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This date in Michigan History:   October 1, 1942
The first B-24 bomber rolls off an assembly line near Ypsilanti. 

In December 1940 the federal government asked the Ford Motor Company to build B-24 Liberator bombers. In April 1941 construction began on the Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti. In 1944 bombers came off Willow Run's mile-long assembly line at the rate of one per hour. By 1945, Willow Run produced more than 8,500 bombers.

 
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