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Henry Ford Heritage Association Gives Shout-out to Willow Run Bomber Plant!

The Henry Ford Heritage Association highlighted the Willow Run Bomber Plant in the most recent issue of its newsletter, The Ford Legend. The Spring 2018 issue of the quarterly publication features several articles on historic Willow Run and! The cover story is all about our Campaign to Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant to […]

April is the Coolest Month at Willow Run!

Why? Because in April of 1941, ground was broken for the mighty Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit, Michigan. And, just three short years later, in April of 1944, Willow Run hit its amazing production peak, producing one B-24 Liberator bomber every hour! Willow Run was truly a manufacturing marvel, designed and constructed by […]

Willow Run Memories Project – April 2018

This month, our Willow Run Memories Project was especially honored when a living “Rosie the Riveter” shared a photo of herself during her Bomber Plant days. The son of a B-24 bomber pilot shares some of his Dad’s photos, plus a message from a friend in England, and more… Click here to see ALL submissions to […]

Double Your Donation’s Impact! MCACA $90,000 Grant Challenge

We are pleased to announce that the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has approved a major grant to our Foundation. Your donations, up to $90,000, to our Save the Bomber Plant Campaign through June 30, 2018 will be matched by MCACA challenge grant funding. Donating now will ensure that we receive […]

A New Song About Rosie!

Just in time for Women’s History Month, New York folk/rock musicians Along The Road have recorded a wonderful original song about Rosie the Riveter, and mention the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign on their new CD! Written by band member and Save the Bomber Plant supporter Pete DeBlasi, the song “We Can Do […]

Ernie Pyle Writes About Willow Run

Ernie Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent during World War Two, much beloved by the troops for having the courage to march alongside them into battle zones, reporting the war from “GI Joe’s” point of view. His reportage brought tales of sacrifice and courage home to the States, while boosting the morale of our […]

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 […]

The First B-24 Bomber at Willow Run: A Production Miracle Begins!

75 years ago this month, in September of 1942, the very first B-24 Liberator bomber rolled off the line at Ford’s Willow Run Bomber Plant… and the production juggernaut that was America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” was officially up and running! In a sense, there were two “first B-24s” at Willow Run. The very first was […]

Willow Run Memories – August 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project include a beautiful and touching vignette of a very young girl watching her big brother fly off to war in a B-24 bomber, the stories of a variety of workers at the Bomber plant who did everything from installing top-secret Norden bomb sights to managing air traffic in the […]

Two Ton Tessie: The Story of a Willow Run B-24 Bomber

From Glamor to Glory – Gloria Swanson was the ultimate Hollywood star. Beautiful and talented, she was the ultimate glamor girl of the silent film era. When she visited the Willow Run Bomber Plant in October of 1943, it was a very big deal. By the 1940s, Gloria Swanson had been replaced on the marquee by newer names, but […]

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