Memphis Belle

This two disc video tells the story of the real Memphis Belle, named for Margaret Polk, and its even more exciting than Hollywood’s fact-inspired version. The First Film Unit of the US Army Air Force made a 45 minute documentary that was first released in 1944 to mark the safe completion of a full tour by the Memphis Belle and her crew. This marks the start of this video and is followed by rare out-takes that include a visit by HM King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth, a slide show and 90 page downloadable study document. Outstanding & exciting.


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NAME: Memphis Belle
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: D0196
PRESENTER(S): Graham M Simons
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD 
FORMAT: Wide Screen
RUNTIME: 205 minutes
PLAYERS: Linux Workstation, Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD 
Player
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PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, air 
battles, US 8th Army Air Force, European air war, bombing, day bombing, 
lead bombing, 25 missions, Full Tour
ISBN: 0-24762-029-7
IMAGE: D0196
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BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/l5emgxh
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DESCRIPTION: This two disc video tells the story of the real Memphis 
Belle, named for Margaret Polk, and its even more exciting than Hollywood's 
fact-inspired version. The First Film Unit of the US Army Air Force made 
a 45 minute documentary that was first released in 1944 to mark the safe 
completion of a full tour by the Memphis Belle and her crew. This marks 
the start of this video and is followed by rare out-takes that include a visit 
by HM King George VI and HM Queen Elizabeth, a slide show and 90 
page downloadable study document. Outstanding & exciting.

Flying Fortress B-17F 41-42285 “Memphis Belle” was delivered at Bangor 
Maine in September 1942. Her captain, Robert K Morgan named her for his 
fiancée and “The Belle” carried nose art of Margaret on both sides, but with 
different coloured dresses.

Sent to the US 8th Army Air Force, based in Britain, she served from 7 
November 1942 to 17th May 1943, completing the 25 missions of a full tour. 
During the tour, she dropped more than 60 tons of bombs on targets in 
Germany and Occupied France. She shot down 8 enemy fighters and 
damaged more than 12 other German fighters. This was not without cost, 
one mission seeing her return with most of her tail shot away. During her 
tour, she had five engines destroyed, a wing destroyed, and multiple damage 
to the fuselage, being patched up and continuing to fly. Her crew were 
decorated 51 times and each received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the 
Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters.

This is a moving tribute to the Memphis Belle, all of her sisters of the 8th Air 
Force and her crew. Shot under combat conditions in full colour, this is a 
remarkable video. The out-takes provide some memorable footage and the 
whole package is an impressive offering. Aggressively priced, it is also 
subject to the Pen & Sword promotional discounts. A DVD not to be missed