Austin K2 Auxiliary Towing Vehicle

The Austin K2 Auxiliary Towing Vehicle was introduced in 1941 to replace numerous improvised vehicles in service with the Auxiliary Fire Service. Firemen and their equipment were carried inside and a trailer pump was towed behind. The pump could draw water from rivers or hydrants to supply the hoses.

German attacks on London and other towns in the First World War showed the importance of a well-equipped fire service to protect lives. Over 40,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed during the Battle of Britain and subsequent Blitz. This Austin K2 was built in 1944 and displays the markings of the National Fire Service, formed by the merger of the Auxiliary Fire Service and regional brigades in 1941.

Austin K2 Ambulance

The Austin K2 is a British heavy military ambulance that was used by all Commonwealth services during the Second World War.

This RAF Austin K2 Ambulance was on display at RAF London.

Built by Austin, it was based on the 1938 Austin K30 30-cwt light truck which as the K2 chassis was built during the war for many uses.

My main memory of this vehicle is from the Airfix RAF Emergency Set.

Airfix RAF Emergency Set