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US Fuel and Oil Drum Colors during WWII

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US Fuel and Oil Drum Colors during WWII
Posted by dhenning on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:55 PM

Any idea of the colors used by the US for drums for gasoline, lube oil, and diesel in World War II?   Mostly what I have seen is olive drab for gasoline (I assume since diesels were pretty rare in US production at that time).  Would lube oil drums have been painted black?

Thanks in advance,

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 4:19 PM

They were all the same OD Green.  The stenciling painted on them (Gasoline, Oil, etc.) told what they contained.

 

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Posted by dhenning on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 7:48 PM

Great!  Thanks for the assistance!

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Posted by richs26 on Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:55 AM

No, as black was also used.  There are many color photos of black drums used by the USAAF, USA, USN, USMC.  

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 13, 2017 12:59 AM

Diesels were more commonly used on the Navy side of the house. The USMC selected the M4A2 Diesel engined variant for the logistical reason of sharing the same fuel with many landing craft types such as the LCVP. There were also diesel powered variants of the M3 light and medium tanks. Although those were mostly used stateside for training or sent overseas to the Soviets for Lend Lease Service. 

 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, November 13, 2017 9:58 AM

No, as black was also used.  There are many color photos of black drums used by the USAAF, USA, USN, USMC.  

I believe you may be seeing pics that the colors have changed/faded/over exposed etc. From all records I have seen and all references I have read, all US POL drums were OD Green and the markings denoted what was in them.

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Posted by M1GarandFan on Monday, November 13, 2017 3:28 PM

Welcome back home. Really enjoyed your explaination on the reason for diesel powered tanks in the USMC. Never considered what other vehicles (ie: landing craft) were powered by diesels, but now it all makes sense.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 13, 2017 4:09 PM

Thanks M1. I had read about the diesel selection in one of the Concord books on armor in the PTO.

 

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Posted by dhenning on Monday, November 13, 2017 7:10 PM

The basis of my question involves a bunch of the above.  I am building an LCI gunboat that was powered by Diesel engines, but also had a gas burning smoke generator on the stern that either injected oil or fuel oili into the burner to produce heavy smoke.   A feed drum and extras were stored on deck for the smoke generator.   Thought that something should be a different color but I can live with OD as well

thanks for the info and discussions.   Always something new to learn on this forum.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:16 PM

The Navy likely would have repainted the drums into a gray to match the LCI’s paint scheme. Sailors are constantly on painting details on board ships and craft. If those drums were in place for any length of time, they will be painted per the camouflage measures. 

If you look here...

http://www.shipcamouflage.com/warship_camouflage.htm

 

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Posted by richs26 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:53 AM

HeavyArty

 

 
No, as black was also used.  There are many color photos of black drums used by the USAAF, USA, USN, USMC.  

 

I believe you may be seeing pics that the colors have changed/faded/over exposed etc. From all records I have seen and all references I have read, all US POL drums were OD Green and the markings denoted what was in them.

 

Here you go from Spring 1943, Adak, the Aleutians:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/350154939750841681/

and pretty new looking.  I have also seen some in France in some color documentaries.  So there can be some variation to make a dio more interesting.

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