The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress

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

Genres - Documentary, History, War  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film  |   Release Date - Apr 13, 1944  |   Run Time - 45 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress is a 1944 documentary film which ostensibly provides an account of the final mission of the crew of the Memphis Belle, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. In May 1943 it became the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States. The dramatic 16 mm color film of actual battles was made by three cinematographers, including First Lieutenant Harold J. Tannenbaum. Tannebaum, a veteran of World War I, was killed in action during the filming when the bomber he was in was shot down over France on April 16, 1943. The film was directed by Major William Wyler, narrated by Eugene Kern, and had scenes at its station, RAF Bassingbourn, photographed by Hollywood cinematographer Captain William H. Clothier. It was made under the auspices of the First Motion Picture Unit, part of the United States Army Air Forces. The film actually depicted the next to last mission of the crew (see below) on May 15, 1943, and was made as a morale-building inspiration for the Home Front by showing the everyday courage of the men who manned these bombers.

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Aviation, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

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Subject: aviation, military aviation, World War II

Alternate Titles

Bajo cielos enemigos
MX, UY
Den flyvende fæstning Memphis Belle
DK
La bella di Memphis
IT
Le Memphis Belle, histoire d'une forteresse volante
FR
Memphis Belle
BE, GR
Memphis Belle: O Avião Inabalável
BR
Por Céus Inimigos
BR
The Memphis Belle
US
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
GB, US
Мемфис Бел: Разказ за една летяща крепост
BG
Мемфис Белль: История летающей крепости
RU, US
メンフィス・ベル
JP