The Austin Bridge Company Service Equipment was contracted with the United States to manufacture magnesium bombs. Employing 1200 people, 85% women working in three shifts a day, seven days a week they manufactured 29,524,975 bombs. The factory blew up between shift changes on Dec 15,1943. A pilot flying over Houston 250 miles away reported seeing the flash. The building was quickly rebuilt and back in production until Aug. 14, 1944 when Japan sued for peace.
Copyright 2012, Brad Ford Smith.