Accession Number : ADA397895

Title :   World War II War Production-Why Were the B-17 and B-24 Produced in Parallel?

Descriptive Note : Research paper

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Benitez, Nannette

PDF Url : ADA397895

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The United States war production capacity played a significant role in the Allied victory in World War II. The aircraft industry in particular rallied to mass produce thousands of aircraft to support the war efforts in both theaters. Mass production led to the dilemma of sacrificing quantity for quality. This research focuses on one aspect of this issue in particular the mass production of B-17s and B-24s and why they were produced in parallel. The methodology followed in conducting this research included the use of historical books and published document collections. In addition, historical records, such as field surveys conducted during the war years and official Army Air Forces correspondence, were used. The research includes an explanation of the aircraft industry as well as facts and information on the production of the B-17 and B-24 aircraft. Reliability and maintainability problems associated with the two bombers are discussed, including those which led to accidents and aircraft failures. The findings presented are based on combat effectiveness as well as economic and political issues.

Descriptors :   *BOMBER AIRCRAFT, *MASS PRODUCTION, *SECOND WORLD WAR, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, AIRCRAFT INDUSTRY, MILITARY AIRCRAFT, ECONOMIC IMPACT, MAINTAINABILITY, RELIABILITY, QUALITY, FAILURE(MECHANICS).

Subject Categories : Bombers

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE