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B-25J-1-NC #43-4064 "Lil Critter From The Moon" Code: 8U
340th BG - 488th BS - 12th AF



  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 488th Bomb Squadron
  • Twelfth Air Force

    Twelfth Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...


  • 43-4064 Milk Run, Li'l Critter from the Moon

    B-25 Mitchell
    The aircraft was nicknamed 'L’il Critter From the Moon,’ after the popular US cartoon character, L’il Abner which was painted on to the aircraft’s nose. It replaced the original drawing of a baby's bottle which had been used to reflect the term ‘milk...



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15 January 2022 01:58:36 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations