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Memphis Belle

What do you know about the Memphis Belle
Fly off with this World War II History Made Easy Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) The "Memphis Belle", a Boeing-built B-17F-10-BO, serial 41-24485, was added to the USAAF inventory on July 15, 1942, and delivered in September 1942 to the 91st Bomb Group at Dow Field, Bangor, Maine. When did it reach its permanent base at Bassingbourn, England?B-17 Flying Fortress - Trivia powered by ABE

  1. October 14, 1942
  2. October 21, 1942
  3. October 31, 1942

2) Captain Robert Morgan's crew flew 25 combat missions with the 324th Bomb Squadron, all but four in the Memphis Belle. On November 7, 1942 they made they flew their first mission.
What was the target?

  1. Paris, France
  2. Vichy, France
  3. Brest, France

3) The plane was named for pilot Robert K. Morgan's sweetheart, Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee.
What did Morgan originally intended to call the plane?

  1. Maggie's Pride
  2. Little One
  3. Polk Fun

4) A 91st's group artist reproduced the famous Petty girl nose art on both sides of the forward fuselage, depicting her suit in blue on the aircraft's port side and in red on its starboard.
What was the artist's name?

  1. Corporal Bob Baker
  2. Corporal Tony Starcer
  3. Corporal Art Mansfield

5) Their first German target was on February 14, 1943.
What was the target?

  1. Berlin
  2. Hamm
  3. Margaret

6) Co-pilot Lt. James A. Verinis flew the Memphis Belle on December 30, 1942.
What was the target of the mission?

  1. Lorient, France
  2. Abbeville, France
  3. Bremen, Germany

7) It was then flown back to the United States by a composite crew chosen by Eighth Air Force from those who had flown combat in it, led by Morgan, for a 31-city war bond tour.
When did the Memphis Belle fly back to the United States?

  1. June 8, 1943
  2. July 8, 1943
  3. August 8, 1943

8) After the war the Flying Fortress was saved from reclamation at Altus, Oklahoma, where it had been consigned since August 1, 1945, by the efforts of the mayor of Memphis, Walter Chandler, and the city bought the plane for $350. It was flown to Memphis in July 1946 and stored until the summer of 1949 when it was placed on display at the National Guard armory. It sat out-of-doors into the 1980s, slowly deteriorating due to weather and occasional vandalism.

  • True or False?

9) The aircraft to the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio after a final exhibition in Millington, Tennessee on September 30 - October 2, 2005. The Belle arrived safely at the museum in mid-October 2005 and was placed in one of the Museum's restoration hangars.

  • True or False?

10) The National Museum of the United States Air Force has placed restoration of Memphis Belle near the top of its priorities. In the magazine Friends Journal of the museum's foundation, Major General Charles D. Metcalf (USAF-Ret.), the director of the museum, stated how long it might take to fully restore the aircraft. What is the time frame?

  1. 2-4 years
  2. 4-8 years
  3. 8-10 years

Memphis Belle
Answers

1) A. 2) C. 3) B. 4) B. 5) B. 6) A. 7) A. 8) True  9) True 10) C.

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