Americana - The crew of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" back from its 25th operational mission. All of the crew hold the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. It all started with this Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. In all of its missions, there was only one casualty, a leg wound to the tail gunner, June 1943.
B-17 "THE MEMPHIS BELLE". ENGLAND: AIRPLANES, MEMPHIS BELLE The Boeing B-17 "The Memphis Belle" is pictured on her way back to the United States after completing 25 missions from an airbase in England. 9 June 1943.
Gen. Hap Arnold, commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, examining the "Memphis Belle" after it returned to the US.Memphis Belle was one of the first B-17 USAAC heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions with her crew intact by May 1943.The aircraft and crew then returned to the United States to sell war bonds. The aircraft is undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.