A documentary about the Memphis Belle, the iconic World War II bomber on view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is about to make its debut.
“Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission,” a locally produced documentary, will air Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. on Think TV 16.
The plane, along with her crew, was the first Army Air Forces heavy bomber to fly 25 missions over Nazi-held Europe and return to the United States.
In 1943, the Memphis Belle flew into Dayton during a war bond tour of 30 cities. The tour, a way to raise money and boost morale, was dubbed the “26th mission.”
Two years later the plane was “sitting in a boneyard” until the city of Memphis rescued it, according to the station’s website. In 2005 the Air Force Museum began a 13-year restoration.
Interviews with the curator and restoration crew about the insights and challenges of the long restoration mission and first-hand accounts taken from combat diaries of the bomber’s dangerous missions are part of the documentary.
More information about the documentary can be found at https://thinktv.org/memphis-belle-the-final-mission/.
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