A wonderful group of people got together to help the Willow Run Rosies make this video.
Rosie Jane Vass was the producer and choreographer, and featured in the video are several of Yankee Air Museum’s “Tribute” Rosies.
The star of the video is Original WWII “Rosie” Ruth Pierson-Webb of Wayne, MI who worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during WWII as a riveter and rivet inspector on the B-24 Liberator bombers.
Also featured in the video are two 1942 WWII-era GPWs (Jeeps) owned by John Sanderson and Bob Schrock, and the Yankee Air Museum’s PB4Y, which was a very late model of the B-24, without the twin tails, produced for the Navy. It was the closest thing we could get. And the young Sanderson girls, as you can see, are simply adorable in the video.
The opening and closing shot is set in front of the two giant doors at the end of the assembly line, where the finished B-24 Liberators from the dual assembly lines would roll out onto the tarmac for gun and compass testing, and their maiden flights over Michigan.
Those doors still work perfectly, and are located in the part of the plant that has been preserved from demolition by the Yankee Air Museum.