CATCH-22 CREDIT FOR BELGIAN B-25

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The nose section of the Brussels Air Museum Foundation’s B-25J 44-30925/N9494Z bearing the Yankee Doodle nose art applied for its latest fi lm role. ERIC DESSOUROUX

The Brussels Air Museum Foundation’s North American B-25J Mitchell 44-30925/N9494Z will soon appear on screen in the new George Clooney-produced TV mini-series, Catch-22. Eric Dessouroux from the foundation says, “At the start of 2018, the producers were looking for an B-25 for studio fi lming, and contacted the Brussels Air Museum Foundation. Our Mitchell was not yet ready for such a role, and a lot of work had to be done, but our team worked very hard. The B-25 left our workshop on 16 April 2018 for the studios in Rome and she came back to Gembloux on 24 September... 44-30925 is now resplendent in her new Yankee Doodle fi lm markings.”

Two fl yable B-25Js were used for aerial sequences, 45-8898/N898BW Axis Nightmare from the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Batavia, Ohio, and the Chino, California-based Planes of Fame museum’s 44-30423/N3675G Photo Fanny. The aerial sequences were fi lmed in Italy and Sardinia.

This is the fourth major fi lm credit for ’925: it fl ew as Laden Maiden for the original big-screen production of Catch-22 back in 1969, and as Gorgeous George-Ann in Hanover Street, shot primarily at Little Rissington nine years later (see Aeroplane July-August 2018). In 1980 it briefl y appeared as set-dressing for the fi lm Eye of the Needle fi lmed at Blackbushe, where the bomber had been in storage. It then spent many years in storage at a variety of locations, including Coventry, Headcorn, North Weald, Sandtoft and Doncaster, before moving to Belgium in 2006.