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Today in WW II: 21 Sep 1943 In the most bitter combat of the New Georgia campaign [Central Solomons], Japanese lose 600 men in an unsuccessful defense of Arundel Island, withdraw on 22 Sep.   

WC-4 WC-22 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with Winch (G505)

The Dodge WC-4 and the very similar WC-22, are 1/2 ton pickup trucks with slightly different engines and other small differences. All have an open cab, flat face cowl with express body and transverse seats. The WC-4 and WC-22 have a winch and a longer frame to accomodate it. They are closely related to the WC-3, WC-13 and WC-21 which differ by not having the winch and related frame differences. All are part of the WC model series G-505, built by Dodge during 1941 or early 1942.

If you don't have the vehicle dataplate, to differentiate you must know the U.S. Government registration number (Army number on the hood) or the serial number which can be found stamped on the left front frame.

ModelSerial Number RangeHood Number Range
WC-48644701-???W214672-W215418
W215862-W216056
W217349-W221976
WC-2281500001-???W238779-W240178
W242179-W242678

Data from SNL G-657 Dodge Master Parts List. Other data on the Dodge G505 main page.

Dodge WC-4 or WC-22 towing M3 37mm Antitank gun across the Guadalupe River, Ft. Sam Houston, TX (near San Antonio) in 1942.  The photo was taken by Lt. Edward Y. Pettit, 2nd Eng., 2ID. He was promoted to Captain and won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944
Dodge WC-4 or WC-22 towing M3 37mm Antitank gun across the Guadalupe River, Ft. Sam Houston, TX (near San Antonio) in 1942. The photo was taken by Lt. Edward Y. Pettit, 2nd Eng., 2ID. He was promoted to Captain and won a Silver Star in Normandy, while Company Commander of Company C, 2nd Combat Engineers Battalion, 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, 14 June 1944. Since the front is not visible, this could be a WC3 WC13 WC21 1/2 Ton 4x4 Truck w/o winch. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit, son of Capt. Pettit.

Dodge Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 G505 Carryall on the Alcan Highway, 1942
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with winch (G505). Hood number W-220149 confirms WC-4 (1941 contract). Thanks to Bert Roelofsen for correct ID.

WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with Winch (G505).  No hood number is visible, but photo caption includes 'Cont 8286' which indicates the WC-4 1941 contract W-398-QM-8286.
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with Winch (G505). No hood number is visible, but photo caption includes "Cont 8286" which indicates the WC-4 1941 contract W-398-QM-8286.

WC4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge Weapons Carrier, with winch, at Chrysler testing ground where Army officers were trained to understand the capabilities of the Dodge truck.  This photo was undated but taken early in WW II.
WC-4 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4 Dodge WC Open Cab Pickup with winch (G505), at Chrysler testing ground where Army officers were trained to understand the capabilities of the Dodge truck. This photo was undated but taken early in WW II. A large hi-resolution version of this photo is available in the Olive-Drab.com Gallery.

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