MEMPHIS BELLE BACK–REPORT OF ETO PREMIERE OF FILM AT HOME AIRBASE

From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

A FORTRESS BASE, May 12–The flak-scarred Memphis Belle, first Fortress to fly back to the States after finishing 25 missions in the ETO, came back to its old base here yesterday–in a movie.

It was the ETO premier of the technicolor Hollywood version of the Belle’s exploits, shown for the benefit of fliers and ground crews of the ship’s home base.

M/Sgt. Joseph H. Giambrone, of Norristown, Pa., the Fortress’s old crew chief, was in the audience, and got a special cheer when a shot of him painting the 25th bomb on the ship’s nose flashed on the screen.

The combat crew of the Memphis Belle took off almost a year ago for a bond-selling tour of the U.S.



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For Further Reading Check out:

The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle: Memoir of a WWII Bomber Pilot





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