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This Day in Georgia History

April 15, 1943

Bell Bomber Plant Turned Over to Army Air Force

To view an image of the Bell Bomber plant, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Robert & Company, the business that managed the construction of the Bell Bomber plant in Marietta, on this day turned the site over to the Army Air Force, under whose supervision at the facility would be operated by the Bell Aircraft Corporation. Bell was officially to take over the plant at 12:01 a.m. that night. L. W. Robert, Jr., the head of the construction company, said that the main building could house the entire cotton crop of the U.S., and sixty-three football games could be played under its roof at the same time. The building was said to have enough railroad tracks for a dozen passenger trains. It measured 1,000 by 2,000 feet and was four and a half stories high. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]