North American B-25B Mitchell – Doolittles Raider, USAAF, Tokyo Raid 1942
B-25B Mitchell – Doolittles Raider, USAAF, Tokyo Raid.
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Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA35302: B-25B Mitchell 02344 “Doolittles Raider”. Limited to only 2,800 pieces, now rare and hard to find.
Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 11.25 inches
The B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which sixteen B-25Bs led by the legendary Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, attacked mainland Japan four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans and alarmed the Japanese, who believed their home islands were immune to enemy attack. While the amount of actual damage done was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for home defense for the remainder of the war. The raiders took off from the carrier USS Hornet and successfully bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities without loss. However 15 of them subsequently crash-landed en route to recovery fields in Eastern China. These losses were the result of the task force being spotted by Japanese fishing vessels forcing the bombers to take off 170 mi (270 km) early, fuel exhaustion, stormy night time conditions with zero visibility and lack of electronic homing aids at the recovery bases. Only one landed intact; it came down in the Soviet Union, where its five-man crew was interned and the aircraft confiscated. Of the 80 aircrew, 69 survived their historic mission and eventually made it back to American lines. Limited edition of 2,800 from July 2005. Has to be seen to be appreciated with rotating gun turret, opening bomb doors,optional rear ladder, steps and undercarriage positions and stand. Now very hard to find. PLEASE NOTE: Box has a tiny repaired nick to the bottom edge of the lid and a faint crease to the bottom left corner, otherwise really good. Model is new and undisplayed. The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades. The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. These included a few limited variations, such as the United States Navy’s and Marine Corps’ PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces’ F-10 photo reconnaissance aircraft.