U.S. B-17s of 91st Bomb Group (including the "Memphis Belle") leave Bassingbourn Airfield on bombing mission in World War 2
England Date:1943 Duration:6 min 16 sec Sound:Yes
B-17 bombers of the U.S. 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group, take off from their base at RAF Bassingbourn. Views from inside the B-17, "Memphis Belle." The landing gear of the "Memphis Belle" retracting into the wheel well. Views of English countryside, including many RAF airfields. B-17s in close formation. Crew members of the "Memphis Belle" are seen at their duty stations inside the aircraft, including: Captain Robert Morgan,Pilot; Captain Jim Vernis,Co-Pilot; Sergeant Robert Hanson,Radio operator and gunner; Captain Chuck Leighton, Navigator; Sergeant Harold Loch,Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner; Sergeant John Quinlan, Tail-Gunner; Sergeant Cecil Scott, ball turret gunner; Captain Vince Evans,Bombardier ; Sergeants Bill Winchell and Tony Nastal, Waist gunners. Pilot , Captain Morgan, alerts crew and dons his oxygen mask as they climb through ten thousand feet. View of coast of England as they leave. Temperatures drop and contrails form as the formation of B-17s climbs to 25 thousand feet.
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