|Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo|
Nicknamed "Mitchell" after military aviation pioneer Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, the aircraft went on to great success by the USAAF, USN, USMC and Allied Forces in World War II as a medium bomber, attack aircraft, reconnaissance aircraft, patrol bomber, trainer, and otherwise jack of all trades squadron hack until 1960. A medium bomber of the era was expected to carry a 4,000 bomb load up to 1500miles. The B-25 met those requirements (varying on fuel load and weapons load), and it served in all major theaters of the war. It was made immortal following the use of 16 B-25Bs commanded by Lt.Col. Jimmy Doolittle on a daring attack on Tokyo April 18, 1942. The aircraft were launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and flown on a one-way mission to the Japanese capital. The actual damage was minimal, but the mission provided a great morale boost for U.S. forces. A description of the various B-25 models can be found here.
There were several B-25s (late model B-25Js and Ns) present at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 in representative paint schemes of the World War II era. Here is our tribute to the B-25 Mitchell with gratitude to those who "Keep 'em flying!"
Devil Dog from the Commemorative Air Force Devil Dog Squadron of Georgetown, Texas
Miss Mitchell from the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing
Panchito from Ragwings and Radials in Mardela Springs, Maryland
Paper Doll from Fagen Fighters at Granite Falls, Minnesota
Russian to Get Ya from Lewis Air Legends of San Antonio, Texas