• September 2016
    • Day 2

The video, produced by J. Stilwell and directed by E. Clements for MAVV Productions in conjunction with Memphis Belle Memorial Association, Mud Island River Park and the Mississippi River Museum, commemorates the original Memphis Belle dedication ceremony, completed on May 17, 1987. The Belle has achieved fame as one of the first B-17’s to have successfully flown 25 missions and to return home safely during World War II. The ceremony gathered the largest fleet of B-17s on public display at the time to do a fly-by and drop rose petals as the new Memphis Belle Pavilion was commemorated on Mud Island in the dedication ceremony. The video also contains an interview with the original Memphis "Belle," Margaret Polk, who was painted on the side of the aircraft by her boyfriend, Captain Robert K. Morgan, who was the plane’s pilot.


This video became available due to the generosity of Memphian Jimmy Ogle, General Manager of Mud Island during the original fund-raising campaign and pavilion dedication in the 1980's.  Mr. Ogle first heard of the effort of the students of Lausanne Collegiate School to commemorate the Memphis Belle and Margaret Polk at the ground breaking of the Margaret Polk statue in Overton Park in November, 2010.  He provided the 25-year-old VHS tape to the students at Lausanne to reproduce for this web site.




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