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Howie "Belly Flopper"

Machine Gun Carrier



Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1937
Manufactured by: Captain Robert G. Howie and Master Sergeant M. Wiley
Crew: 2
Armament: (1) .30 caliber machine gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder
Miscellaneous Info: Vehicle was handmade in 1936/37 in an attempt to produce a light reconnaissance vehicle using a small, light platform. An order for one sample vehicle was placed in January 1937, with the test vehicle delivered in April of the same year. Performance was better than expected, but U.S. Army development of a reconnaissance vehicle was directed toward a more conventional design.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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Howie Machine Gun Carrier Photos (Vehicle at Ft. Benning, Georgia USA) Lee Dager - Georgia, USA
Howie Machine Gun Carrier Photos Compiled by David Haugh - Content Editor

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Howie Belly Flopper Vehicle Patent US Patent Office


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All-American Wonder: The Military 1/4 Ton 4x4 Truck -Volume 3 (Victory WW2 Publishing) Fred Crismon
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

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