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Willow Run Memories Project: WWII Veteran Comes Full Circle at Yankee Air Museum

A great delight here at the Yankee Air Museum is when a World War II veteran gets to relive his heroism with a flight in our Yankee Lady B-17 Flying Fortress! Here’s the story of WWII B-17 crewman Gerald J. Christ, who survived a crash in Villafans, France aboard the B-17 Roanoke Magician. After the […]

Willow Run Memories – March 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. In honor of Women’s History Month, we have a lot of Rosie the Riveter stories and photos and, just for good measure, one hardworking fellow who inspected bombers […]

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 Memories – October 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project document the enormous contributions that women workers made to the war effort during World War II. Collectively known as “Rosie the Riveter.” these women not only riveted, they operated cranes, oversaw tool cribs, assembled aircraft parts, built ships and jeeps, and much more. In addition, the influx of tens […]

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 […]

Willow Run Memories — February 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project tell the stories of a “Rosie the Riveter” who helped make the legendary top-secret Norden Bombsights on Willow Run’s B-24 Liberator bombers, local residents who housed and helped Willow Run’s pilots during WWII, GM Powertrain memories from the 1980s, and a young lady’s memories of Willow Run Airport. Click here to see ALL submissions […]

Willow Run Memories May–October 2015

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project tell the stories of a 1950s bathing beauty at Willow Run Village, a World War One veteran who was a Willow Run Bomber Plant worker during WWII, a classroom of kids who bought a B-17 bomber to help the war effort, and romance blossoming on the assembly line for Rosie the Riveter. […]

Willow Run Memories May–July 2015

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project include B-24 nose art photos, remembering Kaiser-Frazer’s C-119 “Flying Boxcar,” A description of a Willow Run worker’s ID badge, WWII wartime memories from Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti, and the invention of a high-altitude carburetor heater at Willow Run. Click here to see all submissions to the Willow Run Memories Project to date […]

Willow Run Memories April 2015

Recent submissions to the Willow Run Memories Project include a remembrance of the construction company that built the first tri-level overpasses in America as part of the colossal  WWII-era Willow Run Bomber Plant and Willow Run Airport industrial complex, male workers pranking the young Rosie the Riveters, and people from all over lined up to pay their respects to Henry Ford […]

Willow Run Memories March 2015

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project include period photos, Annette Funicello at Willow Run Airport, and Rosie the Riveter memories. After WWII, Willow Run Airport, which was built as part of the colossal Willow Run Bomber Plant, was turned into a commercial airport, and was the main commercial hub for metropolitan Detroit Through the 1950s. It was […]

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