Mark II, Model 2 Bomb Service Truck (West Wing)
The Ford Motor Company joined other industries during World War II in converting production lines to the manufacturing of war material ranging from B-24 Liberators to durable jeeps. One of the "Vehicles of Victory" produced was the 1 1/2-ton GTB truck, known as the "Burma Jeep." More truck than jeep, the GTB was produced in a variety of configurations, including the Mark II, Model 2 Bomb Service Truck of the type displayed here. Equipped with a bomb hoist in the truck bed, these vehicles were employed all across the Pacific, facilitating the movement of ordnance from "bomb farms" to waiting aircraft at naval air stations and forward airfields.