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Dennis Ace  - JG4241

An enquiry from Garth Wyver in Australia has led to an interesting fact-finding mission. Garth wrote:- A Dennis Ace - JG4241 - or is it? I'm puzzled because it doesn't appear in the Ian Allen East Kent Bus spotter book 1949. JG4225 -JG4240 had bodies built by East Kent. JG4242 -JG4250 have bodies by Eastern Coachworks. JG5449 -JG5451 have Park Royal bodies. In this same book it says JG4236 was destroyed during an enemy air attack. I'm wondering if the bus in the photo suffered the same fate? The photo is credited to Boughtons Lowestoft, possibly the official Eastern Coachworks photographer at Lowestoft.

And the answer comes from East Kent enthusiast, Nigel Tilly:- Yes, it is JG4241. It was the first of the batch with Eastern Counties bodywork. It's a good picture: I have a print but its so much darker that I hadn't realised the livery was lined out. It was C20F rather than B20F but I doubt if it did much coach work because the whole batch was downgraded to B20F in 1936. The chassis of this vehicle was scrapped in March 1939 after a major collision but the body was repaired and fitted to BFN176, a Leyland Cub, in June 1939. There were originally two more Ace's in the series apart from those that Gareth mentions: JG 4251/2 were requisitioned by the War Department in 1940 and don't appear to have returned to East Kent.


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