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The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)

Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Wray ...
Himself - Group Commander (as Colonel Stanley Wray)
Robert Morgan ...
Himself - Pilot (as Captain Robert Morgan)
...
Himself - Co-Pilot (as Captain Jim Verinis)
Robert J. Hanson ...
Himself - Radio Operator (as Sergeant Bob Hanson)
Charles B. Leighton ...
Himself - Navigator (as Captain Chuck Leighton)
Harold P. Loch ...
Himself - Engineer and Top Turret Gunner (as Sergeant Harold Loch)
John P. Quinlan ...
Himself - Tail Gunner (as Sergeant John Quinlan)
Cecil H. Scott ...
Himself - Turret Gunner (as Sergeant Cecil Scott)
Vince Evans ...
Himself - Bombardier (as Captain Vincent Evans)
Clarence E. Winchell ...
Himself - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Bill Winchell)
Casimer A. Nastal ...
Himself - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Tony Nastal)
Haywood Hansell ...
Himself - USAAF (as Brigadier General Hansell)
King George VI ...
Himself - Congratulates Crew of Memphis Belle
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Herself - Congratulates Crew of Memphis Belle
Ira C. Eaker ...
Himself - Commander: 8th Air Force (as General Eaker)
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Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle" took part in a great bombing raid on sub-pens in Wilhelmshafen, Germany. On their way they encounterd heavy AA fire and interceptors. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Fly and Fight with the Crew on an Actual Bombing Mission Over Germany!


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13 April 1944 (USA)  »

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The "Memphis Belle" seen in this film, a Boeing B-17F (serial no.41-24485), was moved to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio in October, 2005 to undergo a multi-year restoration process. As of October 2015, it is still undergoing that process which is scheduled to last another three years, after which the aircraft will be placed on display for the public. See more »

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29 December 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary made by the US Army Air Corps and directed by William Wyler during WWII and. It features the plane and crew of the Memphis Belle—the first bomber to complete its tour of duty successfully. Because of its successes and luck, the bomber and crew were eventually returned to the US for a bond-raising tour. This film was made to coincide with this.

A few things will probably strike you as you watch. First, it is (unlike most films of the day) in color—albeit a bit grainy and washed out. Second, the narration is very grim and direct—non-romanticized all the way. As for the film itself, it's a delight to air buffs as it not only shows footage of the bomber but shows it in action, explains bombing runs and other technical information. It even shows footage of bombers being shot down and damage to the bombers. Clearly this is not just another gung-ho propaganda film but one that stresses realism above all. As a result of these factors, this is a great film—one that is gripping even when seen today.


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