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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony B View Post
    Thanks Richard. Out of interest, anyone know the markings on the fourth one?
    I think it is 36th Indian Infantry Division (overlapping white and red circles on a black ground, red to the right). The VRN is British Indian Army. The "68" AOS marking may be, if it followed early post-war British style, the second infantry battalion in the third brigade of an infantry division, in which case it would be on a brown square, but I don't have reference material for the Indian Army at that time - but think it would probably conform to British practice. That would place the vehicle in the Arakan in 43/44 which is probably about right.

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    Thank you. There's always someone knows such esoteric info,
    Leading the charge!
    Jeeps posed for pictures Dodges were to busy working. I'm not mad! My voices say I'm sane! And I am not in the pay of Jersey tourisim No longer a 101. Now a Dodge WC54. If there is one thing makes me angry, its all the Incredible Hulk Films!! (Tony Banner)

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    To find them at the right time is the trick

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    Thanks all for help in finding a potential British Army identity for a Dodge WC54. IJM Restorations in Yorkshire are now restoring their WC54 for me to put back on the road as a mobile Special Communications Unit manned mainly by Royal Signals personnel for deployment in the US sectors of the post Normandy European battlefield, to handle high level secret communications traffic. It is an ex 'Fury' film set vehicle and as you can see, there is a fair bit of work to do! As the load area would have been stripped put anyhow and a radio table installed, it is ideal for me to rig as a basic camper and carry a WW2 motorcycle or two!

    Ferg

    '91 Ricardo Air Drop Land Rover, 2/3 Paras
    '40 Matchless G3WO
    '43 Matchless WDG3L, Royal Signals
    '85 Armstrong MT500

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    I did the same research many years ago when restoring my own WC54 and wondering which route to go down.
    I found photographic evidence of them used for :
    Signals/Wire laying / line repair trucks
    MP Paddy Wagons
    Mobile Shops
    Propaganda / speaker broadcasting trucks
    and of course Ambulances
    - I was also told they were used as aircraft crew taxis but could find no evidence of persons using them as such - but a few pictures of them ferry back the wounded from aircraft....

    Caution however as many of the conversions were post war - many of the signal corps trucks were post-war/Norwegian based .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony B View Post
    WC54's in USAAF, Somewhere in England.
    Almost certainly Parham airfield, about 10 miles away from where I sit now. Markings show 390th Bomb Group.
    Tanks are mighty fine things
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    My problem was finding a BRITISH Army WW2 deployment. According to the literature, RAMC used them but I could find no photos of that application. So being steered in the direction of 'The Secret Wireless War' was brilliant and that book has a couple of photos of them in the field as well as a basic description of how they were fitted out. They were received in UK as fully kitted out and red-cross emblazoned ambulances and as far as I can discern, the red crosses were painted out but the US reg number and other bonnet markings retained with only an "SCU" unit number painted on the bumpers to identify it as part of the Bletchley Park network. So it is going to look a bit of a plain Jane, but I am going to rig up a free standing 30foot aerial for display purposes.
    Ferg

    '91 Ricardo Air Drop Land Rover, 2/3 Paras
    '40 Matchless G3WO
    '43 Matchless WDG3L, Royal Signals
    '85 Armstrong MT500

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