B-25 Mitchell Bomber in World War 2
B-25 Mitchell Bomber
The North American B-25 Mitchell Bomber played a significant role during World War Two. It was a twin-engine medium attack bomber. It was one of America’s most famous airplanes of World War Two. The B-25 Mitchell bomber was the type used by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle for the Tokyo Raid on April 18, 1942. (See video below for actual film footage.)
Although the North American B-25 bomber was originally intended for level bombing from medium altitudes, it was used extensively in the Pacific Theater for bombing Japanese airfields and beach emplacements from treetop level, and for strafing and skip bombing enemy shipping. (See video below.)
No doubt, part of its heroic stature derives from its namesake, the outspoken Gen. Billy Mitchell who proved once and for all that bombers could destroy targets, and that wars would nevermore be decided only on land or sea.
Under the leadership of Lieutenant General George C. Kenney, B-25 airplanes of the Fifth and Thirteenth Air Forces devastated Japanese targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater (SWPA) from 1942 to 1945, and played a significant role in pushing the Japanese back to their home islands.
By the end of World War Two, North American Aviation had built a total of 9,816 B-25 bombers at its California and Kansas plants.
WWII Videos of B-25 Mitchell Bomber
Below are two World War II videos featuring the B-25 bomber. The first is a video of the start of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in WWII. The B-25 airplanes are shown taking off from the USS Hornet.
U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 Mitchell bombers take off from USS Hornet (CV-8) in the Pacific for raid on Japan during World War II. A film based on mission of USS Hornet (CV-8) in Pacific Ocean during World War II. On 18th April, 1942 USS Hornet CV-8 underway with 16 U.S. Army Air Forces WWII B-25 airplanes parked on flight deck to carry out Doolittle Raid on Japan. U.S. Army Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle, leader of the raiding force, wires a Japanese medal to a 500-pound bomb, during ceremonies on the flight deck. The B-25s are prepared for takeoff. The B-25s take off from flight deck. USN (United States Navy) Fleet Admiral William Halsey on the deck of USS Hornet (CV-8) looks up at B-25 in flight.
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United States 7th Air Force B-25 Mitchell bombers destroy Japanese targets on islands in the Pacific in World War II.
U.S. Army Air Forces operations in Pacific theater during World War 2. Animation shows locations of U.S. 13th Air Force on New Caledonia and U.S. 5th Air Force on Australia. Map shows Hawaii. Main gate at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. U.S. 7th Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft takes off from Hickam AFB. Animation shows the flight of bombers. Jeeps along a jungle highway. Sign on tree reads ‘Ohare Field’. Gun crew clean machine guns. 75 mm canon in nose of a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 being cleaned by ground crew. B-25 takes off from Coral airstrip. B-25s in formation. B-25s in flight firing cannons. B-25s strafing Japanese airfields.
My father took over 80 photos of World War 2 airplanes and their nose art while he was in the South Pacific during WW2. Below are photos of B-25 Bombers he took while he was stationed in New Guinea. These WWII airplane photos are a small sample of photos he took. I put 420 of his original war pictures in a new book titled “Dad’s War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific.”
Jack Voitier and his B-25 Mitchell Bomber “Hung Lo”
My father had a childhood friend by the name of Jack Voitier from Opelousas, LA, USA. Jack was the pilot of “Hung Lo,” which was a B-25 bomber airplane in WWII. His B-25 nose art had the “Bats Out of Hell” artwork on it. The details of how and where he got shot down is in my book. Please order my book today.
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns; 3,000 lbs. of bombs; 4000 lbs. on short missions
It had two Wright R-2600s “Cyclone” engines with 1,700 hp each
Maximum speed: 328 mph; Cruising speed: 233 mph
Range: 2,500 miles (with auxiliary tanks)
Ceiling: 21,200 ft.
Wing Span: 67 ft. 6 in.; Length: 53 ft.; Height: 16 ft. 9 in.
Weight: 29,300 lbs. maximum
Cost: $109,670 (1943)
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I was happy to find the site and will order your book. Jack was my great uncle, and I love to see anything I can find about him and his squadron.
Really like the one of the Mexican Spitfire, that was my Dad’s plane
Hi Jack, thanks for commenting. Have you bought my book yet? Your dad’s battalion daily journal is available from the military. Did you get it? The info of how to get it is in my book. You’ll be able to trace his steps thru the war.
My grandfather Pete Luciano painted the nose art on the Mexican Spitfire
Awesome! He did a great job. I love it.