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Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:36 am

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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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:57 am

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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 5:03 am

Now the crew and aircraft are all going home.

RIP Mr Hanson and thank you....

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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:27 am

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.
 
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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 12:58 pm

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?
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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:22 pm

Rest in peace. A true hero.
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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 09, 2005 7:39 pm

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.


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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:57 pm

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.
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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:47 pm

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.

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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:10 am

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
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RE: Last Memphis Belle Crewmember Passes

Sun Oct 23, 2005 1:04 am

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.....
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