There are those who would question what a DUKW might be
doing in a museum full of armoured vehicles but, like the
Jeep it is almost an icon of World War II so you might say
it is here by popular demand.
Museum photo No. 1311/E/1
This photograph was taken soon after it arrived, in 1986,
parked alongside our M9 half-track. In those days the M9
was our regular workhorse and here both are seen carrying
post-war British registration numbers.
Tank Museum photo No. 3393/B/2
One key feature of the DUKW's success was the hull form
that actually made it an excellent sea boat, even in heavy
surf. Our DUKW is from the later production batch, best
identified by the raked windscreen and quarter-lights.
Museum photo No. 3393/C/2
In this view the splash-board is rigged. It was provided
to keep down spray in rough seas. Notice too the valances
over the wheels. They were intended to cut down resistance
in the water but were often removed to make it easier to
get at the wheels.
Museum photo No. 3393/B/1
This is what you might call the 'business end' of the DUKW,
the rear. You can see the marine propeller in its tunnel
with the rudder directly behind it. The towing hook is the
red-painted fitting at the back and above that the little
Museum photo No. 3393/A/3
This is the driver's/helmsman's position. The controls
are entirely conventional, despite the mass of instructions
along the dashboard, and given the bulk of the vehicle the
view from the driver's position is very good.
Museum photo No. 3393/B/6
And finally this is what makes it go. The engine is a GMC
Model 270 six-cylinder, water-cooled petrol unit. At present
the DUKW is displayed in our D-Day area, between the DD
Sherman and the Sherman Crab.