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1942 General Motors Corporation DUKW

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Army Duck






The DUKW was developed quickly during World War II to meet the need for amphibious cargo transfer from ship to shore.  The nomenclature DUKW was assigned by the manufacturer, General Motors Corporation, from:
D= First year of Manufacture (1942)
U= Utility vehicle (amphibious)
K= All Wheek Drive
W= Rear tandem axle. 


Someone quickly noticed that DUKW could be pronounced "duck" and the "Amy Duck" was born.   The first operational use of the DUKW was in March  1943 when the U.S. landed troops on Noumea, New Caledonia.   Later organized into companies,  the DUKW displayed its verstility by carrying ammunition directly from anchored ships to shore.  This use of DUKWs kept casualties to a minimum, but a bigger purpose surfaced as American ingenuity took over.  Some of the DUKWs were modified to carry 4.5 inch rockets.

General Patton and General Eisenhower realized the DUKW was an invaluable war tool, and they were impressed by its capabilities. Over 1,000 DUKWs were used in the Sicilian landings of 1943 alone. Operation Overlord, the landing in Normandy, was the most crucial operation in history with circumstances that made the DUKWs virtually indispensable. Approximately, 2,000 DUKWs brought to shore 40% of all supplies landed between June 6 and September 1, 1944.

The DUKW was the first vehicle with a central tire pressure control, allowing the operator to adjust the tires for hard surface roads (high pressure) or sand (low pressure) from the driver's seat. This is now a feature of the HMMWV (Humvee) and other modern vehicles.
Flying Duck
Colonel Frank Speir, Project Engineer of the Army´s Amphibious Warfare Program until the time of his death on 8 July 1956, one of the fathers of the US Army's DUKW, thought that foils could increase the sea speed of this vehicle. He initiated a contract with Lycoming Division of AVCO and Miami Shipbuilding Corp to build a prototype. Adapting data from HALOBATES, including its autopilot, and using a Lycoming T-53 gas turbine for main propulsion, a flying DUKW was designed, and successful demonstration trials were conducted in Miami waters. Speeds in excess of 30 kt were demonstrated (compared with the 5 kt of the conventional DUKW).




Truck, Amphibious, 2.5 ton, 6x6 DUKW
(Pronounced "Duck")


Dukw Landing in the Pacific



Amphibious DUKW landing in the Philippines during World War II.   The DUKW was based on the GMC "deuce and a half" CCKW, fitted with a watertight hull and propeller.  Following the end of the war, many of the versitile DUKWs were transferred to Coast Guard duty, river patrols or later Civilian Defense work.  They continue in service today with popular "Duck Tours."



Flying DUKW

Engine:
270 cubic inch in GMC straight 6
Length: 31 feet 
Width: 8 foot 4 inch
Height: 8foot 8 inch w/top up
Weight: 7.5 tons
Water Speed: 6.4 mph
Road Speed: 50 mph
Number Manufactured: 21,000
Capacity Troops: 25 or 12 on litters 
Capacity Cargo: 5 tons
Status: Currently under restoration  
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