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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?
- October 14, 1942
- October 21, 1942
- 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.
was the target?
- Paris, France
- Vichy, France
- 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?
- Maggie's Pride
- Little One
- 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.
was the artist's name?
- Corporal Bob Baker
- Corporal Tony Starcer
- Corporal Art Mansfield
5) Their first German target was on February 14, 1943.
6) Co-pilot Lt. James A. Verinis flew the Memphis Belle
on December 30, 1942.
What was the target of the mission?
- Lorient, France
- Abbeville, France
- 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
Belle fly back to the United States?
- June 8, 1943
- July 8, 1943
- 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
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.
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?
- 2-4 years
- 4-8 years
- 8-10 years