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Corgi Aviation Archive AA35304: North American B-25 Mitchell of 226 Sqn, RAF based at Swanton Morley, England, D-Day 6 June 1944. Limited Edition of 2010 Pieces.
Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 11.25 inches
The first operational B-25s to serve with the RAF were B-25Cs and Ds which were designated Mitchell Mk.II by the RAF. The Mitchell Mk.II served with the No.2 Group, the RAF’s tactical medium bomber force. These planes were assigned to Nos.98, 180, 226 and 329 squadrons. THe RAF Mitchells generally retained the retractable ventral turret since protection from below was absolutely essential for medium-altitude bombing operations over Europe. In the build up to D-Day, June 6th 1944, some Mitchell’s were based in Holland, including No.226 squadron which were successfully deployed in operations in that theatre
Originally designed as an attack bomber for export to France and the UK, the B-25 Mitchell was first flown on August 19, 1940. Rejected by the countries it was designed for in favor of the new Douglas DB-7, the B-25 later entered service with the Army Air Corps as a medium bomber. Early in its service career, the B-25 became famous for its role in the Doolittle Raid. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were built by North American Aviation, and the aircraft’s service spanned four decades. Named for aviation pioneer Billy Mitchell, the B-25 is the only US military aircraft to bear the name of an individual person.