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UNIQUE ID 1990: A22 CHURCHILL TANK

(Model: Mark III)

Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Britain

(Location: Nigel Montgomery Collection)


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Unique ID: 1990
Added to Database: 31 December 2011
Last Edited: 7 June 2012
Type (ID): A22 Churchill (3870)
Model (ID): Mark III (3878)
Location Category (ID): Isle of Wight Military History Museum (3100)
Location (ID): Nigel Montgomery Collection (3108)
Serial Number:
Registration: T??083: “T??083” barely visible painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Wreck.
Collection Reference: E2002.660 (Bovington).
Links: ChurchillTank.com
Restoration – Turret
Bovington Vehicle Record
Churchill Register
MAVFA.net
References:
Associated Tanks:

Location History:
(see map)

1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Imber Live Firing Range, Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA), Wiltshire, South West England, Britain (Recovered 2002)
3: The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Until September 2002)
4: Isle of Wight Military History Museum, Cowes, Isle of Wight, South East England, Britain (Current location)


Text in original Preserved British Tanks publication:

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The Bovington database lists a very poor condition Churchill Mark III tank that was rescued from Warminster Range and put on the museum books in 2002. Marked ‘GONE’ in museum record on 17 September 2002. It is presumed that this is the same vehicle and that it was been transferred to the Isle of Wight. It is very rusty; it is missing its turret and other components but appears to be being prepared for restoration.
This particular Churchill tank had been converted from a gun tank to an AVRE, and had appliqué armour fitted not only to the hull, but also to the turret front and sides. It was rescued from a range in relatively poor condition. It had received a hit on the turret roof, probably from a shell. A charge had been set off under the front of the turret, damaging both the hull, behind the driver’s and co-driver’s hatches, as well as the underside of the turret. The left hand pannier door had been blown off, and the interior was suffering from extensive corrosion. The engine and gearbox were both still in place. The aim of the restoration is to return the tank to a Churchill Tank Mk III* with a 75mm gun. The appliqué armour will be retained, albeit with the AVRE fittings removed. The turret has been repaired and will have an all-round vision cupola fitted – as it was originally on the tank. The pannier door will be replaced with one recovered from a range, and the hull stripped out and repaired. The remains of the ‘T’ number for the tank is visible. It ends in 83 and probably had ‘0’ before the 83. (Source: ChurchillTank.com).
The MAFVA website lists a Churchill AVRE with registration T31083 so it is possibly the same vehicle (source: MAFVA.net).


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August 2009

Turret
1: Turret

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7717
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040527...
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Turret
2: Turret

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7718
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040454...
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Upper front left view
3: Upper front left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7812
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040818...
Views: 75
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Upper rear left view
4: Upper rear left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7813
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040777...
Views: 80
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Front view
5: Front view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7814
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040540...
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Front right view
6: Front right view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7815
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040536...
Views: 61
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Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7816
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040539...
Views: 52
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Front left view
8: Front left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7817
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040541...
Views: 66
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Rear left view
9: Rear left view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7818
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040561...
Views: 59
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Rear view
10: Rear view

Taken: 5 August 2009
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 7819
Added: 4 June 2012
Filename: P1040560...
Views: 74
Select/Has Priority: 21/0