published Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Memphis to honor ’belle’ Margaret Polk with statue

MEMPHIS — Memphis is about to debut a statue of Margaret Polk, the “Memphis Belle” whose romance with a B-17 pilot became one of the most celebrated legends of World War II.

The relationship between Polk and pilot Robert Morgan was promoted as part of the five-month war bond tour that began after the Memphis Belle airplane, named in Polk’s honor, completed 25 missions in May 1943.

Although Polk broke off their engagement, the two saw the tour through to the end, according to The Commercial Appeal.

The “Memphis Belle” airplane remained in Memphis for almost 60 years before the U.S. Air Force restored it and made it an exhibit in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.

Read complete story in Monday's Times Free Press.

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