USAAF Nose Art Research Project


Reina del Pacifico
B-25J-11-NC 43-36020

345th Bomb Group, 501st Bomb Squadron

Nose art painted by
345th Bomb Group, 501st Bomb Squadron

Reina del Pacifico

Painted by Sgt George Blackwell with help from Cpl Joe Merenda this Mitchell was assigned to crew chief TSgt Ramon Salazar. Reported lost on 28th April 1945 with the crew of 2Lt Milton Esty after being hit by flak which turned it into a mass of flame before it exploded on impact with the ground.

Known Mission List

Date Pilot


26 Dec 1944E L BinaMatina AD
1 Jan 1945J W StoneSilay AD
7 Jan 1945C H LamarClark Field
8 Jan 1945McEwenTalisay AD, Negros
9 Jan 1945E L BinaLuzon rolling stock
10 Jan 1945G H MusketLuzon rolling stockSmashed right nacelle hitting cane brake while strafing
14 Jan 1945D W HardemanAparri AD
21 Jan 1945M R BellBaguio
22 Jan 1945V L GrossBataanR/E (NS) - escort
23 Jan 1945CookFloridablanca
29 Jan 1945J W StoneCabcaben AD
5 Mar 1945R E BlountIndo-China shipping
14 Mar 1945C J KutaCape Varella shipping
29 Mar 1945GoodbanIndo China coast convoy
30 Mar 1945McClanathanYulin Bay convoy
6 Apr 1945R E BlountChina coast shipping
8 Apr 1945J N HarrahChomosui AD
14 Apr 1945M R EstyCanton shipping
15 Apr 1945C J KutaTuguegarao AD
16 Apr 1945H C SteeleLamsepo AD, Formosa
18 Apr 1945O E HatcherKarenko MYs, Formosa
21 Apr 1945E J WilkinsonSican Grd support
22 Apr 1945Maj M H MortensenBolac Grd support
23 Apr 1945M R EstyWoody Island
27 Apr 1945H C SteeleGarit Morte AF
28 Apr 1945M R Esty / M E MillerSaigon shippingMISSING - hit by flak, caught fire, exploded and crashed NNW of Saigon

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