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UNIQUE ID 1376: A22 CHURCHILL TANK

(Model: Mark I)

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Linsay Road)


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Unique ID: 1376
Added to Database: 1 November 2010
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): A22 Churchill (3870)
Model (ID): Mark I (3872)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Linsay Road (3001)
Serial Number:
Registration: T68557R: “T68557R” (not original) painted on nose and hull sides.
Name: “BOB” painted on hull sides and front.
Other Identification: Canadian flags painted on nose, hull sides and rear. Unit markings painted on nose, turret sides and rear, and hull rear.
Collection Reference: E2005.2167.
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Stainburn Forest – Yorkshire, England (Abandoned ca1944)
3: Museum Of Army Transport, Beverley, Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber, Britain (1980s)
4: Military Vehicle Museum – Newcastle, England (Until ca 2005)
5: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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Text in original Preserved Tanks In Britain publication:

This vehicle, the precise identity of which is not known, appears to have been completed as a Mark II but has since been altered to resemble a Mark I. It was found, seriously bogged down, in Stainburn Gate Forest near Harrogate, having presumably been abandoned there following a wartime exercise. The tank was subsequently recovered to the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley where it was tidied up, repainted and given dummy guns to create the appearance of a Mark I. With the demise of Beverley it came under the control of the National Army Museum who placed it on loan with the Military Vehicle Museum at Newcastle upon Tyne but then donated it to the Tank Museum [it was put on the museum books in 2005]. The colloquial history is that some weeks before D-Day the tank was engaged in firing on ranges in the local area (Stainburn Moor Forest), trees had not been planted on this rather boggy area of land at that time and the tank got inextricably bogged down. Because of things that were going on in preparation for D-Day, clearly resources were not available to recover it and it was left where it was. Several components and, of course, the gun, have been removed and it is assumed that these were removed on the orders of the Ministry of Defence. Some local people claim to have met the crew of the tank, they thought that they might have been Canadian and that they were last seen moving south to go across on D-Day. There are also rumours of another tank which is supposed to be bogged down in the area but no trace of it could be found. (Source: Museum Vehicle Record).


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March 2011

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Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7219
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Taken: 8 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 7220
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October 2008

Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3894
Added: 1 November 2010
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4: Front view

Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3895
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Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3896
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040255...
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Taken: 30 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3897
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040257...
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Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3886
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Front view
8: Front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3887
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Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3888
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040085...
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10: Front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3889
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040087...
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11: Rear view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3890
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040092...
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Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3891
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040091...
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Right view
13: Right view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3892
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040090...
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Rear view
14: Rear view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 3893
Added: 1 November 2010
Filename: P1040094...
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