THE DOOR CLOSES ON AN ERA
Robert Hanson, the last surviving crew member of the Memphis Belle, has passed away in NM. Hanson was the Belle's radio operator during many of its 25 bombing missions from Nov 7th to May 17th, 1943. They logged 148 hours of flight time and had many close calls. Hanson attributed their success to teamwork and luck. A prayer is in order for Mr. Hanson, his fellow crew members, and the crews of the other B-17s, many of which didn't make it back home.
Robert Hanson. (pic)
Mission list and crew list. (scroll)