Robert Hanson, the last surviving member of the Memphis Belle crew, just died. He was 85.
The Memphis Belle was a B-17 “Flying Fortress,” a huge bomber fitted with gun turrets to fight off enemy fighters while delivering bombs to German targets and attempting to return to England. She was the first plane do make 25 successful trips — an incredible feat. Here’s a good account of a mission from the plane’s captain. On one flight back from Germany, the Memphis Belle’s entire tail section was shot off. Incredible stuff.
Thank you, Mr. Hanson.