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Two Type 4 150mm SPH Ho-Ro captured at Clark Field area durning Luzon Campaign – question

Discussion in 'Armor and Armored Fighting Vehicles' started by jabu, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. jabu

    jabu New Member

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    During the Luzon campaign Japanese used by two Type 4 Ho-Ro SPH. 
    This vehicles participated in battle of Clark Field (from Jan, 27th to early March). 
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    I have a problem with the establishment of three facts. I'll be grateful for the help.
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    At Clark Field, one Ho-Ro fought with M4 tanks as tank destroyer. They shot 
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    M4 tanks with direct fire. But, it is unknown whether they destroyed M4 
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    tanks or not.
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    Someone knows of what armored unit could be this M4 tanks? 
    I know – at battle of Clark Field fight (among others) Company B and D from 754th Tank Battalion.
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    Company D supported Company K/129th Inf. Regiment in the fight on the west of Clark Field. 
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    Company B attached to 40th Inf. Division. 
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    I analyzed the battle reports of 754th Tank Battalion during fight at Clark Field. 
    M4 tanks from this battalion they were lost largely on the land  mines. 
    I have not found information about the duels M4 tanks vs enemy SP guns. But maybe my knowledge is incomplete.
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    I'll be grateful for any help. Also for suggestions.

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    Someone knows which US unit captured by this two Ho-Ro SPH? Probably 129 Inf. 
    Regiment - but I'm not sure. 
    One Ho-Ro was destroyed by crew after the fight with M4 tanks and another - caught fire by HMG shooting. 
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    Probably this vehicles captured by 3rd Battalion of the 129 Inf. Regiment and/or Company D from 754th Tank Battalion.
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    I'll be grateful for any help. Also for suggestions.

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    Americans captured by at Clark Field area - two Ho-Ro’s SPH. 
    One vehicle were taken to the US (now exists in Quantico). 
    We know, what happened to the second captured vehicle?
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    Regards,
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    jabu
     

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  2. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Other than the 754th, I am unaware of any other Tank Battalions that participated in the Battle of Clark Field and Fort Stotsenburg. The 637th Tank Destroyer Bn was also involved in the battle. However, they were equipped with M18s, and obviously not M4 tanks.

    You may want to review another thread on this Forum: M Company, 129th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division. It involves an action in which the 754th was supporting Company I, 129th Infantry in an attack on a hill. The tanks withdrew just before a Japanese armor attack. A platoon of the 637th TD Bn was ordered counter the armor attack. They engaged in a running battle with the Japanese tanks. One TD was "knocked out by mortar fire" and another by "Anti-tank fire". It doesn't exactly match the incident you described, but you may at least find it interesting.
     
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  3. Dave55

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    Welcome to the forum.

    What a first post. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

    In addition to what TD-Tommy provided, I hope additional info is forthcoming. I'll be following.
     
  4. Poppy

    Poppy grasshopper

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    Geeze, one would think the M4 should dominate any tracked howitzer.
    There must have been extenuating circumstances.
     

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