The Yankee Air Museum Is Collecting Interviews with “Rosie the Riveters”

Women workers install fixtures and assemblies to a tail fuselage section of a B-17 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company.

The Yankee Air Museum is looking for women who worked jobs that were traditionally held by males during World War II.

The curator of the museum, Julie Osborne, said that they have been in the process of collecting interviews of veterans for at least a decade.

They realized that they were only getting one side of the story of the war. The people back home were just as instrumental to victory as the soldiers on the front lines.

Known as “Rosie the Riveters,” their stories will be used as part of the “Save the Bomber Plant” project.

The museum started the project to try to save part of the Willow Run Bomber Plant which is scheduled to be demolished.

The interviews with the Rosies will become part of a permanent exhibition at the museum and will be available through the Library of Congress, Michigan Radio reported.

People around the world will be able to hear what it was like for the Rosies during the war.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE