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This Day in Georgia History

May 09, 1942

Bell Bomber Executive Named

Bell Bomber president Larry Bell announced that Harry E. Collins had been appointed to the post of vice president in charge of the company’s new facility in Marietta. While Collins was considered an excellent choice to start up the plant, he eventually lost the confidence of Larry Bell and was replaced on June 16, 1943, by Omer L. Woodson. Woodson performed his new job admirably, but the pressures of the position eventually became too much for him, and he resigned in August 1944. The next general manager was Carl Cover, but after just a few months on the job, he was killed in an airplane crash. The final general manager was Cobb County native James V. Carmichael, who served from December 22, 1944, until the closing of the plant early in 1946. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]