It seems like Hollywood did a great appareance during the World War II, because the United States Army needed to hire some people to design some escenarios, so they created a false neighrhood above Boeing Plant No. 2 where thousand of B-17 bombers were produced.
It was a really small neighborhood which had buildings that were just 4 feet tall and were made of wood to complete the illusion of a neighborhood that was covering about 26 acres. If the enemies could see this creation closer, they would noticed it was a camouflage for a plant that was producing thousands of bombers.
Those sets were devised by Hollywood set designers. All these girls were actually on the rooftop of the B 17 bomber factory in Washington.
Nothing out of the ordinary
This neighborhood was completed in 1944 and was removed a year after the war.
Buildings were just 4 feet tall and made of wood to complete the illusion of the neighborhood covering about 26 acres.
Hiding Air Bases
This fake neighborhood was meant to hide the presence of airplane production facilities, it had the size of eight football fields.
The ground was made of burlap, while the lawns and trees were chicken feathers and spun glass.
The series of a dozen square blocks was lifted forty feet in the air. It was never intended for human habitation.
This village was built if any Japanese bombers made it this far to the east, they expected that Japanese pilots would mistake this for a quiet residential neighborhood.
Even the cars that seem to be parked on the streets were boxes that were created with the form of a car.
The streets in this neighborhood were perfectly created, they tried to make it look even more real when they matched the streets with the real ones.
Receptionist in Boeing
We can see two receptionist at the Boeing Plant No. 2, Joyce Howe and Susan Heidenreich, walking at their garden like if it was a normal day.
This picture was taken about 1944 and we can see the village as the Japanese pilots would have watched it.
Before the change
There are thousand of workers reunited in front of the Boeing Plant during a ceremony that changed everything. After this the Plant was hidden.
This was the first B-52 A which is going to departure from the Boeing Plant in Seattle.
Pilots unable to identify the bases
Flights over camouflaged areas had positive results, because the pilots were unable to identify the bases, factories and plants.
Women also were working at the Boeing Plant. They needed to have the airplanes ready for the war.
Rosie the Riveter
World wars were total wars and required governments to utilize their entire populations for the purpose of defeating their enemies, millions of women were encouraged to work in industry.
The B-17 was first employed by the United States Army Air Forces in the daylight strategic bombing campaign of World War II against German military targets.
During World War I women across the United States were employed in jobs previously done by men.
30,000 people were working together in this place. Workers from the plane plant took an entirely opposite route to get out, heading down instead of up.
Pilots never were close
The camouflage would have been removed but it would hae been interesting to see if the camouflage netting would have proved successful, Japanese pilots never were so near to the neighborhood.