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North American B-25 "Mitchell"

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North American B-25 Mitchell

The B-25, named the Mitchell Bomber in memory of Colonel William (“Billy”) Mitchell, served on every major front during WWII. Initially designed as a medium bomber in 1938, the Mitchell was adaptable and versatile for several missions, including high and low-level bombing, personnel transport, photo reconnaissance, submarine patrol, and training. It was even known to have been used as a fighter in some instances. Close to 11,000 were built between 1940 and 1945, with 9,816 serving with the United States Army Air Force and the rest with the United States Navy and the air forces of other Allied powers. The B-25, named the Mitchell Bomber in memory of Colonel William (“Billy”) Mitchell, served on every major front during WWII. Initially designed as a medium bomber in 1938, the Mitchell was adaptable and versatile for several missions, including high and low-level bombing, personnel transport, photo reconnaissance, submarine patrol, and training. It was even known to have been used as a fighter in some instances. Close to 11,000 were built between 1940 and 1945, with 9,816 serving with the United States Army Air Force and the rest with the United States Navy and the air forces of other Allied powers.

In April 1942, the Mitchell went into action against Japanese targets in New Guinea and the Philippines. The best-known raid by the B-25 occurred in April 1942 when Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle led a 16-aircraft formation attacking the Japanese heartland by striking Tokyo 800 miles away. Colonel Doolittle received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. The crews for this mission were from the 17th Group and the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron. Later modifications to the B-25 included an auto-pilot, external racks under the fuselage and wings, tanks for a standard fuel load of 1,100 gallons, fittings to carry an external 2,000 lb torpedo, hot-airfield tank de-icing for the wing leading edge, and a variety of armament including an Army 75-mm field gun and up to 18 0.50-inch machine guns, plus a 3,000 lb bomb load. Many B-25’s passed into post-war service with various commands. The last TB-25, or training model, was retired from service at Reese AFB, Texas, in January 1959. The last staff transport in US use was retired in May 1960.

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc.
Type: Light Bomber
Accommodation: Crew of three to six according to mission
Wing Span: 67′ 7″
Length: 52′ 11″
Height: 16′ 4″
Empty Weight: 19,480 lbs
Max Gross Weight: 35,000 lbs
Max Speed: 272 mph
Cruise Speed: 230 mph
Range: 1,350 miles
Max Altitude: 24,200 feet
Power Plant: 2 × 1700 HP R-2600-92
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