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Weʼre raising £4,000 to Take IKE the DUKW to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Salute our WW2 veterans

Please contribute to the costs of taking a restored WW2 amphibious vehicle to parade proudly at the 75th Anniversary D-Day commemorations.

IKE is a WW2 amphibious vehicle built in 1944 and saw war service in Europe, perhaps at D-Day itself, carrying men and supplies across the beaches to sustain the allied invasion of Europe. DUKWs were operated by men of the Royal Army Service Corps, the lorry-drivers of the army!

Memory Lane in Hunstanton

From the 1950s this DUKW enjoyed a second life with Searles Seatours of Hunstanton, taking thousands of holidaymakers for fun-filled trips across the sands and onto the water. Many fond memories remain of this time of simple fun on the sunny beach as the DUKW now named IKE and sister amphibian DERVINA plunged into the water.

Restoration

Eventually time and saltwater took their toll and IKE was laid up on shore to rust away. However Peterborough farmer Graham Smitheringale never forgot a childhood ride on IKE during his family’s annual day trip to Sunny Hunny.

So in 2017 IKE came to be rescued and to be rebuilt with the goal of saluting the WW2 heroes through participation in a 75th Anniversary D-Day commemoration. Along the way, a new hull was found, bringing in even more history from one of the last DUKWs in UK military service, retired from the Royal Marines after 66 years of service.

The restoration is well on the way - the hull is rebuilt, repainted complete with D-Day markings, and the mechanical fit-out is about to start - at a substantial cost and with the support of many donors.

D-Day commemoration

To complete the salute to the WW2 heroes, the team plan to take IKE to one or more of the 2019 D-Day anniversary events - Normandy would be the finest, and the celebrations planned in the UK will reach those veterans unable to travel. Please give generously towards the costs of transport and support to take IKE to the commemorations. The event in France could be spectacular with the second Hunstanton DUKW Dervina there too - perhaps a convoy of five amphibians if everyone makes it!

The techie side

Images and the full story of the project can be found by following the updates below - follow the “more updates” tab for the complete story.

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  • David  Cowcill1 day ago
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    David Cowcill

    1 day ago

    quick update on mechanical fit out 3. And on the top-deck - the correct headlights have been sourced, the winch rebuilt and fitted, and correct WW2 fuel Jerrycans purchased. All the details have to be right! Now all we need for Christmas is an engine and gearbox!

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    Quick update on the mechanical fit out 2. The rudder controls are fitted - the wartime "make do" design was a simple cable wrapped around the steering column. The original wooden steering wheel controls front wheels and rudder in one action.

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    Quick update on the mechanical fit out - 1 The transfer box, drive shafts and propellor shaft are fitted. The sprocket is the drive to the bilge pump just visible below. Outboard, the bronze propellor is installed with the rudder behind it.

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Page last updated on: 12/17/2018 8:33 PM

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  • Anne Curwen

    Anne Curwen

    Nov 30, 2018

    Graham does so much for the village of Etton this is a thank-you. We also wanted to show support for a great project.

    £100.00

  • Robert R

    Robert R

    Nov 24, 2018

    A great project.

    £20.00

  • Bob D

    Bob D

    Nov 19, 2018

    Looking Forward to seeing it

    £30.00

  • PES (Bob D)

    PES (Bob D)

    Nov 19, 2018

    Advance on behalf of the Peterborough Engineering Society for your talk next year.

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 19, 2018

    £10.00

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