Dataplate for GTB 137628, date 8-10-42' .
Tom, I have a question about my hood number, actually it is my "tailgate" number since the hood numbers are not present.
It is USN 203?86. The question is, is this number specific to Navy Service? I ask because if you look just to the right of the N you can see MY in larger white letters. Also on the bumpertte is 6AAC which I would guess to be 6th Army Air Corps. Just to the left of USN U is a larger white U. You can also see bits of the white S under the USN S and the bottom of a white R under the NAVY A and Y
It seems this GTB has a Navy and ARMY service life. So the question is: would this GTB have had the same 203?86 hood number in ARMY service?
I'm going to letter it in ARMY markings since it appears to have been in ARMY service first. I believe this to be the case since when I got the truck it had a civvy fire dept red top coat. When I sanded that off gray showed up then the next black NAVY numbers. Then under the gray was O.D. Under the OD was white letters and under that OD then primer red then bare metal.
And just to confound things even more - not shown in the photo are another US in smaller grayish white/light blue? letters to the left of the big 4" U also on the tailgate.
Unfortunately the hood numbers appear to have been sanded off as the hood was stripped to bare metal by the former Fire Dept owners that put a glossy automotive like thick red laquer paint on the hood.