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    Weʼve raised £1,200 to Take IKE the DUKW to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

    Peterborough
    Funded on Tuesday, 31st March 2020

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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 almost there - the hull is rebuilt, repainted with D-Day markings; the mechanical fit-out is almost complete - at a substantial cost and with the support of many donors. IKE ran for the first time on May 24th - just 11 days before the D-Day deadline.

    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. Dervina, the second Hunstanton DUKW, will be in Normandy. IKE will be in Portsmouth from June 4th to June 10th at the official UK D-Day Remembrance events. IKE will be located on Southsea Pier, only metres from the D-Day Stone, and the location of the official UK Service of Remembrance on June 6th - so very accessible for the veterans attending. D-Day 75 Portsmouth

    Please give generously towards the restoration and the costs of transport and support to take IKE to the commemorations.

    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 year ago
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      David Cowcill

      1 year ago

      Ashbourne did 103 year old veteran Bill Milward proud today - a huge crowd greeted Bill after a short journey from Darley Moor and a trip around town. Bill rode in the passenger seat and gave Graham (the rookie driver) the benefit of his experiences! Thanks to Earl (Yeomans Access and Arb) and Ashbourne station of Derby Fire and Rescue for easing Bill into and out of the passenger seat, and to Bill’s friends Clare and Ann (the Mayor of Ashbourne) for setting up the occasion. A D-Day veteran rode in a D-Day machine after 75 years!

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    • David  Cowcill1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      D-Day DUKW DRIVER BILL MILWARD TO RIDE AGAIN! ........Bill Milward of Ashbourne drove a DUKW at D-Day. Now aged 103 he often proudly tells of his experiences, but was unable to attend the commemorations in Normandy or the UK...... So friends contacted IKE through JustGiving and on Wednesday August 21st he will have a ride down memory lane and on a DUKW again after 75 years...... Come to Darley Moor for 12.00 noon or Ashbourne Fire Station at 1.00 pm to see Bill ride again. More details are on Facebook

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    • David  Cowcill1 year ago
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      1 year ago

      D-Day 75 NEWS….2 IKE was driven into position on South Parade Pier, central to the commemoration activities. Negotiating the pier was a nerve-wracking affair requiring team work to manoeuvre with inches to spare. The shape and height of the vehicle make for 360 degrees of blind-spots and increase the admiration for RASC drivers under battle conditions. A small detail - the visit to Hunstanton uncovered a military “brass plate” from which it was possible to trace the serial number, now on the bow for the first time since the 1970s.

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    • David & Peter Charity

      David & Peter Charity

      Mar 31, 2020

      My brother & I really enjoyed your talk & slide show earlier this month at Perkins for the U3A / Peterborough Engineering Society. Looking forward to seeing Ike again when COVID-19 is under control...

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 23, 2019

      For giving Bill Millward so much pleasure

      £5.00

    • Ian McMullon

      Ian McMullon

      Aug 23, 2019

      Hope you achieve the amount required i have followed the restoration process so far well done

      £5.00

    • Denise Holden

      Denise Holden

      Aug 21, 2019

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 18, 2019

      £20.00

    • Jason Tuck

      Jason Tuck

      Aug 18, 2019

      Thank you so much for everything you have done to make WW2 veteran Bill Milward see and ride in his beloved `DUKW` again after 70 years! You really have gone above and beyond. Clare

      £100.00

    • Richard Astle

      Richard Astle

      May 29, 2019

      Great effort Graham and David, hope it all goes very well!

      £50.00

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