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
Manufacturers:
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
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Oldsmobile in World War Two
 Lansing, MI
1897-2004
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"Plant Tour Guide Book of Oldsmobile during WWII"
Below is a undated but World War II visitors' guide book for what appears to be some VIP's to tour the Olds production facilities.  The days starts with breakfast at the Hotel Olds and then ends back there for lunch when the tour of the Oldsmobile Plants 1 and 2 are complete.  Paired with the accompanying "Conversion to Firepower" that Olds put out during the was, 70 years later the historian or family member has an excellent look into the vast contributions Oldsmobile made to the defense of the country during the Second World War.  For those that may have worked there in later, years the following guide book shows them what war products were made in their departments and buildings.


The armored vehicles on the left and far right (No. 2 below) are either a M10 or M18 tank destroyers, both General Motors products, the M10 being built by Fisher Body in Grand Blanc, MI, and the M18 by Buick in Flint, MI.  Both carried cannons built by Olds.  The tanks are M4 Shermans that were built by many companies to include the Fisher Body Division of GM. Again it was armed with an Oldsmobile built cannon.  The twin engine fighter is a Lockheed P-38 (No. 3 below) that was equipped with a 20mm Olds cannon in the nose while the single engine fighter (No. 3 also below) is a Bell P-39, equipped with an Olds 37mm aerial cannon firing through the prop hub built by the Aeroprop Division of General Motors.  Both aircraft were powered by the Allison V-1710 engine.  Allison was also a GM Division so this was not only a push for Old's products but others in the GM family as well.


 

 

 

 

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