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MILITARY MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND, DANBURY, FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT, USA



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Location Category ID:
56000
Address: 125 Park Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
Telephone: (203) 790-9277
Email: militarymuseumsne [at] yahoo.com (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times:
Official Website: Military Museum of Southern New England
Other Links: William Maloney
Latitude, Longitude: 41.38202922 , -73.46676707
Location Accuracy: 7
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The Military Museum of Southern New England opened in 1995 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of US military history. The original intent of the museum was to maintain the memory of American Tank Destroyer units of the Second World War. Over its twenty year history, thanks to generous donations and the hard work of many unpaid volunteers, the museum’s collection has expanded to over 10,000 artefacts, covering all of the armed forces of the United States. The museum staff is composed primarily of unpaid volunteers who are responsible for designing and installing exhibits, running the gift shop, and participating in public events. (Source: MMSNE).

Museum Building



Location ID:
56000
Latitude, Longitude:41.38215752, -73.46694007
Location Accuracy:7



1) M22 Locust Airborne Light Tank American


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13
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Unique ID: 2367
Serial Number:
Registration: 30201141: “USA 30201141” painted on left engine compartment side and right superstructure side.
Name:
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This M22 is depicted in a tableau driving out of the front of a Hamilcar glider. It is displayed with its driver’s hatch open and with a mannequin in the driver’s position.


2) M18 Hellcat Gun Motor Carriage American


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18
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Unique ID: 2368
Serial Number:
Registration: 40145192: “U.S.A. 40145192” painted on rear hull sides.
Name: “AMAZ’N GRACE” painted on forward hull sides.
Other Identification: “440” cast into mantlet underside. “643 TD” painted on front right mud flap. “A-15” painted on front left mud flap. White stars painted on nose and turret sides.

It is not known if this vehicle actually saw combat during World War II but it was in the European theatre during that time. Sometime during or just after the war, along with many other vehicles, it was given (or sold) to Yugoslavia. It saw service with their army until about 1984 when it was taken out of service, completely cleaned, restored, painted and outfitted with all the OVM it originally came with in preparation for transferring to the museum in 1985. (Source: Danbury.org).
This M18 was a gift to the museum by the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1988. It is in running order, and was driven under its own power to its current position. (Source: Exhibit label).
It is currently displayed in a Second World War tableau, with soldier and crew mannequins and German road signs.

External Display Area



Location ID:
56002
Latitude, Longitude:41.38194973, -73.46669599
Location Accuracy:7



3) MBT-70 Tank German / American


Number of Photos:
14
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Unique ID: 2376
Serial Number: Pilot 5: “PILOT 5-M” painted on turret sides.
Registration: 09A005 67 (source: N. Baumgardner/AFVNDB).
Name:
Other Identification: “A-00006 NON-BALLISTIC” marked in weld metal on glacis and turret roof. “MCV 499” daubed on glacis. “CPR3052©”, “C74 3328 LT” cast into lower mantlet. “RD-A2” faintly visible painted on rear hull.


4) M42A1 Duster Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun American


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14
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Unique ID: 2369
Serial Number: 2447 (source: USAHAR).
Registration: “OH NG 2-174 A11” stencilled onto top right glacis and top left rear.
Name:
Other Identification: “7962552” stamped into front left headlamp-track guard bracket. Markings barely visible painted on front left and right headlamp mounts. Painted overall in a green, sand and black camouflage scheme.

This M42 is displayed with its engine compartment open. Its markings imply that it served with the Ohio National Guard.


5) M551A1 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank American


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13
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Unique ID: 2370
Serial Number:
Registration: 12C76468: “U.S.ARMY 12C 76468” painted on forward hull sides.
Name:
Other Identification: “15” painted on hull sides. “25-1-3/4 CAV” painted on right nose and hull rear. “C15” painted on left nose and rear. Red and white guidon insignia painted on forward hull sides.

In early 2005 this M551 was restored and repainted from ‘Desert Storm’ camouflaged colour scheme to a ‘Vietnam era’ green, with some first-hand advice from Jan Weiss, a Sheridan tank commander in Vietnam, to ensure the authenticity of the restoration. In recognition of Jan’s guidance the Sheridan is now marked “25-I-3/4 CAV C-15”, his vehicle in “’Nam”. The project leader was Alan Balto and team members including the Ashley brothers, Jimbo Monette, Richie Lacarie, Kevin Mara, and a host of other volunteers. The first public event for Jan’s tank was the North Haven Memorial Day Parade on Saturday 28 May 2005. (Source: US Military Museum 2005 Newsletter). It also attended a ‘Heroes at Home’ fundraiser at Danbury Mall in 2007 (source: US Military Museum 2007 Newsletter).
It is displayed with its flotation screen, though the screen shows signs of damage. It is displayed with its driver’s hatch open.


6) XM800 ARSV-T Light Tank American


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3
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Unique ID: 2371
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Other Identification: Markings faintly visible painted on side doors and front right mud flap.

This XM800 was previously part of the Aberdeen Ordnance Museum collection (source: USAHAR). It is currently fitted with an experimental twin rocket launcher turret from a different vehicle.


7) M36B2 Gun Motor Carriage American


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17
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Unique ID: 2372
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This M36 was bought in 2006 for $75,000 from a private collector in Indiana, with $50,000 coming from Ken Lelacheur, a long-time member of the museum and an M36 driver at the end of World War II. It had previously been used by the former Yugoslav Army until the mid-1990s. (Source: Press reports, see photographs, and 2006 Newsletter).
When it arrived it had distinctive Yugoslav features, such as large headlight clusters, but these have since been removed. It retains a T-55 engine (source: USAHAR) and is in running order. It has worn out tracks and appears to have a small penetration on the left side of the glacis.


8) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


Number of Photos:
12
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Unique ID: 2373
Serial Number: 7340 (source: USAHAR).
Registration: 110189 (Italian): “110189” painted on nose and hull rear.
Name:
Other Identification: “011” stamped into lower right glacis. “7354695 M VCA”? cast into front right headlamp mount.

This M47 is displayed with its co-driver’s hatch open. It is ex-Italian, and has a data plate inside written in Italian (source: AFVNDB).


9) M60 Tank American


Number of Photos:
20
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Unique ID: 2375
Serial Number: 955: “955” stamped into front left towing lug, left side of engine compartment, and engine compartment cover.
540 (hull): “SER 540 HT2998” cast into lower right rear hull.
Registration: 5005: “5005” stencilled in yellow circle on glacis.
Name:
Other Identification: “7853748 O” cast into lower left rear hull. “CF 062 D 260” or similar marked in weld metal on rear left hull. “10870601 9.60.0 90” cast into lower hull. “948” stamped into left side of engine grill. “S”, “10864135” and “© 7140” cast into left side of engine grill. “7392” and “10864136” cast into right side of engine grill. Shield emblem cast into left turret side. Painted overall in a dark green, light green, sand and black camouflage scheme.


10) M110A2 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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1
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Unique ID: 2383
Serial Number: 250: “F250” stamped into tow lug.
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Other Identification: “120CR 4/17FA” and “X1” stencilled on nose. Painted overall in a green, brown, black and cream MERDC camouflage scheme.

This M110A2, along with the Danbury museum’s M578 recovery vehicle and an M114 155mm howitzer, was delivered by the Housatonic Railroad to the yard at the Danbury Railway Museum on 8 May 1996 (source: Danbury.org).


11) M108 Self-Propelled Howitzer American


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13
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Unique ID: 2374
Serial Number: 143: “143” stamped into rear left hull below towing lug.
Registration: 12U802: “U S ARMY 12U802” painted on hull sides and turret rear.
Name:
Other Identification: “ANTI-FREEZE 81-82”, “79 ?”, “M11-1-0”, “77”, or similar, and other markings painted on nose.

This M108 is displayed with its rear doors open so the interior can be seen.


12) Panzer 55/60 Tank British / Swiss


Number of Photos:
18
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Unique ID: 2377
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Registration: M78551 (Swiss): “78551” painted on nose and rear towing pintle cover. “551L” and “551R” stamped into side armour plates.
Name:
Other Identification: “1955 31221T 1 101 N 16 30” or similar stamped into right-hand fire extinguisher handle cover. “40796T ESC” cast into left turret side. White square painted on nose and rear towing pintle cover.

According to the exhibit label this is a Centurion Mark 5 manufactured in the late 1950s that was donated by the Swiss government after being deactivated in May 1993. However the shape of the engine deck indicates a Panzer 55, based on a Centurion Mark 3.

External Storage Area



Location ID:
56004
Latitude, Longitude:41.38219123, -73.46715867
Location Accuracy:7



13) M3A1 Stuart Light Tank American


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1
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Unique ID: 2378
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This Stuart is missing its main armament.


14) M22 Locust Airborne Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 2386
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This M22 is without its turret. It has been suggested that it is a rare T18E1 gun tractor (source: AFVNDB).


15) M48A2C Tank American


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20
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Unique ID: 2379
Serial Number: 90? “90?”? stamped into rear left tow lug.
Registration: 398417: “USMC 398417” painted on side stowage boxes.
9B1694 4 (source: USAHAR).
Name:
Other Identification: “6570” painted on upper turret sides. Shield emblem cast into left turret side. Painted overall in a green, brown, sand and black MERDC-style camouflage scheme.

This M48 was brought to the museum in the summer of 1991 by Conrail SENH. It was transported via a railway yard that is now part of the Danbury Railway Museum. (Source: n1yln/Flickr).


16) M48 Patton AVLB Bridgelayer American


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1
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Unique ID: 2380
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The bridge for this vehicle is laying on the ground beside it.


17) M39 Armoured Utility Vehicle American


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2
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Unique ID: 2381
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This M39 was restored to running order in about 2007, and soon after the museum’s other, non-running, M39 was sold. (Source: US Military Museum 2007 Newsletter).


18) M578 Armoured Recovery Vehicle American


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8
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Unique ID: 2382
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Other Identification: “US ARMY” painted on hull sides. White stars painted on hull sides and nose. Previously painted overall desert sand.

This M578, along with the Danbury museum’s M110 SP howitzer and an M114 155mm howitzer, was delivered by the Housatonic Railroad to the yard at the Danbury Railway Museum on 8 May 1996. When it arrived it was in desert colours. (Source: Danbury.org).

Status Unknown



Location ID:
56006
Latitude, Longitude:0, 0
Location Accuracy:0



19) M22 Locust Airborne Light Tank American


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Unique ID: 2387
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This M22 was sold (source: Vagabond/AFVNDB).


20) M39 Armoured Utility Vehicle American


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Unique ID: 2385
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The museum sold one of its two M39s in about 2007 to help pay for the M36 acquisition. The museum’s other M39 had not long before been restored to running condition, so this non-running M39 was sold to an English collector. The new owner plans to use the vehicle’s parts to bring a M18 Hellcat based in Britain back to life. (Source: US Military Museum 2007 Newsletter).


21) M1917 Six-Ton Light Tank French / American


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Unique ID: 2384
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Other Identification: “1” and Red Heart playing card symbol on white diamond painted on left turret side. Painted overall in a green, sand and cream camouflage scheme.

This tank belongs to the Connecticut National Guard and was for years displayed at the State Prison; it is on loan to the Museum of Southern New England (source: H. Otoupalik/Surviving 6ton Register). It was stored at the Guard base in Niantic, CT, and was on display painted olive drab during a National Guard open house (source: treadhead/AFVNDB). It was at the museum in 2002 but was not seen there in 2008 and may have been returned to its owner; it is, however, still featured on the museum’s website (as at August 2012).