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Documentary titled " A Community at War" describes how Dayton,Ohio plans to increase the number of persons employed in its war plants

Film opens showing large factory building with all its lights on at night. Smoke stacks at industrial plant emitting white smoke against dark sky. Sparks flying outdoors from a steel plant at night. Workers inside a fabricating plant drawing a ribbon of hot steel from a roller and dragging a newly made sheet of metal across the floor. Two men with shovels stoking a furnace. Men shaping parts on forging machines. A group of men using sledge hammers to drive down pipe supports under a large piece of sheet metal. Employees at work in a crowded machine shop. A sign reading: "500 workers needed NOW Training on the job." A display of job recruitment announcements in newspapers. A room full of idle manufacturing machinery (ostensibly due to labor shortages). Sign on iron fence outside a building, reads: "Essential WAR WORK Day or Night Men and Women." Some more similar signs.Animated chart of Labor Needs with Labor supply lagging behind, superimposed on a drawing of a defense plant. Map of the USA highlighting areas of industrial might where labor shortages exist. Camera zooms in on Dayton, Ohio on the map. Aerial views all over the city of Dayton, Ohio. View from a tall building overlooking a major Dayton commercial street. The Gem City Savings building, with clock tower on top, at the corner of Third and Main streets. On April 7, 1943, two hundred leading citizens of Dayton are seen attending a meeting at which Stanley C. Allyn, President of the National Cash Register Company, is speaking. He speaks about the danger of Dayton falling behind its war production goals because of manpower difficulties. View of the audience, which includes several military officers in uniform. Allyn speaks of the potential for war work being moved elsewhere because of this, and challenges Dayton's leaders to solve the problem without requiring action from Washington. Next, an emergency committee of community leaders is seen around a table. Camera pans over attendees, including labor leaders from AF of L and CIO; Government officials present, including Area Director and Deputy Regional Director of the War Manpower Commission, and Chief of Program Requirements for the Region; leading industrialists and retailers are shown. Local officials seen include the Mayor of Dayton and Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Commanding Army Air Forces Generals of Wright Field and Patterson field. In final scene, Stanley Allyn is seen at the head of the table, speaking to the group. He outlines three ways to obtain more war workers from the Dayton population.

Date: 1943
Duration: 6 min 8 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Photographers capture test firing of machine guns installed in a U.S. Army Air Force P-40 pursuit plane, at Wright Field, Ohio.

A U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-40 pursuit plane is set up with engine running and prop turning, during test of its machine guns at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. Cameramen stand on a stand and record the action from behind the right horizontal stabilizer. Its 50 caliber machine guns are seen firing through through the spinning propeller, with which they are synchronized while its 30 caliber guns fire from the wings. The gunfire is directed at a target set within an earthen revetment, on a remote part of the airfield. Bullets are seen tearing through the target and churning the earth behind. Glimpse of the control panel inside the cockpit, where engine instruments read normal for engine-running condition. Flight instruments are inactive and altimeter reads 800 feet ( Wright field elevation). Gloved hand of person test firing the guns is seen on the control stick. Quartering front view of the aircraft during firing including closeup of the twin 50 caliber machine guns firing from atop the engine nacelle. More views of guns firing. In the last scene, photographers are shown hunkered down beneath the aircraft right wing with their cameras. (World War II period).

Date: 1941
Duration: 35 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Dayton Ohio street, Wright home, workshop, the Wright Museum and the first glider flight of the Wright brothers in the United States.

A film 'We saw it happen' about the history of aviation in the United States. In Dayton, Ohio: Houses seen along Hawthorn Street. A still picture shows the Wright brothers in their youth. View down Hawthorn Street with several 1940s and early 1950s cars parked along the Dayton street. Exterior view of 7 Hawthorn Street, home of the Wright Brothers. Interiors of the Wright home in Dayton. The workshop of the Wright brothers. Machines in the workshop. The "Wright Cycle Co" and Wright Museum (moved from Dayton to Greenfield village in Dearborn, Michigan.) A powered engine prepared in the workshop. Sweeping view of windswept beach area of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where the Wright brothers conducted test flights in 1900-1902. Another view of Hawthorn Street in Dayton. A boy on the sidewalk. View of the 4 cylinder airplane engine first designed by the Wright Brothers. Narrator speaks of December 17, 1903 Wright Brothers flight. View of the Wright Flyer in flight overhead. Scene changes to aerial side view of Boeing B-52 Stratofortress aircraft in flight (this is aircraft YB-52,the second XB-52). The B-52 banks left and away.

Date: 1953
Duration: 3 min 57 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Dedication of Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio, in 1928.

In 1926, Frederick Patterson, in cab of a Steam shovel, breaks ground for the construction of Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. Horses pull wagons past the steam shovel. Dedication of Wright Field at Dayton in 1928. Flag raising ceremony shows Mr Orville Wright pulling the rope which raises the flag upon the pole. In addition to Orville Wright, the event was attended by Secretary of War, Davis; Judge Kenesaw Landis; Assistant Secretary, F. Trubee Davison; Air Corps Chief General Patrick, and others. Artillery salute is fired at the ceremony. Squdrons of airplanes fly overhead.

Date: 1928
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Film summarizing efforts by City of Dayton, Ohio to overcome labor shortage and meet defense production goals in World War II

The City of Dayton, Ohio's local war manpower and emergency committee members are seen gathered around a table to discuss what other than just more workers is needed to meet the war production goals set for the city during World War 2. An animated diagram superimposed on a drawing of a factory, charts the labor needs vs. labor supply. For the management side, the chart cites matters that need to be addressed, including: personnel management; plant layout; reduction in turnover, and absenteeism; and better working conditions, Regarding labor itself, the chart cites the following as needed: additional women; transfers from non-essential jobs; minority groups; part-time workers; and handicapped workers. Next, the emergency committee of community leaders is seen around a table. They are being addressed by Stanley C. Allyn, President of the National Cash Register Company, who notes that Dayton has partially solved its manpower shortage and expects to meet its war production goals.Camera pans over attendees, including labor leaders from AF of L and CIO; Government officials present, including Area Director and Deputy Regional Director of the War Manpower Commission, and Chief of Program Requirements for the Region; leading industrialists and retailers are shown. Local officials seen include the Mayor of Dayton and Secretary of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the Commanding Army Air Forces Generals of Wright Field and Patterson field. Mr. Allyn discusses further work to be done with as much emphasis on human relations as on the mechanics of production. An animated map shows Dayton and other areas of labor shortage, all over the United States. Workers in a factory are seen moving propeller blades across the floor by twirling them on end. Propellers assembled on their hubs are moved across the factory floor on wheeled stands. Artillery shells are seen protruding from containers. Browning aircraft machine guns moving along a conveyor belt. M3 Lee tanks being completed and moving across a factory floor. Glimpse of bombers in production. Army trucks lined up in formation at a factory yard. Closeups of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. (Narrator notes importance Eisenhower places on full support from the home front as essential to the war effort.)

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 48 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Orville Wright is flanked by people and dignitaries place wreaths on the grave of Wilbur Wright in Dayton, Ohio.

Wrights Brothers are honored in Dayton, Ohio. A still photograph of the Wright Brother's home in Dayton. Orville Wright flanked by army, navy and civilian representatives. A funeral ceremony in a graveyard for Wilbur Wright. Various dignitaries walk up to a tombstone. Men place wreaths on the grave of Wilbur Wright. A street in Dayton. Wright's home and bicycle shop in Dayton. A model of Wright Brothers' first aircraft on a stand. The engine of the first Wright aircraft.

Date: 1935
Duration: 43 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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