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   M36 Tank Destroyers 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)AC Spark Plug   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   Vauxhall Motors

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar    Brockway Motor Company    Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company    Cummins Engine Company   Cushman Motor Works   Diamond T   Federal Motor Truck   Harley-Davidson   Indian Motorcycle   International Harvester   John Deere   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  


Frigidaire Division of General Motors Corporation in World War Two
Dayton, OH
Rest in Peace
Frigidaire was sold by GM to White Consolidated Industries in 1979. 

This page updated 10-7-2018.

Frigidaire Division of GM World War Two Production Statistics:  (363,000) .50 Caliber Browning M2 Aircraft Machine Guns, (1,000,000) spare .50 Caliber Machine Gun Barrels.  First Contract was in June 1941.  Frigidaire engineers made over 500 design and manufacturing changes to reduce the cost of the machine gun to 25% of the original cost, using mass manufacturing techniques.  Frigidaire chambered one million FP-45 "Liberator" pistols to .45 caliber.

(21,263) three blade Hamilton Standard Propellers for the C-47, B-17, B-24, PB4Y and C-87.  (54,737) four Blade Propellers for the B-29 and P-47.

Frigidaire also built components for both three and four bladed Aeroproducts propellers, which was another GM Division located in nearby Vandalia, OH.  These propellers were installed on the Bell P-39 and P-63.  Components supplied by Frigidaire were the blades, hub, regulator assembly, blade thrust member and other parts.

Various components: including the long-range fuel tanks for the famous Doolittle Raiders' B-25s, components for the Hispano-Suiza 20mm aerial cannon built by Oldsmobile, diesel cylinders and heads the Electro-Motive Division of GM that were installed in Sub Chasers, carburetor bodies for radial aircraft engines, 20mm Oerlikon cannon magazine front and back plates, and millions of .50 caliber bullet cores.

For a more complete story on Frigidaire's contribution to victory in WWII, see its 1944 publication "Frigidaire at War" farther down this page.  It is one of the best of the GM publications from the war showing its products and how they were made.

Frigidaire won the Army-Navy "E" Award twice during World War Two.
It won the first award on August 22, 1942 for high achievement in the production of war material. 

Frigidaire built Hamilton Standard propellers during World War Two under license for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress.  The B-29, "Fifi," of the Commemorative Air Force, taxies into her spot at the Dayton Airshow in 2013.  The Frigidaire props have come home.  Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Going to work at Frigidaire to help win the war.

One of many B-25s that came to Ohio in 2012 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.  Frigidaire made B-25 parts, and for the 1942 Doolittle Raid on Tokyo only, built the long-range fuel tanks for the aircraft.  Author's photo.

Frigidaire also built Hamilton Standard four bladed props for the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.  The eight .50 M2 aircraft machines seen here were also produced by Frigidaire.  Author's photo from the 2014 Thunder over Michigan Airshow.  Added 11-30-2014.

Many of the famous Boeing B-17s not only had Frigidaire built propellers, but bristled with .50 caliber M2 machines built by the Division.  Author's photo taken at Purdue University in August of 2013.  Added 11-30-2014.

Frigidaire was one of two automakers supplying propellers for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.  Nash-Kelvinator was the other.  Author's photo from the 2014 Thunder over Michigan Airshow.  Added 11-30-2014.

Frigidaire made many components for the Aeroproducts four-bladed prop on this Bell P-63, including the blades, hub and regulator assembly.  Author's photo from the 2014 Thunder over Michigan Airshow.  Added 11-30-2014.

 The North American T-6 trainer had six hydraulic actuators that operated the landing gear and landing gear doors.  Author's photo from the 2014 Thunder over Michigan Airshow.  Added 11-30-2014.

Note that Frigidaire was involved in the manufacture of the million FP-45s built by chambering the barrels.  This information does not show in the 1944 "Frigidaire at War" shown below as the FP-45 was a secret weapon.  Author's photo taken at the National Museum of the Air Force.

Author's photo.

This cut-away of .50 caliber Browning machine gun was found in the maintenance shop of the National Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, GA.  Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

A 110-foot Subchaser during WWII which was powered by two Electro-Motive Pancake engines.  Frigidaire made cylinders and heads for the Pancake engines.  Photo added 10-7-2018.

Frigidaire made front and rear plates for the magazine on the Oerlikon 20mm anti-aircraft cannon.  Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

Frigidaire made parts for tank tracks during WWII.  Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

This is an AN-2 20mm aircraft cannon.  It is a license-built version of the Hispano-Suiza 20mm aerial cannon.  Frigidaire made parts for these, which were then shipped to Oldsmobile Division of General Motors in Lansing, MI for final assembly.  Author's photo added 10-7-2018.

Frigidaire at War


Below is a 1943 Frigidaire publication intended for new employees.  Only the relevant portions have been used here.  Another informative publication.





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