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wanderingwillys

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    Hobart, WA, USA
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    WWII USCG Items (Rescue Flotilla One D-Day - USCG-11), WWII LVT Items, WWII Cletrac HST (MG-1) Items

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  1. Are any of the reprints still available of the Omaha Beach maps - we are working on restoring USCG-11 which was a 1942 Coast Guard 83 footer that was assigned to close-in shore rescues and wounded evacuations / transfers for this area during the landings and I was hoping to have these displayed either on the fold out map table in the wheelhouse or down below on the mess table or officers desk. Best wishes Matt - www.uscg11.org
  2. Any background on where this grapple came from - been looking for one for the WWII 83 footer we are restoring Thanks Matt
  3. The flamethrower barrel is a very different animal than the ballistic barrel; a lot of testing and research went into making them pass the 10 ft rule as far as the Japanese were concerned as the flame tanks became priority targets as well as being resistant to small arms and 50 cal impacts. The barrels were made of sectioned, rolled, and hardened armor plate. The flame barrel is actually able to be disassembled to access the wand / flame thrower tip inside - if the tank was a flame thrower unit there would be significant mods to the turret basket as well - the large flame fuel tanks and propellant tanks are stored in the sponsons of the tanks and down low - there is a great big high pressure rotating seal / spool up the center which carries the different fluids and gasses along with several electrical circuits for operating the flamethrower. The system uses a gasoline priming circuit with ignitor spark plugs on buzz coils which would ignite the thickened fuel which was projected by compressed air or nitrogen - the co-driver had control of the system with a firing switch and a foot pedal for the fuel valve - they system could project fuel with or without it being ignited. There was also a CO2 snuffer extinguisher to put out dribble fires in the barrel that was operated by the co-driver. Most of the time older dry storage tanks were converted to be flame tanks as it was easier and more productive to do vs upgrading them to wet stowage I'll try to look up some skematics of the system when I get a moment Best Regards Matt PS - this is a Navy Mk1 that was fitted to the back of LVT-4's on Peleliu - you can see it would not fit in a Sherman without a lot of cutting
  4. Missing the forward bulkhead 50 cal mounts but yes the swing and ball mounts for the 30's are hard to find - I have 4 of the 5 gun mounts for mine - missing one of the 50 cal bulkhead mounts
  5. Here are a few more shots from when it was listed on FB market place at the end of Jan.2020 - She's pretty thin in places - lots of rust in the upper hull; guessing the double bottom and bilge isn't great either... But she's also 75 years old likely (maybe 74)
  6. I don't think it ever sold - they were asking quite a bit - 30k if I recall correctly - have only seen 3 privately for sale in the US (outside of the city auction where I got mine) and 4 more in Australia / NZ since I started looking for one in 2010 - I doubt there are more than 50 of these left in the US in private hands, museums, or monuments... They are a big vehicle so unless you have the means to move them they can be challenging... Matt
  7. This one above popped up for sale recently; as for the numbers they are indeed a state boat registration - same way mine is licensed; although I went to the feds and worked through the USCG Documented Vessel Register so I have a Federal Title and don't need to display the hull numbers as such (just the year registration sticker) The gentleman who created the internet listing and who I contacted about spare parts with this tractor unfortunately never followed up with the owner and got back to me Mine spent 53 years as an icebreaker for the City of Buffalo NY before being retired from it's second career
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