What are the myths of the Memphis Belle? Air Force museum to tell all

An author of a book on myths about the iconic World War II B-17F Memphis Belle will speak April 18 and 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Harry Friedman, a four-decade member of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association, will speak with museum curator Jeff Duford in audience presentations set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, and 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Carney Auditorium.

The plane was the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 combat missions over war-ravaged Europe.

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After years of restoration, the Memphis Belle will be unveiled in a new exhibit at the museum in a three-day celebration May 17-19.

Friedman, a resident of Memphis, Tenn., co-authored with Graham M. Simons the 2008 book, “Memphis Belle: Dispelling the Myths.”

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He and the co-author are due to sign the book during the celebration, museum officials said.

Two B-17G Flying Fortresses and more than 130 World War II re-enactors will be part of the celebration.


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