B-25C Mitchell bomber refueling, 1940-1942

Caption   B-25C Mitchell bomber refueling, 1940-1942
Photographer   S. Kunker
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Added By C. Peter Chen

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  1. David Stubblebine says:
    1 May 2008 05:00:24 PM

    Red disk in center of National Insignia suggests this was prior to 15-May-1942.
  2. Bill says:
    23 Apr 2011 05:57:24 PM

    Looks like this B-25C doesn't have its dorsal
    turret installed, you would be able to see it
    even from the angle of the photograph.
    The B-25C was armed with 2x.50caliber machine
    guns w/400rpg in a Bendix electrically powered turret w/a backup emergency power unit.
    One nose mounted .30caliber machine gun w/600rounds, later model B-25s replaced the 30caliber, with a .50caliber machine gun w/300rounds, 2x.50caliber machine guns
    w/350rpg in a Bendix retractable ventral turret.

    Some crews made field modification, by adding
    one or two.50caliber machine guns in the tail. Later models had a manned tail gun position with 2x.50caliber machine guns. The B-25 was powered by 2xWright Twin Cyclone Air-Cooled Radial Engines.

    Pre-war Army marking were used from 1927 to 1941. Photograph of the B-25s markings show the Army rudder markings of seven red and six white horizontal stripes, have been deleted, on this aircraft.

    Markings were discontinued for all aircraft
    from 1942. US aircraft also deleted the red
    disk in the center of the white star on a
    blue disk.
    A plain white star on a blue disk, was used on the fuselage sides and on the upper port wing, and under the starboard wing was used from May 1942. The letters U.S. Army under the wings were kept until painted over for all pre-1941 aircraft.
  3. Bill says:
    19 Mar 2012 10:37:07 PM

    WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT MYSTERY TRUCK:

    The North American B-25 Mitchell in photo, was assigned to the 2nd Bomb Group.

    The truck is a 1941 Autocar 4x2, 2 1/2 ton, Model U4144 w/Heil L-1 600 gallon oil service
    body. During WWII, Autocar built 50,000 units for the military.
    The Company still produces service-trucks,
    tractors, aircraft service trucks, mobile cranes and other heavy duty vehicles.

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