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082 Austin K2 YMCA Tea Car (1941) JSJ 713

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posted by Robert Knight alias robertknight16 on Thursday 9th of September 2021 01:25:54 PM

Austin K2 Tea Van (1939-45) Engine 3452cc S6 Registration Number JSJ 713 (Imported from Holland and registered on an age related number, first allocated from Bute) Livery YMCA Tea Ven AUSTIN SET www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157623759808208... Austin K2 was used in Military or Wartime Civilian support roles. Many as Fire tenders of The National Fire Service, and Auxilery Towing Truck. Manufactured by Austin and Mann Egerton along with the K2Y Military Ambulance and based on the civilian light truck Austin K30, This original World War 2 Tea Car is a rare survivor of those days it is now located at the Defford Airfield where a simular vehicle was stationed during the Airfields active and ultimately vital role in the outcome of WW2. The tea car would have toured the airfield where ground crews were working, bringing welcome relief to the team. The Defford Airfield Heritage Group where keen to find a suitable catering period van as a secondary catering outlet at the former airfield situated in National Trust parkland at Croome Court. Their quest began by scouring the country for a suitable van, contact with a local importer of classic and vintage vehicles, Ali Aldkish of Avonside Motors led to the extension of that search until this van was located in The Netherlands an inspection found it to be in excellent condition and it was purchased and returned to the UK RAF Defford Construction of RAF Defford was started at the outbreak of war, and completed in 1941, for a few months it was used as a satellite station by the Vickers Wellington bombers of No. 23 Operational Training Unit RAF (OTU), based a few miles away at RAF Pershore. In May 1942 the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE), responsible for radar research and development, and located near Swanage, moved to Malvern College, while the Telecommunications Flying Unit (TFU), later named the Radar Research Flying Unit (RRFU), which operated flight trials on behalf of the TRE, transferred its aircraft to Defford, by 1945 there were approximately 2,500 personnel and 100 aircraft on the station. Here civilian scientists, flying from Defford with aircrews drawn from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, tested radar systems which were to revolutionize the operational capability of Allied aircraft. Early successes with Airborne Interception (AI) systems were demonstrated by John "Cats Eyes" Cunningham and other night fighter pilots. While Air to Surface Vessel (ASV) radar enabled the German U-boat menace to be effectively countered in 1943, and thus was critical to the success of the Battle of the Atlantic. By 1944, H2S radar was enabling accurate navigation and target identification to be achieved by Bomber Command crews, taking part in the strategic bombing offensive. There were many other notable "firsts" demonstrated by TFU. A converted Wellington bomber was the forerunner of the modern AWACS aircraft. This was successfully used to detect fast-moving German E-boats, and to control their interception by other aircraft. The world's first automatic "hands off" approach and landing was made by Boeing 247 DZ203 at Defford in January 1945 Diolch am olygfa anhygoel, 62,955,007 oblogaeth y Lloegr honno dros y Mynyddoedd Thanks for a stonking 62,955,007 views Shot 21:08:2017 at RAF Defford, Defford Worcs. REF 130-082





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