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12 hours ago, Jonny Garwood said:

Nice jeep,  where was the photo taken ?

Fersfield, Norfolk. The huts are currently back up for sale with planning consent for conversion to dwelling but retaining general outward appearance.

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Yes, fascinating place. I'm looking out my window over the airfield as I type this.

Subsequent to that photo I have removed the fantasy hood number and am contemplating marking her up to represent one of the many units that were here - perhaps even from the time of Operation Carthage. Previous owner in the UK had the truck  resprayed and added SFHD [San Fransisco Harbour Defence] markings. The vehicle spent her postwar life local to SF from 1946 - 2013 having been cast / sold by the military at the Benicia Arsenal in June 25 '46. She remained in her first civilian owners hands until she was bought in recent years by a chap with a garage locally who had carried out the annual servicing starting in 1963. The thinking behind the markings was that given the point of disposal the vehicle may have been used by the SFHD ....but of course nothing is certain. What is certain is that it was fitted with a later replacement engine before being cast by the military [see below].

The first civi owner paid a fair chunk of money for the Jeep too. Fortunately the Jeep has retained its bill of sale  / permission to collect from the Office Of Surplus property form. 

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An interesting article regarding that particular sale from the San Fransisco Chronicle here - includes some good photos [click on the images to see them all] .

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Hi, when you said your 43MB was photographed at Fersfield I must admit I had never heard of the place so I googled its airfield history also looking on a map I couldn't believe how close it is to Thorpe Abbotts, Eye and Tibenham, having driven past Thorpe Abbotts many times.

Its nice you have history with your jeep.

Regards Jonny Garwood

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