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  B-25D-15 "Sting of Death / June Bug / Torn Sail" Serial Number 41-30371 Tail X
5th AF
5th BC

Former Assignments
345th BG
498th BS

3rd BG
8th BS

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 8th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to Squadron C.O. Maj. Jimmy Downs. Nicknamed "Sting of Death" in Japanese kanji on the side of the nose.

During September 1943, nicknamed "June Bug" with the new 8th Bombardment Squadron (unofficial) insignia on the left side of the nose. Later nicknamed "Torn Sail" painted in white block letters on the left side of the nose.

On November 29, 1943, transferred to the 345th Bombardment Group, 498th Bombardment Squadron. Assigned to pilot Griffin with crew chief Rubal. Painted with a large 5th Air Force logo on the nose and tail letter "X".

On April 8, 1944 transferred to 5th Bomber Command as a replacement pool aircraft. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped at the end of the war.

Warpath Across The Pacific pages 382
Thanks to Larry Hickey for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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