Recently the Buffalo News featured two articles on the Bell Aircraft Corporation plane that was recovered in Russia more than 60 years after it left the plant in Wheatfield. Astonishingly, the penciled signatures of two local women who worked on it in 1943 were still visible. To read the story, click on the following links:
We learned more about the plane, a P-39Q Aircobra, and the people who built it in The Bellringer, a monthly Bell Aircraft company publication. The Grosvenor Room’s Buffalo Collection includes bound copies of Volumes 1-5 (Dec 1940 – Dec 1945). A staff-created index lists articles as well as mentions of employees, with notices of marriages, children born, and deaths. These publications provide a fascinating look at Buffalo’s role in the war effort.
Advertisement from back cover of The Bellringer, July 1943. Diagram from March 1943, p.12, 13.