Caught On Camera| While Filming Memphis Belle, Tragedy Struck
Here’s The Accident Caught On Camera Back In The Late 80s
The 1990s movie Memphis Belle is one of the most popular movies about B-17 Flying Fortresses. Although the movies reception was mixed, it did a good job glorifying the valor and heroism of the crews that flew some of the most dangerous missions during World War II. For filming, five real B-17s were used to make the movie as believable as possible, but unfortunately, only four of them made it through filming.
All 10 crew onboard managed to escape from the wreckage, only one person suffering a broken leg.
During one of the scenes, a French B-17 designated F-BEEA experienced engine trouble upon takeoff but was dismissed as overboost. The pilot tried to correct the roll as the Flying Fortress pulled in one direction but eventually the left wing hit a tree at a speed of about 100 mph. The aircraft swung sharply to the right and broke apart engulfed in flames. Luckily, the entire crew made it off the plane with just one person suffering a broken leg. The entire incident was caught on camera as you’ll be able to see here.