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She flew for 10 months from November 7, 1942 to May 17, 1943. The BELLE shot down eight enemy fighters, probably destroyed five others, and damaged at least a dozen more. She dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany, France, and Belgium. During her 25 missions she flew 148 hours, and covered more than 20,000 combat miles.
The MEMPHIS BELLE was named for pilot Capt. Robert K.Morgan's wartime sweetheart, Ms. Margaret Polk. The preserved MEMPHIS BELLE remains on display at Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee. This 1/72-scale "Memphis Belle" Flying Fortress kit features:
- Detailed panel lines and rivet details
- Cockpit detail
- Detailed bomb bay
- Optional position for landing gear and bomb bay doors
- Decals for "Memphois Belle" and "Miss Ouachita".
Requires paint and glue, not included. Ages 14+.