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UNIQUE ID 981: A22 CHURCHILL CROCODILE FLAME-THROWING TANK

Musée Memorial, Bayeux, France

(Location: External Display Area)


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Unique ID: 981
Added to Database: August 2009
Last Edited: August 2009
Type (ID): A22 Churchill Crocodile (3900)
Model (ID): Churchill Crocodile (3900)
Location Category (ID): Musée Memorial (6040)
Location (ID): External Display Area (6041)
Serial Number: “VM8134”.
Registration: “T17325837” painted on sides, but has been reported to originally be “T32041B”.
Name: “ASHFORDER” painted on air intakes.
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Location History:
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1: Vauxhall Motors Limited, Luton, Bedfordshire, East England, Britain (Churchill design parent and primary manufacturer)
2: Musée Memorial, Bayeux, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France (Current location)


The Crocodile was a flame throwing version introduced in 1943 and based on the Mark VII. It mounted a flame projector in place of the hull machine-gun and towed 400 gallons of flame fuel in a special trailer.
This Crocodile is missing its catwalks and engine louvers and does not have its fuel trailer. Its gun barrel shows evidence of having been cut in half, and not accurately rejoined. The tank was manufactured in September 1943. It was recovered from the compound of Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers Limited at Tipnor, Portsmouth, then cleaned and stripped of its badly rusted track guards and stowage boxes. It was transferred through Major General Brown of the Dulverton Trust. It was presented by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on behalf of the British nation to the inhabitants of Normandie. This was in commemoration of the Franco-British co-operation during the French liberation in 1944. Since the first edition it has been mounted on a concrete ramp surrounded by a low hedge.

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August 2007

Left view
1: Left view

Taken: 29 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1682
Added: 9 August 2009
Filename: 58CNV06_...
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Front left view
2: Front left view

Taken: 29 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1683
Added: 9 August 2009
Filename: 58CNV05_...
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Front right view
3: Front right view

Taken: 29 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1684
Added: 9 August 2009
Filename: 58CNV07_...
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Rear left view
4: Rear left view

Taken: 29 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1685
Added: 9 August 2009
Filename: 58CNV08_...
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Close-up of fuel trailer coupling
5: Close-up of fuel trailer coupling

Taken: 29 August 2007
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1686
Added: 9 August 2009
Filename: 58CNV08_...
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1992

Front right view
6: Front right view

Taken: 1992 (Estimated)
Contributor: M. Boyden
Photo ID: 1771
Added: 22 August 2009
Filename: Scan_Chu...
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July 1984

Front right view
7: Front right view

Taken: 31 July 1984
Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 1756
Added: 12 August 2009
Filename: Scan_Chu...
Views: 102
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