Rosie the Riveter - the Home Front during World War II (Anna Belle Mellott)
Anna Belle Mellott
What did you do before Fairchild?
I was home with my parents. I lived up on Crestmont Road. My brother-in-law worked there. He said they were hiring employees.
What did you do at Fairchild?
When I first went there they had, it was called Duramold, I worked there. I have a picture of it out there. They made a fuselage out of glue paper and veneering and then we put it in autoclaves and baked it. That was when I first went there and then I got into sheet metal, in riveting. I was a riveter practically all the time I was there. 51 years. You've got to drill the holes. There were all different size rivets 1/4 inch, 50, er, 40, 30, you know, size rivets. You had to drill the hole, and if you made a flat rivet you had to countersink the hole. You had to countersink it. You had a tool that countersunk. Lots of different sizes, 1/4 inch, 3/16, 1/8 and all different sizes. You had to know exactly what went where before you drilled the hole. I worked in fuselages and on the wing and everything. Fuselage, I’ve got a picture out there with me in the fuselage. It is part of the airplane. I worked on A10s, C119, F14, all of them, Swearingen.
How many people worked at Fairchild during the war?
I don't know remember how many men there were there. But at one time there were 10,000 people there. I have got in the book out there.
What training did you have?
I took a class for, you know, when I did that, Duramold. I took a class for that. I have a certificate out there in that book.
What was it like working for Fairchild?
It was working for the war. In '42 they were having a war. For some people it was just another job, but I liked it. I loved shooting rivets. No, I just kept on working.
Anna Belle Mellott
Washington County Free Library
Aircraft industry--Maryland--Hagerstown--Employees; Fairchild Aircraft Company (Hagerstown, Md.)--History