Army & Navy - Impossible Job


When Franklin Roosevelt set the U.S. aircraft-production goal at 60,000 planes for 1942 and suggested that U.S. industry might turn out 185,000 planes by the end of 1943, Berlin bawled that it was bluff; some U.S. experts snorted that it was impossible. Last week the Aircraft Production Board gave out figures which showed how close the aviation industry had come to hitting the President's stratospheric goal.

Since Pearl Harbor the U.S. has produced 171,257 planes. War Secretary Stimson revealed that the Army now has 75,000 planes, of which 34,000 are combat craft. The...

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