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Motors Corporation in World War Two / WWII
It is one of those rare twists of fate that allowed this former Fisher
Body Plant to continue to exist long after it was built previous to
World War Two while most of the other Fisher Body plants have been torn
down. That is because Fisher Body no longer needed it and it
became a paper making plant, as it still is today.
Fisher Body originally owned the plant as far back as the early 1930s to
provide hardwood which was available in abundance in the area for the
wooden bodies it was building at the time. With the coming of war
to the United States in December of 1941 the plant was converted to
aircraft parts war production and expanded to 700,000 square feet, at
which time the government, having paid for the expansion and the new
equipment of the plant, bought the facility. However, Fisher Body
continued to manage and operate the plant during the war making B-25 and
B-29 parts and assemblies. When the war was over, the plant was
not needed by Fisher Body as wood was no longer used in the manufacture
of automobile bodies, and the War Assets Administration put it up for
sale. The plant was purchased by Kimberly-Clark and converted to a paper
plant, which it still is today. The current owner is Kruger KTA USA
manufacturing White Cloud products.
The Fisher Body Memphis Plant was awarded the
Army-Navy "E" for Excellence Award four times for its
excellent work during the war.
This is how the plant looked during WWII.
In the past seventy years since the end of
WWII the plant has undergone numerous expansions and changes, making it
difficult to determine where the original structure was. This
shows what can be seen of the facility looking east from the north end
of Minnie Street. Author's photo taken in August 2015.
This is looking east again further south on Minnie Street and gives the
best view of the plant. Author's photo taken in August 2015.
This is the southwest comer of the building along Pear Avenue.
Author's photo taken in August 2015.
Looking down the side of the plant along Pear Avenue. Author's
photo taken in August of 2015.
This is the only known photo of the Fisher Body Memphis plant during
WWII and show an automobile style production line making wing sections
for the B-25. The parts when complete and assembled in the wing
were sent to the North American B-25 assembly plant in Fairfax, KS.
This is the right vertical stabilizer for the B-25 being riveted as it
comes down the assembly line. The rudder being stitched in the
photo below attached to this and turned the aircraft right or left.
Photo added 12-25-2016.
Building a B-25 Mitchell bomber takes many
skills. Here two young ladies are sewing the fabric on the right
rudder for the B-25. During WWII many of the control surfaces on
the trainers, fighters, transports and bombers were fabric covered.
All needed to be hand stitched to the framework underneath. This
was tedious but important work. Making these components was
extremely time consuming. Photo added 12-25-2016.