Willys Jeeps - RAF

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Halifaxbomber, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Halifaxbomber

    Halifaxbomber Junior Member

    Over to you experts, I'm looking to buy a vintage vehicle in the near future, love the Willys Jeep but I'm an RAF nut, I know these are more US but anyone seen or heard of a Willys in RAF colours ???
     
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I have searched on the web and have drawn a blank trying to find an original RAF liveried Willys jeep.
    However I found several models and one renovated Jeep, so I have attached thumbnails.

    Tom
     

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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Certainly one variant of the RAF Jeep are the garish 'Follow me' Schemes... if you could live with one:
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    Shoreham's personal battle

    Fair few other 'quieter' schemes available.
    RAF slat-grille on sale at beltring 2005:
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    Dutch Restoration:
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    Outside of restorations - for original pictures if you visit IWM collections and use 'Jeep' under subject, and 'air' under theme (among other combinations) that turns up a fair few RAF jeeps from runabout to forward air control. And this rather nice colour shot of Tedder and his pristine example:
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    Flight Lieutenant H McDonald DFC (wearing headphones), Corporal D Mountford (right) and Aircraftman D Jull, with his pet cockatoo 'Jake', manning a Royal Air Force Visual Control Post in conjunction with 123rd Brigade of the 5th Indian Division operating in Sourabaya (Soerabaja), Java. Behind their jeep is a burnt out armoured car once used by the Indonesian nationalist forces. The work of Visual Control Posts was to move forward with the infantry and call in airstrikes by Mosquito or Thunderbolt aircraft on positions held by the Indonesians.


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    Two RAF officers in a jeep receive flowers from children in a French village
     
  4. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    An RAF Mountain Rescue Jeep, somewhere in Wales. The Service began in 1942 and the jeeps served until being replaced by Land Rovers immediately postwar. (RAF 208343)

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    The RAF Regiment was also a big user of Jeeps. Worth searching IWM for them.

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  5. Halifaxbomber

    Halifaxbomber Junior Member

    Thanks guys, for the replies, very interesting
     
  6. hawkers finest

    hawkers finest Junior Member

    Over to you experts, I'm looking to buy a vintage vehicle in the near future, love the Willys Jeep but I'm an RAF nut, I know these are more US but anyone seen or heard of a Willys in RAF colours ???
    there are plenty of pics out there if you get a book called the war time jeep in british service there are several pics in there then look on the imperal war museum web site they will help you as well
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    There is a forum I dropped on earlier this year that only talks about Jeeps !
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    there are plenty of pics out there if you get a book called the war time jeep in british service there are several pics in there then look on the imperal war museum web site they will help you as well

    I'd tend to agree, a really nice little book.
     

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