Chrysler has a long history of supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. With Memorial Day approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at Chrysler’s integral involvement in World War II. Two of Chrysler’s most important contributions to American war efforts were the production of components for the B-29 Superfortress bomber and manufacturing the M4 Sherman tank.
At the massive Dodge-Chicago factory, Chrysler continuously ramped up production during the war to eventually build over 18,000 B-29 bomber engines. By war’s end, the industrial ingenuity of Chrysler’s engineers helped improve the engine dramatically while cutting the cost of an engine in half. Chrysler also helped build other bomber components including B-29 nose sections, wing leading edges, engine cowlings and B-26 bomber noses, center sections, and wing flaps.
The Department of Defense contracted Chrysler to manufacture tanks, including the M4 Sherman. Both American and Allied forces used the Chrysler-built M4 as their primary ground combat vehicle. Chrysler’s innovative and efficient manufacturing process enabled the military to deliver large numbers of tanks to the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Chrysler brand’s long history of supporting the brave men and women of continues today. Check out these special offers from Chrysler for members of the U.S. Military.