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