Art, Miles, Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant

11 Year Old Boy Draws Bombers to Save Willow Run

This is Miles. He's 11, and he loves the Willow Run Bomber Plant. The Rosies heard about him when we were talking with tailgaters at a recent U of M football game. But we had no way to find him. Fortunately, he and his family heard we were at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti,… Continue reading 11 Year Old Boy Draws Bombers to Save Willow Run

Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Willow Run Grand Opening

Willow Run Grand Opening Part I: a B-24 Bomber Flies up from Smyrna, TN

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Homer Hinchliff of Willis, Michigan at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti. Mr. Hinchliff says his dad, Lt. Col. Edward Hinchliff, was present during the 1940s at the grand opening ceremony for the Willow Run Bomber Plant, east of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Mr. Hinchliff says his dad was a… Continue reading Willow Run Grand Opening Part I: a B-24 Bomber Flies up from Smyrna, TN

Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Willow Run Grand Opening

Willow Run Grand Opening Part 2: Rats on a Plane!

Another great story from Mr. Homer Hinchliff of Willis, MI. Homer's father, Lt. Col. Edward Hinchliff, with his B-24 Liberator bomber, was present at the Grand Opening of the Willow Run Bomber Plant. But this story is about what happened after the war. Lt. Col. Hinchliff was on his way home in his B-24 after… Continue reading Willow Run Grand Opening Part 2: Rats on a Plane!

Little People, Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Ypsilanti

Little People at the Willow Run Bomber Plant

I dressed as Rosie the Riveter today at the Orphan Car Show to benefit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum (another treasure from Ypsilanti's distinguished industrial past.) And, as usual, I met a lot of very interesting people with a connection to Willow Run. For example, a guy whose dad came up from southern Ohio to… Continue reading Little People at the Willow Run Bomber Plant