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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

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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Ordinary men who faced the enemy head on and became heroes
14 December 2005 | by WhiteMakoSee all my reviews

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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