Second World War bomber B25 gets repaint at Duxford
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A Second World War bomber, which formed the inspiration for Joseph Heller’s novel Catch 22, has received a detailed repaint from experts at Duxford Imperial War Museum.
The aircraft has been repainted to represent the North American B-25J Mitchell 43-4064, which served with the 488th bomb squadron of the 340th bomb group, 12th Air Force, in the latter stages of the conflict.
American author Heller served as a bombardier in the 488th squadron and missions carried out in the B-25J Mitchell were the basis for his novel.
The historically-accurate repaint was completed over a period of six weeks by a team of three conservation experts.
Chris Knapp, section head of conservation at Duxford, said: “We’re really pleased with it, the guys worked really hard.
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“With so many American bases locally, there is a lot of interest in these bombers. We had to bring someone in to do the nose art, as we don’t have sign writers, but the rest was all done in-house.”
Andy Robinson, conservation officer, said: “We wanted it to look as authentic as possible, obviously it’s fresh paint but it was important to us that it was a realistic representation of a working aircraft. It took three or four coats to complete and we’re happy with the result.”
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The aircraft will be displayed in the newly transformed American Air Museum at Duxford, which reopens in March next year.