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

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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
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Studebaker Built R-1820 Aircraft Engines on the B-17 "Yankee Lady"
South Bend, IN
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This page added 6-12-2016.

Each April the Yankee Air Museum has a polishing day,  during which volunteers polish both the B-17 and B-25 are polished for the upcoming airshow season.  In 2016 the organization also added a hobby show along with a tour of the portion of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant that the museum has obtained.  Upon my return from the Bomber Plant tour, I noticed that the B-17 Yankee Lady had three Studebaker built R-1820 engines on it.  Each Studebaker built engine has a tag on it identifying it as such.

There was a combination of volunteers polishing the B-17 and onlookers like me watching them work.  Author's photo.

However, I was probably one of the few persons that noticed that three of the engines on the aircraft were built by Studebaker in South Bend, IN.  With the cowlings off, it was very easy to see the Studebaker name tag on the nose housing just behind the propeller.  This is the number two engine on "The Yankee Lady".   Author's photo.

Author's photo.

On the starboard side of the aircraft, both engines were built in South Bend, IN by Studebaker.  Author's photo.

The number three engine.  Author's photo.

The Studebaker name tag on the number three engine.  Author's photo.

In this photo the Studebaker ID tag is plainly visible, if one knew what he is looking for.  Author's photo.

Author's photo.

Author's photo.




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