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  


 American LaFrance in World War Two
Elmira, NY (WWII)
Rest in Peace

This page added 10-5-2017.

American LaFrance is well known for the fire apparatus it produced for 141 years, until it ceased operations in 2014.  American LaFrance fire equipment can be found at many fire museums in the United States.  There are usually some on display, and pumping water at musters.  Finding American LaFrance fire apparatus that served the US military during WWII is another story, as they are almost non-existent.  Only one has been found by the author to date, as can be seen below. 

This 1942 American LaFrance fire truck was built on a Ford chassis.  It served at Freeman Army Airfield in Seymour, IN from 1943 until the base closed 1946.  It then served the Seymour fire department; and can now be seen at the Freeman Army Airfield Museum.  Author's Photo.

The fire truck is in running condition; and is used by the museum for parades and other events.  Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

Shown here is an 1943 American LaFrance Class 135 crash truck that served at Las Vegas Army Air Field.  It is now owned by the Arizona Ground Crew and is kept at the former Wendover Army Air Field in Wendover, UT.  Photo courtesy of Brent Palmer added 10-4-2017.

 Photo courtesy of Brent Palmer added 10-4-2017

2016 Frankenmuth, MI Muster
There were four American LaFrance fire trucks along the Cass River in Frankenmuth on Saturday, July 30th.

Both big and little kids were having a great time pumping water back in to the river courtesy of the pump in this 1929 American LaFrance.  Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.

This 1919 American LaFrance may have been the oldest of the type at Frankenmuth.  Author's Photo.

This appears to be the same vintage as the 1919.  Author's Photo.

Author's Photo.




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