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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:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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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

The historic B-17F known as the "Memphis Belle" has now been fully restored and put on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday, May 17, 2018. It is raised up and supported on stilts to give it the impression of flying. 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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The Memphis Belle
25 February 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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

*** (out of 4)

William Wyler directed this documentary that takes a look at a group of B-17 flyers on their 25th and final mission over Europe. Like many of the WWII documentaries from this era, it's true that they've been replaced in terms of some quality because in recent years people like A&E and The History Channel have been able to produce some spectacular documents of the war. With that said, there's also no doubt that these documentaries serve a great purpose because they show so many important stories and we get to see many historic battles. This documentary doesn't give you a great idea of who The Memphis Belle were as there's very little information given about them but this here is made up by the wonderful footage that we get. Shot in glorious Technicolor, this documentary contains some terrific footage of the men, what they did when not in the air and of course the battle footage. There are some terrific images from the air where we look down on the European countryside and it's so beautiful to look at that you often have to remind yourself that there's a war going on. The bombing scenes are breathtaking as are the scenes dealing with wounded soldiers. There's one sequence where a soldier is getting a blood transfusion and narrator Eugene Kern makes it clear that the blood could be from anyone in America, which was a clear cry for people to keep doing their part by giving blood.


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