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The Memphis Belle, a B-17F Flying Fortress, is one of the most famous aircraft in history. In May 1943 it became the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States. The pilot, then-Lt. Robert Morgan, named the aircraft after his wartime girlfriend, Margaret Polk, of Memphis, Tenn. Lt. Morgan chose the artwork from a 1941 George Petty illustration in Esquire magazine.
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La forteresse volante B-17F " Memphis belle" est l'un des plus célèbres avions de l'histoire de la 2éme guerre.
En mai 1943, il est devenu le premier bombardier lourd de l'Us Air Force à accomplir 25 missions de bombardement en Europe qui lui donna, avec son équipage, un billet de retour pour les Etats -Unis.
Le pilote de l'avion le Lieutenant Robert Morgan avait baptisé l'avion d'après le nom de sa petite amie Margaret Polk, de Memphis, au Tennessee.
Le lieutenant Morgan avait choisi le dessin de la carlingue ( nose art) à partir d'une illustration de George Petty parue dans Esquire magazine en 1941.
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Nicknamed the "Jug" for its bulky shape, the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was considered a monster of a machine.
Despite its size, the Thunderbolt proved to be a fast and maneuverable warbird able to hold its own in combat. In fact, when Allied pilots climbed aboard a P-47, they knew the were in control of
a fighting machine with enormous power. More importantly, they knew that if their aircraft was hit but gunfire, they had an excellent chance of making it home.
There is a scale replica of a P-47 nicknamed "Big Ass Bird " and flown by the 513th Fighter Squadron, 406 Fighter Group.
Historical Account: "Big Ass Bird" - Having joined the service in 1942, Howard Park trained as a fighter pilot. Posted to Europe to join the 406th Fighter Group in April 1944, he flew over 140 combat missions with the 513th Fighter Squadron on rocket firing ground attack P47 Thunderbolts, Howard flew the P47 'Big Ass Bird'. On D-Day the 406th were the first Fighter Group in action over Utah Beach. Engaged heavily on attacking ground targets, Howard sank a German naval vessel in Brest harbour using air-to-ground rockets, but still managed to notch up victories over three Me109s in only five aerial encounters with the enemy. During the Battle of the Bulge, the 406th FG were the only 9th Air Force unit exclusively assigned to the defence of the beleaguered town of Bastogne, attacking the besieging German forces with devastating success. Howard flew P47s in combat through until the final days of the war in May 1945.