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The M3A1 Scout Car was an armored car in U.S. service during World War II. It was also known as the White Scout Car, after its manufacturer, the White Motor Company. It was used in various roles, including patrol, scouting, command vehicle, ambulance and gun tractor.  This M3A1 was built in 1941

The original M3 was a classically-built, light armored truck.  The improved M3A1 was the main production variant.  The hull was lengthened, and to prevent bogging down, an un-ditching roller was mounted in front of the bumper on most variants.  In the standard M3A1 armament consisted of three machine guns were mounted on skate rails, one forward central 0.50 caliber and two 0.30 caliber guns at the rear. A radio was fitted with an antenna base at the center of the rear section. Nearly, 21,000 units were produced.

The M3 and M3A1 first saw combat during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941.  It was used by the cavalry units of the US Army in the North African Campaign and the invasion of Sicily. It served traditional cavalry roles, such as scouting and screening.  It also served as an armored command vehicle.  By mid-1943, the drawbacks of the design – its open top, poor off-road mobility, and poor armament – were evident. During 1943, most US Army units replaced the M3A1 with enclosed armored vehicles. A small number of M3A1s were retained and employed in the Normandy invasion.


  • Type: Armored car
  • Manufacturer: White Motor Company
  • Weight: 8,900 lb
  • Length: 222 in
  • Width: 80 in
  • Height: 79 in
  • Crew: Driver + 7
  • Armor: 0.25 inch sides, 0.5 inch windshield removable armor and shatterproof glass windshield and 0.5 inch louvered armor for radiator
  • Main Armament: .50 cal M2 Browning machine gun
  • Secondary Armament: .30 cal Browning M1919A4 machine gun
  • Engine: Gasoline fueled Hercules JXD, 110 horsepower
  • Operational range: 240 miles
  • Speed: 55 mph

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!


There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.