Bells and B-29s

"Attention, please!" The amplified voice boomed through the loudspeakers to every corner of Boeing's Wichita plant-"Another blow to the Axis has just been dealt by Boeing workers. Another B-29 has just been delivered to the Army. Listen for the bell. Keep it ringing!"

Bong! into the microphone boomed a 1,700-lb., bronze-plated, ear-jarring bell, borrowed for the duration from a Wichita church—one bong for each B-29 completed during the week. For the past month, Boeing workers, feeling fine about their output, have listened to the bell each Monday, slapped each other's backs. Boeing's Vice President J. E. Schaefer calls the weekly ceremony...

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