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
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Massey-Harris US Racine Tank Division in World War Two
Racine, WI
1942-1993
Rest in Peace

This page added 11-9-2017.

Massey-Harris was a Canadian company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.  The plant in Wisconsin was indentified by the parent company as the US Racine Tank Division during WWII.  

Massey-Harris US Racine, WI Tank Division World War Two Production Statistics:  (250) M5 tanks, (1,084) M5A1 tanks, (1,139) M24 tanks, (85) M41 155mm Motor Carriages, (500) conversions of M10A1s to M36, (14,000,000) tank track end connector links (As January1945.), (155) M10 turret trainers

Spare Parts:  For each 100 M5/M5A1 tanks shipped there were 188,898 spare parts packed into 3,657 boxes that accompanied the new tanks.


Here it is! The first tank off the Massey-Harris assembly line almost three months ahead of schedule.  This is M5 serial number 3268 with USA registration number 3064984.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Massey-Harris won the won the Army-Navy "E" Award one time.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


This is Massey-Harris built M5 serial number 3459 that was built in December 1942.  Today it is located at American Legion Post 83 in Sandusky, OH.  Author's photo.


Author's photo.

The table below provides production information on the M5/M5A1 series tanks produced during WWII by Massey-Harris.  This information has been painstaking researched and gathered by Joe DeMarco.  We thank Joe for allowing this website to use this information.

The M5 and M5A1 Stuart tank information provided by Joe includes monthly production figures, serial and registration numbers, and the purchase order numbers.  This information is almost non-existent in the literature or on websites.

Massey-Harris M5/M5A1 Production Information
 Courtesy of Joe DeMarco

Model Date Monthly Production Serial numbers USA Registration Numbers Purchase Order
M5 7-1942 4 3268 - 3271 3064984 - 3064987  T-3347
  8-1942 7 3272 - 3278 3064988 - 3064994  
  9-1942 16 3279 - 3294 3064995 - 3065010  
  10-1942 50 3295 - 3344 3065011 - 3065060  
  11-1942 84 3345 - 3428 3065061 - 3065144  
  12-1942 89 3429 - 3517 3065145 - 3065233  
Total M5   250 3268 - 3517 3064984 - 3065233  
           
M5A1 12-1942 7 3518 - 3524 3065234 - 3065240 T-3347
  1-1943 61 3525 - 3585 3065241 - 3065301  
  2-1943 60 3586 - 3645 3065302 - 3065361  
  3-1943 62 3646 - 3707 3065362 - 3065423  
  4-1943 58 3708 - 3765 3065424 - 3065481  
  5-1943 2 3766 - 3767 3065482 - 3065483  
      3518 - 3767 3065234 - 3065240  
           
  5-1943 58 9768 - 9825 3059072 - 3059129 T-3886
  6-1943 60 9826 - 9885 3059130 - 3059189  
  7-1943 86 9886 - 997 3059190 - 3059275  
  8-1943 66 9972 - 10037 3059276 - 3059341  
  9-1943 60 10038 - 10097 3059342 - 3059401  
  10-1943 60 10098 - 10157 3059402 - 3059461  
  11-1943 60 10158 - 10217 3059462 - 3059521  
  12-1943 50 10218 - 10267 3059522 - 3059571  
      9768 - 10267 3059072 - 3059571  
           
  12-1943 10 15501 - 15510 30102715 - 30102724 T-8089
  1-1944 60 15511 - 15570 30102725 - 30102784  
  2-1944 60 15571 - 15630 30102785 - 30102844  
  3-1944 60 15631 - 15690 30102845 - 30102904  
  4-1944 60 15691 - 15750 30102905 - 30102964  
  5-1944 60 15751 - 15810 30102965 - 30103024  
  6-1944 24 15811 - 15834 30103025 - 30103048 SN 15834 was the last of all M5A1s built by the four suppliers of the tank by calendar date. 
      15501 - 15834 30102715 - 30103048  
Total M5A1   1,084      


This M24 Chaffee is on display at the US Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, KS.  The manufacturer is unknown but this represents the 1,139 M24s built by Massey-Harris between July 1944 and August 1945.  Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.


Author's photo.

The table below provides production information on the M24 tanks produced during WWII by Massey-Harris.  This information has been painstaking researched and gathered by Joe DeMarco.  We thank Joe for allowing this website to use this information.

The M24 Chaffee tank information provided by Joe includes monthly production figures, serial and registration numbers, and the purchase order numbers.  This information is almost non-existent in the literature or on websites.

Massey-Harris M24 Chaffee Production Information
 Courtesy of Joe DeMarco
Model Date Monthly Production Serial numbers USA Registration Numbers Purchase Order
M24 7-1944 10 1001 1010 30119020 30119029 T-12367
  8-1944 16 1011 1026 30112030 30119045  
  9-1944 34 1027 1060 30119046 30119079  
  10-1944 40 1061 1100 30119080 30119119  
  11-1944 40 1101 1140 30119120 30119159  
  12-1944 50 1141 1190 30119160 30119209  
  1-1945 60 1191 1250 30119210 30119269  
  1-1945 65 3349 3413 30121877 30121941 T-13781-1
  2-1945 155 3414 3568 30121942 30122096  
  3-1945 140 3569 3708 30122097 30122236  
  3-1945 52 5452 5503 30139011 30139062 T-13781-2
  4-1945 158 5504 5661 30139063 30139220  
  5-1945 190 5662 5851 30139221 30139410  
  6-1945 15 5852 5866 30139411 30139425  
  6-1945 64 5867 5930 30142464 30142527 T-13781-3
  7-1945 40 5931 5970 30142528 30142567  
  8-1945 10 5971 5980 30142568 30142577  
Total M24   1,139      


The four square block plant that Massey-Harris had in Racine, WI was purchased from Nash-Kelvinator.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


An operator works on an M5 turret.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


An M5 turret is being installed into an M5 tank.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


This is the second M5 built by Massey-Harris and can be identified by the USA registration number 3064985.  This corresponds to serial number 3269.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Here an an M5 is being driven over an obstacle on the factory's test track.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


This is a size comparison photo at the Racine plant.  From left to right is an M10A! tank destroyer, M4A1 Sherman tank, and a Massey-Harris M5 Stuart tank.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


The tank tow truck.  An M32B1 tank retriever was located at the test track to tow in any tanks that broke down during testing.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Pictured here are two M24 Chaffees and two rebuilt M36 tank destroyers at the test track.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


An M24 on the test track at Massey-Harris.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


A train load of M10A1s has arrived for rebuilding into M36s.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Six M10A1s await their turn to be taken into the plant and converted to M36s.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Massey-Harris rebuilt 500 M10A1 tank destroyers in M36 tank destroyers in 1944.  Here the M10A1 hulls have been stripped down to the base hull.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


New engines are being installed at this work station.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


The engine is in, and the radiator fans are next installed at this station.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


A new M36 undergoes testing at the plant's track.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.
 

  Post WWII:  (250) M44 155mm Howitzer Motor Carriages, (300) M19 Multiple Gun Carriages


This Massey-Harris built M44 is on display at the AAF Tank Museum in Danville, VA.  Author's photo.


M44s on the production line.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


An M44 undergoes testing at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds.  Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


Photo courtesy of Massy Collectors Association.


This is an example of an M19 on display at the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles.   Author's photo.
 

 

 

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