**THE MEMPHIS BELLE** Take to the skies with the US 8th Air Force in this tense and exciting fim documentary of the Memphis Belle. See our first B-17 Bomber to fulfill a complete tour of duty and successfully fly 25 missions over enemy territory during World War II. Shot in full color by the War Department, The Memphis Belle contains harrowing footage of actual aerial combat, as anti-aircraft flak expodes around the crew (and you) as the bomber flies across the Channel and through France to destroy rail lines and munitions factories in the center of Germany.
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Although cover art indicates this VHS is the 1990 MEMPHIS BELLE theatrical film, it's actually a 45 minute Technicolor documentary entitled, "The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress" (1944), directed by William Wyler and featuring actual footage of the famed B-17's 25th and final bombing mission.
We see here the Belle's crew members in action as they maneuver among deadly flak bursts and battle faster, more agile Messerschmidts. The target (if they reach it and weather cooperates): sub-pens located in Wilhelmshafen, Germany.
This remarkable movie has in abundance something Hollywood's aviation war pictures rarely even approach: the realism of actual men riaking their lives in the confines of an easily downable airship, and bravely doing so in broad daylight over hostile enemy territory. When the story's over and Belle's safely on the ground, it's so evident that this foray was one for the history books.
Very highly recommended!
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