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  B-25 "Fickle Finger" Serial Number ?  
13th AF
42nd BG
? BS

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December 17, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by North American. Assigned to the 13th Air Force, 42nd Bombardment Group, Bombardment Squadron unknown. Nicknamed "Fickle Finger". Bomb markings indicated at least 39 combat missions flown.

Wartime History
On December 17, 1943 this B-25 took off from Banika Field (Sunlight) piloted by Lt. Schwartzwalder a mission over the east coast of Bougainville. After dropping their bombs, but was hit by anti-aircraft fire in the belly and began leaking fuel and nursed the B-25 to Stirling Airfield, which was still under construction. Overshooting the finished portion of the runway, it circled again and successfully landed on the finished portion of the runway and the crew exited, afraid the B-25 might explode from fumes. Dripping fuel and with a flat tire, the B-25 was repaired and later returned to combat.

Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

The Earthmovers 87th 1943–1945 page 66 "Fickle Finger Limps In"

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018


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