Margaret Polk, the "Memphis Belle" whose romance with a B-17 bomber pilot became a celebrated World War II love story, has died of cancer. She was 67.
Ms. Polk died Thursday at her home.Robert K. Morgan, who was widely credited with being the first B-17 pilot to complete 25 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, named the plane "Memphis Belle" in honor of Polk.
The romance generated international headlines and helped the War Department when Morgan began a war-bonds tour in 1943.
He said his long separation from Polk during the tour cooled the relationship.