"Hello, Sugar!"

June 20, 1943

Laden with romance instead of bombs, the bullet-scarred Memphis Belle came home yesterday from the war-torn skies over Hitler's Europe and surrendered to Dan Cupid where German flak had failed.

Veteran of 25 raids over enemy territory and first bomber to return to America from Europe, the B-17 Flying Fortress landed at Memphis Airport Authority shortly after 1 p.m. and a moment later its youthful commander, Capt. Robert K. Morgan, 24, emerged to be greeted by his fiancee, Miss Margaret Polk of 1095 Poplar. He found her waiting with a Reception Committee, headed by Mayor Chandler, city and county officials and high-ranking Army officers.

"Hey, Darling," were Captain Morgan's first words as he leaped from the big bomber's door and threw both arms around his bride-to-be.

"Hello, sugar!" was her reply, as they hugged each other tightly.

Memphis Belle pilot, Captain Robert Morgan, with his sweetie, Margaret Polk, at Memphis Airport. "Hey, darling!"....."Hello, sugar!"...were the first words of Captain Morgan and his fiancee as they greeted each other. The rest of what they said was lost in a smother of kisses. The Memphis Belle and its crew had just returned. Pilot Robert K. Morgan and his crew named their plane Memphis Belle, approaching their 25th mission in a barrage of publicity fueled by hero worship and the romance that generated headlines internationally. It was an ill-fated romance, but one that helped feed War Department publicity when Morgan began a war bond tour in 1943. It was the same spirit that attracted Asheville, N.C., pilot Robert K. Morgan to Ms. Polk when he met her in 1942. Morgan, widely credited with flying the first B17 bomber to complete 25 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe died in 2004. Polk died in 1990. (The Commercial Appeal)

Memphis Belle pilot, Captain Robert Morgan, with his sweetie, Margaret Polk, at Memphis Airport. "Hey, darling!"....."Hello, sugar!"...were the first words of Captain Morgan and his fiancee as they greeted each other. The rest of what they said was lost in a smother of kisses. The Memphis Belle and its crew had just returned. Pilot Robert K. Morgan and his crew named their plane Memphis Belle, approaching their 25th mission in a barrage of publicity fueled by hero worship and the romance that generated headlines internationally. It was an ill-fated romance, but one that helped feed War Department publicity when Morgan began a war bond tour in 1943. It was the same spirit that attracted Asheville, N.C., pilot Robert K. Morgan to Ms. Polk when he met her in 1942. Morgan, widely credited with flying the first B17 bomber to complete 25 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe died in 2004. Polk died in 1990. (The Commercial Appeal)

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