The 489th Bombardment Squadron in Corsica

1. 489th BS Insignia from B-25 at MAAM, 
2. 340th BG Insignia from Q. Kaiser's A2 flight jacket (1944), 
3. NASA space shuttle photo of Corsica,
4. 12th Air Force patch,
5. U.S. Army Air Corps Patch .

Rare Color Photographs of B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers from Jeff Wolford.

Planes, Part 5

B-25J 'Mama.'
This B-25J "Mama" from the 321st Bombardment Group stationed at Solenzara, Corsica.

B-25J 9D 43-27638 'Briefing Time' from the 489th Bomb Squadron, 340th Bomb Group.
This is B-25J 9D #43-27638 "Briefing Time" of the 340th Bombardment Group, 489th Bombardment Squadron at Alesani, Corsica. I'm not sure why the name "Briefing Time" has been rubbed out on the side of the plane but there is a reference in the 489th Bomb Squadron Book about the crew chief, Joe Moore changing the plane's name from "Briefing Time" to "Quitting Time" after the war. Perhaps this picture represents the beginning stages of such a makeover. I discovered that another 340th Bombardment Group B-25J named "Shirley Ann" has the identical nose art as "Briefing Time" but it is a mirror image suggesting that these nose arts were projected onto the sides of the planes and then traced. See the photo below taken by my father, Quentin Kaiser, of "Shirley Ann" B-25J 7Z of the 487th Bomb Squadron.
'Shirley Ann' B-25J 7Z from the 487th Squadron.

'Nose art from an unknown plane courtesy of the University of Arizona library.
Amazingly, I came across this example of nose art from the University of Arizona Library Military Nose Art Collection which is just like "Briefing Time" and "Shirley Ann" as seen above. Also, Japanese artist Tetsuro Matsuo has meticulously painted this same noseart on Hasegawa's 1/72 scale Avro Lancaster B.Mk. III model. This seems to have been a very popular one.

B-25J 9C 43-27653 'Ruthie' from the 489th Bomb Squadron, 340th Bomb Group.
This is B-25J 9C #43-27653 "Ruthie" from the 340th Bombardment Group, 489th Bombardment Squadron maintained by crew chief Ezra Baer at Alesani, Corsica.

B-25J 'Ave Maria' from the 447th Squadron, 321st Bomb Group.
This is B-25J "Ave Maria" from the 321st Bombardment Group, 447th Bombardment Squadron stationed at Solenzara, Corsica. Here's another photo of 'Ave Maria.' And here's another photo of Ave Maria with a crew.

B-25J 'MMR.'
This is B-25J "Meet Mrs. Runyon" from the 321st Bombardment Group, 447th Bombardment Squadron.

These great pictures came from color slides purchased by Jeff Wolford about 6 years ago at an auction in a San Francisco hobby shop. Jeff's brother Rick Wolford, scanned the slides to create these images. The box of slides was labeled: "B-25 names 1944-45." Jeff Wolford describes the pictures this way: "I have been crazy all my life about airplanes (especially warbirds). I love collecting memorabilia. I happened to stumble on these at an estate auction. I searched through books and the internet to try and pinpoint where these were taken. I found your website and bingo! It all seems to be coming together. Call me a friend of the 57TH WING!." Indeed! Thank you Jeff Wolford!

Hasegawa has a new B-25J model, one of which has been exquisitely made to look like the real MMR by aviation artist, Mr. Tetsuro Matsuo. The spread in the March 2009 issue of the Japanese modeling magazine Scale Aviation contains the following:

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Scale Aviation magazine, March 2009.
Click on image for link to U.S. source
of the new Hasegawa B-25J model.

Go on to Planes, Part 6.

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