The 1944 Willys Jeep was stolen from a car park at the Imperial War Museum, at Duxford, on last Sunday 12 July, where it was on show at a classic vehicle event, Paul Fisher, Peterborough Telegraph's journalist, reports.

The owner, a 73-year-old man has been left devastated. He is now desperate and extremely upsetting, because the military vehicle had been used by his father, an American Marine stationed at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, towards the end of the war.

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The 1944 Willys Jeep was bought by his father for £25. It was shipped from Hawaii to United Kingdom. From 1957, the military vehicle was put into storage, his father had died. Two years ago, someone reminded him, that the Jeep had been found in a shed on land, that the family used to own.

He decided bring it on life. He fixed its engine and tyres were replaced. He restored it. From then, his owner has been showing the vehicle at various events in southern England.    

The Willys MB (commonly known as a Jeep, formally as the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4 ton, 4x4) was a four-wheel drive utility vehicle that was manufactured during World War II. It was produced from 1941 to 1945. These vehicles were used in incredibly harsh, war-torn environments. These Jeeps were built to last no longer than a week, or one tank of fuel. Soldiers even had printed instructions on how to destroy them quickly to prevent them falling into enemy hands. 

Have you seen this stolen jeep?

It was the first time the victim had attended Duxford with the Jeep. Its registration is AMB644 and “20497753-S” is painted in white on the bonnet.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting reference number 331 of July 12, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 FREE.


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