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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.

Director:

William Wyler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Wray Stanley Wray ... Self - Group Commander (as Colonel Stanley Wray)
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Self - Pilot (as Captain Robert Morgan)
James A. Verinis ... Self - Co-Pilot (as Captain Jim Verinis)
Robert J. Hanson Robert J. Hanson ... Self - Radio Operator (as Sergeant Bob Hanson)
Charles B. Leighton Charles B. Leighton ... Self - Navigator (as Captain Chuck Leighton)
Harold P. Loch Harold P. Loch ... Self - Engineer and Top Turret Gunner (as Sergeant Harold Loch)
John P. Quinlan John P. Quinlan ... Self - Tail Gunner (as Sergeant John Quinlan)
Cecil H. Scott Cecil H. Scott ... Self - Turret Gunner (as Sergeant 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

Director William Wyler was injured when an anti-aircraft shell exploded close to where he was sitting in the aircraft, resulting in him losing most of his hearing in one ear. 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

Referenced in Memphis Belle (1990) See more »

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29 December 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a documentary made by the US Army Air Corps and directed by William Wyler during WWII and. It features the plane and crew of the Memphis Belle—the first bomber to complete its tour of duty successfully. Because of its successes and luck, the bomber and crew were eventually returned to the US for a bond-raising tour. This film was made to coincide with this.

A few things will probably strike you as you watch. First, it is (unlike most films of the day) in color—albeit a bit grainy and washed out. Second, the narration is very grim and direct—non-romanticized all the way. As for the film itself, it's a delight to air buffs as it not only shows footage of the bomber but shows it in action, explains bombing runs and other technical information. It even shows footage of bombers being shot down and damage to the bombers. Clearly this is not just another gung-ho propaganda film but one that stresses realism above all. As a result of these factors, this is a great film—one that is gripping even when seen today.


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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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