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Mechanical Transport (B Vehicles) - Specialist Vehicles


Throughout its life the RAF has used more motor vehicles then it has aircraft.  The term MT mean Mechanical Transport rather then Motor Transport as some of the earliest vehicles used were steam powered.  Much of the RAF's early MT equipment was taken over form the RFC and RNAS and much of this equipment continued to be used into the 1920s and even 1930s but in the 1920s it began to acquire its own equipment directly.

This list has been broken down into groups as shown above but does not claim to be exhaustive and further research is being undertaken.

W1 = Weight with vehicle equipment, but without load. W2 = Weight with vehicle equipment and load. L = Length. W = Width. H = Height. H(max) = Maximum Height. H(min) = Minimum Height. ST(max) - Maximum Shipping Tonnage. ST(min) = Minimum Shipping Tonnage, WB = Wheelbase.  GC = Ground Clearance

Units of measurements are those used at the time the vehicles were in service.

1 kilogram (kg) = 2.2 pounds (lbs)

112 lbs = 1 Hundredweight (cwt)

1 Ton = 20 cwt

25.4 millimetres (mm) = 1 inch (in)

12 inches = 1 foot (ft)

Designation

Notes

Aircraft De-icing Equipment, Truck Mounted, 7-ton, 4x2, Bedford SLC

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2435

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/1689

Engine:

Vehicle - Bedford, Petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 113 bhp @ 3,000 rpm

Pumping Equipment - Coventry, Victor, Type AN4, petrol, horizontally opposed, 2-cyl, air-cooled, 10 bhp @ 1,600 rpm.  Kigass cold starting equipment fitted.

L: 21ft 3in

W: 7ft 5in

H: 8ft 0in

WB: 13ft 0in

GC: 11in

Wt:  6 tons 0 cwt

This vehicle is used for the application, by spraying, of de-icing fluid to aircraft; may also be used for aircraft washing and de-contamination.

 

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Aircraft De-icing Equipment, Truck Mounted, 7-ton, 4x2, Bedford EJQ3BCO (KFLC5)

L: 7.08m

W: 2.21m

H: 2.43m

WB: 4.258m

GC: 260mm

Aircraft De-icing Equipment, Truck Mounted, with high access platform, 10-ton, 6x4, AEC 2 TG6RB

L: 12.98m (platform stowed)

W: 2.44m (normal), 4.12m (stabilisers extended)

H: 3.96m (platform stowed)

WB: 5.23m

GC: 260mm

Aircraft Refueller, MAN

 

Aircrew Coach, 4x2, Dodge VK-62B

 

Aircrew Coach, 6x4, Austin K6

 
 

Aircrew Coach, 6x4, Austin K6

 

Aircrew Coach, 6x4, Fordson WOT1

 

Aircrew Coach, 4x2, Commer Commando

 
 

Aircrew Coach, 4x2, Commer Commando

 

Airfield Control, Truck Mounted, 2-ton, 4x2, Karrier Bantam FAH 398

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2745

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2733

Engine: Karrier, petrol, liquid cooled, 53.5 bhp @ 3,000 rpm

L: 16ft 1in/4.90m

W: 7ft 1in/2.15m

H: 10ft 5in/3.17m

WB: 8ft 4in/2.54m

GC: 7in/170mm

Wt:  2 tons 10 cwt

A mobile office intended specifically for  the control of aircraft on runways and a means of communication between the airfield and the main Air Traffic Control tower.

 

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Airfield Control, Truck Mounted, 2-ton, 4x2, Karrier Bantam Mk 5

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2323

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2189

Engine: Karrier, petrol, liquid cooled, 53 bhp @ 3,000 rpm

L: 16ft 1in/4.90m

W: 7ft 0in/2.13m

H: 10ft 0in/3.05m

WB: 8ft 2in/2.49m

GC: 5in/120mm

Wt:  3 tons 13 cwt

Runway controller's mobile office; in use is connected by landline to Air Traffic Control tower.

 

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Bus, Articulated, Marmon-Herrington THD-315-6 Below: - The Marmon-Herrington THD-315-6 with articulated omnibus trailer, RAF for between Habbaniya, Iraq, and Damascus, Syria. In 1932, two "Desert Pullman" bus conversions of the THD-315-6, originally an oilfield pipe carrier, were bought by the Nairn Transport Co. to run between Baghdad and Damascus. One of the vehicles was taken over by the RAF in 1943 and is seen here at Habbaniya, compared in size with a Hillman Minx staff saloon car. Known as the "Monster Bus" in RAF service it carried 44 passengers and their luggage, was fully air-conditioned and was equipped with a kitchen, lavatory and iced-water on tap.

 

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Carrier, Full Tracked, Articulated, LHD, Volvo Bv 202E Mk 2

L: 6.18m

W: 1.78m

H: 2.22m

Used by RAF Regiment

Carrier, Troop, Thorneycroft, type C

W1: 8-tons 13 cwt

W2: 9-tons 12 cwt

L: 31ft 9in

W: 8ft 3in

H(max): 11ft 9in

ST(max): 76-tons/38 cu ft

Coach, 4x2, 43-seat, Bedford SB4

 

Coach, 4x2, 49-seat, Bedford SB3

 

Coach, Commer Q4 Commando Mk 2

 

Coach, dog demonstration team, adapted with kennels, Bedford SB3

 

Coach, LHD, Commer Q4 Commando Mk 3

 

Crane, Coles Hydra Speedcrane

 

Crane, Mobile, Ransome and Rapier, type A

W1: 5-tons 14 cwt

L: 21ft in

W: 5ft 6in

H(max): 12ft 0in

ST(max): 34-tons/26 cu ft

Crane, Mobile, Ransome and Rapier, type B

W1: 8-tons 12 cwt

L: 25ft 0in

W: 6ft 0in

H(max): 12ft 9in

ST(max): 42-tons/33 cu ft

Crane, Wheel  Mounted, Gantry, Bomb Hoist, 1-ton, Non-slewing, 4x1, Neal

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1931

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2123

Whilst categorized for convenience as a crane, it was actually a piece of armament loading equipment and was only to used for that purpose.

Engine: JAP, type 6, petrol, single cylinder, air-cooled, 5.5 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 32ft 9in

W: 6ft 1in

H: 21ft 4in (Gantry lowered), 29ft 4in (Gantry raised)

Wt:  3 tons 8 cwt

Self-propelled solid tyred chassis carrying an adjustable gantry on the end of which is mounted a hydraulic jack.  The gantry can be traversed hydraulically through an arc of 30o and elevated or lowered manually through an arc of 30o (15o up or down from the horizontal).  Power for chassis movement and for the hydraulic system is obtained from an air-cooled petrol engine.  The vehicle is driven by V-belts and a chain drive to a single road wheel only; no gearbox is provided and the vehicle is suitable only for short journeys on hard level surfaces at a maximum speed of 2¼ mph.  The vehicle can be towed at a maximum of 12 mph after the transmission and steering have been disconnected.

 

Crane, Wheel  Mounted, Gantry, Bomb Hoist, 1-ton, Non-slewing, 4x1, Neal

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Crane, Wheel  Mounted, 3-ton, Non-slewing, 4x2, Taylor Mk 1

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1396

Engine: Perkins, P4-Ind, direct injection four stroke diesel, 4-cyl, liquid cooled, 40 bhp @ 1,800 rpm (governed)

Dimensions  - Crane in travelling position, main jib lowered, front jib horizontal , adapter fitted

L: 25ft 6in (12ft0in jib overhang)

W: 7ft 0in

H: 10ft 3in

WB: 8ft 6in

GC: 8in

Wt:  6 tons 14 cwt

Fully mobile, non slewing, hydraulically operated crane.  Load lifting effected by derricking a jib provided with three hook positions, for 60 cwt, 50 cwt and 40 cwt loads and an adaptor for lifting 25 cwt loads.  The lifting equipment is mounted on a diesel, four wheeled, pneumatic tyred chassis with rear wheel steering.

 

Crane, Wheel  Mounted, 3-ton, Non-slewing, 4x2, Taylor Mk 1

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Crane, Wheel  Mounted, 4-ton, Fully-slewing, 4x2, Iron Fairey, Type 4FM

Crane, Wheel Mounted, Fast Mobile, 4-ton, Fully Slewing, Btl and C, Iron Fairey, 4FM

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2650

Engine: Ford, 4-cyl, ohv, diesel engine, liquid cooled, type 592E, 61.5 bhp @ 2,250 rpm

L: 17ft 2in/5.23m (with 4ft 9in/1.44m jib overhanging at front)

W: 7ft 9in/2.36m

H: 8ft 5in/2.56m

WB: 7ft 0in/2.13m (Track front and rear - 1.98m)

GC: 10in/250mm 

Safe working loads:

4 tons @ 8ft radius (maximum hook height - 22ft)

3 tons @ 9ft 6in radius

2 tons @ 12 ft radius

18 cwt at 21 ft radius

Wt:  9 ton 7 cwt

The vehicle is designed for use on prepared or firm unprepared surfaces.  The hydraulic telescopic jib and the lifting hook are designed to give a maximum lift of 4 tons at 8ft radius.

The rear axle is used for steering the vehicle and is designed to pivot at the centre of the beam when the jib is in the fore or aft position; automatic hydraulic axle locks prevent the axle from pivoting when the jib is being slewed.

The fully enclosed sheet metal cab is fitted with toughened glass windows and roof light and laminated glass windscreens.  The hydraulic controls are located in the cab adjacent to the driver's position.

 

Crane, Wheel  Mounted, 4-ton, Fully-slewing, 4x2, Iron Fairey, Type 4FM from front  Crane, Wheel  Mounted, 4-ton, Fully-slewing, 4x2, Iron Fairey, Type 4FM from rear

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Crane, Truck Mounted, 6x4, Austin K6/Coles Mk VII

 

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 6x4, Austin K6/Coles Mk VII

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 6x4, Leyland Retriever/Cole Mk VI

 

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 6x4, Leyland Retriever

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 5-ton, Fully-slewing, 6x6, Coles/Steel GP

Crane, Truck Mounted, 5-ton, Fully Slewing, Coles/Steel, GP, 6x6

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2686

Engine: AEC AV690, 6-cyl, ohv, diesel, 179 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 29ft 6in/8.99m (with overhanging jib), 24ft 6in/7.47m (chassis)

W: 7ft 8in/2.33m

H: 13ft 3in/4.04m

WB: 13ft 0in/3.96m

Safe working loads: (through full circle slew with 30 ft jib)

Static condition - outriggers extended

7½ tons @ 10ft radius

6 tons @ 12ft radius

4½ tons @ 15ft radius

3¼ tons @ 17ft 6in radius

2¾ @ 20ft radius

2 tons @ 25ft radius

1½ tons @ 30ft radius

Fully mobile condition - outriggers retracted

5 tons @ 10ft radius

3¾ tons @ 12ft radius

2¾ tons @ 15ft radius

2¼ tons @ 17ft 6in radius

1¾ @ 20ft radius

1¼ tons @ 25ft radius

1 ton @ 30ft radius

Wt:  20 tons 0 cwt

Five ton, telescopic continuously slewing electrically powered jib crane mounted on a diesel engined 6x6 pneumatic tyred truck chassis.

A power assisted Marles cam and double roller type steering gear is fitted.  The steering gear assembly together with the driver's seat is reversible and a duplicate set of foot controls is provided for when the driver's seat and steering are positioned for crane duty.

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 5-ton, Fully-slewing, 6x6, Coles/Steel GP

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Crane, Mobile, Thorneycroft, type B

Wt: 12-tons 17 cwt

L: 26ft 4½in

W: 8ft 2in

H(max): 13ft 9in

ST(max): 74-tons

Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-4 (Diesel: Dual Control: with Sheer Legs)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1389 (Petrol)

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2244 (Diesel)

Engine: AEC, Type A193C, Petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 92 bhp @ 1,800 rpm (16A/1389) or

AEC, Type A187K, Diesel, direct injection, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 95 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 38ft 9in/11.88m (with overhanging jib), 7.16m (chassis)

W: 8ft 3in/2.48m

H: 13ft 6in/4.18m

WB: 14ft 9in/4.49m

GC: 12in

Safe working loads: (without sheer legs)

Static condition - outriggers extended

10 tons @ 10ft radius

8 tons @ 12ft radius

6 tons @ 15ft radius

4½ tons @ 20ft radius

2½ tons @ 30ft radius

Fully mobile condition - outriggers retracted

7 tons @ 9ft 6in radius

5 tons @ 12ft radius

3½  tons @ 15ft radius

1¾ @ 27ft radius

1¼ tons @ 30ft radius

Maximum hook height 33ft 6in at 9ft radius

Wt:  22 tons 6 cwt

Lorry mounted, semi mobile, full slewing electric jib crane mounted on a gasoline engined, six-wheeled, pneumatic tyred, forward control chassis fitted with outriggers.   Power for the lifting equipment is provided by a DC generator powered by a Ford Industrial V8, 30 hp gasoline engine, mounted on the superstructure of the crane.

The chassis is provided with a four-speed main gearbox and two-speed auxiliary gearbox, a five ton winch is driven by a PTO from the auxiliary gearbox.  Towing jaws are fitted both at the front and the rear but no provision is made for trailer braking.  Provision is made for the attachment of sheer legs to the jib so that the maximum safe working load of 10 tons can be lifted at a radius of 26-27ft, in line with the chassis, when the crane is employed on aircraft salvage duties.

Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-4 (Diesel: Dual Control: with Sheer Legs)

Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-1

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Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, with winch, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-5

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1916

Engine: AEC, Type A187K, Diesel, direct injection, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 95 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 39ft 0in (travelling condition, jib horizontal over cab)

W: 8ft 2in

H: 13ft 8in

WB: 12ft 9in

GC: 8in

Safe working loads: (without sheer legs)

Static condition - outriggers extended

10 tons @ 10ft radius

8 tons @ 12ft radius

6 tons @ 15ft radius

4½ tons @ 20ft radius

2½ tons @ 30ft radius

Fully mobile condition - outriggers retracted

7 tons @ 9ft 6in radius

5 tons @ 12ft radius

3½  tons @ 15ft radius

1¾ @ 27ft radius

1¼ tons @ 30ft radius

Maximum hook height 33ft 6in at 9ft radius

Wt:  

Lorry mounted, semi mobile, full slewing electric jib crane mounted on a diesel engined, six-wheeled, pneumatic tyred, forward control chassis fitted with outriggers.   Power for the lifting equipment is provided by a DC generator powered by a Perkins P4 Industrial disel engine, mounted on the superstructure of the crane.

The chassis is provided with a four-speed main gearbox and two-speed auxiliary gearbox, high ratio can be applied top four or six wheel drive but low ratio to six wheel drive only.  Towing pins are provided at the front and the rear but no provision is made for trailer braking. 

Provision is made for the attachment of sheer legs to the jib so that the maximum safe working load of 10 tons can be lifted at a radius of 26-27ft, in line with the chassis, when the crane is employed on aircraft salvage duties.

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, with winch, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-5 from front

Crane, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, Fully Slewing, with winch, 6x6, Coles/Steel, L96404-5 from rear

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Crane, Truck Mounted, 12.5-ton, Fully Slewing, 6x6, Jones, 10-10 (GP and Aircraft lifting)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2536

Engine: Leyland 0/600, type UE/600/143, diesel direct injection, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 125 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 41ft 0in/12.49m (Jib length = 9.14m)

W: 8ft 3in/2.51m

H: 14ft 0in/4.27m

Safe working loads: (outrigger jacks in use)

1: Blocked duties - outriggers extended

(a) 30ft jib (rope 4 falls)

12½ tons @ 10ft radius

8 tons @ 12ft radius

4¾ tons @ 15ft radius

5¾ tons @ 17ft 6in radius

4 tons @ 20ft radius

3 tons @ 25ft radius

2¼ tons @ 30ft radius

(b) 45ft jib (rope 3 falls)

4¾ tons @ 16ft radius

3¼ tons @ 20ft radius

2¼ tons @ 24ft radius

2  tons @ 29ft radius

1½ tons @ 34ft radius

1¼ tons @ 38ft radius

2: Free duties (outrigger jacks retracted)

(a) 30ft jib (rope 4 falls)

7 tons @ 10ft radius

5¼  tons @ 12ft radius

4 tons @ 15ft radius

3¼ tons @ 17ft 6in radius

2¾ tons @ 20ft radius

2 tons @ 25ft radius

1½  tons @ 30ft radius

(b) 45ft jib (rope 3 falls)

3 tons @ 16ft radius

2 tons @ 20ft radius

1½ tons @ 24ft radius

1¼  tons @ 29ft radius

1  ton @ 34ft radius

 ¾ ton @ 38ft radius

(c) 45ft jib with sheerlegs stowed (rope 2 or 3 falls)

3 tons @ 16ft radius

2 tons @ 20ft radius

1½ tons @ 24ft radius

 1 ton @ 29ft radius

¾ ton @ 34ft radius

½ ton @ 38ft radius

3: Sheerleg duties (rope 3 falls)

20 tons @ 35ft radius

4: Aircrew Emergency rescue

16 tons @ 15ft radius

14 tons @ 17ft 6in radius

12 tons @ 20ft radius

10 tons @ 23ft 6in radius

Wt:  27 tons 12 cwt

Semi mobile, full slewing mechanically operated lattice frame jib crane mounted on a 6x6 truck type chassis fitted with outrigger jack.  The crane be used in either a mobile or immobile condition.  All crane operating controls are position adjacent to the operator's control seat.  A duplicate set of driving controls, including steering gear is provided for travelling the crane from the operator's seat when the crane is used on 'free duties'.

 

Crane, Truck Mounted, 12.5-ton, Fully Slewing, 6x6, Jones, 10-10 (GP and Aircraft lifting)

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Crane, Truck Mounted, 10/25-ton, F/Slewing, Smith, T25R Vickers, 6x4

L: 12.04m (jib over cab)

W: 2.67m

H: 4.52m

WB: 4.88m

GC: 250mm

Crane, Truck Mounted, 5/10-ton, Fully Slewing, 4x4, Smith's Crane Traveller

L: 8.74m (including jib)

W: 2.50m

H: 3.38m

Dark Room, Photographic, Truck Mounted, 3-ton 6x4, Fordson Thames Sussex

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1683

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/1585

Engine: Ford, V-8 commercial, petrol, liquid cooled, 85 bhp @ 3,500 rpm

L: 25ft 0in

W: 7ft 6in

H: 12ft 0in

WB: 13ft 1in

GC: 11in

Wt:  7 tons

Mobile darkroom equipped for hand processing and printing of photographic films.  The body is divided into a processing compartment and a printing department. An external power supply of 230V and a separate water chilling plant are required for the operation of the equipment.

 

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Truck, Camera Body, 6x4, Thorneycroft Tartar

 
 

Truck, Camera Body, 6x4, Thorneycroft Tartar

 

Freighter, S & D Torpedo, Type C

 

Fuel Dispensing Unit, Aircraft, Truck Mounted, 3-ton, 4x2, Karrier Bantam FBV 398

L: 5.11m

W: 2.03m

H: 2.29m

WB: 2.49m

GC: 170mm

Fuel Dispensing Vehicle, 4 Tonne, Air Portable, Leyland DAF

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 10-seater, Aircrew, Bedford A3LZ

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2131

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2168

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 76 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 21ft 4in

W: 7ft 6in

H: 9ft 10in

WB: 11ft 11in

GC: 9¼in

Wt:  3-tons 1 cwt

For conveyance of aircrew in ventilated suits.  The coach tows a trailer-mounted air conditioning plant (16A/2204) so that a supply of ventilating air is available at all times the vehicle is in operation.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 10-seater, Aircrew, Bedford A3LZ

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford A2Z

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2280 (rear doors, insulated roof)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2201 (rear doors, plain roof

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2281 (no rear doors, plain roof)

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 76 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 18ft 4in

W: 6ft 8in

H: 8ft 1in

WB: 9ft 11in

GC: 7½in

Wt: 2-tons 6 cwt

General purpose personnel carrier with accommodation for fourteen including the driver.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford A2Z

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford D1Z

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2363

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl,ohv,  liquid cooled, 100 bhp @ 3,600 rpm

L: 18ft 5in

W: 6ft 7in

H: 8ft in

WB: 9ft 11in

GC: 11in

Wt:  2-tons 8 cwt

General purpose personnel carrier with accommodation for fourteen including the driver.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford D1Z

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford D1Z2

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2502 (RHD)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2572 (LHD)

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2373

Engine: Bedford, 214 cu in, petrol, 6-cyl in-line,ohv,  liquid cooled, 100 bhp @ 3,600 rpm

L: 18ft 3¾in

W: 6ft 7¾in

H: 7ft 10in

WB: 9ft 11in

GC: 8in

Wt:  2-tons 4 cwt

General purpose personnel carrier with accommodation for fourteen including the driver.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford D1Z2

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 29 or 31-seater, Bedford SB

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1627 (29 Seater)

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/1513 (29 Seater)

RAF Ref No (Body): - 16A/1628 (29 Seater)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1465 (31 Seater)

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/1513 (31 Seater)

RAF Ref No (Body): - 16A/1514 (31 Seater)

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 110 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 27ft 3in (29 seater), 29ft 0in (31 seater)

W: 7ft 3in (29 seater), 7ft 6in (31 seater)

H: 9ft 10in (29 seater), 9ft 3in (31 seater)

WB: 17ft 2in (both)

GC: 10in (both)

Wt:  4 tons 9 cwt (29 seater), 3 tons 10 cwt (31 seater)

General purpose personnel carrier.  The two types of body fitted were basically similar differing mainly in weight and size.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 29 or 31-seater, Bedford SB

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 30-seater with Ambulance role, Bedford SB

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1847

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/1513

RAF Ref No (Body): - 16A/1514

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 110 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 28ft 10in

W: 7ft 6in

H: 10ft 0in

WB: 17ft 2in

GC: 10in

Wt:  4 tons 12 cwt

General purpose personnel carrier.

 

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 30-seater with Ambulance role, Bedford SB

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2309 (RHD)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2318 (LHD)

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2263

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 110 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 29ft 9½in

W: 8ft 0in

H: 9ft 7in

WB: 18ft 0in

GC: 10in

Wt:  4 tons 7 cwt

General purpose personnel carrier.  The right drive version may be rapidly converted to a 16 stretcher ambulance.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 30-seater with Ambulance role, Bedford SB

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Motor Coach, 4x2, 39-seater with Ambulance role, Bedford SB

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2707 (RHD)

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2705 (lHD)

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, ohv, liquid cooled, 100 bhp @ 3,200 rpm

L: 30ft 4¾in

W: 8ft 0in

H: 9ft 7in

WB: 18ft 0in

GC: 10in

Wt:  4 tons 17 cwt

For transporting 39 seated passengers and for conversion to temporary ambulance role for 16 stretcher cases in an emergency.

 

Motor Coach, 4x2, 39-seater with Ambulance role, Bedford SB

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Motor Coach, Large, with ambulance role, 4x2, 37-seater, Bedford NJM

L: 9.20m

W: 2.93m

H: 2.90m

Motor Coach, Dennis Javelin

 

Motor Coach, Large, 4x2, 39-seater, LHD, Bedford SB3

L: 9.27m

W: 2.92m

H: 2.44m

WB: 5.49m

GC: 250mm

Most of these had the first two seat removed making them 37-seaters.

Motor Coach, Large, 4x2, 39-seater, RHD, Bedford SB3

L: 9.27m

W: 2.92m

H: 2.44m

WB: 5.49m

GC: 250mm

Most of these had the first two seat removed making them 37-seaters.

Motor Coach, Large, 4x2, with Ambulance role, 39-seater, LHD, Bedford SB3

L: 9.27m

W: 2.92m

H: 2.44m

WB: 5.49m

GC: 250mm

Most of these had the first two seat removed making them 37-seaters and could carry 16 stretchers in the ambulance role.

Motor Coach, Large, RAF Band, 4x2, 40-seater, Leyland Leopard PSU5 D5R

L: 11.87m

W: 3.18m

H: 2.54m

WB: 6.10m

GC: 220mm

Motor Coach, Large with Ambulance role, 4x2, 54-seater, Leyland Leopard PSU5 D5R

L: 11.87m

W: 3.18m

H: 2.54m

WB: 6.10m

GC: 220mm

Motor Coach, Small, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford CDJ 1BZO

L: 5.66m

W: 2.03m

H: 2.64m

WB: 3.02m

GC: 200mm

Motor Coach, Small, 4x2, 14-seater, Bedford CDJ 1Z2

L: 5.66m

W: 2.03m

H: 2.64m

WB: 3.05m

GC: 200mm

Motor Coach, Small, 4x2, 14-seater, Ford Transit

L: 5.18m

W: 2.06m

H: 2.11m

WB: 3.00m

GC: 180mm

Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, 6x4, Medium, Scammell SV2S

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/850

Engine: Gardner, diesel, 6-cyl, direct injection, 102 bhp @ 1,750 rpm.

L: 21ft 6in

W: 8ft 7in

H: 11ft 9in

WB: 14ft 3in

GC: 1ft 0in

Wt:  11 tons 8 cwt

Vehicle recovery and MT breakdown duties.  Maximum tractive effort available - 15,830 lb

 

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Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, 6x6, Medium, Scammell

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1391

Engine: Scammell-Meadows, petrol, 6-cyl, direct injection, 175 bhp @ 2,400 rpm.

L: 20ft 6in

W: 8ft 8in

H: 10ft 6in

WB: 11ft 6in

GC: 1ft 1in

Wt:  11 tons 13 cwt

Vehicle recovery and MT breakdown duties.  Maximum tractive effort available - 21,930 lb

 

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Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, CL, 35-ton, 6x4, Scammell/EKA

L: 8.30m

W: 2.50m

H: 3.25m

WB: 5.27m

GC: 250mm

Only one of these was used by RAF Germany, being basically an army vehicle.

Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, Medium, 6x6, Scammell

L: 6.24m

W: 2.64m

H: 3.20m

WB: 3.50m

GC: 330mm

Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, Medium, AEC Mk 3

L: 8.31m

W: 2.49m

H: 3.15m

WB: 4.00m

GC: 350mm

This is the same vehicle as the Army's FV11044 Militant Mk 3

 

Recovery Vehicle, Wheeled, Medium, AEC Mk 3

 

Runway Control, Truck Mounted, 3-ton, 4x2, Bedford Mk 2

L: 5.84m

W: 2.31m

H: 3.96m

WB: 2.92m

GC: 190mm

Servicing Platform, Truck Mounted, 3/5-ton, 4x2, Bedford SLC3

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2240

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2368

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 94 bhp @ 3,000 rpm.

L: 26ft 0in (platform stowed)

W: 7ft 2in (normal), 11ft 2in (stabilisers extended)

H: 12ft 0in (platform stowed), 36ft 0in (maximum platform height), 2ft 9in (minimum platform height)

WB: 13ft 0in

GC: 11in

Wt:  5 tons 8 cwt

Servicing unit for 'V' class aircraft.  Power for operating the platform and turntable provided by a Coventry Victor, Type AN4, Mk 3, petrol engine.

 

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Servicing Platform, Truck Mounted, 7-ton, 4x2, Bedford EPR3CCO (KGLC 60)

L: 10.97m (platform stowed)

W: 2.28m (normal), 4.11m (stabilisers extended)

H: 3.50m

WB: 5.48m

GC: 260mm

Snow Removal Unit, Self-Propelled, 4x4, Rotary, Steel Bros 'Sno-Flyr'

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1696

Engine:

Chassis - Meadows, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 135 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

Snow Clearance - 2 x Meadows, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, each 135 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 33ft 8in

W: 9ft 2in

H: 11ft 0in

WB: 14ft 6in

GC: 7in (plough raised)

Wt:  17 tons 10 cwt

Self-propelled snow plough with rotating rake feed to snow casting rotors.  Snow gathering wings enable a 14ft track to be cleared through light snow; in more severe conditions the wings must be folded so that a 9ft track is cleared.  The rake can be raised to cut and undercut from 2in to 8ft above the ground.  Ploughing speed ¼ to 15 mph.

 

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Snow Removal Unit, Self-Propelled, 4x4, Rotary, Douglas Bros 'Sno-Flyr'

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/1758

Engine:

Chassis - Rolls-Royce, petrol, 8-cyl, liquid cooled, 160 bhp @ 3,700 rpm

Snow Clearance - 2 x Meadows, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, each 135 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 33ft 0in

W: 9ft 3in

H: 10ft 8in

WB: 14ft 8in

GC: 8in (plough raised)

Wt:  15 tons 5 cwt

Self-propelled snow plough with rotating rake feed to snow casting rotors.  Snow gathering wings enable a 14ft track to be cleared through light snow; in more severe conditions the wings must be folded so that a 9ft track is cleared.  The rake can be raised to cut and undercut from 2in to 8ft above the ground.  Ploughing speed ¼ to 15 mph.

 

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Snow Removal Unit, Self-Propelled, 5-ton, 6x4, Rotary, All Wheel Drive

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2311

L: 9.44m

W: 2.63m (complete unit), 2.38 (chassis only)

WB: 3.65m

GC: 220mm

Engine:

Chassis - Perkins, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, diesel, 83 bhp @ 2,500 rpm

Snow Clearance - Dorman, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, diesel, 185 bhp @ 1,800 rpm

L: 31ft 0in

W: 8ft 8in (complete vehicle), 7ft 10in (chassis)

H: 9ft 10in

WB: 12ft 0in

GC: 9in (plough clearance)

Wt:  11 tons 6 cwt

Self-propelled rotary snow plough.  The plough will clear up to 1,200 tons of snow per hour, corresponding with 4,000 to 16,000 cu yds per hour, according to the quantity of moisture and consistency of the snow.

 

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Spreader, Loose Material, Trailer Mounted, ¾-ton, 2-wheeled

L: 3.40m

W: 1.93m

H: 1.73m

GC: 200mm

Spreader, Loose Material, Trailer Mounted, ¾-ton, 2-wheeled, Type C, Atkinson

L: 4.06m

W: 1.67m

H: 140mm

GC: 270mm

Spreader, Loose Material, Truck Mounted, 10-ton, 6x4, Leyland 19H/7

L: 9/01m

W: 2.43m

H: 2.97m

WB: 4.72m

GC: 340mm

Spreader, Loose Material, Truck Mounted, 3-ton, 4x4, Bedford RL

L: 5.61m (Snow plough fitted - 6.91m, snow blade fitted - 8.05m)

W: 2.43m (Snow plough fitted - 2.43m, snow blade fitted - 2.69m)

H: 3.09m (Snow plough fitted - 3.09m, snow blade fitted - 3.09m)

WB: 3.35m (Snow plough fitted - 3.35m, snow blade fitted - 3.35m)

GC: 320mm (Snow plough fitted - 120mm, snow blade fitted - nil)

Starter, Aero Engine, Ford Hucks, Type A

W1: 16-cwt

L: 14ft 6in

W: 5ft 6in

H(max): 4ft 9in

ST(max): 19-tons/19 cu ft

 

Starter, Aero Engine, Ford Hucks, Type A

 

Starter, Aero Engine, Ford Hucks, Type B

W1: 1-ton 1 cwt

L: 16ft 3in

W: 5ft 6in

H(max): 4ft 9in

ST(max): 10-tons/24 cu ft

Winch, Barrage Balloon, Truck Mounted, 6x4, Fordson WOT1

 
 

 

Workshop, Truck Mounted, 4x2, Fordson WOT1

 
 

 

Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, 5-ton, 4x2, Zwicky Mk 1

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2317

Engine: Two Standard, low-speed, industrial, 4-cyl, liquid cooled, petrol engines, each 35½ bhp @ 2,000 rpm.

L: 17ft 3in

W: 11ft 2in (overall), 10ft 0in (sweeping width)

H: 7ft 6in

WB: 9ft 7in

GC: 6in (under brushes)

Wt:  7 tons 7 cwt

Four wheeled truck for sweeping airfield runways and perimeter tracks.

 

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Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, Stokvis 80

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2674

Engine:  Wisconsin, single-cylinder, petrol, 9.2 bhp @ 3,200 rpm.

L: 7ft 0in

W: 4ft 7in

H: 4ft 6in

Wt:  12 cwt

A power-driven vacuum sweeper for sweeping and picking up debris in main aisles, stores of other large floor areas.

 

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Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, 6-ton, 4x2, Bedford (Lacre)

Engine: Bedford 6-cyl, liquid cooled, petrol, 133 bhp @ 3,400 rpm.

L: 22ft 1in/5.46m

W: 8ft 3in/2.31m

H: 11ft 0in/2.81m

WB: 13ft 0in/3.04m

GC: 7in

Wt:  7 tons 0 cwt

Four wheeled truck for sweeping airfield runways and perimeter tracks.

 

Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, 6-ton, 4x2, Bedford (Lacre)

 

Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, 6-ton, 4x2, Bedford SL3

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/

L: 6.72m

W: 2.51m

H: 3.35m

WB: 3.96m

GC: 170mm

 

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Sweeper, Rotary, Self-Propelled, 6-ton, 4x2, Lacre

L: 7.15m

W: 2.50m

H: 3.20m

WB: 4.24m

GC: 130mm

Later models used Bedford TK cab

Truck, Bomb loading, 3/5-ton, 4xs, with power operated platform, Bedford SLC3

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2303

RAF Ref No (Chassis): - 16A/2368

Engine: Bedford, petrol, 6-cyl, liquid cooled, 94 bhp @ 3,000 rpm.

L: 27ft 8in/8.83m (platform stowed)

W: 7ft 4in/2.23m, 11ft 2in/3.4m (stabilisers extended)

H: 16ft 6in/5.02m (platform stowed), 36ft (Max platform height)

WB: 13ft 0in/3.96m

GC: 11in/270mm

Wt:  5 tons 10 cwt

Bomb loading unit for 'V' class aircraft.  Power for operating the platform and turntable provided by a Coventry Victor, Type aN4, Mk 3 petrol engine.

 

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Truck, Crane, 6-ton, 6x4, Thoneycroft Amazon/Coles Mk VIII*

WB: 11ft 9in

Truck, Crane, 6x6, AEC 0854/Coles Mk VII

 

Truck, Crane, 6x4, Crossley IGL6/Coles Mk VI

 

Truck, Guided Missile, 10-ton, 4x2, Transporter, ASGW, Blue Steel

RAF Ref No (Vehicle): - 16A/2589

Engine: AEC, direct injection, 6-cyl, diesel, 179 bhp @ 1,800 rpm.

L: 30ft 6in

W: 9ft 0in

H: 12ft 6in

WB: 19ft 0in

Wt:  16 tons 15 cwt

A standard AEC chassis modified and adapted with a special superstructure formed as davits for loading and carrying a specific weapon (Blue Steel) between collection centre and site and manipulating on to a prepared trolley for subsequent loading on the aircraft.

Below: - Lowering the Avro Blue Steel stand-off nuclear bomb from its conveyor vehicle to an awaiting 'dolly' to take the bomb to the Avro Vulcan B.2A. This image was taken at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, home of No 617 Squadron.
 

Lowering the Avro Blue Steel stand-off nuclear bomb from its conveyor vehicle to an awaiting 'dolly' to take the bomb to the Avro Vulcan B.2A. This image was taken at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, home of No 617 Squadron.

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