Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
North American B-25 Mitchell
The North American B-25 Mitchell, named after America's greatest military martyr (Gen Billy Mitchell), made its maiden flight on 19 August 1940 and was ordered in large numbers straight off the drawing board by the Army Air Corps. Internal improvements, armament innovations, and engine changes resulted in several variants, including the B-25G which was armed with a 75mm cannon in the nose - the largest gun ever carried in an aircraft up to that time. The most lethal of all versions was the B-25H which carried 3,000 pounds of bombs, 14 machine guns, eight 5-inch rockets, and a 75mm cannon. Other variants of the B-25 included the F-100 photo-recon version, the AT-24 (TB-25) advanced trainer, and the Navy/Marines PBJ-1 patrol bomber. B-25 production totaled 11,655 variants before the last B-25 was eliminated from the Air Force's inventory on 21 May 1960, after 18 years and 7 months of honorable service.
Mitchells were hailed as one of the best medium bombers of World War II and served with distinction on virtually every front. B-25's (led by Gen Jimmy Doolittle) achieved eminence during the "Tokyo Raid" and later participated in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea where they sank or damaged eleven Japanese ships without the loss of a single B-25. Mitchells were also used during raids on landing strips at Dagua, Wewak, and Boram
The aircraft on display is a B-25J. It is restored in the colors of the 57th Bomb Wing and is dedicated to all the men who flew it - especially Brigadier General Robert D. Knapp, winner of the Distinguished Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. General Knapp commanded the 57th during the closing years of World War II.
Feb 45 to 3014th Base Unit, Douglas Field AZ
Nov 45 to 3502nd Base Unit, Chanute Field IL
Aug 48 to 3345th Technical Training Wing (ATC) Chanute AFB IL
Apr 58 to Davis-Monthan AFB AZ for storage
Dec 59 dropped from the USAF inventory
Max Speed: 275 mph at 1,500 ft
Range: 1,275 miles
Ceiling: 25,000 ft
Span: 67 ft 7 in
Length: 51 ft 11 in
Height: 15 ft 9 in
Weight (empty): 21,100 lbs
Armament: Thirteen .50 machine guns; up to 4,000 lbs of bombs
Engine: Two 1,850 h.p. Wright R-2600-29 Cyclone Radials
The aircraft on display is actually a B-25J, serial no. 44-30649, but painted and marked to depict a B-25J,
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected by United States Air Force.
Location. 32° 22.904′ N, 86° 20.72′ W. Marker is in Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Ash Street west of Poplar Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker and aircraft are in the Maxwell Air Park. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Air University / Maxwell Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); William R. Lawley, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Former POWs And Those MIA (a few steps from this marker); Montgomery Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (a few steps from this marker); Major General James Harrison Wilson, USV (a few steps from this marker); British and Commonwealth Pilots Trained in the U.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Sikorsky MH-53M 'Pave Low IV' Helicopter (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); North American F-86A "Sabre" (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maxwell Air Force Base.
Also see . . .
1. B-25 Mitchell Bomber. (Submitted on April 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. North American B-25 Mitchell. (Submitted on April 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. North American B-25 Mitchell. (Submitted on April 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 978 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 15, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on April 16, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.