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
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Studebaker World War Two Fort Wayne Plant Photos
Fort Wayne, IN
1942-Present (Today as Rea Magnet Wire)

This page added 2-7-2018.

The Studebaker Aviation Plant in Fort Wayne, IN won four Army-Navy "E" Awards.

Located at 4300 New Haven Avenue on the east side of Fort Wayne, IN this 500,000 square foot plant was built during World War Two.  The express purpose of the plant was producing Wright R-1820 aircraft engine components and subassemblies to the Studebaker aircraft engine plant on the south side of South Bend, IN that was building the engine under license.  After World War Two, Phelps-Dodge Magnet Wire purchased the Fort Wayne plant, who converted it into a magnet wire manufacturing plant.  In 2006 the plant was sold to Fort Wayne based Rea Magnet Wire. 

Author's note:  I was in this plant several times when it was owned by Phelps-Dodge.  At the time, I was the materials engineer responsible for magnet wire at Delco-Remy, and unaware of the plant's World War Two history.

During World War Two the name Studebaker was over this entrance to the plant.  I visited the plant when it said Phelps-Dodge.  Author's photo.

This photo looks west down New Haven Avenue.  The white structures on building are not original to the plant, but added by Phelps-Dodge.  The structures are vertical magnet wire curing ovens, to dry the insulating enamel applied to the copper wire.  Author's photo.

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This R-1820 aircraft engines is one of 63,789 built by Studebaker during World War Two, and is on display at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, IN.  Many of the components in this engine were built in the Studebaker Fort Wayne plant.  Author's photo.

All of the 63,789 R-1820s built by Studebaker were for installation in the Boeing B-17.  Starting in January 1944 all B-17s were equipped with Studebaker built engines.  Both of the inboard engines on this B-17 were built by Studebaker.  Author's photo.

One of a handful B-17s still flying, "Texas Raiders" is seen here on display the Greenwood, IN airport in 2017.  Author's photo.

The number three engine is a Wright Model 1820-97, which was specifically built for the B-17.  It provided 1,200 hp, and operated with a turbo-supercharger.  It is Studebaker serial number S-046444.  Author's photo.

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 The number two engine is Studebaker serial number SW-045610.  Author's photo.



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