“Forty and Eight” Boxcar

Published 5:57 pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

Constructed in France in 1943, this “forty and eight” railroad car, little-changed from those used in WWI, operated in occupied France during WWII, and it most likely transported human cargoes from France to Germany. The U.S. Air Force airlifted the 13-ton railcar from Istres Air Base, France, to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio in late July 2001. At bottom left, the photo, which appears on the Forty & Eight’s website, features the logo superimposed over a montage of photos relating to what the organization represents.