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Filming The Memphis Belle.........Duxford 1989.

 

 

 

Aviation enthusiasts were treated to a never to be repeated sight in the skies over Cambridgeshire in the summer of 1989: Five B-17s flying in loose formation!  The aircraft operated from both Duxford and ex RAF Binbrook (in Lincolnshire), where a period control tower was constructed.

Two aircraft came from France, two from the U.S. and of course Sally-B from Duxford. The filming was not without incident as one of the French machines suffered an undercarriage collapse during take-off at Binbrook. Fortunately there were no life threatening injuries, but the aircraft (F-BEEA) was burnt out in the ensuing fire. Also participating were A C-47 Dakota, a B-25 camera plane and circa 4 P-51D Mustangs (oops What no Thunderbolts?)

For the benefit of the period depicted in the film, the B-17s were "adjusted" to resemble F models (with strictly no G-model chin turrets in evidence.)

 

Tony Clarke was there and unlike me, he was actively recording the event.  (Also with a couple of shots from Peter Sketchley).

Click on the images below for enlargements of Tony's slides.

 

Three B-17s over Cambridgeshire

 

Three B-17s over Cambridgeshire

 

Camera-plane B-25

 

Five ship B-17 Line-up

 

B-17 F-AZDX Mother and Country

 

B-17 Gee Whiz

 

B-17 F-BEEA Baby Ruth

 

B-17 F-BEEA Baby Ruth

 

B-17 F-BEEA Baby Ruth

 

B-17 G-BEDF My Zita

 

B-17 N3703G Mary Lou

 

B-17 N3703G with familiar nose art

 

C-47 G-DAKS

 

Mustang G-HAEC Ding Hao

 

B-17 N17W C-Cup

 

B-17 G-BEDF Windy City

 

B-17 G-BEDF Lady Jane

 

B-17 G-BEDF Gee Whiz

 

B-17 F-BEEA Baby Ruth

 

B-17 F-AZDX Mother and Country

 

Mustang G-SUSY

 

Mustang N167F Cisco

 

Mustang Candyman (aka Ferocious Frankie)

 

 

 B-17 F-AZDX Mother and Country

 

 

B-17 G-BEDF Lady Jane

 

B-17 G-BEDF Windy City

 

B-17 N17W C-Cup

 

B-17 N3703G

 

The film bad guys: Buchons aka 109s

B-17 panarama

 

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