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Last Memphis Belle crew member dies

Robert Hanson, the last surviving crew member of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber of World War Two, has died of congestive heart failure. He was 85.

Hanson and his wife, Irene, had moved from Arizona to Albuquerque recently to be close to their daughter. His family says he died Saturday in Albuquerque.

Hanson was the radio operator on the Memphis Belle, which flew 25 combat missions over Germany and France while escaping some close calls.

The plane has been partially dismantled and on limited display in a Memphis-area hangar since March 2003. It's being moved to the National Museum of the U-S Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

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