of American Industry: Production and Operation of the This movie will have a bigger impact than Pearl Harbor and
a unique historical background, a first of it's kind.
B-24 Liberators in the 8th Air Force in WW2.
Willow Run: a New Movie Release about the Production and
Operations of the B-24 Liberator,
the plane that Won WW2 in Europe
This movie will have a bigger impact than Pearl Harbor and a unique historical background, a first of it's kind.
From the Webmaster: I have read the script for this movie and it has the most innovative beginning all wrapped around a beautiful love story. This script is filled with action from the very start to it's finish and has a very surprising ending. This is a fantastic script that kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole time that I was reading it and it will make a truly top rated movie. C. Jeff Dyrek.
Numerous Hollywood stars and studio
directors visited Willow Run to
see where the B-24 Bombers, flown by the Mighty Eighth Air Force to
defeat Hitler, were Manufactured..
Look below to see some scenes from the movie.
We are looking for a producer who would be interested in reading the script
to this fantastic movie.
Email: kidderfr@ATT.net Phone 517- 394-2849
James M. Stewart
Script Writers, Warren Benjamin Kidder,
Script Review by Craig Kellem, Internet Work, C. Jeff Dyrek
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The aerial combat was fierce
B-24Ds of the American pioneer 93rd Bomb Group climb through 21,000 feet into the light of the early morning sun. On this day, March 18, 1943, the B-24Ds, joined by B-17s and other bombers, crossed the East Coast of England en route to their target, the submarine base at Vegesack, Germany. This first mission to Germany for the 93rd Bomb Group proved that daylight bombing could be carried out successfully in the face of German defenses.
Huge numbers of Bombers flew toward Ploesti, Romania.
On August 1, 1943, after the effectiveness of the use of heavy bombers in daylight bombing, the B-24D Liberators of the 93rd Bomb Group, Squadron Started their mission to fly the low-level raids on Ploesti, Romania. This print showcases Joisey Bounce, a Liberator that flew with the 330th Bomb Group and survived these raids accompanying her are Thundermug and Boomerang,
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Into the Fire & Fury
Ploesti is burning.
On August 1, 1943, 178 Liberators made a famous low-level bombing raid on the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. This scene shows John R. "Killer" Kane's B-24 named Hail Columbia and another Pyramidier B-24, The Squaw, making their attack through the thick smoke over the target
Painting by Daniel Bechennec
The B-24 Liberators flew at extremely low altitudes.
B-24s of the 44th and 98th Bomb Groups exit the target at extreme low level after turning the oil refineries at Ploesti into a fiery maelstrom. this print is signed and numbered by the artist and by four B-24 pilots who flew in this historic raid.
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The Odyssey of Utah Man, North Africa
1943, by Gil Cohen shows the exhausted crew of the B-24 Utah Man after it had returned to base
near Benghazi, Libya on August 1, 1943 after bombing the great oil refineries at
Ploesti. Base personnel welcome back the crew as pilot 1st Lt. Walter T. Stewart
describes the mission to operations officer Maj. Ramsay D. Potts. losing
53 of 179 aircraft in the attack.
My dream is to make the movie with a scene in the mission briefing room having the actual grandchildren of the real pilots in this movie. But, that's not all! I want the exact scene to flash to a cut with the real pilots who are still living today, with all of their flight gear on, ready to go on their mission. This scene would be great for the DVD version of the movie and with a documentary about how the movie was made giving the film a great historical significance.
Ben is in possession of the only color footage ever taken by the B-24
Gun Cameras, along with other gun footage, and he obtained it from
the Yankee Air Force just one day before their building burned to the ground.
Ben Now has permission to use the only flying B-24 Liberator in this movie.
Click Here's Warren Benjamin Kidders New Book, The Mighty Eighth Air Force Click Here's the Movie Script for Willow Run
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|The Jesse Pettey 20 year old B-24 Liberator Pilot: ExhibitAt that moment I forgot about the fighter escort and adjusted my comforting flak helmet and vest. The top turret guns began to chatter as the flight engineer fired at an approaching enemy BF-109. An instant later he was joined by the rattle of the right waist guns. We were engaged in the bomb run and unable to maneuver our airplane to evade the fighters: We could only fly in a stable flight path in the direction of the target so that the bomb load could, at the correct moment, direction, altitude and speed, be released. We were sitting targets for both anti-aircraft guns and enemy fighters. The next moment I witnessed and event that made me ill. A German FW-190 suddenly appeared from below the nose of our aircraft and within a few seconds, released two rockets into a B-24 ahead of us. He then rolled upside down and disappeared in a dive underneath our airplane. It occurred so suddenly, our gunners had insufficient time to react or to fire. I could distinguish the German pilot as he rolled over because he appeared only a few yards ahead of the nose of our airplane. I could distinguish the German pilot as he rolled over because he appeared only a few yards ahead of the nose of our airplane. Instantly, the B-24 ahead exploded into a fireball and began a downward spiral. Only a few parachutes opened underneath the revolving inferno but even more terrifying, some of the parachutes and clothing of the airmen were on fire. Read the whole story here|
Dear Jeff: I was the Co-Pilot
on the "Gremlin". We were the only crew to fly #427512. On
5 January 1944 we were shot down by three German fighters over Friedrichskoog, Germany. I bailed out just a few seconds before the
Gremlin blew up and 6 crewmen were KIA. A 15 year old German viewed
this event and saw a piece of the Gremlin fall through their barn
roof and kill a horse. This German saw a recent posting about
our plane and wrote to me that he had plowed up a piece of the Gremlin.
He sent this piece to me. It looks to be a part of the engine
and bears identification : #9901 AND #108F23. I would like
to have this part identified. I have a picture that I could send
by attachment. I am also interested to know if any quality control
studies were made to compare the quality of the B-24's
made at the various manufacturing plants. The Gremlin had problems with the superchargers from the very first day we were assigned as
its crew. In fact we were alone on the day we were shot down as a
result of being unable to keep up with the formation because the superchargers
refused to operate as needed at high altitude. I am interest to know
if any comparative studies were made relative to such problems between
the various manufacturing plants. Also I would like to have a copy
of any manufacturing data that may exist for #427512.
Thank you for any assistance you may provide. William T. (Bill) Minor
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