Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

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Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Thu 08 Dec 2011, 6:59 pm

I was lucky enough to visit Duxford during the filming of Memphis Belle, in 1989. Most of the fleet were on the ground, and was able to get the following pictures. As I'm fairly new to the forum, apologies if you've seen all these before.
If anyone is interested, I've also got pictures of most of the fighters.
Graham

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Last edited by comet4 on Thu 22 Nov 2012, 11:45 am, edited 4 times in total.

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Thu 08 Dec 2011, 7:13 pm

Nice little selection there- not every day you get half a dozen B-17s in one set!

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Thu 08 Dec 2011, 8:47 pm

What do you mean? Anybody interested in the fighters? Bring them on!

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Thu 08 Dec 2011, 10:18 pm

iainpeden wrote:What do you mean? Anybody interested in the fighters? Bring them on!


*Like* in facebook speak

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 3:49 am

Fantastic, any idea how many of them actually flew? and we will wait patiently for the fighters... :snack:

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 7:54 am

Don't apologise! Even if they have been seen before! Terrific - thanks. And I'm waiting patiently for the fighters, too... :biggrin:

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 12:21 pm

"Call out them fighters..."

Ace selection. As a fan of the film (naturally!), these are terrific. Many thanks for sharing. :smile:

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 12:22 pm

Excellent post. I agree, call in the fighters! :biggrin: :clap:

James

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 6:29 pm

ciaranchef wrote:Fantastic, any idea how many of them actually flew? and we will wait patiently for the fighters... :snack:

There were five and they all flew together several times made quite a sight along with up to seven Mustangs and three Buchons and the B-25 cameraship.
Great shots btw.

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 9:20 pm

Its a shame that 1 out of the 2 French B-17's used during filming burnt-out on takeoff at Binbrook
Here.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G7gqlR9GPc

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sat 10 Dec 2011, 9:45 pm

First time i've seen that piece of film of the take off crash, very lucky indeed.
Some friends and i spent several days at Duxford while they were flying from there , was brilliant. One highlight being a very low level return by the 3 Buchons one afternoon (1 pilot being Mr Mark Hanna), up the end now occupied by the landwarfare building. Another was watching all 5 B-17's and the B-25 take off one after another late one afternoon from the bank at the motorway end after the museum had closed , on return 3 of the B-17's did a low beat up in formation before landing .
Also standing in the garden at home near Norwich many days and listening and watching as the formations often flew over . Hard to imagine what the huge formations must have been like.
Great photos , something we are unlikely to ever see again.

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sun 11 Dec 2011, 1:36 am

F-86 wrote:
ciaranchef wrote:Fantastic, any idea how many of them actually flew? and we will wait patiently for the fighters... :snack:

There were five and they all flew together several times made quite a sight along with up to seven Mustangs and three Buchons and the B-25 cameraship.
Great shots btw.


Cheers, would have loved to see that lot all in the air together, chances of that happening again must be pretty slim these days..... :sad:

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars

Sun 11 Dec 2011, 5:10 pm

Glad that you liked the bombers. I've now added the fighters.
Starting off with the 3 Buchons, followed by 4 Mustangs. The Fighter Collection Mustang was not parked with the other aircraft so I didn't get a picture of it. It was coded AJ-S with the Candyman/Moose nose art. I would be obliged if someone could let me have a picture of it in these markings.
I believe that there were also 2 other Mustangs involved that did not get painted in the same brown finish.
To finish off, I've added a couple of pictures of the B-25 camera ship.
Cheers
Graham

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Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 12 Dec 2011, 12:04 am

Great stuff...thanks for putting them up, Ciaran

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 12 Dec 2011, 8:16 am

Marvellous pictures!! :clap: Many thanks for them..... :biggrin:

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 12 Dec 2011, 4:13 pm

So good! Where are they all now though? Assuming there still in flying condition?

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Sat 17 Dec 2011, 12:25 am

Great shots of the fighters, here is some of Stephen Greys Mustang taken at Lakenheath airshow.

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Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Sat 17 Dec 2011, 3:52 pm

Thanks for the pictures of Steven Gray's Mustang, F-86. The pictures are excellent and complete my set!
Graham

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Sat 17 Dec 2011, 5:09 pm

RE-WHERE ARE THEY ALL NOW ?????
Buchon's ;
G-BOML Ex O.F.M.C. Crashed in spain causing the death of Mark Hanna.
G-HUNN Ex Charles Church ,Now in the U.S.A. with Cavanaugh flight museum.
D-EFHD Ex Hans Dittes, In Germany converted to Bf-109G Status with M.B.B.

B-17's
N17W Now at Museum of flight collection USA.
N3703G Ex David Tallichet . Now with American airpower museum USA.
F-AZDX In France grounded at the moment due to costs.
F-BEEA Crashed on take off and was destroyed during filming, no-one hurt.
G-BEDF B17 Preservation at Duxford.

P-51's
N51JJ Ex T.F.C. Now with O.F.M.C. at Duxford
G-BIXL Currently in Germany , not sure if still owned by R.Lamplough.
G-HAEC Ex O.F.M.C. Sold To Rob Davies, Crashed at Flying Legends 2011.
N167F Still with Scandinavian Historic flight but was for sale.
G-SUSY Ex Charles Church. Now D-FPSI in Germany ,flying as Lucky lady VII
N1051S Crashed fatally in 1995
N314BG Now in U.S.A.

B-25 Camera ship;
N1042B Ex Aces High Ltd, Now in U.S.A. flying as Pacific Prowler.

O.F.M.C. TBM also used for some camera work ( had tail section painted olive drab),
Now in Australia as VH-TBM

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 9:55 am

Keefy041 wrote:F-BEEA Crashed on take off and was destroyed during filming, no-one hurt.

FYI this statement is not correct. There were injuries.
Everybody got hurt one way or another, but two of them were fairly nasty requiring a period of hospitalisation.

HM

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 10:03 am

Sorry H.M. , just meant that nobody was fatally injured.

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 11:21 am

I understand Keefy.
It is an easy mistake to make and I know i've done it myself before. :oops:
HM

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 11:58 am

If I remember the accident happened at Binbrook - am prepared to be corrected.

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 12:41 pm

iainpeden wrote:If I remember the accident happened at Binbrook - am prepared to be corrected.

You are correct sir. It was on the afternoon of Tuesday 25th July.

HM

Re: Memphis Belle - the real film stars (Updated 11th Dec)

Mon 19 Dec 2011, 7:28 pm

Thanks for the info!
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