Lieutenant-General Jacob L. Devers adresses a bomber crew of the 91st Bomb Group in front of their B-17 Flying Fortress (DF-A, serial number 41-24485) nicknamed "Memphis Belle". Passed for publication 10 Jun 1943. Printed caption on reverse: 'Not For Publication Before 00.30 June 10th. Flying Fortress Returns To U.S.A. After 25 Operations. June 1943. At an 8th Army Air Station somewhere in England, Lt.-Gen. Jacob L. Devers, and Major-General Ira. C. Eaker, bidded fare-well to the Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" which is returning to the United States after completing 25 missions over enemy territory. The crew will instruct airmen back home, who will follow in their footsteps in the great Allied Air Offensives against the enemy. Picture shows - General Devers, addressing the crew before the departure.' On reverse: US Army Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamp]. Print No: 268679
"King George of England talks with high American Army officers during a visit to an Eighth Air force base to inspect the crew of the "Memphis Belle," famed Boeing B-17 Flying fortress."
Memphis Belles pilot Capt Robert K Morgan stands behind the King.
Captain James H Verinis [ New Haven, Connecticut ], co-pilot on the "MEMPHIS BELLE" with "Stuka", the plane's mascot, at an airbase in England. 9 June 1943.
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Queen Elizabeth of England visits an 8th Air force base to inspect the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, "Memphis Belle".
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B-17 41-24485 'Memphis Belle' tail undergoing repair.
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S/Sgt Clarence E Winchell, [ 846 Forest Ave., Oak Park, Ill. ], mans a waist gun on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle".
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The crew of the Boeing B-17 "THE MEMPHIS BELLE" is pictured at an airbase in England after completing 25 missions over enemy territory. They are, left to right: T/Sgt. Harold P. Loch of Green Bay, Wisconsin, top turret gunner; S/Sgt. Cecil H. Scott T/Sgt Robert John Hanson, Capt James A. Verinis, Capt Robert Knight Morgan, Capt Charles B. Leighton, S/Sgt John P. Quinlan, S/Sgt Casimer A Nastal, Capt Vincent Brooks Evans, S/Sgt Clarence B Winchell.
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Lt General Jacob L Devers and Major General Ira C Eaker wishing the crew of the Boeing B-17 "Memphis Belle" good luck on their trip to the States after they had completed their 25th operational flight. Bovington, England, 9 June 1943.
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Before the famed Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Memphis Belle" left the 8th Air force on its June 1943 trip home, fellow airmen and ground crewmen autographed most of its camouflaged sides.
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41-24485 (91st BG, 324th BS, "Memphis Belle") was first B-17 to complete 25 combat missions overEurope.
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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.
The Memphis Belle was restored and put on display at National Museum of the US Air Force in
Dayton, Oh. on May 17, 2018.
MEMPHIS BELLE. (named by pilot Bob Morgan).
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...
Home of the Memphis Belle
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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,...
Military | Colonel | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Pilot of the 'Memphis Belle', named for Margaret Polk.
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...
7 November 1942
A combined bomber force of 56 B-17s are despatched by 91BG, 301BG and 306BG to bomb the U-Boat pens at Brest, France. This is the first mission flown by 91st Bomb Group. This element is joined by 12 B-24s from 93BG. To aide the attacking bomber force,...
17 May 1943
VIII Bomber Command launches another operation against German U-Boat facilities with three elements. The first element is a formation of 100 B-17s despatched from: 91BG (24); 92BG (10); 303BG (21); 305BG (21) and 306BG (24) to attack the German U-Boat...
19 May 1943
The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...
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...
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