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 HQ Batallón) November 01, 2014

A group of history buffs with a campaign called Save the Bomber Plant were last week given a two-month extension in their quest to save the Detroit-area factory where the real-life Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women worked during the second world war. Rose Will Monroe – one of the 40,000 who toiled at the 332-acre Ford Motor Co facility during the war – starred as herself in a government film about the war effort, and the Rosie character became one of the best-known figures of the era as well as an enduring symbol of female empowerment... (see more at: http://www.theguardian.com/).

  1. Women install a motor on a transport plane at Willow Run during the war. The former Ford Motor Company plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan, is now managed by a trust set up to oversee the properties owned by a pre-bankruptcy General Motors (Howard R Hollem).

  2. 'Steady of eye and hand,' read the original caption, 'women workers at the great Willow Run bomber plant are among those throughout the country who are relieving serious shortages of skilled workers by doing such semi-skilled jobs as the one shown here. She's welding parts of the cooling system direct to the supercharger' (Ann Rosener).

  3. One of the many women at Willow Run operates a drill to bore holes in the 'Y' section of a supercharger bracket. While women worked in factories all over the country during the war, it was Rose Will Monroe at Willow Run worker who caught the eye of Hollywood producers casting a 'riveter' for a film about the war effort (Ann Rosener).

  4. The Rosie character became one of the best-known figures of the era as well as an enduring symbol of female empowerment. Here, an electronics technician works at a Goodyear aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio, in 1941 (Alfred T Palmer).

  5. A young woman at the Willow Run plant uses her tiny flashlight to discover any internal defects in a fuel tube in July 1942 (Ann Rosener)

  6. A woman works on the electrical assembly and installation line at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, in October 1942 (Alfred T Palmer).

  7. Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach (Alfred T Palmer).

  8. A young woman works over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane in Inglewood, California in October 1942 (Alfred T Palmer).

  9. A woman at North American aviation's plant in Inglewood, California, installs switch boxes on the firewalls of B-25 bombers in October 1943 (Alfred T Palmer).


http://www.theguardian.com/ - Office of war information/LIbrary of congress - Alfred T Palmer - Ann Rosener - Howard R Hollem

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