Classic Military Vehicle subscriber Liam Preston recently got in touch asking for help in arranging a surprise for his dad, Richard Preston. Richard, who turns 94 this month, is a veteran of the D Day landings in June 1944.
He was part of the 79th Armoured Division landing on Gold beach and his unit moved through France into Belgium, Holland and back to Belgium before entering Germany.
One of the most useful vehicles his unit used throughout this period was the amphibious DUKW. Richard said that it was especially useful in Holland for the deliberately flooded areas they encountered and for crossing the various rivers and canals they encountered in Germany. Although he was able to drive many vehicles including a Jeep and the Universal (Bren) carrier, he appreciated the characteristics of the DUKW best, said Liam.
“My question at this time is: do you know of any organisation or maybe an individual who can help organise a trip for my father in a working DUKW?
“He lives in the Burnley area of Lancashire. I appreciate that there are many more specialised museums in the south of the country, but if anyone may be able to assist with my request then it would be greatly appreciated.”
Richard is a regular reader of Classic Military Vehicle magazine and as Liam wants to surprise him, asked that we not publish his appeal in the magazine.
Anyone who can help is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org