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47.602N) is a major port on Puget
Sound. It was also the location of the massive Boeing aircraft factory complex and
the headquarters of 13
Naval District. Bethlehem Steel
had a small mill here. The naval station was equipped with a handful of
3-5 PBY Catalinas. The population in 1941 was 368,000 persons.
Lake Washington Shipyards, in the suburb of Houghton, specialized in smaller warships such as small seaplane tenders.
The port became the Port of Embarkation for men and supplies to Alaska.
Boeing-Renton. This complex was built specifically to produce the B-29 Superfortress. Production average 83 airframes a month from July 1944 to the end of the war.
U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org
Boeing-Seattle. In the early days of the war, this complex was considered a prime target for any Japanese carrier raid on the West Coast (none ever took place) and was camouflaged as a suburban neighborhood, as shown in the photograph above. The production schedule of the complex was approximately as follows:
|Aircraft Type||Average Airframes Per Month||Starting Month||Ending Month|
Temperatures: Jan 45/36, Apr 58/43, Jul 72/54, Oct 59/47, record 100/3
Rainfall: Jan 18/4.8, Apr 13/2.3, Jul 4/0.6, Oct 13/2.9 == 33.4" per annum
ReferencesHistoryLink.org (accessed 2014-6-8)
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