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 the Willow Run Memories Project to date (the Project is ongoing through 2018 and beyond.) Learn how to submit your own personal and family Willow Run Memories here. Stories and recollections, with or without photos, are welcomed. Please note, we are not necessarily looking for donation of actual photos, just a digital image is fine.

Photos submitted recently to the Willow Run Memories Project: (Click any image to view larger and in more detail. Hit your browser’s “Back” arrow to return here.)

And scroll down for the stories…

We always love to hear from our British friends, many of whom have a keen interest in the B-24 Liberator bombers, since there were many American air bases in England during World War II…

Quite a few of your products flew from here in Norfolk, England. There were 18 USAAF air fields in Norfolk during WWII, and all are still in existence in one form or another. Most are farms now with a few becoming industrial estates or factories. Literally from my front door I have 4 airfields within 6 miles. From 2004 to 2014 I was the chairman of the 448th BG (Bomb Group) Tower Association, at Seething, UK.
– James B. via Facebook

B-24 bombers, over half of which were made at Willow Run, saw plenty of action during World War II, and were deployed in all theaters of war in that conflict. We heard from the son of a B-24 pilot stationed in the South Pacific… 

My Dad flew B-24’s during WWII, in the South Pacific. This is a picture he took from his plane of another B-24 [see photo above.] They were probably made at Willow Run. He was in the 13th Air Force in the South Pacific, stationed in New Guinea. He flew the bombers as the Allies took back the South Pacific, then they flew P-38’s after the bombers weren’t needed [see photo above.] This is a picture of my dad in front of his “hut” quarters for 4 pilots at Nazdab AAF Base New Guinea, I believe in 1944 [see photo above.]
– Gerry S. via Facebook

A New York supporter knew a “photo opp” when she saw one, and shared with us an impromptu public tribute to Rosie the Riveter…

I am interested in donating this framed picture [see photo above.] It’s of [New York public statue] Fearless Girl dressed as a cross between Rosie the Riveter and a Woman Ordnance Worker (WOW.) Fearless Girl was installed on March 7, 2017. That was 14 days before the inaugural Rosie the Riveter Day on March 21, 2017. Fearless Girl in New York City’s Financial District is a symbol of gender diversity and encouraging companies to recruit women to their boards. I hope I’ve done something nice for all of the “Rosies.” If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know. Thank you so very much.
– Leeza S. via postal mail

Best of all is when we hear directly from the men and women of the Greatest Generation! This wonderful lady actually helped build the big bombers at Willow Run…

This is a photo of my sister and I on our way to work at the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti, MI around 1941 [see photo above.]  That’s me on the right and Angie on the left. My grandfather built their home at 11780 Saint Patrick in Detroit, near Gratiot and Connor, down the street from the city airport. My cousins drove by recently; it’s uninhabitable but still there.
– Frances M. via Facebook

We hope you enjoyed these Willow Run Memories shared by our supporters!

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Send us your own Willow Run Memories… You can learn more about the Willow Run Memories Project here.