Comparison Chart of WW2 Bomber Aircraft Accepted from the Boeing B-17 Plant 2 and the Willow Run B-24 Liberator Bombers Production Plant.
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|Charles Sorenson's Willow Run B-24 Liberator Production vs. Boeing Seattle B-17 Flying Fortress production in WW2.|
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Charles Sorenson's Willow Run B-24 Liberator Bomber Production vs. Boeing Seattle B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber Production.
Comparison of aircraft accepted from Boeing Plant 2 in Seattle, Washington and the Willow Run B-24 Liberator bomber plant near Detroit, Michigan in WW2 through the end of 1944. By that time, project schedules were being cut back. Willow Run was winding down, and the Boeing Plant 2 had begun to convert to the B-29. Note that both plants hit their peak production in the same month, March 1944. Each Square on the chart represents one month of business production. The vertical scale of the chart represents the number of aircraft produced during that month.
Sources: The Boeing Archives. The Research Center, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, and Warren B. Kidder, Willow Run: Colossus of American industry, KFT, Lansing, MI, 1995.
Further in the text, in March of 1944, the Willow Run Plant hit it's peak production of 462 aircraft at an average of 63 minutes per plane. The text goes on to say that "If needed for the war, output at Willow Run was projected at 900 planes per month."
Now, think about that! At Willow Runs peak production, it was running at slightly over one half of the plants total capability. Also, since March of 1944 the monthly production dropped showing our confidence in winning the war a year before it's actual end. This goes along with another exhibit on this site called Japanese Propaganda Art, where the Japanese commanders said all of this propaganda art should be destroyed, somewhere about the same time. Also, even at Willow Runs peak production, our confidence of winning the war was very high seeing that the peak production was only half of the aircraft plants maximum production capability. It would be interesting to see America's total aircraft production charts for the same period. C. Jeff Dyrek, Webmaster.
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Japanese Propaganda Art Exhibit
Propaganda Art was used by forces on all sides in WW2 as well as all wars in history. This kind of art gave pride to the citizens of those countries who produced it and gave a unity in support of the wars. This exhibit is an excellent example of Japanese Propaganda art.
Look very closely at the B24 Liberator production in the chart at the top of the page. You will notice that the production of US Bombers has decreased dramatically after the summer of 1943. At this peak of production the Willow Run B24 Liberator bomber factory was producing a new B24 Liberator every fifty six to fifty eight minutes. After reading the book, "Willow Run" you will notice that the Willow Run B24 Liberator plant was only at about one half of this production capabilities. This meant that Charles E. Sorenson's production facilities were capable of producing a B24 every thirty minutes. Look again at the bomber production numbers on the chart above again, then look at this Japanese Aircraft Propaganda Art Exhibit. You will find that the General who signed the package said that these paintings were to be destroyed at about the summer of 1943. With this information and looking at the B24 production charts above, it is obvious that both the Japanese and Allied forces knew that the Allies were going to win the war as early as 1943. C. Jeff Dyrek, Webmaster.
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|The Jesse Pettey B-24 Pilot ExhibitAt that moment I forgot about the fighter escort and adjusted my comforting flak helmet and vest. The top turret guns began to chatter as the flight engineer fired at an approaching enemy BF-109. An instant later he was joined by the rattle of the right waist guns. We were engaged in the bomb run and unable to maneuver our airplane to evade the fighters: we could only fly in a stable flight path in the direction of the target so that the bomb load could, at the correct moment, direction, altitude and speed, be released. We were sitting targets for both anti-aircraft guns and enemy fighters. The next moment I witnessed and event that made me ill. A German FW-190 suddenly appeared from below the nose of our aircraft and with in a few seconds, released two rockets into a B-24 ahead of us. He then rolled upside down and disappeared in a dive underneath our airplane. It occurred so suddenly, our gunners had insufficient time to react or to fire. I could distinguish the German pilot as he rolled over because he appeared only a few yards ahead of the nose of our airplane. I could distinguish the German pilot as he rolled over because he appeared only a few yards ahead of the nose of our airplane. Instantly, the B-24 ahead exploded into a fireball and began a downward spiral. Only a few parachutes opened underneath the revolving inferno but even more terrifying, some of the parachutes and clothing of the airmen were on fire. Read the whole story here|
|9-5-01Jeff, My Dad was one of
the first " Bombagators " in the Army Air Corps in WWII. He received
the distinguished Flying cross for leading a mission over Germany during the war in a
B-24 Liberator Bomber. The name
of the plane was Galloping Katie two. Dad was Ernest
Robert DeVillers. The pilot was J. Paul Getty. If you can set me
up in any search areas, it would be greatly appreciated. Dad
wrote a mission letter for every mission he flew but destroyed
them just a few years ago. I have two that weren't in his possession
along with his graduation book from San Angelo Army Air Field in San
Angelo, Texas . If any of what I have can be of use to you or others interested in this history, please contact me at 508-835-4967|