My mom and dad met working for Wright Aeronautical in Patterson NJ.
My dad had a car and gas ration cards. So they commuted from the Bronx to Patterson.
My mom said she made pistons or the cylinders for the radial engines. I can not remember which one of those two parts. I think mom said it was for B 24's.
My dad said a boss took a liking to him, promoted then taught him how to use a slide rule and he would run the engines on test stands. Break them in and make sure they were ready to go.
Part if his job was to record engine data. Such as horse power curves, oil consumption per hour, specific fuel consumption curves. This data then went with each plane. In the old movies when the pilot would ask the navigator do we have enough fuel to make it to reach the coast, my dad's SFC curves would enable the navigator to determine the distance they had left on the fuel in their tanks.
That generation including my uncles did not talk much about the Big One. Though I had uncle in the Army Air Corp. He spoke in general. That he was in Africa, France, Italy. He did not say much in detail. Though he held the B 17's in high regard.
He said I never saw planes shot up so bad and those B 17's would still make it in. Then he said the B 17's replacement, bad memory again I think it was the B 24. I think he may of called them the Liberators.
What I do remember is he said they called them (the B 17's replacement) Flying Coffins. One hit and they would go down.
Any way so much for my bad memory and wishing I had asked more questions from my grandparents, aunts and uncles.
If you guys ever make it to NY. In Rhinebeck is the Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Air Field and museum where they fly early vintage aircraft and have museums set up in old hangers. About an hour north of NYC on the Hudson river.
Edited by 32vld, 02 June 2013 - 08:18 AM.