This (Raleigh) is being sold as ex-USAAF but something in my tiny brain is pinging a radar that tells me the bike isn't what is seems.
Any thoughts, please, as to whether it's genuine or not? Thanks in advance.
Apart from anything else, US armed forces seemed reluctant to buy anything local; even food was imported from the states.
Would they have used Raleigh in preference to a good 'ol USA POS BSO? Doubtful in the extreme.
Yes, these were all Huffy's or Columbias. With coaster brakes, presumably. Heavy, durable single speed machines. Our War Department, now Department of Defense, issues bids and specifications for equipment such as this, and most equipment is bought from U.S. sources. Worksman bicycles would now fill this role. They make cycles much like these, BTW.
Apparently though they yanks were not to good at taking stuff back the states , when in Australia about a mile away were the remnants a of a US Army base , Camp Cable , built for a Division of troops to train for war in the Pacific , the story was as the first vehicles arrived at the Camp the last we’re just leaving the the Port of Brisbane , 45 km away and it was a solid line of traffic !
Anyway at the end of its use and the allies were on top it was closed , according to locals of the day the Yanks dug giant pits and buried all equipment etc that was left ,
Looks like a bog standard Raleigh roadster to me that someone decided to give a coat of NATO drab paint to. Fake, fake, fake in every way. I'd value it like any ratty old thing that I wanted as a hack bike. It is not a valuable historical artefact!