B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30861
B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30861

B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30861


B-25J-25-NC 44-30861 was delivered on March 5, 1945 as one of the many late war production B-25s that was allotted to the Training Command in the United States. She was first assigned to the multi-engine transition base at Douglas AAF, Arizona where she served out the war attached to the 3014th Base Unit. In early 1946 she was assigned to Chanute AAF, Illinois where B-25s were still being used for crew training. In l951 she was attached to the 3650th Inspector Generals Wing first at Hancock Field then Sampson AFB, New York. Duties were for transport and administrative functions at the time. After converted to a TB-25N at Birmingham, Alabama in early l954 she was reassigned to Lackland AFB where she was attached to the 3700th Military Intelligence Wing. At Lackland she was used as both a proficiency aircraft and as a staff and command transport. She served out her remaining active duty time at Lackland AFB and was retired to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona for storage in December 1958. The following summary of assignments are listed on her record card:

Base Assignments

Date Location Notes
03/07/1945 Douglas AAF, AZ 3014 Base Unit
04/01/1945 Buckley AAF, CO 3702 Base Unit
07/30/1946 Chanute Field, IL 3502 Base Unit
02/24/1951 Hancock Field, NY 3650 ING Wing
10/22/1951 Simpson AFB, NY 3650 ING Wing
01/25/1954 Birmingham, AL Maintenance
05/27/1954 Lackland AFB, TX 3700 MIT Wing
12/15/1956 Birmingham, AL Maintenance to TB-25N
03/01/1957 Lackland AFB, TX 3700 MIT Wing
12/1958 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Storage
12/1959 Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Surplus

She was sold from storage at Davis-Monthan AFB to an operator in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the time she was listed as a VB-25N, the designation for personnel transport. Eventually she was sold to Aero Associated of Tucson, Arizona where she was modified into a camera ship and given the name of "Moviemaker II". Several modifications were made to her at this time including a bomb bay fuel tank which was used for a flight to England as well as various internal changes for camera work. She arrived in England in 1961 where she served as the photography platform in the film "War Lovers". In 1963 she was used again for the filming of the movie "633 Squadron". After these two films she was based at Biggin Hill where she sat, eventually became a derelict airframe. She was rescued in 1966 when acquired by the British Historic Aircraft Museum. In 1967 she was transported to Southend Airport and put on display with the other museum aircraft. The British Historic Aircraft Museum closed after a short period of time and she became the property of another museum in the same area called the Southend Aviation Museum. The museum did some restoration work to her by adding a top turret and giving her a RAF color scheme representing a Mitchell III of No.98 Squadron RAF at Dunsford circa 1944. She was given the squadron code of VO-A and the RAF serial of HD368. She remained on display for the next 15 years. The Southend Museum closed in l983 and the aircraft in the collection were sold. She was acquired by Aces High of North Weald, England and moved to Duxford. In October 1988 she was moved to North Weald, England where she remained for several years. The British registration of G-BKXW was applied for on this aircraft but was never formally used. She was given a USAAF olive drab color scheme and the name "Bedsheet Bomber". There are major corrosion problems as well as other factors to the airframe that would require a great deal of time and finances to complete any airworthy restoration. In 1996 she was obtained by the Imperial Aviation Collection and moved to North Coates in northeast England. She was planned for display at an old airbase but the museum ran into financial problems and she was again sold. In 2006 she was obtained by the Wycombe Air Park and moved to a new location for rework after years of neglect. After several more years of neglect, she was acquired by the Wings Museum in Balcombe, Sussex where restoration to static display is currently underway.

  • Model: B-25J-25-NC
  • Serial Number: 44-30861
  • NAA Mfg. Number: 108-34136
  • FAA Registration: G-BKXW
  • Mfg. Plant: Fairfax - Kansas City, Kansas
  • Completion Date: March 2, 1945
  • Delivery Date: March 5, 1945
  • Status: Restoration to static
  • Owner: Wings Museum
  • Location: Balcombe, Sussex
  • Website: http://www.wingsmuseum.co.uk/
  • Notable info: Camera ship for "War Lover" as well as "633 Squadron"


This page represents the most current information we have on this aircraft. The information above was last updated 02/20 with information provided by Bob Haney. Our goal is to have the most current and correct information possible. If you have any information about this aircraft not listed here or see anything posted in error, please contact the B-25 History Project so we may update our records.