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USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Cactus Kitten
B-25J-11-NC 43-36041

345th Bomb Group, 501st Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
345th Bomb Group, 501st Bomb Squadron


Painted by Sgt George Blackwell with the help of Cpl Joseph Merenda and assigned to crew chief TSgt Dave Haines. Reported lost on 28th April 1945 after being hit initially by flak while on a bomb run against shipping on the Saigon River in Indochina. One of their bombs hit a freighter causing it to explode, possibly damaging the B25. Subsequent attacks by fighters caused it to crash about 20 miles SSW of Saigon killing five of the crew of 2Lt Andrew Johnson.

No mission listing is currently available for this aircraft

© Ray Bowden 29 January 2020