Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation
RAF Mechanical Transport - AP2782A (Section 1) - General Information
The following has been adapted from the actual content of AP2782A but elements have been omitted where they are not relevant to the way the data is presented on the site.
ARRANGEMENTS OF AP 2782A
The publication was divided into 32 sections, Sections 1 to 16 inclusive being contained in Cover A and the remaining sections in Cover B.
Sections 1 to 3 inclusive contain indexes and notes to assist in reference to the vehicle a pages, together with general information concerning RAF vehicles, vehicle equipment and notes on wheels and tyres
Vehicles are grouped in separate sections according to their operational uses; thus, all Ambulances are listed in Section 4, all Photographic vehicles in Section 27, etc.; vehicles in normal use are covered in Sections 4-16 inclusive; others of a specialised nature are listed In Sections 17-31 inclusive.
The final Section No. 32 is provided for the inclusion of any vehicles which, on account of their unorthodox features, cannot be readily classified in any preceding section.
Imported vehicles of Canadian and US origin are grouped with their corresponding British types and will be identified as such in the relevant entry.
GUIDE TO INDEXES
Because the layout of the data on this site is different to the way in which it is presented in AP2782A the inclusion of this information here is considered irrelevant.
NOTES ON VEHICLE DATA
The data for each individual vehicle are listed as a separate entry within the appropriate section. Where possible a photograph or colour profile of the vehicle has been included for each vehicle.
The information given in each entry consists of :-
An outline technical specification and where applicable, a brief description of the body and cab with notes on special fitments or equipment, e.g. winch, drawbar gear, etc.
All specifications and body data must be regarded as typical. They do not necessarily apply in all details to every individual vehicle of that particular type.
Many chassis are fitted with several different body types. To facilitate reference, the outline chassis specification is repeated for each type. In certain instances, notably Mobile Training Schools (Section 23) and Signals vehicles (Section 30), a deviation is made from this system on account of the multiplicity of body types and the various combinations of bodies and chassis. In such instances data entries applicable to chassis only is given at the commencement of the section, followed by data entries giving outline specifications of the various bodies used and then a third set of entries showing chassis/body combinations.
To ensure the rapid and certain identification of each of the various vehicle types it is essential that the designation of each type should be comprehensive though brief. To this end, vehicle nomenclature has been standardised on the basis detailed below for use throughout this publication.
(i) For prime movers :-
Make; carrying capacity (if appropriate); total wheels x driven wheels; maker's model designation; additional Government designation (if any). These particulars are given in the order specified, the designation concluding with the word chassis except where a complete vehicle, i.e. chassis and body, is the product of one firm, in which case the type of body is indicated.
AEC, 6 x 6, Model 0854, Mk. Il chassis.
Vauxhall, 4 x 2, Model J, saloon.
Dodge, 3 ton, 4 x 2, Model T110LS (Tipper).
(ii) For trailers: Make; load-carrying capacity; number of wheels.
(iii) For vehicles with specialised bodies: Each type is treated on Its merits.
In certain instances a vehicle may be listed in two different sections. This double entry has been made to facilitate reference in cases where the vehicle performs a dual function or where the official nomenclature is less widely known than some a1ternative name.
Definitions of Terms and Abbreviations used
DESIGNATION BY WHEELS AND DRIVE
4x2 Four wheel vehicle with rear wheel drive
4x4, Four-wheel vehicle with four-wheel drive
6x4 Six-wheel vehicle with four rear wheel dr)ve.
6x6 Six-wheel vehicle with six-wheel drive.
4x2-2 Articulated vehicle; 4x 2 prime mover coupled to a 2-wheeled semi-trailer.
4x2-4 Prime mover coupled to a 4-wheeled trailer.
2x TRACKS Half tracked vehicle with 2-non-driving front wheels followed by tracks.
COMMON USER VEHICLES
WD SIMILAR This note indicates that a similar type of vehicle is operated by the Army, but does not necessarily denote that both types are identical in every respect. For example certain RAF vehicles are fitted with vacuum trailer brake connections, etc, which may not be fitted to their WD equivalents. A reasonable degree of of major components, does, however, exist between 'common user' vehicles.
Notes on MT Vehicle Model Designations
The following notes are incorporated to assist in the identification of various MT vehicles by reference to the makers' model or type designations. The designations shown here are relevant to vehicles produced up to the mid 1950s although some may have remained in use beyond point.
K2 2 ton, 4 x 2, normal control, 134 in wheelbase, chassis
K3 3 ton, 4 x 2, normal control, 157¾ in wheelbase, chassis
K5 3 ton, 4 x 4, forward control, 144 in. wheelbase, chassis
K6 3 ton, 6 x 4, normal control, 153 in. wheelbase, chassis
The code letters ZS, following the type designation (e.g., K2/ZS), indicate that a GS. lorry body, is fitted. The code letter Y, following the type designation, indicates ambulance bodywork.
Bedford model designations In most instances consist of a letter or letters denoting a basic type and/or the makers' payload rating, in conjunction with the following standard code
S - Short wheelbase
L - Long wheelbase
Z - Chassis only
C - Chassis with cab
D - GS (dropside) truck
T - End tipper truck
R - Radio vehicle
The following list gives basic model designations which, in conjunction with the above code letters, will assist in the identification of Service vehicles. Examples: -
MSC indicates the M type short wheelbase (120 in) chassis with cab
SLD Indicates the S type long wheelbase (156 in) chassis with GS truck bodywork
Type K l½- ton, 4 x 2, normal control, 120 in wheelbase
Type M 3 ton, 4 x 2, normal control, 120 in wheelbase or 143 in wheelbase
Type MW 15 cwt, 4 x 2, normal control, 99 in wheelbase
Type O 4 ton or 5 ton, 4 x 2, normal control, l 11 in wheelbase or 157 in. wheelbase
OSA indicates the 4 ton, short wheelbase model
OLA indicates the 4 ton, long wheelbase model
OSB indicates the 5 ton, short wheelbase model
OLB indicates the 5 ton, long wheelbase model
OSS indicates the 45ton, short wheelbase model as an articulated tractor unit with cab
OB indicates 26/31 seater coach chassis only, with cab
Type OW 5 ton. 4 x 2, semi-forward control, 111 in wheelbase and 157 in wheelbase
OWSC indicates the Bedford-Scammefl tractor. Early Bedford-Scammell tractors employing the Type OW chassis were designated Type OXC/123, but both models are identical .
Type OX 30 cwt., 4 x 2, 111 in wheelbase, Bedford-Scammell articulated vehicle motive unit chassis
OXC/111 indicates chassis and cab with single rear wheel equipment
OXC/123 indicates chassis and cab with twin rear wheel equipment
Type OY 3 ton (WD rating), 4 x 2, normal control, 157 in. wheelbase
Type QL 3 ton. 4 x 4, forward control, 143 in. wheelbase
QLB indicates Gun tractor
QLT indicates Troop carrier
QLW indicates Chassis and cab with winch
Type S 7 ton, 4 x 2, forward control, 116 in wheelbase and 156 in wheelbase
SA indicates articulated tractor unit chassis with cab 86 in wheelbase
SB Indicates 32/33 passenger coach chassis only, 206 in wheelbase
Thames ... 4 x 2, semi-forward control, chassis, in a range of capacities and wheelbase of which the current range includes the following:-
2 ton, 128 in wheelbase
3 ton, 128 in wheelbase
4 ton, 128 in wheelbase and 157 in wheelbase
5 ton, 128 in wheelbase and 157 in. wheelbase
4 cu yd tipping chassis, 122 i. wheelbase
Articulated vehicle motive unit chassis and cab, 122 in wheelbase
The 7V Series includes earlier type Thames vehicles (see below)
Thames-Sussex 6 x 4, semi-forward control, 8 cyl, 149¼ in wheelbase and 178¼ in wheelbase
WOT 1 3 ton. 6 x 4, normal control, 164 in. wheelbase, chassis
WOT 1A 3 ton. 6 x 4, normal control, 176 in. wheelbase, chassis
WOT 2 15 cwt., 4 x 2, normal control, 106 in. wheelbase, chassis
WOT 3 20/30 cwt.,4 x 2, normal control, 143½ in wheelbase, chassis
WOT 6 3 ton. 4 x 4, normal control
WOT 8 30 cwt., 4 x 4, normal control
WOA Series The WOA Series includes various types of passenger car bodywork on a 4 x 2, 8 cyl., chassis
7V Series 4 x 2, forward control, vehicles as follows: -
Truck, 2/3 ton, 118 in. wheelbase
Truck, 5 ton, 118 in. wheelbase
Truck, 5 ton, 143½ in. wheelbase
Tipper, 5 ton, 118 in. wheelbase
Hippo 6 x 4, forward control, 6 cyl. diesel engine chassis
19H/1 Medium (186 in. wheelbase) chassis
19H3 Tipper (162 in. wheelbase) chassis
19H/7 Long (213 in. wheelbase) chassis
CV11/30 Ambulance, 4 x 2, 4 cyl, gasoline, 138 in. wheelbase, chassis only or complete ambulance
CV9/40 4 x 2, 4 cyl, gasoline, 114 in. wheelbase
CV11/40 4 x 2, 4 cyl, gasoline, 138 in. wheelbase
FV Series 5 ton, 4 x 2, forward control, 4 cyl, gasoline engine, chassis
FV9/5 108 in wheelbase, chassis only, chassis and cab, or tipper
FV12/5 150 in wheelbase, chassis only, chassis and cab, or truck
FVO Series 5 ton, 4 x 2, forward control, 6 cyl, diesel engine, chassis
FVO9/5 108 in wheelbase, chassis only, chassis and cab, or tipper
FVO12/5 150 in wheelbase, chassis only, chassis and cab, or truck
Scarab Tractor unit, 3 x 2, 4 cyl. gasoline engine: -
3 ton, for use with semi-trailers up to 15 ft. in length
6 ton, for use with semi-trailers up to 18 ft. in length
6 x 6, Tractor, Heavy 6 cyl. gasoline engine, 138 In. wheelbase
6 x 6, Breakdown, Heavy 6 cyl. gasoline engine, breakdown vehicle with cab and open dropside body, 3 ton crane, and 10 ton winch
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