The hosting costs of websites on this system have historically been covered by advertising. However changes in the way people use the internet, including ad-blocking mean that the revenues no longer cover the expenses. For this reason we will be closing this website within the next two months unless we can find a different model. If any users of the site would be interested in the possibility of taking this incredible archive or pictures and comments over including paying for hosting, please get in touch.
We use cookies to track visitor statistics and personalise adverts. This info is shared with Google. Only use the site if you agree to this. OK, I agree
Librapix Link

Military Vehicle Photos

Upload a Picture About this Site | Links | Random Pic | Advanced Search Home | Latest Additions | Contributors | Visitors
Bedford Water Bowser
Military Vehicle Photos
No: 2575   Contributor: Jens Lilienthal   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: England
Bedford Water Bowser

1937 British Bedford MWC Water Bowser at Duxford IWM.
Picture added on 04 October 2010 at 14:45
This picture is in the following groups
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England, United Kingdom
add commentComments:
Both British and US marks?

Added by Marcel Gommers on 04 October 2010.
The Star was used by British and allied forces as an identifying feature. Previously red and white bars were used.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 04 October 2010.
During WW2 the white star was used as a generic recognition device by the allied forces. This made a vehicle instantly recognisable even in the frantic haze of action.

Added by Chris Teesside UK. on 04 October 2010.
A beautiful picture of a beautiful truck !But I don't understand that the year 1937 is mentioned :in that year the first prototype was produced, but it is not the production-date of the 53155.
Full-width windscreen, the pressed out cooling slots in the bonnet, enclosed cab, metal half-doors, canvas top, perspex side-windscreens and loading sling flanges on the wheel hubs are all from the late type!Only the internally fixed mesh grille is an early one.Can somebody explain me why the mentioned year isn't 1942 or later ?
On a picture from the nearside door I see a white star, the number 53155 and "TYPE 2500".What is the meaning of "TYPE 2500"?
On the offside front wing I read:TAF83 RAF53155.On 2 dec 1944 the TAF83 organized in the Sergeant's Mess in Eindhoven (B.78), Netherlands, a Santa Claus-Black Pete Party for the poor war-children in Eindhoven!

Added by Anton Haspels on 07 April 2012.
RAF53155 is the registration index. TAF83 the unit (TAF = Tactical Air Force)

Added by Roger Greenaway on 12 April 2012.
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.


Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.


Bedford QLD July 1942Bedford QLD July 1942Bedford QLD July 1942BedfordBedford ML 6x6 - HookliftBedford RL - Light Recovery (FV13115)Bedford TL - Runway Sweeper Bedford OXC - Runway / Road SweeperBedford QL RAF refueler Bedford QL refueling truck
My Album Admin Login | Terms & Copyright | Try our site about Dream Cars