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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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US Army vehicles parked on Pier X, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 25 February 1943. Dodge 3/4-ton, WC-53 4x4 carry-alls and GMC CCKW 2 1/2-ton, 6x6 trucks.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, 4x4 Dodge Carryall, 1942.
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.
WC53 Truck, 3/4-ton 4x4 Carryall manufactured by Dodge during WW II. Courtesy:  trucktrend.com
Long rows of Dodge WC 3/4-ton 4x4 trucks await shipment to various branches of the armed forces, Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant, near Detroit, MI, circa August 1942. Hundreds of these vehicles come off the Chrysler Corporation production lines daily.  Based on hood number, the truck to the right is WC-53 Truck, 3/4-ton Carryall.
WC-53 Truck, 3/4 ton, Carryall, manufactured by Dodge during World War II.  The markings on the bumper  indicate vehicle 102 assigned to HQ Western Base Section, an ETO unit of Services of Supply, circa 1944-1945.

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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