U.S. Army General Jacob Devers reads a citation and congratulates the crew of U.S. 8th Air Force B-17 "Memphis Belle."
United Kingdom Date:1943 Duration:1 min 58 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Recognition of the U.S. 8th Air Force crew of the B-17 flying Fortress Bomber, "Memphis Belle" in England during World War II. (The "Memphis Belle" was the first B-17 to complete 25 daylight bombing missions over Germany, with aircraft and crew intact.) Commander of U.S. Army Forces in Europe, Lieutenant General Jacob Devers, reads a citation. Commander of U.S. 8th Air Force, Major General Ira Eaker, stands beside General Devers. Captain Robert K. Morgan, pilot of the aircraft, stands at attention in front of his crew. The "Memphis Belle" name and artwork is seen on the nose of the B-17, as well as part of the 25 bombs and 8 swastikas painted on its fuselage, indicating missions flown and German aircraft shot down. General Devers congratulates the crew and shakes hands with Captain Morgan. This is repeated for the camera. (The "Memphis Bell was flown back to the U.S by a select crew, including Captain Morgan, and took part in War Bond drives to support the war effort.)
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