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Australian Army
2/6th Armoured Regiment
B Squadron, 5 Troop

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Norman Wilford 1943
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1970
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Phil Bradley 1998

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Justin Taylan 2007

Commander  Sgt Jack Lattimore (WIA)
Turret Gunner  Cpl Reg Leggatt (WIA / KIA)
WOp/Loader  Tpr Jeavons
Driver  Tpr Nye
Hull Gunner  Tpr Forster (KIA)
Disabled  December 24, 1942

Wartime History
This tank was transported to Milne Bay, then transported by barge to Buna. One of the seven M3 Stuarts of the 2/6th Armoured Regiment were supporting troops of the 2/9th Infantry Battalion at Cape Endaiadere. On December 24, 1942 this tank suffered a hit to the driver's flap from one of the Japanese 76.2mm Type 3 Naval Gun emplaced at Buna Airfield (Old Strip).

Recovery & Display
It was recovered from the Buna battlefield in mid-1973, and was transported to Port Moresby by barge.  Then was shipped to the Nimitz Museum, where it is displayed to this day

References
"The Vital Factor: A History Of 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment 1941-1946" has details on the crew and wartime history of this tank.
Thanks to Phil Bradley and Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
August 19, 2018

 

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