Today in WW II: 17 May 1940 Brussels falls to German forces; Belgian government flees to Ostend, Belgium.  More 
17 May 1943 US Army contracts with University of Pennsylvania's Moore School of Electrical Engineering to develop ENIAC computer.
17 May 1943 8th Air Force B-17F Flying Fortress named Memphis Belle becomes the first plane to complete a 25-mission tour of duty.
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Early Ford Military Trucks

Prior to World War II, the vehicles procured by the War Department for military use were based on commercial designs. Military modifications were few, such as de-plating chrome parts and painting the entire vehicle in olive drab. Custom designed military vehicles, the normal practice in WW II and later, were few.

Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Ford
1942 photo of Truck, Pickup, 1/2 Ton, 4x2 Ford.

Motor Pool WAC Auxiliaries Farrelly Glenn (left) and Frances Lanz service a Ford Pickup, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 23 April 1943. [Thanks to Shane for correct ID.]
Motor Pool WAC Auxiliaries Farrelly Glenn (left) and Frances Lanz service a Ford Pickup, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, VA, 23 April 1943. [Thanks to Shane for correct ID.]