Description : A definitive history of the world's largest industrial factory, built by Ford Motor Company in the 1940's to manufacture B-24 bombers. Willow Run is what Albert Kahn, its world renowned architect, described as "the largest room in the history of mankind." The WILLOW RUN story describes how Charles Sorensen, Ford's Director of Production, conceived the idea of manufacturing the giant B-24 at the unbelievable rate of one an hour; & how the men & women from Willow Run, challenged by the opportunity, made his vision come true. WILLOW RUN features: the unpublished daily logs of its first four dynamic years & fifty unpublished pages of reference material (both are rare historical discoveries). It also includes inside stories from Charles Lindbergh's journal. Eighty photographs, drawings, & charts illustrate airport & factory construction, engineering, world class production equipment, bomber assembly, employee housing & more. W.B. Kidder was the last person to live at Willow Run. He saw the bulldozers destroy his father's farm & his parents evicted from their home, months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. He saw the first structural steel rising above the horizon, & saw the first airplane land on unfinished runways. Years later he worked at Willow Run as production engineering superintendent. W. B. Kidder, 3617 Christine Dr., Lansing, MI 48911. Phone: 517-887-4224.
Description : 1944 Meggie Dillon’s life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he’s German, and people might think he’s a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away? Meggie’s father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he’ll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front.
Description : In May 1940, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 50,000 military airplanes. He then drafted the president of General Motors, William Knudsen, to mobilize industry in the United States. The automotive companies were called upon to produce a massive fleet of bombers, as well as tanks, trucks, guns, and engines. By the Willow Run, a sleepy little creek near Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ford Motor Company built the world's most famous bomber factory, which was the ultimate manifestation of the automotive industry's role in building armaments during World War II. By the spring of 1944, Willow Run was producing a four-engine B-24 bomber each hour on an assembly line. With tremendous assistance from the Yankee Air Museum, this book presents a pictorial history of Willow Run during World War II.
Description : WILLOW RUN FARM, the initial book in a trilogy, records the author's experience of growing up on a working farm in the rural Midwest during the Great Depression. In her Pulitzer Prize-winner, "The Shipping News," E. Annie Proulx states: "What don't happen is also news." Marcella Grenga candidly lays down vignettes from rural life and scenes from a one-room schoolhouse. The tone spans from the undercurrent of love in the Woolf family to the quiet but often brutal realities of farm life. The toil on the farm and antics in the one-room school serve as backdrops for this warm, wise-cracking, poignant memoir of a time lost to chronology but not to memory. By grit and wit, the Woolf family survived the 1930s largely through their own down-home ingenuity. In the 1930s, 4,000,000 Americans were forced into despair and from their homes, including 250,000 children. That the Woolf family stayed intact by growing their own food is: "the news that didn't happen." W/illustrations by the authors.