Allied bombing of Wilhelmshaven, Germany, as seen from participating B-17, "Memphis Belle."
Wilhelmshaven Germany Date:1943 Duration:8 min 44 sec Sound:Yes
Views from inside the B-17 "Memphis Belle, " part of a formation of U.S. 91st Bomb Group B-17s on mission to bomb Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Pilot, Robert Morgan dons steel helmet. High altitude view of enemy coast. Smoke from Flak bursts is seen. Docks and submarine pens of Wilhelmshaven are seen. Germans set off smoke screens. Thick barrages of Flak explode around the aircraft. As lead aircraft in the formation, Captain Morgan changes course every 15 seconds as an evasive tactic. Morgan passes control of the B-17 to Bombardier Vince Evans as their bomb run begins. Crew's gunners fire at attacking German fighters. One B-17 is hit but continues bomb run. B-17s drop bombs. Explosions and heavy smoke from targets. As they head home, Flak stops and German fighter attacks begin in earnest and "Memphis Belle" gunners are busy fighting them off. A B-17 with number 1 engine smoking, and another with fire in number 3 engine. A B-17 falling out of control. Some crew parachutes are seen. Gunner hits an attacking German Me-109 fighter and its pilot bails out. A B-17 trailing smoke descends away from the formation.
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