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The Man Who Flew The Memphis Belle

Abridged   4.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/30/2008

The Man Who Flew The Memphis Belle

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A powerful chronicle of loyalty, love, and astonishing bravery, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle takes you into the heart of the war above 20,000 feet, and into the unforgettable life of one of America's greatest World War II heroes.

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Product Description

As a young man growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Robert Morgan was a fast-driving party boy—a hell-raiser. But when his mother committed suicide upon learning she had inoperable brain cancer, Morgan's life changed dramatically. He was no longer a carefree playboy; he was a man searching for meaning.

He found that meaning at the controls of an airplane, and in the flak-and fighter-filled skies over Occupied France and Nazi Germany. The plane was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Morgan named her the Memphis Belle in honor of his fiancée, a Memphis beauty named Margaret Polk. He and his crew flew 25 successful daylight missions over Europe in the Belle, and were immortalized by Hollywood director William Wyler in a 1944 documentary called The Memphis Belle. In those 25 harrowing missions, Morgan never lost a crew member. The only casualty associated with the Belle was Morgan's engagement to the plane's namesake; it simply couldn't survive the War Department's publicity demands.

Author Bio

COL. ROBERT MORGAN (USAF, Ret.) was the first 8th Air Force pilot to successfully complete 25 bombing missions over Europe. He completed 26 more missions in the Pacific and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Today, at 82, Col. Morgan still flies and is a popular fixture at air shows all over the world. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.