The B-17F Memphis Belle, the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 missions over Europe - will be placed on public display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018 exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943. There was always so many men around there you never did pay attention one from the other’ recalled Margaret. wedding date now? August 1992 beendete Morgan seinen 27sten Einsatz. Einsatz wurde das Flugzeug auf eine Werbetour für Kriegsanleihen durch die Vereinigten Staaten geschickt. ‘Margaret’: Last September. It was an affectionate term for his sweetheart, Margaret Polk, a Memphian. She helped in fund raising for the Memphis Belle Memorial Association until her death in 1990. The Memphis Belle was named to honor Morgan’s fiancée Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tennessee, whom he met before leaving for England. Without doubt, Boeing Flying Fortress B-17F 41-42285 Memphis Belle and her crew generate an image that is an all-American icon. ‘I was in a sorority at Miss Hutchisons. While Bob Morgan about to undergo final flight training at Walla Walla, Washington, a simple request was to have far-reaching consequences. Es handelt sich um eine B-17F-10-BO mit der USAAF-Seriennummer 41-24485.. I met a Park Ranger there. Bob also bought her a love knot ring. Am 17. On the back she wrote ‘Us, September 12 1942’. I dont really remember when I first met Bob, but in the mornings sometimes if we wanted the car, we’d drive Mac out to the Field. It was up in Washington wasn’t it? Five airworthy B-17s were used in the filming of the 1990 British-American war drama film Memphis Belle, two from the US (N-17W – now on display in Seattle and Movie Memphis Belle 44-83546), B-17G Sally B from the UK and two French geographic survey B-17Gs, one of which crashed on take-off near the end of filming. Interviewer: That must have indeed been one of the most thrilling of moments Margaret, when you saw The whole house shook, it felt like he was coming in through the window! ‘Margaret’: Yes, most of them. (note: ‘the early part of’ had been crossed out) Margaret Polk had been born on December 15 1922, a descendant of America’s eleventh President James Knox Polk of Nashville, Tennessee. In Sept The Polks by now lived at 1095 Poplar, assisted by two black servants, Robert and Alberta Thomas. those almost vertical banks – I remember your saying “That’s it! Da sich der Zustand durch Wettereinflüsse und Vandalismus zunehmend verschlechterte, wurde das Flugzeug durch die ortsansässige Memphis Belle Memorial Association ab 1987 in einem überdachten, jedoch an den Seiten offenen Pavillon auf der Insel Mud Island im Mississippi River ausgestellt. The climax of course was the aircrafts arrival in Memphis. I wanted to go to Bob’s party and break my date, but my sister and Mac would not let me. Flieger aller Nationen gaben ihren Flugzeugen oft Namen ihrer Freundinnen. Es wird auch heute noch in dieser Filmversion als Memphis Belle bei Luftfahrtveranstaltungen gezeigt. ‘That brought Bob to my attention, something that I couldn’t do. Von 1949 bis 1987 war sie dort unter freiem Himmel ausgestellt. Im Film startet die Memphis Belle mit 24 anderen B-17 im Rahmen ihrer 25. Margaret Polk, The Memphis Belle, Dies From Cancer April 6, 1990 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Margaret Polk, the ″Memphis Belle″ whose romance with a B-17 bomber pilot became a celebrated World War II love story, has died of cancer. The young woman was engaged to Robert Morgan, the pilot of the famed Memphis Belle, the B-17 Flying Fortress that he had named after his longtime sweetheart. September zunächst nach Schottland und am 14. Bob Hanson - Radio Operator. It was Morgan who gave the B-17 the nickname “Memphis Belle” before the plane and crew left for England in September 1942. A little while later Margaret signed for a registered package from Mitchel Field, Long Island, dated September 21st 1942. This aircraft went on to be credited as the first to complete the required 25 missions in the European theater. It was named for pilot Robert Morgan's 19-year-old fiancee, Margaret Polk, a college student in Memphis, and a direct descendant of President James K. Polk. ‘Daddy also had a farm over in Marianna, Arkansas, with land he was going to clear. Mai 1943 – Marineanlagen und Flugplätze auf, am 17. I dont think I started dating until my senior year there. Her real name was Mary Elizabeth but everyone knew her as Bessie’. The interview is with Ms. Margaret Polk. In einem Film über sie und ihre Crew fliegen auch die alten Mühlen wieder. ‘Margaret’: Last July in Walla Walla, Washington. April 1943 – U-Boot-Bunker bei Lorient, Frankreich, am 17. Seit Oktober 2005 befindet sich das Flugzeug im National Museum of the United States Air Force auf der Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton in Ohio, wo es restauriert wurde. Boeing B-17F-10-BO Flying Fortress 41-22485, Memphis Belle, in flight over England, 1943. The project is "History of The Memphis Belle". There they had a big white wooden house held together by wooden pegs, heated by fireplaces in the winter and with a separate kitchen. Indeed, it has been claimed that the Memphis Belle is in the top five of the most famous American aircraft of all time. Sie braucht nie mehr zu fliegen! I know that’s it!” How were you so sure There was another memento for Margaret’s scrapbook that day, ticket stub number 782, for a dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Built by Boeing the „Memphis Belle“ was named after Margaret Polk, the girl friend of the aircrafts commander - Captain Robert K. Morgan - … Somebody would drive him back and they’d stop in for a drink in the afternoon or Mac would bring somebody back. Oktober 1942 nach Bassingbourn, nahe Cambridge, verlegt. Interviewer: How many cities will the “Memphis Belle” visit on this present War Bond tour? Then Bob invited me to his birthday party which happened to be on the same day. calling for you… ‘I went to the Miraculous School. Interviewer: Memphis has always been your home hasn’t it Margaret? This two disc video tells the story of the real Memphis Belle, named for Margaret Polk, and its even more exciting than Hollywood’s fact-inspired version. ‘Margaret’: I was staying with my sister and brother-in-law and Bob came out to the house. Für die Verfilmung wurde die Geschichte abgewandelt, so war das letzte echte Ziel beim 25. the “Memphis Belle” taxi to a stop before the hangar out at the Fourth Ferrying Group Field and Captain Then we went to Sun Valley, but had to go back to Walla Walla because we were running out of money. were planning to marry… you said that the date hadn’t been decided upon… can you tell us about the ‘That opened a whole can of worms…’ she laughed ‘…my Mother used to say if she’d known what was in it, she would’ve steamed it open and thrown it away! Mai 1943 – U-Boot-Bunker bei St. Nazaire, Frankreich, am 15. Es handelt sich um eine B-17F-10-BO mit der USAAF-Seriennummer 41-24485. Their love story was well-publicized, but their engagement ended during the war bond tour. Often she’s asked if she’s the girl in the bathing suit perched up there on the nose of the airplane. Memphis Belle was a "Flying Fortress," a B-17 bomber that became famous for surviving 25 combat missions in World War II. ‘Margaret’: Yes, nine to be exact. Interviewer: During his visit to Memphis, you were with Captain Morgan on many of his public Margaret grew up becoming something of a tomboy, despite her attendance at girls’ private schools. From West Yellowstone we caught a plane to Chicago to pick up Becky’s (a friend) car. You could go from that five grades through there, then to the seventh grade at Miss Hutchisons School. I cannot remember what I was doing, but I didn’t want to go out there. Mai 1943 diese Marke, sechs Tage vor der Memphis Belle. The First Film Unit of the US Army Air Force made a 45 minute documentary that was first released in 1944 to mark the safe completion of a full tour by the Memphis Belle and her crew. (Source: National Museum of the United States Air Force) She made a rest-stop-over in Memphis to say hello to her family. Infolgedessen hatte sich ihre Schönheit verschlechtert und es wurde eine umfassende Restaurierung vorgenommen, um die B-17 in Museumsqualität zu bringen. Photo courtesy Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries Most Memphians, I presume, recognize the name Margaret Polk. She occasionally shows up at the Memphis Belle Pavilion to sign autographs. Die bei Boeing gefertigte „Memphis Belle" erhielt ihren Namen nach der dort lebenden Margaret Polk, der Freundin des Piloten Captain Robert K. Morgan. Interviewer: How long has Captain Morgan been in the Air Force? Margaret Polk: THE Memphis Belle The subject of the affections of Capt. Mrs Oscar Boyle Polk of Memphis suggested to her second daughter Margaret that she might like to go along with her elder sister Elizabeth on a trip up to Walla Walla. ‘Margaret’: Yesterday afternoon. Da die Memphis Belle aber als erste in die Heimat USA zurückkehrte, erntete sie mit der Mannschaft die Ehrungen und die Aufmerksamkeit der Medien und d… During the summer she went to the family’s farm down at Hickory Valley, Tennessee, some fifty miles to the east of Memphis. Her father was a lawyer, a lumberman and a planter in the old southern tradition. Margaret Polk: THE Memphis Belle. US-Luftflotte, der seine Tour of Duty (25 Einsätze) vollendete. ‘Margaret’: Barksdale Field, Lousiana. Margaret Polk with Robert Morgan in front of the Memphis Belle. November 1942 – U-Boot-Bunker bei St. Nazaire, Frankreich, am 6. Cecil Scott - Ball Turret Gunner. The place is Memphis, Tennessee. Februar 1943 – U-Boot-Bunker bei St. Nazaire, Frankreich, am 6. Margaret Polk when she visited the Tennessee Air National Guard Base...in Memphis, TN sometime in the 1980's, for a fundraising event. So I went to Southwestern [now called Rhodes College] for two years. Interviewer: It has been many months since you’ve seen Captain Morgan hasn’t it Margaret? ‘I remember Daddy had to drop his membership to the University Club and we could not go swimming over there any more…’ Margaret remembered ‘… that was about it’. Brother Tom recalls that as a youngster Margaret had the family nickname of ‘Tooker’, which remained with her all her life. Interviewer: Will Captain Morgan be stationed in this country after his present nationwide War Bond Memphis Belle („Die Schöne aus Memphis“) ist der Spitzname einer berühmten Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, die von den USA im Zweiten Weltkrieg über Europa eingesetzt wurde. Elizabeth, however, would have to drive the family Ford all that way from the southeast to the northwest. Frank Allen Die Aufnahmen während des Angriffs entstanden an Bord der B-17 Flying Fortress Jersey Bounce der 91st Bombardment Group. It was an affectionate term for his sweetheart, Margaret Polk, a Memphian. Zum Kriegsende erwarb die Stadt Memphis die Maschine für 350 US-Dollar und überführte sie im Juli 1946 nach Memphis. The Memphis Belle was one of the first. What turned things into ‘something special’ was an argument. Die Fliegende Festung war an verschiedenen Orten im Freien gelagert worden, seit sie in den 1940er Jahren außer Betrieb genommen wurde. Als erster Bomber erreichte zwar die Hell’s Angels (Kennzeichen: 41-24577) der 303rd Bombardment Group am 13. MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Margaret Polk, the 'Memphis Belle' whose romance with a World War II bomber pilot turned into an international love story, died Thursday following a … Das Flugzeug war im September 1942 ausgeliefert und Mitte Oktober in den Bestand der 91st Bombardement Group, 324rd Bomb Squadron in Bassingbourn nahe Cambridge überführt worden. ‘Margaret’: University of Pennsylvania Interviewer: Would you tell us how you happened to meet? The date is October 24, 1989. One old lady had one room the other old lady the other. So he would not let me go. Februar 1943, an dem die Memphis Belle nicht beteiligt war. She received notoriety as a Memphis native who had a United States B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft named in her honor, the “Memphis Belle,” during World War II. You’re in a man’s world now’. I started dating him and we got pretty close’. Mai 1943 diese Marke, sechs Tage vor der Memphis Belle. Russ WilliamsEmma PerkinsonDrew SmithCole Posey (President) The most well known is that the pilot, Robert Morgan, named it for his Memphis sweetheart, Margaret Polk. Mission nach Bremen. Die gefeierten Besatzungsmitglieder hatten alle ebenfalls 25 Einsätze absolviert, allerdings nicht ausschließlich auf der Memphis Belle. I also spent time with my father in Hot Springs. My Daddy told me if I stayed home and went to school in Memphis for two years I could go anywhere I wanted to. Sie sollte den Alltag einer Bomberbesatzung zeigen. Nach dem 25. I went there quite a lot. Neither Bob or Margaret had a clear memory of their first meeting: ‘When we got to Walla Walla Mac, her husband, rented this house, but there weren’t any lights or gas. Interviewer: Can you tell us what some of those cities are, Margaret? Bob Morgan too was smitten – and was not averse to using a huge, four-engined bomber to show Margaret that he was still around! Als erster Bomber erreichte zwar die Hells Angels (Kennung: 41-24577) der 303rd Bombardment Group am 13. Am 29. Interviewer: It must have been thrilling when the crowd at the meeting Saturday in Court Square kept We went to a hotel, and they wouldn’t let that damn dog in. So, we went out to that two-bit house and slept in the dark, and it seems to me that we slept on the floor! On the farm she was more or less allowed to do as she pleased – a great deal of which was to play with the children of the black workers on the farm. Margaret was one of four childen but one, Virginia, died not long after birth. Dezember 1942 – Lokomotivfabrik bei, am 3. Their love story was well-publicized, but their engagement ended during the war bond tour. Mai 2018 wurde die Maschine in einer Feier der Öffentlichkeit vorgestellt und kann seitdem im Museum besichtigt werden. Of her three surviving three siblings, eldest was Oscar Boyle Jr who was born in 1916, Elizabeth born in 1918 and Thomas Robert born in 1926. ‘Margaret’: 21 or more. Robert K. Morgan, it was Margaret for which Army 41-24485 was named the Memphis Belle. Februar 1943 – Eisenbahnzentrum bei, am 16. Coming back, I had to stop off at Yellowstone again to see that Ranger. Von dort aus führte sie in den nächsten Monaten 25 Einsätze mit wechselnder Besatzung durch. It is there now. As so often happens, the argument drew Bob Morgan and Margaret Polk together. Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tenn. Morgan chose the now famous artwork from a 1941 George Petty illustration in Esquire magazine. I graduated Class of ‘43’. that this was the Flying Fortress we were all waiting to see? Memphis Belle started off as any other Boeing B-17F-10-BO, quietly rolling off the assembly line en route to U.S. Army Air Corps inventory. Inside was a diamond engagement ring. She was 67. ‘Margaret’: In the early part of August when Bob gets his leave. Interviewer: When did you and Captain Morgan become engaged? ‘You dont late date. Margaret Polk still lives in Memphis, where the Memphis Belle is on permanent display. ‘Margaret’: It was quite a thrill and an honor to speak with a crowd like that one, With over 4TB of pictures, documents and files, we've compiled the largest database of Memphis Belle items online. In 1943, the Memphis Belle flew into Dayton during a war bond tour of 30 cities. 1 talking about this. ‘Margaret’: Nashville, New Haven, Detroit, Cleveland, San Antonio and many others. Das Flugzeug war im September 1942 ausgeliefert … Indeed, it has been claimed that the Memphis Belle is in the top five of the most famous American aircraft of all time. ‘Margaret’: Yes, for at least six months. ‘I had this girl from the University of Wisconsin meet me out at West Yellowstone. Bradford Roberts This was Morgan’s last Stateside trip before departure for England. Die Memphis Belle wurde im September 1942 an die 91st Bombardment Group auf dem Luftwaffenstützpunkt Dow in Maine geliefert und am 30. He had given the Plantation House in Tennessee to his sisters.’ The Great Depression had little effect on the Polk family. ‘She came through Memphis and wanted me to go – but I didn’t. Bob named his B-17F-Memphis Belle, in honor of the girl he left behind. Margaret Polk Margaret Polk was a Memphis resident and a graduate of the Hutchison School. The air echelon flew up, but the ground personnel – including the good doctor – would go by troop-train. While a student at Southwestern in Memphis, she dated Pilot Robert Morgan prior to his deployment overseas. Tatsächlich zeigt der Film den Angriff auf die Dockanlagen von Wilhelmshaven vom 26. Interviewer: When did Captain Morgan and the “Memphis Belle” leave Memphis? April 1943 – Flugzeugfabrik (Focke-Wulf) bei, am 1. The tour, a way to raise money and boost morale, was dubbed the “26th mission.” Interviewer: Captain Morgan is from Asheville isn’t he? März 1943 – U-Boot-Bunker bei Lorient, Frankreich, am 28. Then we drove down back down to Memphis’. We're in the process of sorting our archives, but in the mean time you can, This site was developed through a partnership of the. Interviewer: Where did he take his flight training? Bob Morgan had to get special permission to show Margaret Polk around ‘his’ airplane. They flew their ship to Memphis, TN on a shakedown flight, where she waschristened MEMPHIS BELLE in honor of the pilot's wartime sweetheart, Ms. Margaret Polk. ‘Margaret’: Two and a half years Ein passender Tribut für die eindrucksvollste Lady der Lüfte! On September 12th 1942 B-17F 41-24485 landed at Memphis for the first time. After returning to … März 1943 – Eisenbahnzentrum bei Rouen, Frankreich, am 16. Dieser Artikel behandelt ein Flugzeug namens Memphis Belle. Although she and Robert K. Morgan broke off their engagement after his returning to the US, they remained friends for life. ‘It was a little sweetheart ring, a little gold knot with diamonds in the bow part of it’. Erneut bekannt wurde die Memphis Belle wieder durch den gleichnamigen Spielfilm aus dem Jahr 1990. Der Bomber ist dort heute Teil eines Museums. Polk died April 5, 1990. Margaret Polk und die Besatzung der „Memphis Belle“ und sahen wie die Menge vor Begeisterung jubelte. My brother-in-law said it wasn’t done. Lausanne Partnership Representatives Die Namensgeberin war Margaret Polk, die damalige Freundin des Piloten Captain Robert K. Morgan. (Image courtesy of the Preservation and Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis) They would lift up their skirts and run and play whatever games we used to play’. I just never cared about boys or anything. My mother we called her Bessie Rob. ‘Margaret’: Because of the way Bob handled that Fortress, so smooth etc. Die Unzulänglichkeit des immer noch dem Wetter ausgesetzten Aufstellungsortes führte zur Planung eines Museums, die Bemühungen scheiterten aber letztendlich an der Finanzierung der aufzubringenden Kosten. Without doubt, Boeing Flying Fortress B-17F 41-42285 Memphis Belle and her crew generate an image that is an all-American icon. Even here, I had a couple of boys, but we only buddied around. Morgan flew on combat missions with a picture of Margaret Polk in the cockpit. The interviewer and transcriber is Susan Carlisle Elliott. Januar 1943 – Rangierbahnhof bei Lille, Frankreich, am 23. Margaret Polk, der Freundin des Piloten Captain Robert K. Morgan. Many years later Margaret recalled that first letter. Die Maschine war einer der ersten Bomber der 8. Memphis Belle was only the second B-17 to survive 25 missions, so it was withdrawn from combat and sent back to the United States for a publicity tour. Diese Seite wurde zuletzt am 25. THE MARGARET POLK MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED SUNDAY, OCTOBER THE TWENTY- THIRD IN OVERTON PARK. Die Air Force vereinbarte, dass die „Belle“ international historisch in Ehren gehalten wird. And it was play, because those old ladies would get out and play with you. It was Miss Emma Cook’s School, right there on Jefferson and Bellevue. He came in so low and it was so loud, you would have thought he was flying right through my window. Interviewer: What college does he call his “alma mater”? Die Dokumentation wurde unter anderem durch Aufnahmen ergänzt, die bei späteren Einsätzen der Memphis Belle entstanden.. When she got back home, a letter was already waiting. You know, back then living on a farm you started working from daylight to past dark and you had to be there. The “Memphis Belle” The Memphis Belle was named to honor Morgan’s fiancée Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tennessee, whom he met before leaving for England. The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress ist eine 1944 von der First Motion Picture Unit des United States Army Air Corps unter der Regie von William Wyler erstellte Dokumentation des angeblich 25. Memphis, Tennessee. From there they flew across the Atlantic to their home base in Bassingbourn, England, just north of London. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/14/2013] Visitor Tips and News About Statue of Memphis Belle Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. It was Morgan who gave ``Memphis Belle'' the nickname before the plane and crew left for England in September 1942. It was time to go to school. About This Site. B-17-Pilot Robert Morgan nannte die Memphis Belle nach seiner Freundin, Memphian Margaret Polk. Bassingbourn is still an active English army base today. Margaret Polk, aka "Memphis Belle," is frozen in bronze, peering skyward in search of the World War II B-17 bomber named in her honor. (U.S. Air Force) Miss Margaret Polk, 1943. Sein derzeitiger Heimatflughafen ist Floyd Bennett Field, New York, NY. Margaret’: No, in Virginia, Episcopal High School. So Mother promised me a trip to Sun Valley and Yellowstone if I’d drive out there. appearances, weren’t you Margaret? Interviewer: What prep school did you attend here? In Sept Her picture remained in the cockpit through those 25 missions. Memphis Belle („Die Schöne aus Memphis“) ist der Spitzname einer berühmten Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, die von den USA im Zweiten Weltkrieg über Europa eingesetzt wurde. Doch kaum eine der Angebeteten wurde so berühmt wie Miss Margaret Polk, die Schöne aus Memphis, nach der Captain Robert Morgan seine B-17 Memphis Belle genannt hat. Elizabeth was married to a young doctor called Captain C Edward ‘Mac’ McCarthy. So a lot of the time he was gone, most of the time. Tour of the “Memphis Belle” is completed? Her obituary, titled "The Memphis Belle, Margaret Polk, dies", appeared April 6, 1990 in the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Zum gleichnamigen Film aus dem Jahre 1990 siehe, National Museum of the United States Air Force, https://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Memphis_Belle&oldid=202210999, Militärgeschichte der Vereinigten Staaten (Zweiter Weltkrieg), „Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike“, am 17. Margaret talked about her life after High School. US-Luftflotte, der seine Tour of Duty (25 Einsätze) vollendete. Interviewer: What college did you go to? Dr. Rebecca Hodges (faculty adviser). Interviewer: Did he attend prep school in Asheville? Picking strawberries, riding ponies, skinny-dipping in the cow-pond and hoisting the porch furniture into the trees as a prank. Stuart McCathie (Headmaster) Bob’s full of the devil, but he’s a damn good pilot. ‘I had made a date with another young man for July 31st…’remembered Margaret ‘… we were real popular out there because of all those men and so few women. There then followed four questions with no written answers for obviously Q4 SOFREP Sweepstakes - Over $4,000 in prizes - Click here for more information ... a woman named Margaret Polk from Memphis, TN. JP Quinlan - Tail Gunner. We had a pretty hot argument about it’. Interviewer: Where did you first meet Captain Morgan Margaret? I was talked into a year at the University of Wisconsin by a girlfriend, but it was not as I expected, so I went back to Southwestern for my fourth year. 1945 erwarb die Stadt Memphis die Maschine für 350 USD. The Memphis Belle Memorial Association. Die Maschine war einer der ersten Bomber der 8. Statue of Memphis Belle. It was a little two-room schoolhouse and it had these two old maids. Juli 2020 um 20:38 Uhr bearbeitet. There was me, my sister Elizabeth and a two-bit Scottie dog’.