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B-17F Memphis Belle™ to be Placed on Public Display

The B-17F Memphis Belle™ – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States – will be placed on public display at the National Museum of the U.S.
on May 17, 2018; exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany

on May 17, 1943.  The Memphis Belle will go on display in the WWII Gallery, and the surrounding exhibit will include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never been

seen before by our visitors.  For more information about the Memphis Belle, click here to visit the Fact Sheet.

Slide show

Memphis Belle Events

Public events are being planned in association with the Memphis Belle going on display.  Details are still being finalized.  Please continue to check our website for updates.

Security Notice

Please note that for security reasons, all bags are subject to search, and weapons are not permitted within the museum. In addition, all adults may be asked to show their picture identification card upon entering the museum.

Area Lodging

For information on lodging in the area, please check with the local convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs):

Dayton/Montgomery County CVB
Greene County CVB
Butler County Visitors Bureau
Greater Springfield CVB
Miami County CVB
Warren County CVB

Featured Artifacts

Beginning in May 2017, the museum will start posting pictures of some of the artifacts that will be included in the Memphis Belle Exhibit and the new USAAF Strategic Bombing in Europe Exhibit.

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