Installing one of the 4 motors on the transport plane at Willow Run (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.

Installing one of the 4 motors on the transport plane at Willow Run

[between 1941 and 1945]

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Photo shows the Willow Run manufacturing plant, run by the Ford Motor Company near Ypsilanti, Michigan, which made the B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2009)
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
Airplane industry
Transport planes
United States--Michigan--Willow Run

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection Lot 12002 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-472


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 20/Jan/2008 21:57:48

    Is this the final paint color? Or just some kind of primer kote?

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    • 21/Jan/2008 01:21:18

    No, it's a zinc dichromate primer. On the interiors of it was often a pea green color. Quite toxic I think , but good a protecting the metal.

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    • 26/Jan/2008 11:26:11

    This series of pictures are B-24 Bombers and I think at this point in the process, we are seeing the final color of that front cowling as it is called. Lots of these planes went out the door with bare metal on the exterior parts. I could be wrong.

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    • 23/Sep/2008 08:29:48

    Greenhorns: In all actuality, WWII planes' paint jobs final touch were often applied with "Kilroy was here," or some such personalized, decompensating brush stroke. 10-4, over and out. Pete Moss musicians, please to be making the noises, now.

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    • 31/Oct/2008 08:46:44

    Airplane Engines now replaced by Jet Engines..the latest news has been about "missing parts"..or installing "broken" parts..//??//War&Peace.

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    Enric Martinez

    • 16/Jan/2009 18:52:16

    Well, in this case a good alternative title would have been "Chicks doing a bomber"... Would have been kind cool to work in one of these factories with so many girls running around w/o a guy. ;)

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    • 27/Apr/2009 02:26:48

    wow! so what they always talked about in history class (women taking over industry jobs) really did happen to the scale which it was proclaimed to be! I now have been made a believer!

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    • 12/Nov/2010 20:09:42

    The Willow Run, Michigan location was a factory owned by Ford Motor Company, which built Consolidated B-24 'Liberators' under license. Ford's long experience with assembly line techniques meant that, according to mechanics who maintained them, the Ford-built B-24s tended to be a higher quality product than their Consolidated-built counterparts. The yellow chromate primer seen here would have received an Olive Drab over Neutral Gray camouflage job; natural metal finish aircraft would not have carried this primer on the external surfaces.

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    • 24/Aug/2015 16:39:14

    About those engines . . . Most aircraft engines used in WWII were radials. That means there were odd numbers of cylinders in a circle. Usually 7 or 9. For heavy bombers the engine often had as many a 4 banks of cylinders stacked for totals up to 36 cylinders turning one propeller shaft. And that is only one of four engines. I once flew in a C97, which is the cargo version of the B29 bomber. The crew told me that aircraft was powered by 156 cylinders. The B24 engine is probably similar.