Willys Jeeps were used on war time airfields to direct aircraft to their dispersal points on the airfield, they were know as “Follow Me Jeeps”.
Used on airfields that had both fighters and bombers based on them. There was a need to get aircraft off the runway quickly and to a designated place for refuelling and loading of bombs and ammunition, ready for the next mission. Some aircraft would need repair’s to damage received on the last mission.
It could be the first visit to the airfield by some pilots, so they would be unfamiliar with the layout. They would follow the brightly coloured Jeep to where they needed to park. Jeeps based at airfields far away from the enemy were very colourful, being painted in red and white squares some black and yellow, and had big signs on the rear with “Follow Me” on them.
Airfields close to the front would not use brightly coloured vehicles for obvious reasons, so were normally olive drab with the “Follow Me” sign on the rear.
If you are restoring a Willys of Ford Jeep it could be worth thinking about making it a “Follow Me” Jeep, it would different as there are not many Follow me Jeeps about.
If you have a “Follow Me” Jeep send in a picture and we will add it to the post.