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SUBJECTS — U.S./ 1941 - 1945; Aviation;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Leadership; Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 1990; 107 minutes; Color.
Memphis Belle is set in 1943, when long range fighter escorts for the bombers flying over continental Europe were not yet available. The losses of long range bombers and their crews were heavy. The emotional toll on the survivors grew with each mission. This film looks at the daylight bombing campaign from the standpoint of the crews of the bombers. The film gives the viewer a feeling for what it was like to fly in a B-17 during a mission.
The crew of the Memphis Belle was one of the first B-17 crews to complete 25 daylight bombing raids over Germany and occupied Europe during WW II. The film is a fictional account of their 25th and last combat mission. If the crew can survive this flight, they will take the plane on a publicity tour throughout the U.S. Their new mission will be a much safer one, to sell war bonds.
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The Memphis Belle and her crew survived the odds and came home to sell bonds.
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This movie will have the best effect if seen in conjunction with Dawn Patrol (about an air squadron during WW I) and Twelve O'Clock High (about the problems faced by the commander of a WW II bomber squadron assigned to daylight bombing).
The Learning Guide to the film Memphis Belle contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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