by William E.
One time they ran out of certain parts on the engine for the P-38s and had to store the planes all over the airfield at the B-1 Plant until the parts came in.
After December 7, 1941, we finished our shifts on a Friday afternoon. When we returned on Monday morning, they had completely camouflaged the facility. Employees from Warner Brothers Studios did it. The camouflage remained for many years.
I spent most of my career working as a lead man in Department 15-42. One time, I made a special fixture for the wings of the P2V Neptune Patrol Bomber which had a faulty part. Two of us received special commendations.
In the 1950s, I taught an apprentice class at the Burbank Adult Education. I had several apprentices that came to me later in their career to thank me for my teaching.
Another great memory was when the Constellation was finished, and we were given a ride out over the ocean.
|Here I am at Burbank Adult Education in the 1950s.|