From this site: http://www.history.petop.co.uk/html/jerrican.htmlAs a legacy from the days when "Carless, Capel and Leonard had invented the trade name "Petrol", for refined petroleum spirit, the flimsy tinned-iron had survived as the only petrol container issued by the QMG. Fragile in themselves, these "tins" were rendered even more vulnerable to the dangers of long distance transport by the lack of timber framing which would have prevented the upper layers of tins crushing the lower. In a ship's hold the weight of thousands of tins crushed other thousands to a flat sheet of metal. The losses were as high as 40% of a vital war material, which had to be imported through seas already taking a grievous toll of imports.
Could you please spell out the makers name on the 1940 can?
Chuck Lutz wrote:From the look of them, there must be a wrench specifically designed to open and close TIGHTLY the cap on them...
From here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JerricanAt the beginning of the Second World War, the British Army were equipped with simple rectangular fuel containers: a 2 Imperial gallon (9 litres) container made of pressed steel and a 4 gallon (18 litres) container made from tin plate. While the 9 litre - 2 gallon containers were relatively strong, they were expensive to produce. The 18 litre - 4 gallon containers, which were mainly manufactured in the third world, were cheap and plentiful but they were not very robust. Consequently they were colloquially known as flimsies.
While adequate for transportation by road in Europe, the flimsies proved to be extremely unsatisfactory during the North African Campaign and severely hampered the operation of the British 8th Army. The transportation of fuel over rough terrain often resulted in much of the fuel being lost as the containers were easily punctured. The resultant leakages also made the transportation vehicles liable to fuel fires.
From here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stor ... 4778.shtmlThe 244 squadron of Coastal Command was formed in 1943 at Sharjah in Trucial Oman and based on Masirah Island. It was engaged on night anti-submarine patrols, anti-shipping patrols and maritime reconnaissaince of the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.
Masirah itself, just rock, sand and sea, was without any natural resources. Every drop of fresh water, food,fuel and equipment came by ship.
When the first RAF detachment arrived, building was the first problem. Every item of material to erect living accomodation, stores, offices,workshops had to be brought in by ship.
However, a further problem brought a solution to the first, aviation fuel came in four gallon tins, as it took 270 tins to fuel a Wellington aircraft for its 9 hour operational flight, soon thousands of empty tins had accumulated on the island. Then someone had a bright idea and a remarkable and unique form of architecture was born. Tins were filled with sand and laid like bricks on a three inch concrete foundation, the tin roofs were covering with plastering of sand and cement.
So Masirah became Petrol Tin Island.
bombtech wrote:Could you please spell out the makers name on the 1940 can?
tankbarrell wrote:These cans are not flimsies. The flimsie was just that, a 4 gallon, disposable can made from very thin sheet. It had no cap and was designed to be opened by puncturing and then discarded.
I have a couple of the cans pictured in the above thread, both retrieved from my skip (dumpster), the things some people throw away!
Both are embossed W/I\D underneath, a 1941 BMB (Briggs Motor Bodies?) and an undated MMOR (?).
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