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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WC-8 WC-16 WC-25 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge Radio Car w/o Winch (G505)

The Dodge WC-8 and the very similar WC-16 and WC-25, are 1/2 ton Reconnaissance Cars equipped for carrying radio equipment with an external battery box, antenna, and mounting racks. The three models have slightly different engines and other small differences. They are closely related to the WC Command Reconnaissance Cars WC-6, WC-7, WC-16, WC-23, WC-24. 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.

Model Serial Number Range Hood Number Range
WC-8 8644701-88666216
8666301-8676719
W60473-W60479
W605100-W605304
W606021-W606356
WC-16 8676901-8694193 W606357-W607383
W607687-W607943
WC-25 81500001-???
81517445-???
81517694-???
W608358-W609007
W2071355-W2072104

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

WC25 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge Radio or Reconnaissance Radio body, w/o winch.  Hood number W-608444 confirms WC-25 (1941 contract)
WC-25 Truck, 1/2 ton, 4x4, Dodge Radio or Reconnaissance Radio body, w/o winch. Hood number W-608444 confirms WC-25 (1941 contract).