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(Login chicoutimi) Missing-Lynx members 220.127.116.11
Though not impossible, highly improbable
July 25 2012, 9:43 PM
I concur with Kingston, Dave. The RBE was a round-the-clock operation that probably couldn't afford wasting time with POW's. The trucks were loaded, driven off, unloaded and driven back to the depots as quickly as possible.
Here's a link to an interesting web page about the Red Ball Express:
(Login jlreyes18) Missing-Lynx members 18.104.22.168
July 26 2012, 9:39 AM
Most, if not all the drivers worked alone, and continuously for several weeks, hence the high rate of accidents due to them falling asleep.
Another important thing, the logistic involved large areas with the precious fuel and ammo. containers ready to be loaded (please note that I didn't mention food or water due to its lower priority) meaning that every truck was ordered to reach those points as soon as possible, no time for "distractions". And last, please remember that yes, the redball express permitted the AD to continues fighting, but didn't covered all necessities at 100%, in fact, from time to time several units stopped completely due to lack of fuel, ammunitions, or because the workshop was leaved too much behind.
"On the return trip, the trucks were not empty. Salvaged shell casings, war debris of all kinds, wounded soldiers, POWs, and the remains of the dead were all carried back from the front to rear areas for processing."
If you're willing to adjust your time line, there are photos of CCKWs transporting German POWs to the Manteuffel Barracks at Strasbourg after the battles in Alsace in Feb 1945. One of the bumper codes in a photo in Boniface's CCKW book is 1A 54G 3354 113. There are other photos in the book as well, but they don't show bumper codes, though they probably are also 1st Army since they are delivering prisoners to Strasbourg.
That link you provided showed an AAA unit in Germany.
The US Army did not enter Germany until Feb 8, 1945.
Officially the Red ball Express was in service from August 25 to November 16, 1944. It was not in use officially as an operation because of the opening of port facilities in Antwerp.
There's no doubt that it was a former Red Ball Express truck in the story you cited involved carrying POWs taken in Germany to a holding pen or camp. But it officially is not a Red Ball Express truck because that operation ended over five months before the story at the link (the author says the date was April 20, 1945).
So the date for the model or diaroma needs to be chosen carefully.
If it is to be POW hauling during the actual time of the Red Ball Express operation, citing olive-drab.com as a reference, the POWs would mostly be in summer uniforms, and the paint on the truck would be pretty fresh, subject to minor wear and weathering from road conditions.
If the date is after Nov 16, 1944, then the truck is no longer part of the Red Ball Express, officially, but the same unit would still be involved with the same truck bumper codes. The question is whether the red ball painted on the cab would now have a star painted over it or not. (Interestingly, the Red Ball Express truck markings in the Tamiya CCKW kit lack a red ball.) Either way the truck would now start having more wear and tear on the paint, etc. Especially into 1945. In fact, in a couple of photos in Boniface's CCKW book, a couple of the POW hauling trucks are missing one tire and rim from a rear axle, and the spare tire was gone. Apparently tires were wearing out quickly and supply was not catching up. The POWs in this time era would be wearing winter clothing, especially great coats, and the photos show this.