The Mitchell

The Mitchell – B-25

Mitchell II Made by the North American Corp., the makers of the Mustang. It first arrived in this country in May, 1942, and was first announced in action with the R.A.F. in bombing of airfields in occupied France at the end of January, 1943. Has also been sent to Russia an was used in large numbers in co-operation with the Eighth Army. The Mitchell is the plane that bombed Tokio (sic), and was in use with the U.S. Army in North Africa. It is named after Brig. Mitchell, a great American advocate of increased air power.

Manufacturers: North American Aviation Inc. (Inglewood, California).

Type: Fast reconnaissance bomber. Design No. 62B, and a development of the N.A. 40 (prototype), 40A and 40B – known in the U.S. Army as B-25B Mitchell.

Engine: Two Wright Double-Row Cyclone (GR-2600-A5B) of 1,600hp (14-cylinder two-row radials).

Speed: Maximum, 280mph at 13,000ft.

Range: 2,650 miles.

Ceiling: 25,000ft.

Rate of climb: Initial, 1,800ft per minute.

Armament: 6 guns – 2 fixed .303 machine guns in wings, 2 .5in machine guns in power-operated dorsal turret and 2 .5in machine guns in ventral turret. Maximum bomb load 2,000lbs.

Dimensions: Span 67ft 6in, length 51ft 5in, height 15ft 9in, wing area 610 sq ft.

Construction: All-metal structure, stressed skin covering. Fully retractable tricycle undercarriage.

Distinguishing features: Mid gull-wing monoplane with two radial motors, compound tail unit and retractable tricycle undercarriage. Long nose. Engines are underslung and project well beyond the trailing edge of wing. Centre section of wing has marked dihedral, while outboard of the engines a very light anhedral. Angular fins and rudders are set outboard of the tail-plane, which is set high and has large cut-outs for rudder movements. Deep fuselage. Power-operated dorsal gun turret near tail.

Summary of recognition features: Long nose, gull wing, peculiar angular fins and rudders.


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