Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission

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War Documentary hosted by Dan Nachtrab, published by PBS in 2020 - English narration

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With tight formations and skillful flying, the Memphis Belle and its crew overcame the odds to complete 25 missions during the World War II. The Boeing B-17F aircraft and its crew became timeless symbols of the service and sacrifice of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany during WWII. In 1943, the Memphis Belle was an American icon. It was one of the first American heavy bombers to survive 25 combat missions over the deadly skies of Europe. That earned it a trip back to the States, where it was celebrated by thousands as it crisscrossed America on its War Bond Tour of 30 cities. The tour, a way to raise money and boost morale, was dubbed the "26th mission." And then came the film. Produced by Hollywood legend William Wyler, The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, was a 43-minute documentary shown in theaters from coast to coast. The Memphis Belle and her crew were wartime celebrities, but two years later the war was over and the Memphis Belle sat in an airplane boneyard, waiting to be melted down and recycled. The plane was saved by the City of Memphis and put on display. In 2005, the Belle arrived in Dayton for an exhaustive 13-year restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, where the Memphis Belle is now on display. In this locally-produced documentary, combat diaries give unflinching, first-hand accounts of the Belle's most dangerous missions. Interviews with the curator and restoration crew provide insights into the challenges of their long mission to restore the Belle. It's a story of two teams of men: the crew who flew her into combat and the team that restored her to her former glory. Separated by 75 years, they both shared a deep affection for a plane that became an American icon. Written, Produced and Directed by Richard Wonderling ; A Think TV and Dayton Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) Production

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 318 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 29.970 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 157 kb/s VBR 48.0 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 58 min 17 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.41 GB
Source: WEB DL
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