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  1. Hi Michal, as hostilities came to an end there would have been a surplus of QL bowsers so as with many types, vehicles were selected for rebuild for the medium to long term future requirements. I would imagine 16A/ 700 started life as 16A/ 699 . My identification of that vehicle is taken by reference to the relevant data sheet in AP 2782A. and AP 2515A Vol 111- which is a huge cross reference document which lists complete vehicles by its 16A reference, At the time of publication ( may 1946) only 4 QL bowsers are listed- 16A 541. 542 699 and 700. Turning to the close up of the oil pump it appears that there are re-inforced areas each side of the pump on the walkway ? By swapping the hoses fuel could be drawn from a 44 gal drum and pumped into the bowser. We can only assume that the connection on top of the bowser tank is to some sort of internal stand pipe . Zwicky pumps of the day had the delivery outlet at the top of the pump body, so in the screen shot you posted the pump is set up to deliver from the tank. Now to version 3, no modifying the tank is a factory or exceptionally well equipped workshop task. drain vent and steam for several days, cut the end off the tank to gain access to the interior to weld in dividing wall. then pressure test with water , then drain vent , dry ! My thoughts are that the version 3 in your picture is a 950 with an acquired oil pump mounted on the bowser for convenience . TED .
  2. A little more info to add : here is a picture of a 16A/700 which is number 5. on your list. The oil pump on your 4. 16A/699 is mounted on the walkway; described as a Zwicky double reciprocating hand pump. On your 3. I am wondering if the pump - one of the handles can be seen in the photo - is mounted but not plumbed in plus the oil hose stowage box fitted to give a capability in the field but actually the oil is drawn from a 44 gal drum. I used the later hand pump and certain models could be mounted with a hose and standpipe into a drum or the dip tube of the standpipe fitted to pump and the resulting assembly simply put into the drum ?? I would certainly be a lot of work to retro modify a 950 tank into a 850/100 - your thoughts .
  3. Hi Michal, In my previous I only mentioned the 3 basic types I knew were in service in WW2: I dug out my data book sheets ; 1. concur- plus my memory is going daft as the data book confirms this was 1000 gal. 16A/542 2. concur 16A/541 3. I will have to dig further into my photos but could just be same as 4. 4. concur 16A/699 5. concur 16A/ 700 6. 7.concur 16A/1297 850 gal AVTUR yes large cyl items are the Stream-Line filters required for Turbine( jet) fuels . data sheet shows positions for 3 booms but centre not fitted; note this has full size rear double doors to access engine & pump compartment. 8. yes this is 16A/1393 950 gal AVTUR this one is PTO and the Stream-Line filters are consequently mounted in the rear compartment which has full size rear double doors. This is built with provision for just 2 booms and is exactly as projected in the Airfix plastic kit ! 9.concur this is 16A 710 is a 1000gal water for photographic units. this must have been overloaded as 1000 of water is nearly 4.5 tons ? I will have to dig further as I have photos of boomless refuelling jets ? and possibly other that don't match the above. TED.
  4. I would say that says Type 1308 . I have a copy of the short lived Air Ministry Order listing TYPES- it was a totally useless system - like many thing I experienced in my 39 years in the RAF so nothing I read or see surprises me; The subject of the photo is a Fuel and oil bowser 850 gal of fuel and 100 gal oil. oil was dispensed through a hand pump mounted on the nearside of the vehicle. There are 2 other types of QL bowser and both are listed in their relevant docs as 950 gal: However in other RAF publications there is mention of a 950 gal and a 1000 gal fuel bowser. ?? TED.
  5. Hi Richard, yes some very interesting stories but that picture that appears on page 42 is wrongly placed; there was no operational association between the GCI, or associated Signals Units and the MFPUs. Some where I have a history of the MFPUs and it was after D Day that they landed, I think the pic of the one exiting the LST is from No7 MFPU. I will try and find the date. keep safe TED.
  6. The omaha photo is not a radar unit, they did not use artics. This is a vehicle of a Mobile Field photographic unit, whose task was to process film taken by the recce aircraft the trailer is a Tasker. example attached . Ted.
  7. Hi I wonder if you may be able to help me with this ? 
    I am new to the forum so if I have not gone about it in the correct way I do apploagise but you seem rather knowledgeable on the subject ,

    Hi  i have just joined the forum , as i found it by chance when trying to find out information on a bike i have , its a  1953  matchless G3 with original engine matching the frame  reg number   LYO847

    I have worked out from some posts back in 2015 that some members may have the catalogues for ruddington  sales  i have seen that on some of the scans that were posted then  reg numbers LYO 840  843  844  845  were sold but i dont see mine , i was wondering if anyone could put me in the right direction , i believe that my bike was one of the first batch for evaluation from the first supply contract , i would love to find out more info , thanks mike 

    1. ted angus

      ted angus

      Hi Mike, I can't be much help I am afraid, I know your bike was stationed at Stratford- Lancashire for some of its service but I am afraid I don't have any auction detail for it. the LYO reg would indicate its from the evaluation era. 

      regards TED.

    2. Mike walburn

      Mike walburn

      Thanks ted  

  8. NYV 317 served at the Home Office Fire Service Training Centre at Moreton -in- Marsh. It would have been used by despatch riders and convoy traffic control riders during mobile fire column training. There is a Pathe news film on the subject TED
  9. This picture is post 1949 possibly 1952/3. It is RAF Kabrit which was in the Egyptian Canal Zone afraid I don't have a clearer picture but the reg will be in the ??AA?? block. note the station name below the roundel
  10. Fantastic and a big thanks to RUNFLAT for reposting the files TED.
  11. Magic ! thanks for sharing regards Ted.
  12. my money on khaki Green No 3 and Nobels dark tarmac green No 4 subsequently named Nobels dark tarmac No 4 Ted
  13. I can confirm your Explorer was at RAF Chivenor in N Devon.This picture was posted several years ago on the RAF MT drivers website; the colour was obviously too light for RAF Blue Grey so I contacted the chap that had posted the picture and back in the day was the Explorers driver; In addition to its primary vehicle recovery role it also formed part of the technical response to aircraft emergencies and was therefore in airfield colours of BS 381 tint 356 Golden Yellow; hope this helps. Re the colour of the first message, RAF Blue Grey was very prone to fading, I joined in 64 and apart from some airfield vehicles being all yellow, the standard colour was RAF Blue Grey until the tone down commenced in the early 1970s, your picture reminds me of a faded vehicle of that period. Ted
  14. Some RAF vehicles carry the arabic some don't. . The dual WD*** plus arabic appears in some pre war Palestine photos Ted.
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