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1942 Photos of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

UPDATE: Below you’ll find several press photos showing two different angles of the same loading event from 1942.

This press photo shows less of the original picture than the two images further below:

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This version of the press photo appeared in mid-2014:

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This version of the press photo was put on eBay in early 2014:




UPDATE: This press photo shows the same event from a different angle. It’s probably the two photographers shown to the left of the photos above. 

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“1942 Press Photo Army Jeep Moves up Ramp of Army’s Curtiss Commando Transport. This is an original press photo.

Designed to accommodate men and equipment Buffalo, New York – A. U.S. Army scout car or “jeep” is shown moving up the ramp preliminary to entering the unusually wide doors of the new, giant, 25-ton Curtiss Commando (C-46) military transport, the world’s largest twin-engined airliner, during tests by Curtiss-Wright Corporation to determine how quickly mobile equipment including field artillery, tractors and aircraft engines may be rushed to critical points in widely scattered battle zones of the United Nations.

After the mobile units are loaded, fully-equipped troops pour into the plane to occupy lightweight folding seats along the walls of the fuselage. The giant “troopship of the sky” is being produced in large numbers for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Photo measures 9 x 7.25 inches. Photo is dated 07-30-1942.”


The Spokane Daily Chronicle published this photo in its July 31, 1942, issue. It shows Jeeps rolling into the same Curtiss Commando C-46 in all the press photos.



5 Comments on “1942 Photos of Soldiers, Jeeps, and a C-46 on eBay

  1. Mike

    This reminds me of the popular advertisements 1950’s & 60’s in Mechanix illustrated and popular Mechanics, for army surplus Jeeps damaged by air drop selling for $50.00.

  2. Barney Goodwin

    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE in Dayton Ohio has a neat display of an actual WW2 Jeep being offloaded from one of these. If you haven’t been there, it’s well worth it! Attended an MVPA banquet held under the wings of the B52. Nothing like it!

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