The Two Memphis Belles

The romance behind the famous B-17’s name.

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Still, Margaret says she and Bob are friends. A recent Christmas card from him reads,  “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” It is signed, “Past, present, future—love, Bob.” “That Bob,” Margaret says, shaking her head. “He could charm a snake.”

—Elaine de Man


Margaret Polk died of cancer at her home on April 5, 1990, just after this story was published. She was 67.  Robert Morgan died on May 15, 2004, in Asheville, North Carolina, of complications from a fall. He was 85.  His wife Elizabeth Morgan had died in January 1992, and he remarried that August, under the wing of the Memphis Belle.  Morgan’s letters to Polk are now at Memphis State University.


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