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London General B43 (LN4743) is so well-known, partly due to the Airfix kit that many of us built, that I have only just realised it's not represented on the site. The B type was built by London General in Walthamstow and over 2,700 were in service by 1914 (with many more built later).
It had a petrol engine of around 5.3 litres and an O18/16R body. This example was built in 1911 and passed to the War Office in 1914, one of over 900 which helped moved troops around in Belgium and, in the case of B43, France during World War I. It returned in 1919 and remained in passenger service for a few more years but gained distinction by visiting Buckingham Palace for inspection by King George V.
Probably due to this Royal connection it was selected by the Auxiliary Omnibus Company's Old Comrades Association, who renamed it Ole Bill after Bruce Bairnsfather's celebrated caricature of a British soldier. It made occasional appearances prior to being presented to the Imperial War Museum in 1970.
Photo taken by David Beilby, Friday 21 June 2013, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
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