Today in WW II: 28 Sep 1943 More than 9000 Japanese troops escape from Central Solomons to southern Bougainville in a well-organized evacuation effort [28 Sep-3 Oct].
Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck (G7128)
The Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck (G7128) was part of the G506 series of 1 1/2 ton trucks built by Chevrolet in large numbers during World War II. The G7128 was also referred to as the M6 Bomb Service Truck, normally used on airfields and ammunition dumps. The M6 Bomb Service Truck would tow the M5 bomb trailer, in strings up to five at a time. The G7128 has a wheel base of 125 inches, shorter than the other G506 series trucks.
Behind the soft-top driver's cab was a working area with troop seats. A monorail crane extended the full length plus an overhand. A hoist was provided to lift and move the ordnance.
All of the G506 series trucks were powered by the Chevrolet 235 cu. in. 83 hp. six cyl. engine mated to a four speed transmission and two speed transfer case.
A pair of Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Trucks with M5 Bomb Trailers, south side of Pier 1, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, Newport News, VA, 6 August 1943.
Chevrolet M6 1 1/2 ton 4x4 Bomb Service Truck, Studebaker Proving Ground, January 1944.