Donated ‘Dingo’ makes appearance at Oshawa’s Tank Museum during March Break

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Published March 1, 2023 at 3:31 pm

1944 Mk II Daimler Scout car known as the ‘Dingo’

There’s a Dingo on the loose in Oshawa and Ontario Regiment Museum’s mates can have a look for themselves during March Break when a very rare 1944 Mk II Daimler Scout car known as the ‘Dingo’ get its moment in the spotlight.

The vehicle was purchased from an American collector after Charles and Dora Abdouch of Round Rock, Texas donated the funds to buy the vehicle and have it shipped to Oshawa.

“As children of veterans, we would like to honor the memory of every vet by providing this WWII armored vehicle,” Charles Abdouch said in explaining his family’s generosity. “The stories of those that served in it can be used to educate all to the price of the freedoms we enjoy.”

“We thank the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum and the volunteers for their efforts and dedication to providing a place where these stories can be told.”

The Daimler Scout Car, called the Dingo after the Australian wild dog, is a British-built light, fast four-wheel drive reconnaissance vehicle. They were designed in 1938 and saw service with Canada and all Commonwealth countries during the Second World War.

Canada produced a version of the vehicle known as the Lynx, and both served side-by-side with Canadian reconnaissance armoured regiments during the war. The Dingo is considered very rare as they were exported to every continent with the exception of North America.

Museum member and WWII veteran Trooper Don White of the Royal Canadian Dragoons was happy to learn of the donation to his local museum. “I was pleasantly surprised and excited when I heard our museum was getting a Dingo,” he said. “I was in a recce troop during the war which consisted of two Dingos and two Staghounds. This was a great combination to do the difficult job we had at the time. I can’t wait to see one again when it arrives.”

The vehicle will be put on display in the Military Vehicle Conservation Centre at the museum this month and will be part of regular museum events and demonstrations moving forward.

The addition of the Dingo adds to the museum’s historical vehicle collection of more than 120 military vehicles, including tanks, jeeps, trucks and armoured personnel carriers – some dating back 200 years. All are kept fully operational by volunteers, helping history come alive at the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum.

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