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

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A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.


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Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Jerome Chodorov, Lester Koenig, William Wyler

Awards

3 wins.

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30 March 2018 | grantss
9
| Superb, stirring documentary
1943 and the allied bombing campaign is at its peak. The Memphis Belle is a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber in the US 8th Air Force. Its crew have completed 24 missions - one more and they go home. A documentary film crew captured their 25th mission, from preparation on the ground onwards.

Superb documentary, directed by William Wyler. Captures very accurately the day-to-day lives of US bomber crews in Europe, including the dangers and sacrifices made. Good detail of the mission itself.

Great footage, shot specifically for the documentary. The lives of the documentary crew were also in danger...

Narration is stirring and brings home the importance of the bombers' roles, as well as how endangered the crews' lives were. Very sobering and emotional.

The documentary inspired the great 1990 feature film, Memphis Belle.

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