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The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress -- 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.

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13 April 1944 (USA) See more »
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Fly and Fight with the Crew on an Actual Bombing Mission Over Germany!
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Documentary about the 25th and last bombing mission of a B17, the "Memphis Belle". The "Memphis Belle"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ordinary men who faced the enemy head on and became heroes See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Stanley Wray ... Himself - Group Commander (as Colonel Stanley Wray)
Robert Morgan ... Himself - Pilot (as Captain Robert Morgan)

James A. Verinis ... 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

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself - Congratulates Crew of Memphis Belle
Ira C. Eaker ... Himself - Commander: 8th Air Force (as General Eaker)
Jacob L. Devers ... Himself - U.S. Commander: European Theatre (as General Devers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Art Gilmore ... Additional narration
Eugene Kern ... Narrator

Arthur Kennedy ... Crewman (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerome Chodorov 
Lester Koenig 
William Wyler 

Original Music by
Gail Kubik 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (uncredited)
William V. Skall (uncredited)
Harold J. Tannenbaum (uncredited)
William Wyler (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel A. McGovern .... camera operator: combat (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
 

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"The Memphis Belle" - USA (short title)
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45 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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This was the first movie to be reviewed on the front page of the New York Times.See more »

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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Ordinary men who faced the enemy head on and became heroes, 14 December 2005
Author: WhiteMako from United States

Having met most of the men who flew this B-17 as well as the men commanding and the ground crew; it was confirmed to me that ordinary men do what was necessary to do during the War. They faced the enemy and did the job; in spite of a gnawing fear, they flew and became heroes. Men of courage mixed with pure guts most times. I know -----I married one who flew another plane of the same group and gave a part of himself so we could all live in freedom. We were also friends with the Crew Chief of the Memphis Belle.My husband was the Eastern Division Secretary for twelve years while Paul Chryst, Joe Camelleri, Joe Giambrone were Co Chairmen and Treasurer. The 91st Bombardment Group (H) Memorial Association was a wonderful outfit and we had many Rallies and Reunions all over the United States and Europe.

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