Willow Run and World War II

In April 1941, the Ford Motor Company began constructing the massive Willow Run Bomber Plant in a rural area 25 miles west of Detroit. Figuring out how to mass-produce B-24s proved only half the challenge. Housing and transportation for the bomber plant’s tens of thousands of workers depended upon just as much ingenuity, while also exposing conflicting visions for the future of suburbia.

Building bombers required building communities and involved Americans from all walks of life: federal officials, industrialists, labor leaders, social activists, small business owners, civic leaders, and—just as significantly—the industrial workers and their families.

What would it take to bring Willow Run to success?

Welcome to Planning the Home Front, the companion website to the book.