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Cleveland Plant #1
Detroit Die and Machine Plant
Grand Blanc, MI Tank Arsenal
built M4A2 Sherman Tank Photos
Built M4A3 Tank Photos
Blanc M10 Tank Destroyer Photos
Grand Rapids, MI Plant
Lansing, MI Plant
Memphis, TN Plant
Cleveland, Ohio Fisher Body Plant One - General
Motors Corporation in World War Two
Rest in Peace
Gone but not Forgotten!
page added 11-14-2017.
The Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 won the
Army-Navy "E" award one time during WWII.
World War Two / WWII Products: The
main product during WWII of the Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 were B-29
Other products were B-25, B-29, XP-75 Aircraft Parts
and assemblies, M4, M18, M26, and M5 tank parts, 90mm and 120mm (4.7 inch)
AA gun parts,
155mm gun parts, 3 inch naval gun breech housing parts, diesel engine parts, machine tool parts
and Torquematic transmission parts
During WWII the plant employed 14,000 workers.
A photo of the plant soon after it was built
in 1921. This was the "A" building and was 1,297 feet long by 72
feet wide. It was an Albert Kahn design, and was similar in design
to the Ford Highland Park plant.
East 140th Street runs north south
along the east side of the plant. Coit Road runs diagonally along
the south side of the plant. Note the location of the water tower.
In the next photo a newer and larger water tower has been built, and the
old one torn down.
The new water tower can be seen in the
foreground. It is still there today. Note the driveway out
of the salaried parking lot onto Coit Road in the lower left of the
photo. This location can be seen two photos down from this one in
a contemporary photo. The salaried office workers would have
worked in the small two story building.
This photo has 1960's era automobiles in it.
The office building is on the right.
In June 2017 standing to the east of the
previous photo. There is no curb where the salaried parking lot
driveway used to be. The legs of the second water tower can be
seen through the trees. The site is now the Cleveland Job Corps
Center. The buildings along the fence appear to be dormitories or
barracks for the students. Author's photo.
The six story Fisher Body Cleveland Plant
One used to extend down to the railroad viaduct. Author's photo.
Four B-29 engine nacelles are on the dock of
Cleveland Fisher Body Plant 1 going through final inspection before
shipment. The B-29 engine nacelles were considered to be the most
complicated single component on the aircraft airframe. Each one
was made up of 3,000 parts and 1,300 sub-assemblies. They were 12
feet long and seven feet in height, and weighed one ton. By the end of
WWI Fisher Body had produced 13,772 B-29 engine nacelles. This was
87% of all of the B-29 engine nacelles required for the 3,970 B-29s
The first two B-29 engine nacelles accepted by
the US Army Air Force at this plant were shipped off this dock on April
The construction of the nacelles needed over
18,000 jigs, fixtures, tools and dies. Cleveland Plant 1 not only
built its own jigs, fixtures, tools and dies but supplied duplicate sets
to the main Glenn Martin plant in Baltimore, MD, and to the Lansing
Fisher Body Plant. Lansing Fisher Body also produced a number of
B-29 engine nacelles. Late in the war after the loss of the P-75
contract Cleveland Fisher Body Plant 2 started tooling up to make B-29
After final inspection and signoff the B-29
nacelles are loaded into a boxcar for shipment. Cleveland also
supplied the three other B-29 assembly plants with nacelles. They
were Boeing at Wichita, KS and Renton, WA. The Bell plant in
Marietta, GA was the fourth B-29 assembly plant.
In the four photos below workers at Cleveland
Plant 1 are working on various stages of the B-29 engine nacelle.
Each B-29 engine nacelle built by Fisher
Body Cleveland Plant #1 had two GE turbo superchargers installed in it.
Author's photo added 11-14-2017.
This document is a listing of the suppliers
for the Martin B-29 plant in Omaha, NE.
Parts number 71 and 72 were Cleveland Fisher
Body Plant 1 engine nacelles. The fact that Cleveland Plant 1
built B-29 engine nacelles for Martin Omaha is significant..
The significance of Cleveland Plant 1
furnishing B-29 engine nacelles to Martin in Omaha is that Martin built
the "Enola Gay."
B-29 "Bockscar" built by Martin Omaha is on
display at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH.
Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 supplied parts for several types of tanks and tank destroyers
as show below.
Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 supplied
components for the M26 Pershing heavy tank series that were built at the
Fisher Tank plant in Grand Blanc, MI.
It also supplied parts for the M4 Sherman
This M10 tank destroyer has components
manufactured by Cleveland Plant 1.
M5A1 Stuart tanks built by Cadillac included
parts from Cleveland Plant 1.
Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 supplied parts for several types of guns
as show below.
Parts made at Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1
were shipped to the Grand Rapids, MI Fisher Body plant to be included in
the assembly of 90mm anti-aircraft guns.
Breeches for the three inch naval guns
were built by the Fisher Body Die and Machine plant in Detroit, MI.
Some of the components for the breech assemblies came from Cleveland
155 MM cannon parts were provided by the
Torquematic Transmission Components
Torquematic transmissions were built by the Detroit
Transmission Division of General Motors. The Torquematic
transmission was used in both the M18 Hellcat tank destroyer and the M26
Pershing heavy tank. Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 supplied parts
for the transmissions that were used in these two vehicles.
The M18 "Hellcat".
The Torquematic transmission in the M18.
A Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI tank plant
built M26 Pershing tank with a Torquematic transmission.
Fisher Body Cleveland Plant 1 provided large machined
crankcases for the neighboring Cleveland Diesel Division of General
Motors, which made marine engines for use in submarine, destroyer
escorts, and other types of ships during WWII.
The USS Cod in Cleveland has Cleveland Diesel
engines in it.
A Cleveland Diesel engine is being installed in a submarine during WWII.