The B-25 Mitchel was a United Stated medium bomber named after Major General William “Billy” Mitchel, a military aviation pioneer. The B-25 was produced almost 10.000 times in numerous variants. The B-25 was a powerful plane especially at low altitude and was a formidable ship hunter and strafing aircraft for island warfare. In this gunship role the B-25J version got more and more forward machine guns, 8 Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns were placed in its nose. A special version even housed 18 .50 caliber M2 Browning machine guns in total. 8 guns in the nose, 4 in the flank-mounts near the cockpit, two in the dorsal turret, one in each flank turret and two in the Tail. 14 machine guns releasing havoc in a frontal dive attack. Some versions even carried 8 underwing missiles.
North American B-25 Mitchell – Courtesy Dunsfoldairfield and IWMThe B-25 sunk many ships and destroyed lots of Japanese communications and infrastructure object like railroads and bridges in Bruma, India, China etc.
The B-25 on the photos is a D version. This B-25D is an old RAF plane delivered by the United States in 1944. After the Second World War it was part of the Dutch Navy and served until July 1954.