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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)
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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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At the very beginning of the scene where the King and Queen are shown driving towards the waiting crew there is a British Horsa glider in the background. The Pilot of the Horsa was Sgt Brian Vincent accompanied by, S/Sgt Bert Harget. They had been forced to make an emergency landing during a cross country training exercise when the tug developed an engine fault. They were made very welcome by the Americans and their Glider was placed at the end of the line of "Forts". The details are still there in Bert's Flying Log. See more »

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"Where do such men come from?" Meet the crew of The Memphis Belle.

The pilot was 24-year-old Captain Robert K. Morgan from Asheville, North Carolina who was an industrial engineer before joining the Army in 1941; the co-pilot, whom Captain Morgan insisted was "the other pilot', was 25-year-old Captain James A. Verinis from New Haven, Connecticut, who was a business administration student at the University of Connecticut before entering the service in July of 1941; Captain Vincent B. Evans, the 23-year-old bombadier was one of the two married members of the crew, and was a fleet-truck operator in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas before enlisting in January of 1942; Captain Charles B. Leighton, from East Lansing,Michigan and a chemistry student at Ohio Wesleyan before entering the service, was the navigator. The engineer and top turret gunner was Technical Sergeant Harold P.Loch, a 23-year-old stevedore from Green Bay, Wisconsin who joined the service in November of 1941; Technical Sergeant Robert J.Hanson, a construction worker from Washington state and the other married crew member, was the radio operator. The 19-year-old "baby" of the Memphis Belle crew was waist-gunner Staff Sergeant Casimer A. Nastal who was a washing machine repairman from Detroit, Michigan with two confirmed fighter kills to his credit who thought he had more "but never had time to watch whether they went down"; Staff Sergeant Cecil H. Scott, a pressman for a rubber company in Rahway, New Jersey was the ball turret gunner and, at 27, the oldest member of the crew. One of the three cameraman was First Lieutenant Harold J. Tannenbaum, from Binghamton,New York, a World War I veteran who remained in the Navy until 1927. He re-entered the service in July,1942 when he received his commission in the Army Air Force. He was killed in action,age 46,in April of 1944 and received a posthumous Purple Heart.


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