Welcome to the Memphis Belle Project a collaborative partnership between The Memphis Belle Memorial Association and Lausanne Collegiate School.
The Memphis Belle website is a coopertive effort between Lausanne Collegiate School and The Memphis Belle Memorial Association. The MBMA and Lausanne are working together to preserve the history of the Belle and to preserve the story of those who flew it.
The Memphis Belle Memorial Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the famous “Memphis Belle,” a WWII bomber, her crew, the 8th Air Force and everyone who served in WWII to keep America’s freedom alive. MBMA also strives to teach all generations about the importance of the Memphis Belle’s missions and the other war aircraft and the brave crews who served in this war.
Partnership between MBMA and Lausanne Collegiate School:
Lausanne Collegiate School signed a partnership with the Memphis Belle Memorial Association that gives Lausanne students the opportunity to organize and update a website of the Memphis Belle archives. This website is primarily used as a resource for students of all ages to learn more about this great aircraft in Memphis history and to put the Memphis Belle into context with World War II and the impact the it had on the citizens of the world. The website is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the Memphis Belle, allowing it’s tale to live on regardless of the era.
The Chapman-Woodbury Oral History Program at Lausanne:
The Chapman-Woodbury Oral History Program at Lausanne Collegiate School is also devoted to preserving world history as well as expanding the global perspective of student participants. The World War II Project (student-led interviews with veterans) is a major element of this program. Every high school student at Lausanne has the opportunity to participate in the interview process and to enrich his or her global perspective by placing history lessons learned in the classroom into context through the firsthand accounts of interview participants.
Seventy Years ago…
In the next few days there are two 70th anniversaries relevant to B-17F 41-24485 ‘Memphis Belle.’ According to primary source documentation, on May 17th, 1943 Captain Robert K. Morgan flew his 25th officially credited mission with the 91st Bomb Group to Lorient in France. To achieve this, he flew four different aircraft: Memphis Belle, The Great Speckled Bird, Jersey Bounce and Bad Penny. On May 19th, 1943, Lt Anderson and his crew took 41-24485 Memphis Belle on it’s 25th officially credited mission, to Keil, Germany.