It’s true, yes it is, it’s true*

When I noted, three posts ago, that a Second World War petrol bowser had recently been imported into New Zealand as a prop for the forthcoming Dambusters remake, I didn’t make the connection with the vehicle which had been sold at an auction in England earlier this year. But, as has been pointed out to me by both Graeme Stevenson and Colin Barron, they are one and the same. This bowser was at RAF Scampton in 1943, and therefore was most likely to have been used to carry fuel for the Dams Raid Lancasters. A great way to add background authenticity!

Which begs the question: how, between June and September, did it get so filthy that it required complete fumigation on its arrival in New Zealand?

* Headline courtesy J Lennon – I’ve been rereading Ian Macdonald’s magisterial Revolution in the Head

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3 thoughts on “It’s true, yes it is, it’s true*

  1. chris jones October 18, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    I’d guess the fumigation would be routine as far as imported vehicle regulations go down there !!!

  2. James Crawford October 18, 2011 / 10:53 pm

    Yes it would be the same here in OZ. They would’nt want any little nasties coming into the country.

  3. Tim Lowe January 20, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    It’s probably a bit picky but it wouldn’t have been in (pre-war) RAF Blue but either MT Brown or Khaki Green/Tar ‘Mickey Mouse’ Colour Scheme….;) Still, when did authentitcity ever get in the way of film-making – it’s better than seeing old US M3 Half tracks being painted with German Crosses.

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