Nazi Plants in France

More and more German plants are being opened in factories once belonging to French manufacturers, the most important new one being the pilot plant of Heinkel for production of a new plane, the Heinkel 274, equipped with four of the new BMW-802s and having a gross weight of 90,000 lb. The prototype is expected to fly in the spring. No large scale production can be expected for another year — and not then if the RAF and USAAF get there first. Other plants, shut down because their workers have been sent to Germany under Laval's edict, are now reopening and are in the process of expanding their manufacturing facilities, obviously to go into production for the Nazis now that individual French efforts have been completely halted.

This article was originally published as part of the "Aviation Abroad" column in the January, 1943, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 42, no 1, p 295.