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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

Pilot Robert Morgan named the aircraft after his girlfriend at the time, Margaret Polk, of Memphis, TN. Morgan chose the nose artwork from a 1941 illustration in "Esquire" magazine by famous pin-up artist George Petty. She is wearing a blue outfit on the port (left) side of the aircraft and a red one on the starboard (right) side. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #3.1 (1990) See more »

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"Where do such men come from?" Meet the crew of The Memphis Belle.
16 October 2001 | by horn-5See all my reviews

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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