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Years in the making. The restoration of the Memphis Belle B-17F Flying Fortress.
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Sep 7, 2018 10:41:56   #
gekko11 Loc: Las Cruces NM
 
amazing photos James! I'm putting this place on my list of places to visit!! Thank you for posting

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Sep 7, 2018 10:46:37   #
Mike Fos Loc: Powhatan Virginia
 
Great job. To bad it isn't flying. Got a ride in Nine-O-Nine last fall. The most exciting experience of my life. A real live B-17. It doesn't get better than that.

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Sep 7, 2018 10:47:27   #
merrytexan Loc: georgia
 
impressive photography and interesting narative, james. if I ever get back to ohio I will stop to see it.

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Sep 7, 2018 10:53:14   #
double g Loc: Oklahoma
 
Wow! Nicely done.

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Sep 7, 2018 11:10:42   #
Stevieboy Loc: West Palm Beach, Florida
 
Great Job. Loved the movie. Saw it many times.

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Sep 7, 2018 11:21:25   #
foxfirerodandgun Loc: Stony Creek, VA
 
Stevieboy wrote:
Great Job. Loved the movie. Saw it many times.


And if you want to read what I consider to be an excellent book about the Memphis Belle and her crew this is the one. I recently read it and have it in my library. It was written by her pilot, Robert (Bob) Morgan and Ron Powers.

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle
Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot
By Robert Morgan and Ron Powers
Originally published: 2001


The riveting firsthand account of World War II pilot Robert Morgan, his crew, and the legendary Memphis Belle written with Ron Powers, co writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers.


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Sep 7, 2018 11:22:57   #
Bushpilot
 
Wow! Restored to perfection. Beautifully photographed.

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Sep 7, 2018 11:41:06   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
James56 wrote:
Hi Paul...yes I know. Yellow stars are the missions when the Belle lead her bomb group (a smaller part of the whole). Red stars are missions when the Belle was the lead plane for the entire mission including all assigned bombing sub groups. Thanks for stopping by...appreciate your visit.

Excellent, thank you James. I didn't remember seeing these icons before. They speak to the leadership qualities of the crew as well.

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Sep 7, 2018 12:02:21   #
jvangorp Loc: Stickney, SD
 
So very cool!! Thank you for sharing!!

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Sep 7, 2018 12:05:50   #
FL Streetrodder
 
Great photos of an historic plane, glad to see that she has undergone a well deserved restoration. During a trip through the Midwest many years ago we stopped in Memphis and saw the Memphis Belle displayed under a covered dome on Mud Island. My mother's brother piloted a B-17, the Miss Smith, was stationed in England and flew many missions over Germany. Unfortunately he went down with his plane, but only after keeping it aloft long enough for his crew to bail out. While there he took a photograph of the Memphis Belle and her crew.







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Sep 7, 2018 12:06:47   #
James56 Loc: Nashville, Tennessee
 
foxfirerodandgun wrote:
And if you want to read what I consider to be an excellent book about the Memphis Belle and her crew this is the one. I recently read it and have it in my library. It was written by her pilot, Robert (Bob) Morgan and Ron Powers.

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle
Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot
By Robert Morgan and Ron Powers
Originally published: 2001


The riveting firsthand account of World War II pilot Robert Morgan, his crew, and the legendary Memphis Belle written with Ron Powers, co writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers.
And if you want to read what I consider to be an e... (show quote)

Thanks I will look into getting a copy. I did see that Robert Morgan's son was present at the unveiling of this restoration. Wearing his fathers silver wings. He was an amazing leader.

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Sep 7, 2018 12:08:58   #
Joe 88
 
That is the BEST PHOTOGRAPHY job I have every seen on web. And I see 1,000s a day. I would love to see a lot more of your work (ART). I have a web farm would love to sell your art for free to you. My farm is #2 on Google page.

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Sep 7, 2018 12:09:48   #
garyposs Loc: Canyon Lake, Texas
 
Excellent Photographs ... Thank You for taking the Time to Share.

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Sep 7, 2018 12:10:51   #
James56 Loc: Nashville, Tennessee
 
FL Streetrodder wrote:
Great photos of an historic plane, glad to see that she has undergone a well deserved restoration. During a trip through the Midwest many years ago we stopped in Memphis and saw the Memphis Belle displayed under a covered dome on Mud Island. My mother's brother piloted a B-17, the Miss Smith, was stationed in England and flew many missions over Germany. Unfortunately he went down with his plane, but only after keeping it aloft long enough for his crew to bail out. While there he took a photograph of the Memphis Belle and her crew.
Great photos of an historic plane, glad to see tha... (show quote)


Thanks for you contribution and adding sharing these interesting photos. Sorry about the loss of your relative. I read that over 200,000 airmen lost their lives during the bombing campaign. That is a lot of fine people who died so that others could be free. God Bless them all.

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Sep 7, 2018 12:11:01   #
Alafoto Loc: Montgomery, AL
 
Fantastic photos. Very, very well rendered. Thank you for sharing.

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