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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 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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Everything You Could Want In A Documentary
23 October 2017 | by bellabanana93See all my reviews

The Memphis Belle (1944) is a War/History documentary about "The Memphis Belle" which is the 25th & last bombing mission of a B17 in Germany. It is directed by William Wyler and I think that he did a wonderful job. The documentary is clear, easy to understand, entertaining, interesting, and informative which is just about everything you could want in a documentary. I feel that this film would be suitable to show in schools in history class since it is easy to understand so students would probably learn from it.

The documentary explains who is working on each campaign and gives lots of additional information about the campaigns in the introduction. The narrator is sure to include their plans and how they ensure to defeat the Nazis. The documentary shows you the people who are working in the American Army at the time of the mission and who they are and what they did before joining the military.

Although the documentary is old, the imagery and shots are stunning. You can see clear birds-eye views of the bombing missions and are able to see the range of how much destruction they cause. You can see a first-hand perspective of fighter planes flying and getting ready to shoot while the narrator explains exactly what is going on. You can also hear the dialogue between the pilots and crew.


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