They were crashing aircraft every second day so could have been an accident recovery or it may have been the result of the Japanese ground attacks on the strips south of Darwin from where these aircraft operated. I will look on the AWM site (not sure this is an AWM photo) to see if there are captions.
Here you go. The Federal had the big crane plus a turntable. From AWM.
Darwin, NT. c. 1944. A United States Army Air Force (USAAF) recovery team removing useable parts from a crashed USAAF B-24D Liberator heavy bomber. They have already removed three of the four engines, its machine guns, and part of the forward fuselage. The aircraft's nose-art, in this case its nickname "One Time", is partially obscured by an engine resting on a cradle.
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Says in the Maddock book that the AEC was run by the "Allied Works Council"....anyway ,in 1942 it wasnt yet 10 years old ,so it should have been OK still.............I saw the AEC in the 70s and most or all of the diff centres were missing and it was in pretty poor condition all round......The 1934 AECs were Comet IDI ,and had alloy heads ,so not many have survived .Both Leyland and Gardner were DI in 1934.
Gina Hall just raced across the SA border this afternoon before Victoria shuts down for a week. good timing. I believe there are a couple of others driving through the night to get across the border by 1159 tonight.
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Yes Paul. A lot of people have put modern tyres (and wheels if they want tubeless) on their vehicles.
To save their very expensive original bar treads.
To have a size they can easily replace along the way.
To have less noise and safer better handling.
To get away from tubes.
And many have gone to larger sizes to get a bit of extra gearing.
It will be 7-10,000 km for most people and a set of non-directional WW2 style tyres will be buggered at high speed after that distance.
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Imagine running one of the Diamond T tow trucks that distance .....I assume the tow truck has a diesel in it,and not the 4 mpg Hercules SV ...... the transfer case and gearbox howl like crazy in fifth gear .
No John it is all original. They are surprisingly smooth and not bad to drive. They are quieter and feel much more solid than a GMC 6x6 which themselves are really nice jiggers. Of course not as nippy. I have driven several of them quite long distances over the years and would be happy to do it again.
Sam Scholz has been slowly rebuilding it for about 4 years and has had everything apart including gearbox and diffs. He also has a larger Kenworth wrecker in going order.