Memphis Belle was not the first to complete the required number of missions. “Hot Stuff flew her 25th mission on the 7th of February, 1943. It’s well-documented. That was three-and-a-half months before Memphis Belle,” he said. “So how come we haven’t heard of her? Why isn’t she in the movies? Why isn’t the crew the famous folks?” The answer, Waldock said, is because the B-24 crashed and was destroyed, and this is where the story takes a strange turn.