History of Willow Run with author Randy Hotton

The Book Club of Detroit
The Book Club of Detroit
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Belleville Area Museum

405 Main St · Belleville, MI

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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

History of Willow Run with author Randy Hotton

Thursday, March 16, 2020

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Belleville Area Museum & Archives
405 Main Street
Belleville, MI

Pizza Served at 5:30pm!

A historical presentation by Randy Hotton on the history of Willow Run.

Author of the Arcadia Book of the same name, he will recount the history of WR, while adding personal anecdotes and photos.

Randy has done this lecture in the past and has graciously agreed to come back to the BAM for his encore.

Randy Hotton, a graduate of Michigan State University and Central Michigan University, is a retired Navy captain and a pilot for USA Jet Airlines Corporation, which was based at Willow Run Airport.

He previously served on the board of directors of the Yankee Air Museum and his father worked at Willow Run during World War II. Michael W.R. Davis, a veteran Arcadia Publishing author, is a graduate of Yale and Eastern Michigan Universities and the former executive director of the Detroit Historical Society.

About the book:


In May 1940, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 50,000 military airplanes.

He then drafted the president of General Motors, William Knudsen, to mobilize industry in the United States. The automotive companies were called upon to produce a massive fleet of bombers, as well as tanks, trucks, guns, and engines.

By the Willow Run, a sleepy little creek near Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ford Motor Company built the world s most famous bomber factory, which was the ultimate manifestation of the automotive industry s role in building armaments during World War II.

By the spring of 1944, Willow Run was producing a four-engine B-24 bomber each hour on an assembly line.

With tremendous assistance from the Yankee Air Museum, this book presents a pictorial history of Willow Run during World War II."