The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson

Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   GMC   GMI   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   R.G. LeTourneau   Seagrave Fire Apparatus   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  


Delco Radio Division of General Motors Corporation in World War Two / WWII
Kokomo, IN
Rest in Peace

This page added 12-24-2013
Delco Radio was formed when General Motors purchased the Crosley Radio plant in Kokomo, IN which was manufacturing automotive radios for Chevrolet.  In 1970 it was renamed Delco Electronics to better capture its total capabilities that had grown more than just radios as the automobile started to contain more electronics content.  In 1995 it lost its identity as it was consolidated with part of Inland Division.

In July of 1943 the Continental Can Company Plant in Terre Haute, IN was occupied by Delco Radio which then manufactured its anti-radar and IFF radio products there.  Delco Radio was awarded the Army-Navy "E" Award in April of 1943 for its service to the Army Signal Corps.  By the end of the conflict it had added two white stars.

Delco Radio World War Two / WWII Production Numbers / Statistics:  Anti-Radar Devices (Radar Jammers.) , IFF (Identification, Friend or Foe) radio equipment for identification of aircraft, Ignition testers, Oxygen Flow Indicators, Radios for Tanks, Interphone Amplifiers, Aircraft Radio Components and Two-Way Field Radios (Walkie-Talkies.).

Delco Radio won the Army-Navy "E" Award with two stars during WWII.

The Delco Radio Army-Navy "E" flag with its two white stars.

A typical pre-war radio assembly area with lots of women soldering.  During the war it would have looked the same.

Interestingly enough, this carburetor was a Delco Radio product in the late 1930s leading up to the Second World War.  Plant Two was built in 1938 for the production of this product line.

This 1936 Chevrolet radio is more what one would expect from from this time perisod.

Originally designed by AC Spark Plug Division of GM in Flint, MI, production of the Oxygen Flow Indicator was transferred to Delco Radio.  At altitudes above 10,000 aircrews in World War Two would need oxygen to stay alive as the oxygen content thinned out.  Each crew member on an aircraft would have one of these indicators which blinked when oxygen was flowing.  It was an important visual aid the crewman could use to quickly verify his all important oxygen was flowing.  Author's photo from the National Military History Center in Auburn, IN.

This photo from the bombardier's position on a B-17 undergoing restoration shows how the Delco Radio built Blinker was part of the crew member's entire oxygen system.  Author's photo from the Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana, OH.

The "Champaign Lady" is a B-17 undergoing restoration at the Museum.  Author's Photo.

Pictured here is a Delco Radio World War Two Radar Jammer.

This is identified as a Delco Radio Navigation Indicator.  As there is a cathode ray tube in the unit this could have been using radar to locate the location of an aircraft.

This was the electronic control unit for a "Razon" Bomb for which develop occurred during WWII.  The "Razon" is what we would call today a smart bomb and was a 1000 pound device.  Development did not produce a working bomb in WWII but in Korea B-29s dropped 489 of the units.  The bombardier would control the bomb with the unit above by radio signals from the aircraft.

A Razon bomb on display at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH.  Author's photo.

This gives a little better prospective of the fins that would be controlled via the Delco Radio electronics control unit which in turn was controlled by the bombardier via radio signals.  Author's photo.

 Author's photo.

In this obviously staged photo two engineers check out a Delco Radio "Walkie-Talkie".  The term in the Second World War indicated a radio that could be carried on a soldier's back that could be operated while he has walked.  Today the term means a hand-held device.  In World War Two hand-helds were known as "Handy-Talkies".

Delco Radio during the Second World War produced this aircraft ignition tester.

This World War Two era photos shows Delco Radio Plants 1, 2, and 3.





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