The warbird community lost a dedicated friend this past September. Milan Samuel Pupich was the proud owner of the Heavenly Body, a B-25, Mitchell 44-30748.
Pupich owned the B-25 for longer than any other private individual after the bomber’s decommissioning. Even post-war action, it was a star in its own right: it made an appearance in the film Catch-22. He acquired the plane shortly after its Hollywood début, restoring it back to its original wartime condition – replete with functioning turret, guns and radio.
Mike’s family intends to honor his commitment to the Heavenly Body by maintaining and keeping it in flying condition.