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UNIQUE ID 478: M42A1 DUSTER SELF-PROPELLED ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN

American Legion Community Center, Palmer, Easton, USA

(Location: Palmer)


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Unique ID: 478
Added to Database: September 2008
Last Edited: September 2008
Type (ID): M42 Duster (1112)
Model (ID): M42A1 Duster (1113)
Location Category (ID): American Legion Community Center (88690)
Location (ID): Palmer (88690)
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Other Identification: “Bam Bam” insignia. Other painted markings are “IFFV”, “4AW60” and “C212” visible on the lower nose and rear plates. Permanent markings are the numbers “7963805” and “G56” stamped into the left-hand headlamp mounting, the numbers “G36” and “8338083” stamped into the right-hand headlamp mounting, and the numbers “15” and “1587” stamped into a plate on the upper rear hull.
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Location History:
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1: American Car and Foundry Company, Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA (Additional manufacturer April 1952-December 1953)
2: American Legion Community Center, Palmer, Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA (Current location)


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This M42A1 Duster is on display outside the Legion post (source: N. Baumgardner). It is mounted on a concrete pad on a corner plot near a small memorial in front of the main building. It appears to be in fairly good condition, although thin metal parts such as the mudguards shows signs of rust, as does the metal cover over the turret intended to keep the worst of the weather out of the normally open-topped vehicle. It is missing a number of components, such as headlamps.

The vehicle was provided by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PANG) through the instigation of a Judge Advocate at the post, Peter J. Cochran. His father, a long standing member, had heard that it was possible to apply for a vehicle and so Peter made the request. They were informed they needed to build a suitable base pad, which they did, and eventually the Duster turned up. It was provided at no charge, with the work being done by the PANG as part of a weekend drill. The vehicle was towed off the transporter by a National Guard Hummvee and pulled into position. As delivered the turret was facing straight ahead, so the post members fired up the engine and powered the turret into its current position (facing out from the post towards the road). The vehicle is maintained by a nominated current member of the post who used to be an M42 crewman. [Thanks for this information and their hospitality go to Peter Cochran and Frank Merritt].

The vehicle’s hull was originally a rusty brown colour, and on the nose was painted a picture and the name “Bam Bam”, references to the Flintstones cartoon character Bamm Bamm Rubble. It has since been repainted, but the nose art has been retained; it is signed “E. Kosalko 8/97”.

A good walkaround and description of this vehicle, showing it some years ago (before repainting), can be seen on the AFVDB site (see Other Links).


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August 2008

Front left view
1: Front left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 541
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010810...
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NavPix image containing GPS/Satnav location
2: NavPix image containing GPS/Satnav location

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 567
Added: 6 September 2008
Filename: AA_ICN20...
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Front view
3: Front view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 550
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010813...
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Front right view
4: Front right view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 542
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010814...
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Right view
5: Right view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 543
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010804...
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Rear right view
6: Rear right view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 544
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010803...
Views: 115
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Right view
7: Right view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 545
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010805...
Views: 90
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Rear left view
8: Rear left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 546
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010802...
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Left view
9: Left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 547
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010806...
Views: 99
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Nose art
10: Nose art

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 548
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010816...
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Nose art signature
11: Nose art signature

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 549
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010817...
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Close overview
12: Close overview

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 551
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010825...
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Overview 1
13: Overview 1

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 552
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010824...
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Overview 2
14: Overview 2

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 553
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010826...
Views: 54
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Left-hand number marking overview
15: Left-hand number marking overview

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 554
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010819...
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Left-hand number marking
16: Left-hand number marking

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 555
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010818...
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Right hand number marking overview
17: Right hand number marking overview

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 556
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010820...
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Right-hand number marking
18: Right-hand number marking

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 557
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010822...
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Rear plate marking
19: Rear plate marking

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 558
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010827...
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Turret rear left view
20: Turret rear left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 559
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010794...
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Turret overview
21: Turret overview

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 560
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010795...
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Engine deck
22: Engine deck

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 561
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010797...
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Turret rear left view
23: Turret rear left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 562
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010799...
Views: 67
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Turret front right view
24: Turret front right view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 563
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010800...
Views: 77
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Turret front left view
25: Turret front left view

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 564
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010801...
Views: 88
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Memorial
26: Memorial

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 565
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010830...
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Legion sign
27: Legion sign

Taken: 13 August 2008
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 566
Added: 29 August 2008
Filename: P1010832...
Views: 87
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