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`MEMPHIS BELLE’ OF WWII DIES OF CANCER

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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.