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UNIQUE ID 1577: MARK II HEAVY TANK

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Tank Story Hall)


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Unique ID: 1577
Added to Database: 23 February 2011
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Mark II (3705)
Model (ID): Mark II (3705)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Tank Story Hall (3004)
Serial Number:
Registration: 785: “785” previously (now “285”) painted on hull front.
Name: “THE FLYING SCOTSMAN” painted on forward hull sides. “HMLS Dragonfly” for a time.
Other Identification: “F53” painted on forward hull sides. Painted overall in a camouflage scheme.
Collection Reference: E1949.362. (Accession 36249, 1031).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
Battle of Arras – Wikipedia
References:
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Location History:
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1: William Foster & Co. Ltd, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, Britain (Design parent and manufacturer late 1916-early 1917)
2: Arras, France (Battle of Arras – April 1917)
3: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (Gate guardian 1920s)
4: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


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This Mark II is missing its left-hand sponson, allowing the interior to be viewed. It was one of the original tanks preserved on the heath at Bovington (though it was not put on the museum books until 1949). It was built as a Male tank and took part in the battle of Arras, April 1917. Various features, in particular the hinged hatch on the cab roof and internal modifications, indicate that it subsequently served in the supply role. It returned to the UK after the war and was exhibited as a gate guardian at Chertsey for some years. Around this time it was modified to resemble a Mark I, complete with tail wheel assembly and fitted with sample Male and Female sponsons. In this guise it subsequently came to the Museum, bearing the name ‘HMLS Dragonfly’. With the arrival of the Mark I from Hatfield, it reverted to a Mark II, remaining a hermaphrodite, and was later renamed ‘Flying Scotsman’ when the lettering was detected beneath layers of paint (curiously there is no trace of the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ in 6th Battalion records).


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March 2011

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6895
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55281943...
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Front right view
2: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6896
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55281949...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 7 March 2011
Contributor: M. Foti
Photo ID: 6897
Added: 18 March 2012
Filename: 55287844...
Views: 98
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October 2008

Upper front view
4: Upper front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4571
Added: 23 February 2011
Filename: P1030280...
Views: 118
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Upper front view
5: Upper front view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4572
Added: 23 February 2011
Filename: P1030293...
Views: 115
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Upper front left view
6: Upper front left view

Taken: 27 October 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 4573
Added: 23 February 2011
Filename: P1030271...
Views: 127
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October 1982

Front left view
7: Front left view

Taken: 26 October 1982
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 6683
Added: 6 February 2012
Filename: Scan_Mar...
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