According to Keith’s employment records he states that he was working at Boeing from 1938 to April of 1941. The address for Boeing at that time was 200 West Michigan in Seattle as written on the documents. We know that he was in Seattle in 1940 per the census and working but it was a time of transition for him and the world.
He writes about his duties at Boeing:
Wing assembly, panel Assembly, unit leader, supercharger, instruments, pre-flight, inspection, engine and motor mount assembly, sub-assembly, and engine test. He made $1669 a year which comes to about $139 per month.
On another employment application he writes about his Boeing experience a little differently:
Mfg of B-17B to D. Production Worker C1.B, Sheet metal assembly, wing shop, wing tank door, nacelles, leading edge, wing tips, bomb doors, supercharger, installation, pre-flight dept, power plant buildup, installation, prop installation, first engine run up and tuning, troubleshooting, engine part replacement, hot job artisson urgent items, such as ships due for delivery at preflight (E.G. Gen-starter, pump and mag. replacement on R-1820S.)
The reason for his leaving is to accept Civil Service appointment. His supervisor was Boyd Call.
If you put B-17B into Google you will come up with Flying Fortress and a lot of hits. It was the big plane that was used in WWII. Below is an article with photos from the January, 1940 local newspaper showing how this plane was made and it looks like my Dad was there. This article was among his possessions.
The use of the term “Civil Service” is sort of old now but apparently it is still used. I would describe my service with the State of Washington as my state service. While those working for the U.S. Government as Federal service.
You have to be a very persistent and detailed person to work in either State or Federal jobs. You also have to embrace the rules because it is all about rules if you go to work in these positions.