National Geographic : 1948 Jan
(€)iNatlonal geographic Society The Language of Scholars Provides a Bomber's Name "Ave Maria," Latin for "Hail Mary," adorns the nose of a Twelfth Air Force B-25 Mitchell with 103 missions to its credit. The pretty signorina's picture is in keeping with the plane's field of operations-Italy. "Idiots' Delight"Passes Its 50-mission Milestone The sergeant adds an extra-large bomb tothis Flying Fortress' helter-skelter array, while the crew chief looks on. At top, two rows of swastikas testify that 14 German aircraft fell beforethe guns of "Idiots' Delight" incombat.