Memphis Belle 1943 visit to Dayton

Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:02 PM

The Memphis Belle and her crew were the first Army Air Forces heavy bomber to fly 25 missions over Nazi-held Europe and return to the United States. The plane and crew flew into Dayton in 1943 while on a war bond tour of 30 cities. The tour, a way to raise money and boost morale, was dubbed the “26th mission.”

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