Here’s another build that I have been wanting to do for several years. I took it as a sign to get it in gear and do something about it, when my fellow friend Rob Anderson posted up his latest vintage Monogram B-25 G score………. Plus I have been in contact with several others about specific information on a family member that we lost during WW2.
Tommy was my Dad’s Cousin.
There is no better time than the present.
His name was Staff Sgt. Thomas Bricen, and he was a top turret gunner in B-25 bombers. He flew with the 445th Bomb Squadron, 321st Bomb Group and flew 58 missions from Corsica.
Sadly he and his entire crew perished on October 3rd, 1944 over Italy. Their plane, which was a B-25 J-1, serial number 43-27753, (named “Evora”) took a direct hit from an 88 MM Flak gun over the target during the actual bomb run. The plane was hit on the Port side engine, which immediately caught fire. The plane dropped from formation and a few seconds later, the wing fell off. The plane spiraled downwards, now blazing even more furiously. Only one parachute was observed, but it was on fire too, and it failed causing the crewman suspended below it to plunge to his death. This was probably a blessing in disguise, as the crewman’s clothes were on fire. It was presumed the parachute was one of the gunners from the crew, most likely the tail gunner.
Here’s a photo of Tommy. He is sitting on top of a B-25 next to a top turret.
The 445th crews didn’t have a “regularly” assigned plane that they flew in. Instead, they flew missions in what was available. I have been doing some research over the past few years now, and have compiled a list of planes that Tommy flew in.
He flew at least two missions in “Stuff”, tail number “07” serial number 43-27680.
He may have flown more missions in this plane, but I have yet to finish reading all of the unit’s combat journal. However there are some dates that no entries were made, so it’s “incomplete”.
So far the dates I have Tommy listed as a crew member in this plane are May 26th, 1944, and June 5th, 1944.
Once I saw that bombshell decals had a set of decals for various B-25’s that operated from Corsica, I had to get my hands on a set…………..
Here’s the monogram kit I’ll be starting with.
and some of the reference materials I have on hand. These are both very good books.
and this one comes with a great set of decals too, in three scales, 1/32, 1/48, and 1/72………….
So in typical “Iron Werks” fashion, there may end up being a few B-25’s built…………
But first I need to finish up some loose ends with a few other kits that are currently on the work bench.
I wanted to get this one posted today, as a remembrance for Tommy……….. Freedom isn’t free. Here’s proof.
Please stay tuned.
and as per usual, “comments are encouraged”.