A Family Reunion

Vicky Turner chats to Jay Aldred about his journey to track down a Unimog 404 once owned by his late father

Jay Aldred and the Unimog which once belonged to his late father Ivan, he would love to know more about the history of the truck but has no idea where to start. All he has is the chassis number; 404114/7501807
words and pictures Vicky Turner

Jay Aldred had the perfect boyhood in Norfolk where he was surrounded by a tight and loving family. As he likes to say, he was always “destined to be into old stuff” with a granddad, dad and uncle who were all into ‘machinery’.

Granddad Clifford, ex-RAF, had bought a house near Halesworth in the 1950s and with it a fair amount of land and barns. Clifford’s first love was aeroplanes and he amassed an eclectic collection of aircraft and parts saved from scrap, which included two Vulcan cockpits, a Victor, a complete Lightning F3 jet, and cockpits from a Sea Vixen, a Meteor, four Canberras and a Hunter. 

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key Military or Key Publishing subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers

3 months

Standard subscription rate £29.99 + VAT

Launch rate £14.99 + VAT

Subscribe now
Reccomended

12 months

Standard subscription rate £69.99 + VAT

Launch rate £34.99 + VAT

Subscribe now

9 months

Standard subscription rate £39.99 + VAT

Launch rate £19.99 + VAT

Subscribe now