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Historic Memphis Belle leaving namesake city

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posted on Oct, 6 2004 @ 03:23 PM
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- The Memphis Belle, the World War II bomber that was named for its pilot's sweetheart, is headed north to the Air Force's national museum in Dayton, Ohio.

Local preservationists who have struggled for decades to keep the plane in its namesake city are not pleased, but seem resigned to the move.

The Belle was one of the first B-17s to complete a required 25 combat missions over German-occupied Europe. Its crew came home for a nationwide bond-selling tour and the Belle became a wartime symbol of heroism and sacrifice.

At the U.S. Air Force National Museum, it will continue to help tell the story of the air war over Europe, officials say.

I might just make the trip down and see it for myself.


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