Today in WW II: 17 Aug 1940 Italian armed forces under Marshal d'Armata Rodolfo Graziani invaded and occupied British Somaliland, threatening American Red Sea merchant shipping and British access to India.  More 
17 Aug 1942 Raid on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, led by Lt. Colonel Evans F. Carlson, USMC.
17 Aug 1943 RAF attack (Operation Hydra) on German V-2 rocket facility at Peenemünde demolishes the factory. Over 500 Allied bombers dropped 1600 tons of explosives and 280 tons of incendiaries.
17 Aug 1943 First Quebec Conference [QUADRANT] held between British, Canadian and United States governments [August 17-24].
17 Aug 1943 Just hours after the last German units evacuated the city, elements of the US 3d Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment enter Messina, Sicily, the final objective of Operation Husky.
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R-4 Caterpillar Bulldozer / Tractor

Caterpillar introduced the R4 (6G series) in 1938, based on the earlier Caterpillar Thirty, and the R4 was produced until 1944. It was powered by a 4 cyl. gasoline engine and had both a 44 inch and a 60 inch track gauge (width). The R-4 had only one upper track roller, compared to two rollers on the Cat Thirty. The later D4 Caterpillar tractor was based on the R-4.

The rear winch was a Hyster D4 while the power control unit was by LaTourneau.

The dataplate states that the maximum drawbar pull is 7,332 lbs. and the maximum ground speed is 5.4 mph.

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USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

Data plate of USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
Data plate of USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.