YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The Willow Run Bomber Plant west of Detroit was the place where Ford Motor Co. switched from making cars to planes and produced one B-24 an hour to aid the American military effort during World War II.
The immense factory employed 40,000, including Rose Will Monroe, whose role as "Rosie the Riveter" in promotional films persuaded women across the U.S. to take jobs during World War II.
The plan is to knock it down.
But a group of donors hopes to save at least a corner of the old plant so they can build a museum.
To make that happen, organizers need to raise $3.5 million by Thursday.
Donor Larry Doe says the museum's important, because the "younger generation needs to know" about the plant's vital role during the war.