Frigidaire Division of General Motors -
Rest in Peace
sold by GM to White Sewing Machine in 1979.
page updated 11-30-2014.
Frigidaire Division of GM
World War Two / WWII Production Numbers / Statistics: (363,000) .50 Caliber Browning M2 Machine Guns,
(1,000,000) spare .50 Caliber Machine Gun Barrels - First Contract was in
June of 1941. Frigidaire engineers made over 500 design and
manufacturing changes and reduced the cost of the machine gun to 25% of
original cost using mass manufacturing techniques. Chambering of one million FP-45 "Liberator" pistols to .45 caliber.
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, diesel cylinders and heads the
Cleveland Diesel Division of GM that were installed in Sub Chasers,
carburetor bodies for radial aircraft engines, 20mm Oerlikon cannon
parts 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 two times.
Frigidaire built Hamilton Standard
propellers under license for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in World War
Two. Here the world's last flying 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.
An undated aerial photo of the Frigidaire
complex. As it is color it is probably post WWII.
Going to work at Frigidaire to help win the
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 Doolittle Raid provided the long
range fuel tanks. 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
Many of the famous Boeing B-17s not only had
Frigidaire built propellers, but bristled with .50 caliber M2 machines
but by the Division. Author's photo taken at Purdue University in
August of 2013. Added 11-30-2014.
Frigidaire was one two automakers supplying
propellers for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. 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.
Note that Frigidaire in Dayton, OH was
involved in the manufacture of the million FP-45s that were 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.
The .50 caliber M2 machine gun that
Frigidaire produced 360,000 of was used extensively on armored and soft
vehicles not only as an anti-aircraft weapon but in the anti-personal
mode also. This one is mounted a a Buick M18 "Hellcat" anti-tank
gun at the National Military History Center in Auburn, IN.
Here four of the .50 caliber machine guns
can be seen mounted on a M51 Machine Gun Carriage as also photographed
at the National Military History Center in Auburn, IN. The M2 was
used everywhere. Author's photo.
Frigidaire at War
Below is a 1943 Frigidaire publication
intended for new employees. Only the relevant portions have been
used here. Another informative publication.