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

A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.

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William Wyler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Wray Stanley Wray ... Himself - Group Commander (as Colonel Stanley Wray)
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Himself - Pilot (as Captain Robert Morgan)
James A. Verinis ... Himself - Co-Pilot (as Captain Jim Verinis)
Robert J. Hanson Robert J. Hanson ... Himself - Radio Operator (as Sergeant Bob Hanson)
Charles B. Leighton Charles B. Leighton ... Himself - Navigator (as Captain Chuck Leighton)
Harold P. Loch Harold P. Loch ... Himself - Engineer and Top Turret Gunner (as Sergeant Harold Loch)
John P. Quinlan John P. Quinlan ... Himself - Tail Gunner (as Sergeant John Quinlan)
Cecil H. Scott Cecil H. Scott ... Himself - Turret Gunner (as Sergeant Cecil Scott)
Vince Evans Vince Evans ... Himself - Bombardier (as Captain Vincent Evans)
Clarence E. Winchell Clarence E. Winchell ... Himself - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Bill Winchell)
Casimer A. Nastal Casimer A. Nastal ... Himself - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Tony Nastal)
Haywood Hansell 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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Memphis Belle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the footage was lost and portions of the film are actually recreations shot over Santa Monica, California. See more »

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The narrator claims that Britain was last conquered more than a thousand years ago. The latest conquest of Britain was in 1066, 878 years before the film was released. See more »

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Superb, stirring documentary
30 March 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

1943 and the allied bombing campaign is at its peak. The Memphis Belle is a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber in the US 8th Air Force. Its crew have completed 24 missions - one more and they go home. A documentary film crew captured their 25th mission, from preparation on the ground onwards.

Superb documentary, directed by William Wyler. Captures very accurately the day-to-day lives of US bomber crews in Europe, including the dangers and sacrifices made. Good detail of the mission itself.

Great footage, shot specifically for the documentary. The lives of the documentary crew were also in danger...

Narration is stirring and brings home the importance of the bombers' roles, as well as how endangered the crews' lives were. Very sobering and emotional.

The documentary inspired the great 1990 feature film, Memphis Belle.


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