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Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

Robert Hanson, the radio operater from the Memphis Belle passed away last week at 85. He had been suffering from heart problems for a number of years. He was the last surving member of the aircraft's crew.

The Memphis Bell, B-17 bomber that was the first to complete 25 combat missions over germany has passed. During the bombers life, it flew some 148 combat hours from September of 1942, until May of 1943 and dropped some sixty tons of bombs.

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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3472 times:



User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3469 times:

Now the crew and aircraft are all going home.

RIP Mr Hanson and thank you....

[Edited 2005-10-08 22:03:54]

User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Daily death rate of US WWII veterans is estimated at 1000. I hope these
people somehow record their experiences before it's too late. The memory
of WWII is fading quickly, and I appreciate their efforts and sacrifices. The
first time I squeezed into the forward hatch of a restored B-17 on display
and made my way to the cramped cockpit I couldn't help but ask myself how
those guys went out on those missions day after day. Bless 'em all.

User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

Ironically, I just posted a story of how the Belle is being moved here to Dayton to finally get the restoration and place in history she properly deserves in the USAF museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. I wonder if he knew?

One Nation Under God
User currently offlineJetmek319 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 199 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

Rest in peace. A true hero.

Never, ever moon a werewolf !!
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3375 times:

He lived to 85, unlike most of his comrades (life expectancy for bomber crews was very low, not many survived their 25 missions).

He did his part for the liberation of my country.

May he rest in peace.


Je Suis Charlie et je suis Ahmet aussi
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

Quoting RC135U (Reply 3):
I hope these
people somehow record their experiences before it's too late.

My wife works for a military history publishing firm, and she has commented on how many of these WWII memoirs they get- she says too many to publish right now- the market for these books would be saturated, and the publishing firms wouldn't make money off them. She said she hopes the families of these veterans keep the manuscripts and submit them later, so the history isn't lost, but the books have a better chance of getting published as well. RIP Mr. Hanson.

Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineIRelayer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Aye...RIP. Thank you for perserving our freedom.

It will be interesting to see, in the end, how many stories of WWII we get. There were so many theaters, over such a long period of time, involving so many different kinds of people from so many different places...it may well end up being the most documented war in history. It is sad to think that in a few years most of the vets will be gone. You did your part for king and country though. God bless you.


User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

May he rest in peace knowing he was part of the fredom of the European world. I think that with every WWII veteran that passes on, we losse so many stories, I can't imagine what things those people must have seen. My Grandad is a WWII veteran and when he tells me stories of WWII , there is a new one every time. RIP

Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineUSAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

I got a picture of Memphis Belle - autographed by the Memphis Belle pilot, at an Air Show I went to. Now the crew is all together once again.....

44th Fighter Squadron Vampire Bats - 63 years of history
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