This is an entertaining, fictionalized composite of US Army Air Corps bomber crewmembers flying dangerous missions over Europe during World War II. Some reviewers bash it for its historical inaccuracies (and a few of them ironically refer to the "Air Force" which didn't even exist until September 1947), but that's not what this movie is about. It's a well-written yarn--using language contemporary to the 1940s, which is appropriate--that for most people is a well-done film. I would say to those who clamor for historical accuracy that they should spend time watching the History Channel documentaries. A movie detailing the exploits of the real crew of the real Memphis Belle would be a yawnfest of procedural flying missions, a bleak and boring script, and would be absent of any tense character moments. On top of that, there'd be no way to hang a rousing and dramatic musical score on such a vanilla story. That there were great personalities, conflict, heroics, exciting drama, etc., during the allied bombing missions, there is no doubt. So to convey that in an entertaining and at times exciting film is, to my mind, the right thing to do. Maybe just fictionalizing the name of the aircraft would have been the way to go to silence the insouciant critics of this movie. I've seen it several times, and it's a great film!