Documentary about Memphis Belle, iconic WW II bomber on view locally, premieres this week

Think TV 16 will air the documentary about the plane’s history and the 13-year restoration

A documentary about the Memphis Belle, the iconic World War II bomber on view at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, is about to make its debut.

“Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission,” a locally produced documentary, will air Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. on Think TV 16.

The plane, along with her crew, was the first Army Air Forces heavy bomber to fly 25 missions over Nazi-held Europe and return to the United States.

In 1943, the Memphis Belle flew into Dayton during a war bond tour of 30 cities. The tour, a way to raise money and boost morale, was dubbed the “26th mission.”

Two years later the plane was “sitting in a boneyard” until the city of Memphis rescued it, according to the station’s website. In 2005 the Air Force Museum began a 13-year restoration.

Interviews with the curator and restoration crew about the insights and challenges of the long restoration mission and first-hand accounts taken from combat diaries of the bomber’s dangerous missions are part of the documentary.

More information about the documentary can be found at

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