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41-24485

B-17 Flying Fortress

Assigned to the 324th Bomb Squadron/91st Bomb Group [DF-A], Bangor 31/8/42; Bassingbourn 26/10/42; one of first in group to complete 25 missions; Returned to the USA Columbia 25/6/43 for nationwide war bond tour; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 1/8/45. Restored and was on display at Millington Apt., Mud Is. Memphis, Tn. for several years; to USAF Museum, Dayton, Oh, in 2005 for complete strip down and renovation, plus engines rebuild, set for static restoration.

MEMPHIS BELLE. (named by pilot Bob Morgan).

Service

Units

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Home of the Memphis Belle

People

  • Eugene Adkins

    Military | Major | Top turret guner / Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Tennessee, served during WWII in the USAAC. In 1942, he was assigned as the top turret gunner aboard B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', after Levy Dillion was transferred to another squadron. He would go on to...

  • Kay Cashman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 483rd Bomb Group
    Killed in Action 18 July 1944 B-17 42-102422 shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in the vicinity of Memmingen, the target of the mission.

  • Leviticus Dillon

    Military | Senior Master Sergeant | Top turret / Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    After enlistment and training as an US Army Air Corps soldier. Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Top turret gunner for B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' completing 4 missions with the crew before being transferred to another squadron. Wounded on the 3rd...

  • Vincent Evans

    Military | Major | Bombardier | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Texas, he joined the USAAC in 1942 and was assigned as bombardier on the B-17, 'Memphis Belle'. The 'Belle' and her crew would ultimately become the first to fly all of it's required twenty-five missions in...

  • Joseph Giambrone

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew Chief | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' Joe kept the 'Belle' Flying through six months of combat. He replaced 9 engines, both wings, two tails, both main landing gear, and more !! Once 'Belle' returned to the US...

  • Robert Hanson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. T/Sgt Robert J Hanson, radio operator on the 'Memphis Belle'. Native of Washington state, he entered the military in 1941 and in 1942 was assigned to be the radio operator aboard the B-17, the 'Memphis Belle'. The ...

  • Charles Leighton

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF in England from October 1942 to May 1943, during which time he completed his tour as Navigator aboard the B-17 "Memphis Belle". He and the crew next completed a war bond tour across the United States with the famous B-17...

  • Harold Loch

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top turret / Engineer | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Assigned to 324BS, 91BG, 8AF USAAF. Native of Wisconsin, he joined the USAAC in 1941, shortly before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In February 1943, Loch was assigned to the B-17 bomber 'Memphis Belle' as the flight engineer and top turret gunner,...

  • Robert Morgan

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk. ...

  • Casimer Nastal

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner [Right] | 447th Bomb Group
    S/Sgt Casimer A "Tony" Nastal entered military service in 1941 and would serve on different bomber crews with the 447BG, 8AF, before eventually being assigned to the B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle', replacing Scott E Miller as the right waist gunner. He...

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Places

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 23:58:42 jmchristel Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.memphis-belle.com/belle_story.htm

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2014 13:18:12 Carl Changes to production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

US Air Force Museum factsheet about the 'Memphis Belle': http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=6740

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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