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Bradlad
03-10-2011, 16:07
Late next year I am likely/ hoping to be the proud owner of a 1944 Willys ( Ford ) Jeep and as it needs a full restoration I thought about doing something different with it, away from the usual khaki army jeeps everyone knows.

Many years ago I came across one painted in red and white check, I'm assuming it was a station guide but I have never seen one since or seen pictures of one.

So my questions are these;

I know the RAF did use Jeeps, however how were they painted? did they do them in the RAF Royal blue or were they all green? did they have station guides in bright colours or was the one I saw a fanciful whim?

Does anyone have any pictures of RAF jeeps?

Thanks.

Jerry
03-10-2011, 16:36
Maybe worth a look?

http://www.amazon.com/Wartime-Jeep-British-Service/dp/095344709X#reader_095344709X

Bradlad
03-10-2011, 16:53
Thanks for that Jerry, I'll keep my eyes open for a cheaper copy though...

Phillip Rhodes
03-10-2011, 19:07
How about a replica RAF Rapid Intervention Vehicle introduced during the war? Check out: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(22).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(14).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(33).JPG, which can be found here: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Photgraphs.htm#Oldies

PNK
03-10-2011, 19:44
Now that would be good. Shame it has to be green for wartime though.

Bradlad
04-10-2011, 10:02
How about a replica RAF Rapid Intervention Vehicle introduced during the war? Check out: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(22).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(14).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(33).JPG, which can be found here: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Photgraphs.htm#Oldies

Brilliant! that is exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for!

Many thanks, I now have something to dig into.

ted angus
04-10-2011, 10:38
They remained in service beyond 1950, In 1949 if not earlier they would have been repainted red. They were repleced by Series 1 swb Landies at unit level by simply moving all the gear fixtures and fitting over.
TED

DaveFleming
04-10-2011, 13:30
How about a replica RAF Rapid Intervention Vehicle introduced during the war? Check out: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(22).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(14).JPG and http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Oldie%20(33).JPG, which can be found here: http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/Photgraphs.htm#OldiesThat's a great site - nice pics of the RAF Half track (SdKFZ 7?)

Bigbear
04-10-2011, 20:36
If you want something that is really out there, try converting it into one of these:

http://www.unrealaircraft.com/roadable/rotabuggy.php

It was never in "service", but it carried RAF roundels!

http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Flying-Jeep.html

Phillip Rhodes
04-10-2011, 21:29
http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/Fire/FireRAF.html

horrocks
19-10-2011, 10:09
There has been periodic debate about this on the g.503 forum (http://www.g503.com/forums/ ...you must anyway become a member, as it is a huge resource on all things Jeep for your restoration). There seems to be no evidence of wartime jeeps being painted in anything other than olive drab, or variations on red/yellow/black/white chequered for flightline vehicles, though we are all waithing to be proved wrong. I have seen several restored Jeeps in RAF blue, though whether these are meant to represent wartime or postwar periods I don't know.

Richard Flagg
07-11-2011, 14:54
This one is on display in the hangar at East Kirkby

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/Flyer719/LINCOLNSHIRE/East%20Kirkby/20111105EastKirkby299-1.jpg

horrocks
07-11-2011, 15:08
Very nice. Not a Willys though....almost certainly a Ford...:D

Bradlad
07-11-2011, 17:14
That one is a Ford but it is original.

I was very lucky in a visit earlier this year to crawl all over it ( with permission ) and it gave me some good pointers, every part is ' F ' stamped and it even has war issue tyres!!

It's provenance is uncertain but is thought to be stored surplus found after the war.

Bradlad
07-11-2011, 17:21
http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/Fire/FireRAF.html

Phillip, thanks for that, I do like the idea of a rescue derivative as I will be using it to help raise money for the RBL and military charities, a rescue vehicle seems fitting.