It's the sad coda for a
distinguished aviator. The widow of Memphis Belle commander Robert
Morgan is now trying with all her might to save her mementos of
their lives together. Her home in Swannanoa (NC), was flooded by
Hurricane Frances. The photos, lithographs and limited edition
prints that they collected over the years -- the letters from
dignities, celebrities and politicians, the medals -- much of that
has been destroyed.
"Bob didn't leave me financially well-off at all. This
memorabilia was to be my income," said Linda Morgan, who married
the aviator in front of world famous B-17 a dozen years ago. She
was interviewed by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Col. Morgan died in Asheville (NC) last
May. So much was ruined, said Linda, as she and her
sister tried desperately to save what they could. They used hair
dryers in an attempt to save some of the precious photographs. A
model of the Belle, worth about $1000 and still in its original
box, was covered in mud from the floodwaters. And to add insult to
injury, a leather jacket signed by Col. Morgan and his co-pilot,
Jim Verinis, was stolen as it hung on a clothesline to dry.