Over the Hump at Willow Run?

WPB's flint-hard, fact-minded Vice Chairman Charles E. Wilson made his first visit last week to the vast, pin-neat Willow Run bomber plant. After inspecting the mile-long assembly line, looking over production schedules, talking to production bosses, he gave out a confident statement. Said he: "The Willow Run plant is on the beam. . . . Willow Run will be in full production, turning out 500 planes a month, by the time the next snow flies."

Next day it snowed in Detroit. Once again the joke was on Willow Run.

But this might very well...

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