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
 Updates and Additions  
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White Motor Company in World War Two / WWII
Cleveland, OH
1900-1980
Rest in Peace

This page updated 4-6-2015.

White Motor Company World War Two / WWII Production Numbers:  (15,522) Half tracks of various models, (See table below for production numbers and types.), (20,918) M3A1 Scout Cars, (8,174) 4 ton and 6-ton trucks and tractors.

White not only supplied the engines for the half tracks it built but for those built by Autocar and Diamond T.

In 1942 White was the first truck manufacturer to win the coveted Army-Navy "E" award and flag.


The Army-Navy "E" Flag as seen at the Museum of the Soldier in Portland, IN.  Author's photo added 9-27-2014.

White manufactured trucks in WWII.
Year Number built Type Comments
1940 79 4 ton 6X6 cargo   short wheelbase
1940 6 4 ton 6X6 wrecker  
1942-1945 3,946 6-ton 6X6 prime mover  
1943 25 6-ton 6X6 tanker 2,000 gallons gasoline
1943 3 6-ton 6X6 chassis van  
1944-45 2,751 4-6 ton 4X4 tractor  
1944-45 1,252 6 ton 6X6 chassis bridge erection truck
1945 112 6 ton 6X6 tractor  
Total 8,174    


This White M3A1 can be seen at the Ropkey Armor Museum in Crawfordsville, IN.


This photo of an excellent restoration of a 1943 White M3A1 Scout Car was provided by Jim Moffett.  The vehicle is owned by his brother.


This White1943 M3A1 Scout Car was also photographed by the author at the 2014 MVPA Annual Convention.  Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.


Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.


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Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.

The next logical, or so it seems many years later, was to give the scout car tracks in the rear for better mobility over rough ground.


This White M16 Halftrack can be seen at the National Military Historical Center in Auburn, IN.  Author's Photo.


White built 2,877 M16s in 1943 and 1944 and converted another 109 T10E1s to the M16 configuration in 1944.  Author's Photo.


A 1942 White M4A1 81mm mortar carrier seen at the 2014 MVPA Convention in Louisville, KY.  This had a reinforced floor. White was the only manufacturer of both the M4 and M4A1 81 mortar carrier.  Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.


Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.


Author's Photo added 8-5-2014.


This White M3A1 is on display at the US Army Basic Combat Trainin Museum at Fort Jackson.  Author's photo added 4-6-2015.

White manufactured halftracks.

Year Number built Type Comments
1941-43 8,423 M2 M2 was designed as an artillery prime mover and ammunition carrier.  It could seat ten troops. 
1941-42 153 M3 Rearrangement of the interior of the M2 created the M3 that had seating for 13 troops and a rear exit door.
1941-42 572 M4 This carried a 81mm mortar on a M2 chassis.  White was the only manufacturer of the M4.
1942 110 T10E1 These units were mounted with two 20mm cannon in a Maxson mount to test the feasibility of its use.  All but one were converted to M16s in 1944.  See below
1942 500 T30 This as an M3 chassis with a 75mm howitzer
1943 108 T30 Converted from M3 production.  This was a 75mm howitzer version.  This may not have been new production.
1943 600 M4A1 This carried a 81mm mortar.  White was the only manufacturer of the M4A1 which had a reinforced floor.
1943 1,103 M13 This was a M3 but with four .50 M2 machine guns mounted in a Maxson M33 turret to provide  mobile  anti-aircraft capability for the infantry.
1943 568 M16  M13 to M16.  Not new production.  Remanufactured.
1943-44 2,877 M16 This was a M3 but with four .50 M2 machine guns mounted in a Maxson M45 turret to provide  mobile anti-aircraft capability for the infantry.
1943-44 966 M2A1 Same as M2 but with .50 M2 machine gun mounted on a ring mount over right hand seat in the driver's compartment.
1944 109 M16 Converted from T10E1 to M16.  Not new production from 1942.
1944 110 M21 This carried a 81mm mortar.  White was the only manufacturer of the M21 which was built on an M3 chassis.
Total 16,199   If the (109) and (568) M16 conversions are subtracted out one arrives at 15,522 units.

 

 

 

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