The air recognition panels are 12ft x 2.5ft.(105mm x 22mm) The panels actually came in several colors; fluorescent blue, fluorescent orange, fluorescent red and fluorescent yellow. [Which can be purchased from Archer Fine Transfers (http://www.archertransfers.com/USAFVcatalog.html
From talking with a friend who was a gunner in a 105 Sherman (10Ä11Ä/C Company), I was lead to believe that they had the thing rolled up on the engine deck & never used it, from there arrival in Cherbourg (Sept 44) `til the end of the war. He also advised me that that 10Ä11Ä assigned 1 - 105mm Sherman(M4A3) to each Co HQ for support.
Front stowage was kept to a minimum due to the muzzle blast would puncture c-rat cans! He also stated that the carrying of fuel cans was non-existant (in his battalion, at least), a 6x6, fully loaded with 5gal cans, would bring fuel to them at dusk.
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