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WC53 Truck, 3/4 ton Carryall

The 3/4 ton series of Dodge WC trucks was introduced in late 1941, replacing the G505 1/2 ton trucks of the period 1939-1941. The WC-53 Carryall had an enclosed body with windows, intended for troop transport or light cargo duty. The WC53 was longer and heavier, with a 3/4 ton rating, but overall very similar to the WC-10 / WC-17 / WC-26 1/2 ton Dodge Carryall trucks.

WC-53 Trucks, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502), lined up for shipment with other vehicles on Pier X, Newport News, VA, 25 February 1943
WC-53 Trucks, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502), lined up for shipment with other vehicles on Pier X, Newport News, VA, 25 February 1943.

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WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502)

The general specifications of the WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502) were the same as the WC-51 / WC-52 3/4 ton 4x4 Dodge weapons carriers but with a longer wheelbase and with a closed cab and body.

The rooftop of the WC-53 Carryall body was open, fitted with a canvas covered panel, as can be seen in the top photo and the production photo below.

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A restored World War II era WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall sits on display in a field at the Airborne Festival, Sainte Mere Eglise, France, 3 June 2009, during events commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day in World War II.
WC-53 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Carryall trucks, Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, Detroit, MI (vicinity), circa August 1942.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall, 1942.
WC-53 Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4 Carryall trucks, Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, Detroit, MI (vicinity), circa August 1942.
WC-53 Dodge 3/4-ton, 4x4 Carry-all, showing preparations for overseas shipping and lashing to flat car, Pier 3, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 26 February 1943.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, a ceremony was held on Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany, 26 June 2008.  On that date in 1948, the first sortie was flown out of WAAF in support of the airlift, on its way to Tempelhof airport in Berlin.  Vintage vehicles on display include jeeps; Dodge WC54 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Ambulance; Dodge WC53 Truck, 3/4 ton Carryall; and a cargo truck.

WC-53 3/4 ton Carryall Photo Gallery

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall bodies (right side production line) undergoing finishing operations at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall bodies (right side production line) undergoing finishing operations at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for delivery to the Army at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for delivery to the Army at the Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, August 1942.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for overseas shipment, Newport News, VA, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 26 February 1943.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall ready for overseas shipment, Newport News, VA, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, 26 February 1943.

WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502)
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall (G502). Photo: Courtesy of Chris Davis

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