As a young man growing up in Asheville, North Carolina,
Robert Morgan was a fast-driving, party boy—a hell-raiser. But when his mother
committed suicide upon learning she had inoperable brain cancer, Morgan’s life
changed dramatically. He was no longer a carefree playboy; he was a man
searching for meaning.
He found that meaning at the controls of an airplane, and in
the flak and fighter filled skies over Occupied France and Nazi Germany. The
plane was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Morgan named her the Memphis Belle in
honor of his fiancée, a Memphis beauty named Margaret Polk. He and his crew
flew twenty-five successful daylight missions over Europe in the Belle, and
were immortalized by Hollywood director William Wyler in a 1944 documentary
called The Memphis Belle. In those twenty-five
harrowing missions, Morgan never lost a crew member. The only casualty associated
with the Belle was Morgan’s engagement to the plane’s namesake; it simply
couldn’t survive the War Department’s publicity demands. Download and start listening now!