Memphis Belle

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Factual error: One of the most carefully rationed materials in World War 2 was rubber. There were no rubber-like plastics or other synthetics in those days, so what were all those balloons at the dance made out of?

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Richard Rascal Moore: Yeah Luke, why go back to the daily grind of being a lifeguard? Take it easy.

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Trivia: The crewmembers of the Memphis Belle are not based on actual crewmembers. They are fictitious characters.

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Question: What was the ball of fire as the planes are landing to the right of the screen?

Answer: That would be a flare being fired from the aircraft. Yellow ones meant the aircraft had sustained serious damage, although that was often self-evident, and a red one meant that there was a seriously injured crewman on board - prompting first aid teams to be ready to meet the aircraft once it had landed. Their was also an unofficial green flare that meant someone had completed their tour of duty.

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