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#4497018 - 11/13/19 05:30 AM Memphis Belle in Color  
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Watching this.

https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/memphis-belle-in-color/0/3475928

So many brave young men, most of them in the early 20's, some in their late teens even, lives wasted because those F******* Nazis thought they were the only race worth living on this planet.

I didn't know the plane is still around and has just been restored and put on display last year:

https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/V...ticle/195966/boeing-b-17f-memphis-belle/

It was built in July 1942.

That's a 77 years old plane!

Amazing they were able to keep it around all these years when most everything that was built to fight World War II ended up in the junk yard by the 10 of 1000's after the war was over.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Belle_(aircraft)

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#4497049 - 11/13/19 03:53 PM Re: Memphis Belle in Color [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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I saw it last year when I was in Dayton for the Dawn Patrol airshow. I'd highly recommend anybody in the area to check out the museum there.
I think Netflix still has The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress on it.

Those guys had a tough job with tight quarters, thin air, freezing their asses off, and a high risk of collision. That's not even counting flak and German fighters.

#4497214 - 11/15/19 02:40 AM Re: Memphis Belle in Color [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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I found the original The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress film on YouTube


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW4F_ZMrS3A

Each one of those bombs symbol is a complete mission.

What do the red and yellow stars above them symbolize?

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#4497285 - 11/15/19 06:17 PM Re: Memphis Belle in Color [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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I found the answer here:

https://memphisbelle.com/2016/04/20/faq/

Q# What do the red and yellow stars painted above the bombs on the side of the plane signify?

A# The red and yellow stars, painted above the bombs for each mission flown, represent the missions where the “Belle” lead her bomb group, yellow stars, and when she lead the whole bomb wing, red stars#


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