During WWll Ford at Trafford Park, Manchester produced Manchester bombers and later over 1000 Lancaster bombers. It built 34,000 Rolls Royce supercharged 27 litre V12 Merlins there from Jun 1941 (at one stage producing 400 a week)! These were used in such famous British warplanes as the Hurricane, Spitfire Mosquito and Lancaster.
The factory closed Mar 23 1945.
Meanwhile at Dagenham over 13000 tracked Universal carriers, 185,000 vans & trucks & 250,000+ V8 engines were produced for the war effort whilst continuing to build tractors for food production.From 1939 to 1945 143,351 model N tractors rolled off the production line.
THE FORD OF CANADA Universal, or 'Bren Gun' Carrier, was manufactured throughout the war to the tune of some 28,988, in Windsor, Ontario. It was an adaptation of the British Universal, which itself was derived from the earlier Carden-
American Bantam designed the initial jeep, but Willys-
The Ford GPA amphibious version of the ‘Jeep’ was built at the River Rouge plant in USA. They built 12,781 amphibious jeeps from 1942 to 1943. It shared many parts with the GP but had a longer wheelbase.
Between June 1942 – September 1943 1690 M4A3 (Sherman) tanks were produced in the Highland Park plant powered by the Ford GAA V8 gasoline engine.
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