Research

Where to start…

On the plus side we are lucky to know the USA Vehicle Number, the vehicle Serial Number, the details of the convoy it shipped to England on in 1944 and the British Army Census number – T-289477…

But… unfortunately whilst the War Diaries record a lot of information, it is rare to find records which relate to a specific vehicle… so this was a lucky find and only available because other enthusiasts were kind enough to share their information (thanks Roddy and Joe, greatly appreciated).

27th June 1945…

VC-T-289477-Receipt2

The above record is available on-line from the Canadian Archives… here…

Though of course if you know the reel number the data is on, that’s a great help.

Next step was to obtain the War Diary for 264th Special Delivery Squadron for 1945…

The Journey…

Did every small boy want his own Sherman Tank?

I certainly did.

An early childhood dream fulfilled, though admittedly I’d never considered a full restoration of this size, the largest to date was a Bedford OYD… but as the old phrase goes… it’s not what you know, but who.

Knowing the right people is definitely key to an undertaking of this size…

Over the years, I’ve been told… NOOOO… don’t do it… where will you keep it… how will you move it… can you afford to run it… where will you get the spare parts… etc… etc… etc…

All very wise words, but all from people who’ve dreamed of owning one, but never have.

So… here we are… a few quid spent… a large pile of rusty metal acquired… and the fun begins.

How, Where, etc… no point worrying about such insignificant details… challenges to overcome in the future… am sure I will meet someone who knows between now and then.

Plan… ish…

2015 – Research, Find parts, sell house
2016 – Research, Find parts, sell car
2017 – Research, Find parts, start rebuild, sell mother-in-law
2018 – Research, Rebuild and On The Road
2019 – Contingency

Target – Normandy 2019 – 75th Anniversary of D-Day