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B-25 Doolittle Raider Gallery


The sign accompanying the B-25 display. It reads

Doolittle Raid: North American B-25B Mitchell

The B-25 medium bomber was one of America's most famous airplanes of World Ware II, and more than 9,8000 were built. It saw duty in every combat area being flown by the Dutch, British, Chinese, Russians, and Australians in addition to our own US forces. Although the B-25 was originally intended for level bombing from medium altitudes, Pacific Theater aircrews often used it at low level to attack Japanese airfields and strafe and skip bomb enemy shipping.

The US Army Air Forces chose the B-25 for the Doolittle Raid because it was the only aircraft available with the required range, bomb capacity, and short takeoff distance. The B-25Bs and 24 trained volunteer crews came from the 17th Bombardment Group, Pendleton Field, Oregon.

The airplane on display is a B-25D rebuilt by North American to the configuration of a B-25B used on the Tokyo Raid. It was flown to the US Air Force Museum in April 1958.

Technical Notes
Crew: 5 Maximum speed: 275 mph
Armament: Five .50-cal machine
guns and 5,000 lbs of bombs
Range: 1,200 miles
Ceiling: 25,000 ft

Time picture taken Fri Apr 25 09:04:36 2003
Location picture taken Air Power Gallery
Air Force Museum
Dayton, OH
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