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North American B-25 Mitchell
Technical Information

Background
The B-25 Mitchell was a versatile medium bomber. During the Pacific War, C Model to J Models saw combat service. Made famous by their used on the April 18, 1942 "Doolittle Raid" over Japan.

B-25C Mitchell
The C Model was built at North American in Inglewood, California.

B-25D Mitchell
The D model was built in North American in Kansas City, Kansas.

B-25 Strafer Variant
During the middle of 1942 in Australia, "Pappy" Gunn pioneered the modification of the nose section of a B-25C and B-25D Mitchells into a strafer variant. Initially, 3rd Bombardment Group B-25s were field modified to remove the nose crew positions and instead up to eight forward firing .50 caliber machine guns plus and additional four bolted to each side of the nose. Later, B-25s were modified into "strafer" variants by the 4th Air Depot at Garbutt Field near Townsville.

B-25H Mitchell
The B-25H had a nose mounted 75mm cannon in the nose that was manually loaded. A total of 1,000 were built.

PBJ Mitchell
B-25's in service with the U. S. Navy or U. S. Marine Corps were known as the PBJ Mitchell. Over 700 Mitchells were delivered to the Navy and Marines, including eight squadrons that served in the Pacific. These were C, D, G, H and J model Mitchells. These USMC groups were trained to drop torpedoes, which required flying with the bomb bays open, although they never used this tactic in combat. They also trained with “Tiny Tim” rockets, and H models with 75mm nose cannons. Some were equipped with radar domes.

In service with other Nations
Many Allied nations also used the B-25, in the Pacific, the NEIAF. Some countries around the world continuing to use B-25's until the 1960's!

Technical Details
Crew  Four to seven, depending on mission and configuration (pilot, co-pilot, engineer, bombardier, radio-gunner, gunner)
Engine  2 x Wright R-2600 radial engines driving a three bladed propeller
Span  67' 7"
Length  52' 11"
Height  15' 9"
Maximum Speed  275 mph
Range  805 km
Armament  12 x 50 caliber machine guns in turrets, flexible mounts or fixed positions.
Bomb load  (normal) 3,000 pounds in an internal bomb bay
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