November 9, 1942

Detroit Continues Retooling for
Bombers and Tanks

DETROIT—The auto industry continues to ramp up output as it switches from making cars to war production. Ford’s new Willow Run plant turned out its first B-24 bomber just over a month ago on October 1. By the end of this year—barely one year after Pearl Harbor—automakers will have produced 47,000 planes for the year. Working with the War Production Board (WPB), the Automotive Council for War Production, which was formed at the end of last year, continues to promote and coordinate efforts between automakers to switch to war production. As of February of this year, automobile production has been completely suspended until further notice.

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