A Captured Jerry Car
Although the quality of this picture leaves a lot to be desired, it is one of my favorites from my father George White’s collection.
The captured “Jerry Car” shown in this picture with the ERKs of 403 Squadron, is a pre-war BMW 328 sports car. You will recognize the two ERK’s from some of my dad’s other photos.
This car was likely built from the 1937 – 1939 period.
Note the Roundels, the star on the hood and the blackout headlight(s).
The truck in the background I believe is a 3.0 Bedford QL sporting the Maple Leaf and belonging to 127 Wing.
The number of regular 328’s produced until the start of the War is estimated at 426.
Over 200 cars still exist, a remarkable feat for a country where many cars were confiscated by the Nazi authorities. What apparently has contributed to its survival is that the engines of the 328 required very high quality petrol, which was hardly available, making the car unusable during the war and not attractive to the ruling party. And besides that, by the end of the war, Goering was probably too fat to fit into a BMW a BMW 328 Roadster.
It was however very popular with the pilots and ERKs of 403 Squadron. I recall my dad telling me how impressed the “boys” were at how fast this car was.
No doubt, the Luftwaffe enjoyed this car also. They would have had a good supply of high octane, high quality aviation gas for the Messerschmitt 109s and Focke Wulf 190s to keep the cars’ high performance high compression engine happy.
I often wonder if this particular car survived the war and where it might be now.
It would be worth a small fortune today if it was still around.
December 28 2012.