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

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 13 April 1944 (USA)
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 overview, first billed only:
Stanley Wray Stanley Wray ... Self - Group Commander (as Col. Stanley Wray)
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Self - Pilot (as Capt. Robert Morgan)
James A. Verinis ... Self - Co-Pilot (as Capt. Jim Verinis)
Robert J. Hanson Robert J. Hanson ... Self - Radio Operator (as Sgt. Bob Hanson)
Charles B. Leighton Charles B. Leighton ... Self - Navigator (as Capt. Chuck Leighton)
Harold P. Loch Harold P. Loch ... Self - Engineer and Top Turret Gunner (as Sgt. Harold Loch)
John P. Quinlan John P. Quinlan ... Self - Tail Gunner (as Sgt. John Quinlan)
Cecil H. Scott Cecil H. Scott ... Self - Turret Gunner (as Sgt. Cecil Scott)
Vince Evans Vince Evans ... Self - Bombardier (as Captain Vincent Evans)
Clarence E. Winchell Clarence E. Winchell ... Self - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Bill Winchell)
Casimer A. Nastal Casimer A. Nastal ... Self - Waist Gunner (as Sergeant Tony Nastal)
Haywood Hansell Haywood Hansell ... Self - USAAF (as Brigadier General Hansell)
King George VI ... Self - Congratulates Crew of Memphis Belle
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Self - Congratulates Crew of Memphis Belle
Ira C. Eaker Ira C. Eaker ... Self - 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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Trivia

While the film purportedly chronicles the first American heavy bomber to complete 25 missions in WWII, that distinction actually belongs to the B-24 Liberator nicknamed "Hot Stuff." It completed its 25th mission on 2/7/43. The first B-17 to complete 25 missions was "Delta Rebel II" on 5/1/43. "Memphis Belle" completed its 25th mission on 5/19/43, nearly 3-1/2 months after "Hot Stuff." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

All aerial combat film was exposed during air battles over enemy territory See more »

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Featured in John Huston War Stories (1999) See more »

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A Cool Inside Look at World War II
22 January 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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 Wilhelmshaven, Germany. On their way they encountered heavy AA fire and interceptors.

The 16 mm color film used did not include sound, and this was added later in Hollywood. The original crew, during their war bonds drive in the United States, made typical appropriate comments to each other while watching the silent movie in a studio. The result was difficult to distinguish from real combat recordings.

Regarding Wilhelmshaven, two thirds of the town's buildings were destroyed during bombing by the Allies of World War II. That is pretty devastating. How much of that can be attributed to the Memphis Belle? While there is plenty of footage of World War II, this is an inside look that is rather atypical. A real crew in a real plane on a real mission. I find it especially interesting because one of the crew was from Green Bay, which is my general neighborhood.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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