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

    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   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 Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

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


Delco Appliance Division of General Motors in World War Two / WWII
Rochester, NY

Originally established as the Rochester Coil Company in 1908 it was reorganized into the Northeast in 1908 and purchased by General Motors in 1929 and was consolidated with Delco Light Division in Dayton in 1930 to become Delco Appliance Division.  Delco Light products moved to Rochester.  In 1963 the Division became part of Delco Products.

Delco Appliance Division of GM World War Two / WWII Production Numbers / Statistics:
Aircraft:  Solenoid Shifter that controls the hydraulic unit that changes gears on an aircraft supercharger, Aneroid Switch that controls the gear changes as an aircraft goes through altitude changes, and the Aneroid that automatically controls the air flow from the supercharger.  Aircraft Magnetos

Naval:  Engine cutout for the Packard engines on PT and Rescue Boats, Auxiliary Generators for Amphibious Tanks (Amtracs.).

Motors:  Twin Blower motors.  Small electric motors for various military applications such as aircraft flap motors, marine engine ignition cut-out motors.

The Delco Appliance Division won the Army-Navy "E" Award four times.

One application of Delco Appliance World War Two products is an automatic ignition cut-out used on Packard built PT boat engines.  At high speed in rough waters the propellers could come out of the water which could cause the engines to over rev.  The Delco Appliance device prevented this.  This one is at the National War in the Pacific Museum in Fredericksburg, TX.

Geared for War 'Victory







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