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IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, DUXFORD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, EAST ENGLAND, BRITAIN



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Location Category ID:
3300
Address: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 835 000
Email:
Opening Times: Open daily except 24, 25 and 26 December. Winter 2008/2009 (26 October 2008 to 13 March 2009): 10.00-16.00. Summer 2009 (14 March to 24 October): 10.00-18.00.
Official Website: Imperial War Museum Duxford
Other Links: Wikipedia
Duxford-Update.info
Duxford Aviation Society – Vehicle Section
Latitude, Longitude: 52.096389 , 0.133056
Location Accuracy: 10
Tanks Previously Here: Long term:
1: Waffenträger leFH 18/40 auf GW III/IV Weapon Carrier - Wheatcroft Collection, Leicester, Leicestershire, East Midlands, Britain (1990s-2003)
2: Panzerbefehlswagen Jagdpanther Command Vehicle - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London, Britain (Until at least 1987)
3: M667 Lance Missile Carrier - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Until 1990s)
4: T-55 Tank - Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, Greater Manchester, North West England, Britain (Until August 2008)
5: FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Dates unknown)
6: FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank - Kubinka NIIBT Research Collection - Foreign Vehicles, Kubinka, Moscow Oblast, Russia (1986 – 14 July 1988)

Short term:
1: M4A4 Sherman Tank - Barrell Collection, Bedfield, Suffolk, East England, Britain (MV Show 19 June 2011)


The Imperial War Museum uses Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, a former Battle of Britain fighter station, to house the items that it does not have room for in London. Duxford Airfield is situated beside the intersection of the M11 with the A505 at Junction 10, south of Cambridge. It has on display numerous aircraft as well as some military vehicles, tank guns and artillery. Its many attractions include Concorde 101, midget submarines, a 'hi-tech simulator capsule', a children's adventure playground, souvenir shops, picnic areas and a licensed restaurant.
Maintenance of the vehicles in the collection is undertaken by the vehicle wing of the Duxford Aviation Society. There are no restrictions on taking photographs of the exhibits.
Each year, in the summer, a military vehicle rally is held at the airfield which attracts large numbers of private military vehicles. It is also an opportunity to see at many of the museum’s own tank on the move.

Museum Entrance



Location ID:
3301
Latitude, Longitude:52.09649611, 0.13315022
Location Accuracy:7



1) A34 Comet Tank British


Number of Photos:
15
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Unique ID: 1096
Serial Number:
Registration: “11 ZH 11” painted on nose and rear plate.
Name: “CAMBRAI” painted on lower turret sides.
Other Identification: Yellow triangle markings painted on upper turret sides. Emblems painted on front mud flaps.

Outside Land Warfare Hall



Location ID:
3302
Latitude, Longitude:52.094642, 0.127008
Location Accuracy:6



2) FV4003 Centurion AVRE 165 Engineer Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1073
Serial Number:
Registration: “11 BA 46” painted on upper glacis, and on a plate fixed to the rear hull.
Name:
Other Identification: “11A” painted on the middle of the bazooka plates on each side. “4/3/A” painted at the front of these plates each side, and this number appears to have been painted over a previous version of the number on the left side.

This AVRE is based on a Centurion Mark 5 and is displayed by the end of the bridge in front of the Land Warfare Hall. Its label states “This exhibit served in the Gulf War of 1991 with 32 Regiment, Army Engineers and still bears its desert paint scheme. It was then used as a mobile observation post on a Ministry of Defence training range. It was donated to the Imperial War Museum in 1993”.

Inside Land Warfare Hall



Location ID:
3304
Latitude, Longitude:52.09045003, 0.12285858
Location Accuracy:7



3) Sturmgeschütz III Assault Gun German


Number of Photos:
6
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Unique ID: 125
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “F. 207” painted on left of glacis plate. German crosses previously seen painted on nose and hull rear,

This Sturmgeschütz is an Ausf G.


4) Panzerkampfwagen IV Tank German


Number of Photos:
9
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Unique ID: 213
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “PIPA” painted in yellow on hull front.
Other Identification: Painted in the colour scheme and markings of a tank taking part in the initial Blitzkrieg operations of the Second World War.

This is an unusually early model of the Panzer IV, an Ausf. D.


5) Panzerjäger G13 Tank Destroyer German / Czech / Swiss


Number of Photos:
8
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Unique ID: 252
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted in a German three colour ‘ambush’ camouflage scheme. Four ‘kill rings’ painted on gun barrel.

This G13 was presented to the IWM by the Swiss Ministry of Defence in January 1981. It had previously served in the Swiss Army. It is displayed in an action tableau with German soldiers, a Nebelwerfer and other equipment.


6) M5 Stuart VI Gun Tower American


Number of Photos:
6
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Unique ID: 1080
Serial Number:
Registration: “T287633” (British) painted on rear hull sides.
Name: “Beryl” painted on forward hull sides.
Other Identification:

This Stuart was acquired in 1972.


7) M4A1 Sherman Grizzly Tank American / Canadian


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1081
Serial Number:
Registration: “T146929” (British) painted on hull sides.
Name: “AKILLA” painted on hull sides.
Other Identification: Yellow triangle markings on nose, turret sides and hull rear. Emblems painted on nose and hull rear.


8) T-34-85 Tank Soviet / Polish


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1076
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “7909” and Polish Eagle emblem painted on turret sides.

This T-34 is fitted with spoked roadwheels.


9) T-34-85 Tank Soviet


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1
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Unique ID: 1077
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “222” painted on turret sides. Painted overall in a sand, green and brown camouflage scheme.

This was one of the replicas of the German Tiger tank based on a T-34 chassis made for the “Saving Private Ryan” film. It was in a storage yard at Bovington Tank Museum after it had a small accidental fire. It is now at IWM Duxford. (Source: Armour UK).
It has been restored and is displayed in a tableau as though breaking through the wall of a building.


10) T-55 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1078
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “00128” painted on glacis plate.


11) IS-2M Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1079
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This IS-2 was received from the Central Armed Forces Museum in Moscow in exchange for a Conqueror heavy tank.


12) Mark VIB Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1082
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13) FV101 Scorpion CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1083
Serial Number:
Registration: “02 FD 08” painted on hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification:

This Scorpion is believed to be in running order.


14) A27L Centaur OP Command Tank British


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1084
Serial Number:
Registration: T187617 (not original): “T187617” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Unit markings painted on nose and hull rear.

This Centaur is a command variant that had no gun to make room in the turret for radio gear; a fake gun was fitted to make it less obvious as a special unit (source: L. Child). It was intended for artillery observation officers’ use. It is fitted with map boards on the turret roof, and also appears to be fitted with supports for an awning over the turret. It is displayed as a command tank of 7th Armoured Brigade in NW Europe in 1944 (source: IWM Object Record).
It service history is unknown (source: IWM Object Record) so its registration is presumed to be fake; a well-known wartime photograph shows a Centaur OP with registration T187617 in use as a Brigade Commander’s tank in Germany, April 1945 (source: Chamberlain and Ellis/BATWW2).


15) A34 Comet Tank British


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1085
Serial Number:
Registration: “20 ZR 72” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name: “GYNAEOLATOR” painted on turret sides.
Other Identification: Extra towing lug welded to centre of nose plate. Towing pintle mounted at rear. White circle markings painted on turret sides and rear mud flaps. Emblems painted on nose and hull rear.

This Comet is displayed on a concrete ramp in a tableau as though on a destroyed wartime bridge. It is shown carrying camouflage nets and crew equipment.


16) A41 Centurion Tank British


Number of Photos:
10
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Unique ID: 1086
Serial Number:
Registration: “07 BA 26” painted on hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in desert sand.

This Mark 3 Centurion was in service from July 1952 until March 1957. It was used as a training aid by a Territorial Army unit from the late 1950s. In 1979 the exterior was restored by 38 Central Workshop REME and it was transferred to the IWM by the Ministry of Defence. It arrived at Duxford from Chilwell on 20th February 1982. It is currently displayed on the back of a tank transporter.


17) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1087
Serial Number:
Registration: “01 EB 70” painted on nose and rear right mud flap.
Name: “DAKEYNE” painted on hull side stowage boxes.
Other Identification: ‘Chinese Eye’ markings painted on front turret sides.

This is a Mark 6/4c.


18) FV4030/4 Challenger 1 Tank British


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1088
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.


19) Valentine Tank British


Number of Photos:
6
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Unique ID: 1089
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall desert sand.

This Valentine Mark II shows signs of projectile damage that may indicate it was recovered from a firing range.


20) A22 Churchill AVRE Tank British


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1090
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name: “BULLDOG” painted on air intakes on hull sides.
Other Identification: “1233” painted on nose and hull rear. “2B” painted on turret rear. Bull’s head emblem painted on nose and hull rear.

This AVRE appears to have been in very poor condition before having a cosmetic restoration; the metal of the hull and turret are pock-marked and the track guards are fake. It was previously on display on a bridge section at Hermanville-sur-Mer in Normandie, France. Although a Centaur tank (Unique ID 765) is now there, plaques commemorating this AVRE remain there. One states “CHURCHILL AVRE REFURBISHED SEPTEMBER 1998 BY 6 HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 22 ENGINEER REGIMENT”. The second states “AT 0730 HRS ON 6TH JUNE 1944, 70 SPECIALLY REDESIGNED CHURCHILL TANKS EQUIPPED WITH FASCINES, FLAILS, BANGALORE TORPEDOES AND BRIDGES LANDED FROM 10 LANDING CRAFT AND CLEARED THE BEACH OBSTACLES INTO A 200M WIDE SAFE LANE IN ORDER THAT THE ADVANCING TROOPS COULD LAND SAFELY ON THE BEACH. THIS CHURCHILL AVRE MK III NOW STANDS AS A MEMORIAL TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVED AND DIED ON THESE SHORES”.


21) FV433 Abbot Self-Propelled Howitzer British


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1091
Serial Number:
Registration: “07 EB 26” painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification:


22) Sexton Self-Propelled Gun Canadian


Number of Photos:
10
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Unique ID: 1092
Serial Number: “1775” stamped into rear plate.
Registration: “S-233721” painted on hull sides, previously seen with “S-287068”. “75 ZS 41” (British) seen previously but not currently visible.
Name:
Other Identification: Emblems painted on hull front and rear.

This Sexton was purchased by the IWM in 1976 from Pound's scrapyard in Portsmouth. It has apparently since been repainted with the markings of a different vehicle.

Workshop



Location ID:
3306
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



23) A41 Centurion Tank British


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1093
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This Centurion is undergoing restoration, and is currently stored coated in red primer paint.

External Vehicle Driving Area



Location ID:
3308
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



24) M40 Long Tom Gun Motor Carriage American


Number of Photos:
8
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Unique ID: 1115
Serial Number:
Registration: “93 BA 48”, not currently visible.
Name:
Other Identification:

Very few M40s were supplied to British forces. This one was presented, on loan, by the Royal Artillery Institution to the IWM in 1966. It was transferred to the London IWM from the Royal Artillery Junior Leader Regiment, Gamecock Barracks, at Bramcott in Warwickshire. It was moved to Duxford in 1985. It is in running order.


25) PT-76B Amphibious Light Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
13
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Unique ID: 1094
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This PT-76 is in running order.


26) 2S1 Self-Propelled Howitzer Soviet


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1112
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in desert sand with green stripes.

This 2S1 may have been captured during the first Gulf War. It is in running order.


27) T-34-85 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1105
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “82”, slogan “ВПЕРЕД НА БЕРЛИН” and red stars painted on turret sides.

This T-34 is in running order.


28) SU-100 Tank Destroyer Soviet


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1109
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This SU-100 was acquired in 1977. It is in running order.


29) VT-34 Armoured Recovery Vehicle Soviet / Czech


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1106
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This VT-34 is in running order.


30) T-55 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
11
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Unique ID: 1108
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “715” painted on turret sides. Painted overall in a three-colour camouflage scheme.

This T-55 is in running order.


31) WZT-1 Armoured Recovery Vehicle Soviet / Polish


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1110
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This ARV is in running order.


32) T-62 Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1107
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: ‘Eye’ emblems painted on either side of turret front.

This T-62 is fitted with a mine plough. It is believed to be in running order.


33) T-72M Tank Soviet


Number of Photos:
1
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Unique ID: 1111
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification:

This T-72 is believed to be in running order.


34) ISU-152 Assault Gun Soviet


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1114
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: “330” painted on superstructure sides and front.

This ISU is believed to be in running order.


35) 2S3 Self-Propelled Howitzer Soviet


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1113
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Arabic markings on hull rear. Painted overall in desert sand.

This 2S3 is may have been captured during the first Gulf War. It is in running order.


36) Sabre CVR(T) Light Tank British


Number of Photos:
2
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Unique ID: 1116
Serial Number:
Registration: “02 FD 21” or similar painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification:

This CVR(T) is in running order.


37) FV102 Striker CVR(T) Anti-Tank Guided Missile Carrier British


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1117
Serial Number:
Registration: “???NVS” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification:


38) A41 Centurion Tank British


Number of Photos:
7
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Unique ID: 1118
Serial Number:
Registration: “84 BA 91” painted on nose.
Name: “OSTRIDGE” painted on searchlight cover.
Other Identification: “35 FD BTY RA” (35 Field Battery Royal Artillery) painted on searchlight cover.

This Centurion is a Mark 12. It is in running order.


39) FV4006 Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
4
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Unique ID: 1119
Serial Number:
Registration: “89 BA 60” painted on front left and right rear hull.
Name:
Other Identification: “24C” painted on superstructure sides. Painted overall in a green and black camouflage scheme.

This ARV is a Mark II. It is in running order.


40) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


Number of Photos:
18
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Unique ID: 1120
Serial Number:
Registration: “01 EB 14” painted on nose and right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification: Identification: “HHL War” and “FV4692511” cast into the glacis plate. “D077” cast into the Stillbrew armour which may indicate it was the 77th Chieftain so converted. “4B” painted on turret rear and side plates.

This Chieftain is a Mark 12 with its distinctive Stillbrew horseshoe of armour around the turret front. It is in running order.


41) FV4204 Chieftain Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1122
Serial Number:
Registration: “06 FF 83” painted on right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification:

This CHARRV is in running order.


42) Chieftain Marksman Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun British


Number of Photos:
12
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Unique ID: 1121
Serial Number:
Registration: “03 EB 10” painted on nose and right rear mud flap.
Name:
Other Identification:

Marksman is a British anti-aircraft gun system developed by Vickers and consisting of a special turret armed with twin 35mm Oerlikon automatic guns and a Marconi Series 400 radar. It is intended to be fitted to current or obsolete tank chassis to provide low level cover from aircraft. The only examples in service are in the Finnish Army and have Marksman turrets mounted on obsolete T-55AM chassis. This vehicle has a Marksman turret on a Chieftain chassis and was probably put together by Vickers for demonstration purposes; it is in running order.


43) FV214 Conqueror Heavy Tank British


Number of Photos:
14
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Unique ID: 1123
Serial Number:
Registration: 05 BB 94: “05 BB 94” painted on nose and rear hull.
Name:
Other Identification:

This Mark 2 Conqueror was built in 1957/58 and spent its life at the Fighting Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (now the MVEE). It was transferred in October 1967 from the Central Vehicle Depot RAOC at Ludgershall. It was restored to running order by the Vehicle Wing of the Duxford Aviation Society and regularly takes part in the Duxford Military Show.


44) Conqueror Armoured Recovery Vehicle British


Number of Photos:
3
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Unique ID: 1124
Serial Number:
Registration: “04 CC 76” painted on rear spade.
Name: “PERSUADER” painted on hull side stowage boxes.
Other Identification:

This ARV is a Mark 2, and is believed to be in running order.

In Storage



Location ID:
3312
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



45) A15 Crusader Tank British


Number of Photos:
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Unique ID: 1280
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Unit markings on front mud flaps. Painted overall in sand and black camouflage scheme.

This is a Mark 2. It is in storage awaiting restoration (source: Duxford-update.info).


46) FV4201 Chieftain Tank British


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1
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Unique ID: 1281
Serial Number:
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall in a ‘Berlin’ style urban camouflage scheme.

This Chieftain was previously located in front of the Land Warfare Hall (before being replaced by the Centurion AVRE).