A bit of an idealized version of WWII air combat, both psychologically and in the choice of actors, (at least according to my conversations with my father-in-law, who was a B17 navigator) but good for a popular movie. Some good attention to detail of planes, base, etc. It's good this movie opens up this aspect of WWII to young people who may know nothing of it. The War Lover is probably a better movie psychologically and The Best Years of Our Lives, though about postwar experience, gives more insight into a bombardier. Memphis Belle, like many war movies, is a collage of experience that blends many characters, scenes, moments into one 2-hour experience. One might argue that everything that happens in this movie happened to real people at the time, most people didn't experience all of those things at the same time.