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1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by blue-max-triplane » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:38 pm

So, as I understand, most of the WWII Searchlights were a two trailer unit, but this one is pretty specifically built- by the factory- as a single unit.
Do any of you here recognize this one at all? I am going to attach it to the International Harvester M3H4 1 1/2 Crash Truck that I am restoring.

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Re: 1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by blue-max-triplane » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:48 pm

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It has what looks to be a Hercules 6 cyl flathead.
The lights on the rear area of the frame are military, and the mountings look proper. Nothing about the construction says "Bubba" , so I am gathering that this is an original configuration.

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Re: 1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by brian in denver » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:25 pm

yould have to check the frame real close for splice, or look for where axils could have been ground off.

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Re: 1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by radiomog » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:30 am

I was trolling on-line for some specific TM's.. the 1941 searchlight stood out, and I remembered seeing this thread..
you're probably all over the TM info, but just in case.... ;)

calls out the 1941A model

TM 5-7140 Operator's Manual For 60-inch Antiaircraft Searchlight Equipment, Model 1941-A (Manufactured by Sperry Gyroscope Co. Inc. Brooklyn, N.Y.)

somewhat related:

TM 5-7040 Operator's Manual and Parts and Price Lists, Model 1941A, 60-inch Antiaircraft Searchlight and Control Station (Manufactured by General Electric, Schenectady)

TM 5-575 Operator's Manual, Model 1941, 60-inch Antiaircraft Searchlight Equipment (Manufactured by General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y.)
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Re: 1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by pj128 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:21 pm

That thing is cool :mrgreen:

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Re: 1941 Anti Aircraft Searchlight

Post by BillyClanton » Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:53 am

Two of those usta live across the street from my old shop. They were exactly like yours
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