Willow Run B24 Production Exhibit, Michigan

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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Project Chart for the production of the B-17 and B-24 Liberator bombers 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
This is a very rare exhibit of Japanese art from WW2 1941 -1942
Exhibit Added 10 June 2007

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
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Dear Sir:  I was the Co-Pilot on the "Gremlin".  We were the only crew to fly #427512.  On 5 January 1944 we were shot down by three  German fighters  over Friedrichskoog, Germany.  I bailed out just a few seconds before the Gremlin blew up and 6 crewmen were KIA.  A 15 year old German viewed this event and saw a piece of the Gremlin fall  through their barn roof and kill a horse.  This German saw a recent posting about our plane and wrote to me that he had plowed up a piece of the Gremlin.  He sent this piece to me.  It looks to be a part of the engine and bears identification :  #9901 AND #108F23.  I would like to have this part identified.  I have a picture that I could send by attachment.  I am also interested to know if any quality control studies were made to compare the quality of the B-24's made at the various manufacturing plants.  The Gremlin had problems with the superchargers from the very first day we were assigned as its crew.  In fact we were alone on the day we were shot down as a result of being unable to keep up with the formation because the superchargers refused to operate as needed at high altitude.  I am interest to know if any comparative studies were made relative to such problems between the various manufacturing plants.  Also I would like to have a copy of any manufacturing data that may exist for  #427512. 
Thank you for any assistance you may provide.  William T. (Bill) Minor 

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