News Archive for the ‘Famous Willow Run Bombers’ Topic

Willow Run B-24s in Battle: One Bomb Group’s Story

A shining example of the importance of the Willow Run Bomber Plant to America’s war effort in World War II is the legacy of the 449th Bomb Group, nicknamed “The Flying Horsemen.” The 449th Bombardment Group (heavy) was initially formed in May of 1943 as part of the 15th Air Force, 47th Bombardment Wing. It […]

Willow Run Memories – January 2018

Our Willow Run Memories Project receives a great variety of stories and photos, from families who have a connection to Willow Run and to World War Two. We recently learned about a man dedicated to investigating the WW2 death of a cousin he never got to meet, a grandfather who was part of a top-secret […]

Willow Run Bomber Disappears, Italian Sherlock Holmes Solves Case 70 Years Later

On the 28th of February, 1945, American forces undertook an ambitious strike against the heart of the Axis powers. For Willow Run Bomber #42-51642 and her crew, it would be the last. The mission plan called for the entire 15th Air Force, based in southern Italy, to strike targets along the strategically important Brenner Pass […]