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Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission

Memphis Belle restoration
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"Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission" is an hour-long documentary that tells the story of two teams: the crew who flew her into combat and the restoration team that took 13 years to return her to her former glory.

Premieres Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

"Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission" is a hour-long documentary that tells the story of two teams: the crew who flew her into combat and the restoration team that took 13 years to return her to her former glory. Two teams, separated by more than six decades, are bound together by their love of this remarkable and historic plane called the Memphis Belle.

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The restoration team gathered in front of the renewed Memphis Belle
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The restoration team gathered in front of the renewed Memphis Belle. (U.S. Air Force photo undated).

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, separated by 75 years, who shared a deep affection for a plane that became an American icon.

Crew of the Memphis Belle after their 25th combat mission
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Crew of the Memphis Belle after their 25th combat mission. (U.S. Air Force photo undated).

Presented by WPTD / Think TV. Distributed by American Public Television.