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Old 04-28-14, 08:26 PM   #1
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History research... WWII Plane Parts

I'm looking for any info on a company that manufactured airplane parts during WWII. The company was called "National Tool and Dye Company" and operated out of Connecticut during the 40's.

Specifically, I'm trying to find out what plane was this company making parts for. RubeMom worked there during the war effort. But all she remembers is that she made some airplane parts for the war, and that the pay was REALLY good.



From what I picked up on my conversations wit her (she only remembers certain bits and pieces sometimes), it seems she was on a production line, where she was given some boxes with some electronic components, which she would assemble and solder, and pass it on to somebody else down the line. But the details get all blurry because she also worked a 2nd job somewhere else, making battery operated radio receivers. So I'm not sure if the electronics was for the plane, or for the radio factory.
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Old 04-28-14, 08:35 PM   #2
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Do you know what city National Tool and Die was in? That will help.



My Mom was in a women's cadette program at Curtiss Wright. I still have a metal model of an SB2C Helldiver that she made.
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Hum, no luck on the city. It seems RubeMom was under the impression that "Connecticut" *WAS* the city name. Surprisingly, she just told the the street address: "75 Maple Rd"... but due to pronunciation, it could be "75 Apple Rd" or "75 April Rd". It was "Near the airport" she said.
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There is a 75 April Rd near Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/75...03e8f0992e1bac

... and BDL was home to P-40s and P-47s, among others:

Bradley Air National Guard Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't know if there was a factory nearby (there were a bunch on Long island, but that's too far) of if she would have been making repair parts for the local planes.
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Reuben, the name of the company was in all likelihood was National Tool & Die not Dye.
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Machine shops of all sizes all over the country do defense work. What's more is that longtime machinists often don't even care what the function is for the parts they're making so long as they're made to print. They might remember the original contractor though. And they might be making parts for more than one contractor as well. They could also be subcontracting work from yet another subcontractor.

You could possibly find out somehow but you'd probably have to do more digging and locating someone still alive who was supervisor, inspector or in management or shipping than you would tracing down your family tree.

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There is a 75 April Rd near Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/75...03e8f0992e1bac

... and BDL was home to P-40s and P-47s, among others:

Bradley Air National Guard Base - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I don't know if there was a factory nearby (there were a bunch on Long island, but that's too far) of if she would have been making repair parts for the local planes.
Yes, it was Hartford, Mom remembered that bit of info last night. Her brother, RubeUncle, also worked there. He pass away, but my cousin said he used to talk about making delivery runs, taking some spare parts to the nearby air-force base. So it looks you were right on track with the P-40s or the P-47s. Imma keep taking notes and researching.
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A lot of towns have historians, either working for the local govt. or just in the area. It may be worth while contacting Hartford and see if they have one on staff that can give you some details.
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Reuben, the name of the company was in all likelihood was National Tool & Die not Dye.
LOL, that explains a lot...

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Rueben, know what you mean, run into it all the time reading and listening to American.
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The P40 was built by Curtiss primarily in Buffalo NY. The Republic P47 was built in New York and Indiana. Pratt & Whitney built the engines in Hartford Ct.
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Yes, it was Hartford, Mom remembered that bit of info last night. Her brother, RubeUncle, also worked there. He pass away, but my cousin said he used to talk about making delivery runs, taking some spare parts to the nearby air-force base. So it looks you were right on track with the P-40s or the P-47s. Imma keep taking notes and researching.
Yeah Wulf brings up an interesting point in post number 11. I don't know how much has changed but nowadays aircraft parts go through an inspection regimen at the aircraft manufacturer no matter who made the parts. They could have easily made parts shipped to just about anyplace in the country.

Pratt & Whitney sounds like a good lead though.

The P40s used an Allison water cooled engine and the P 47s used the P&W.

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Vought Aircraft was headquartered in Hartford in WWII. Maybe National Tool and Die had a subcontract with them.

Does your Mom recognize the Corsair made by Vought? The bent wings that also folded for use on an aircraft carrier were the most notable feature.

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A lot of towns have historians, either working for the local govt. or just in the area. It may be worth while contacting Hartford and see if they have one on staff that can give you some details.
This was a great idea. The local historian in Hartford could not bring more light as per which aircraft they manufactured parts for. However, they were able to clarify the address... the National Tool and Die Co, was located on 75 AIRPORT Rd. I showed mom the street as it looks now (thanks google earth) and she recognized the layout, even tho most buildings have changed. She also recognized the general layouts of 75 Apple and 75 Maple and said "those are the places where them dam taxy drivers kept dropping me by mistake".
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She also recognized the general layouts of 75 Apple and 75 Maple and said "those are the places where them dam taxy drivers kept dropping me by mistake".
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Don't be surprised if that info doesn't open up more memories for her.
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I wonder now that you have the actual address if you couldn't track down some pictures from then to show Mom. Maybe from the local paper.
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I wonder now that you have the actual address if you couldn't track down some pictures from then to show Mom. Maybe from the local paper.
Or from Google Earth?
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Well, if I could go there now, I'll sure eat some donuts:


75 Airport Rd, Hartford CT - as of today
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