The year was 1942, and the outcome of World War II was hanging in the balance. The war was fully underway, with no clear idea of what would happen. The United States had joined England in declaring war the year before, and the Allies were dug in the trenches of Europe, Africa and Asia.
Enter the Ford Motor Company from Detroit. After a couple of decades of tremendous success in pioneering the automobile industry, the company had redefined production with its moving assembly belt, and had turned out more than ten million cars. Even though Henry Ford was a known pacifist and had opposed the US entry into the war, he agreed to build airplanes for the cause.
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