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Wow, you go away for a long weekend and everyone has fun without you! 😉

I agree with the mobile kitchen trailer.

As for what ASPs handled, it was "aircraft equipment and spares".

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I don't know the unit here - all that is written on the back is Aboukir, Egypt.

Nice collection of vehicles though.

John.

 

 

RAF Aboukir.jpg

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Does that say Ambulance of top of the cab on the 2nd from right. I will say for starters, R to Left. Albion, Fordson, Dodge, Chev, and Clark tractor, with a fuel tank on the trailer.

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I agree with you. Right hand side of the photograph is very blured in the area of the slat sided vehicle. It could also be a Fordson tractor pulling the trailer.

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8 hours ago, john1950 said:

Does that say Ambulance of top of the cab on the Humber. I will say for starters, R to Left. Albion, Fordson, Dodge, Chev, and Clark tractor, with a fuel tank on the trailer.

I think the lorry on the right is a Thornycroft Nubian (not an Albion) and tractor on extreme left is a Fordson.

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I AGREE with RICHARD about the Thornycroft Nubian and the tractor looks like a Fordson Standard model N the raised air in take on the right

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I agree with Richard  Thornycroft Nubian and a Fordson tractor.   definately a Fordson WOT1 Ambo    standard heavy ambo, there were at least 2 body styles this one appears to have the less austere body and cab roof signage Ted

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I bow to your superior knowledge. Split windscreen like Albion but large hub ends to house epicyclic gearing.

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Another photograph of an 40 ASP vehicle - it is at Alamein station. I presume it is Canadian built, but cannot ID the manufacturer.

John.

 

RAF 40 ASP Alamein station.jpg

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Ford, Chevrolet, DeSoto, Plymouth and Dodge plus some others produced a similar family of vehicles. Some chassis were supplied to Australia and bodied by Holden. Because this appears to have externally mounted head lights I am going to go with Chevrolet.   

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Many thanks, John.

I have found another 40 ASP lorry in the far background of a photograph. No mystery about the lorry itself - a Bedford - but what is the semi-trailer intended to carry?

John.

 

 

 

RAF 40 ASP Bedford.jpg

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Looks like an Australian army Ford 'ute', see this one, owned by John Hedges in NSW, rear mudguards slightly different but cab and bonnet the same.

:Image result for "john hedges" ford ute

 

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The Ford ute does indeed look very like the Alamein vehicle. How likely was it that an Australian vehicle was in the Western Desert - how much MT, if any, did the Australians bring with them when they arrived in theatre?

John.

 

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I would suggest that the trailer is a Scammell semi trailer 6 ton GS Flatbed

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1 hour ago, john_g_kearney said:

The Ford ute does indeed look very like the Alamein vehicle. How likely was it that an Australian vehicle was in the Western Desert - how much MT, if any, did the Australians bring with them when they arrived in theatre?

John.

 

Hi John,

it is very likely to see these Australian vehicles, and staff cars in photos of the war in North Africa.

Regards Richard 

 

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No one has meantioned that lump of ordinance in the foreground. In the second picture the side window is smaller and have a quarter light I think, there is no bonnet motife, and the running boards are different. With the lack of add ons this side it may be left hand drive. What do you think?

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Many thanks, Wally, Richard and John.

Re the ute, the similarity of design between the various manufacturers does complicate things...

Re the bomb in front of the ute, there is an even bigger one to the right (which I have cropped off). Unexploded bombs seem to have been favoured for decorating the car park at Alamein station.

John.

 

 

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It looks different close up. You can see the curve. I wonder how much time it took to machine something like that.

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The last photograph I posted is the bomb - it is about 4 times bigger than the bomb/shell in front of the ute.

Yes, I dare say it took some machining...

John.

 

 

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It is many years since I had anything to do with a Lathe, It always seemed to take me a long time to make anything usually a 3 or 4 inch dia pin. 

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2 hours ago, john_g_kearney said:

The last photograph I posted is the bomb - it is about 4 times bigger than the bomb/shell in front of the ute.

Yes, I dare say it took some machining...

John.

 

 

The bomb casings were/are normally forgings..... with machining for final finishing and the addition of fuse pockets etc.

See the start of the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeVbXSAJ6eA

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