Hill, AL
Date of Photo:  3-13-2018
Added to page:  3-26-2018

Type:  M4A3(75)
Serial Number:  62075
US Registration Number:  30115097
Date Built:  September 1944
Location:  Florida National Guard Armory, Ocala, FL
Date of Photo:  7-29-2017
Added to page:  7-31-2017
Comments:  The gun and mantlet on this tank are fake.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  62889
US Registration Number:  30115911
The number on the tank is incorrect for this serial number.
Date Built:  September 1944
Location:  Museum of Missouri Military History, Jefferson City, MO
Date of Photo:  7-6-2017
Added to page:  7-12-2017
Comments:  This M4A3(76) was originally built with a VVSS suspension.  The HVSS is post WWII modification added 2-14-1950. 

The five welds identify this as a M4A3 built by the Fisher Tank Arsenal in Grand Blanc, MI.

This is a photo of a photo on the curator's laptop.

Serial number 62889 is evident on the data plate.

The serial number is also evident on the tow lug.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  62999
US Registration Number:  30116021 

Date Built:  October 1944
Location:  American Legion Post 793, Cecil, PA
Date of Photo:  5-31-2017
Added to page:  6-14-2017
Comments:  This M4A3(76) was originally built with a VVSS suspension.  The HVSS is post WWII modification.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  65944
US Registration Number:  30125266

Date Built:  February 1945
Location:  Fort Indian Gap Military Museum Vehicle Display, Fort Indiantown Gap, PA
Date of Photo:  6-1-2017
Added to page:  6-14-2017
Comments:  Manufactured as a M4A3(75)HVSS.  It was a great afternoon for photos for this M4A3(76), and the nine other pieces of equipment on outside display at Fort Indian Gap.

The M4A3 was at the far end of this group of five armored vehicles.  From left to right:  M1, M113, M60, M46 and the M4A3.

The Fisher Body identification welds on this M4A3 are the most distinctive I have seen on a Grand Blanc built M4A3.  This welder took pride in his work.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  66001
US Registration Number:  30125323
Date Built:  February 1945
Location:  Fourth Infantry and Fort Carson Museum, Fort Carson, CO
Date of Photo:  9-19-2017
Added to page:  9-26-2017
Comments:  This was originally built as an M4A3(75) HVSS.

The serial number 66001 is shown here on the left rear tow lug.

This particular Fisher Body built Sherman has vertical ID welds.  These type seem to be in the minority. 

The M4A3 is one of many pieces of armor on display in front of the Fourth Infantry Division and Fort Carson Museum.

Type:  M4A3E8(76)
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:   Unknown
Date Built:   Unknown
 Bangert Park, Florissant, MO
Date of Photo:  May 15, 2016

The five welds making a square identify this as a Fisher Body Grand Blanc built M4A3. 




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