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Challenges to Portrayals and Casting

October 28, 1990

Is it a tribute--as the makers of "Memphis Belle" say in the credits--to show bomber crew members fighting among themselves in mid-air while leading a raid and the co-pilot whining because he is not the skipper and the navigator dissolving into tears at the first ack-ack?

And did the fliers really spend their time on the ground shouting and arguing and taking night walks to pat the nose of their plane? No wonder Gregory Peck had such trouble in "12 O'Clock High."

CYRUS MUNDALL (Ex-member 8th Air Force), Hollywood

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