Finito Benito Next Hirohito (B-25)
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|Finito Benito Next Hirohito|
|Manufacturer||North American B-25J Mitchell|
"Finito Benito Next Hirohito" was a B-25J assigned to the 12th Bomb Group in early 1944. The Group was transferred from the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean to the 10th Air Force in India in March, 1944. The name reflects the change in Theater assignment. It was painted in red on the upper surfaces of the wings, as opposed to the usual placement on the nose of the airplane.
Finito Benito comes from the North American B-25J Mitchell Medium Bomber airplane named "Finito Benito Next Hirohito." This B-25J bomber was attached to the 12th Air Force, based in Naples late in World War II.
The name Benito refers to the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. Hirohito refers to the name of the Japanese emperor during World War II. Italy and Mussolini fell in 1943 while Japan and Hirohito fell in August 1945.
B-25 Mitchell Units of the MTO, by Steve Pace, Osprey Publishing, pp. 28, 64, and 95.
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