"The Memphis Belle"
by Philip E. West
Approx. overall print size 17½in x 27½in / 44cms x 70cms
Limited Edition of 250
Over three years of continuous air combat the 91st Bombardment Group "The Ragged Irregulars" were based at Bassingbourn in England. They flew 340 missions with honor and bravery, over occupied Europe and bore such B-17 legends as "Memphis Belle", "Shoo Shoo Baby", "General Ike" and "Nine 'O' Nine. On this day, however, the Memphis Belle is going to have to wait for the snow to be clear before it can depart on yet another dangerous mission over enemy territory. In the meantime, to enable the Memphis Belle to leave at the earliest opportunity when the weather clears, groundcrew carry on with their maintenance work in support of a crew and aircraft they all look upon with affection and admiration.