A piece of Memphis history - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: Alisa Nave, 8/16/04, 11:00pm

A piece of Memphis history

By: Donna Davis

The Memphis Belle is one of more than twelve-thousand flying fortresses built during World War Two. Today only fifty of those planes remain and only three actually saw combat. The Memphis Belle was one of them. "The Swastikas on the plane represent the number of kills of Nazi planes. And there you see eight in number. And you'll also see them on various locations along the plane, like along the front here. And this is the location from whence the kill was made," said Andy Pouncey. Not only does the legendary bomber tell a story of war; many observers think there is a tale of romance of Pilot Robert Morgan and the pretty Memphis girl sprawled on the nose of the plane. "He asked if she could be put on the plane. And this was his memory of huh significance of his relationship with Margaret Polk, who was his Memphis Belle." After twenty-five missions, this historical gem fell into disrepair. She was procured from a bone yard in Oklahoma and effort began to restore her to the condition of her twenty-fifth flight. And local musicians are behind the effort lending their voices to an upcoming show, "An evening with the Memphis Belles." "As we all know, the Memphis belle has not been properly cared for. And it's an important part of America's heritage. And I like the fact that there's a parallel in that our music has often been neglected. Our music has often taken a back seat to other things, so in a way, it's the same kind of struggle," said Eddie Datte. That struggle begins with raising the two-hundred and fifty thousand dollar is will cost to restore the Memphis Belle. Plus the ten to twelve million dollars it will take to build a museum to house it.

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