North American B-25C Mitchell – OH-7, 445th BS, USAAF, Oujda 1944. With Nose Art Panel
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale US35305: North American B-25C Mitchell “OH-7” of 45th BS, 321st BG, USAAF, Oujda, French Morocco, January 1944, Complete with superb large scale Nose Art Panel. Limited Edition of 1,760 Pieces. Now extremely hard to find.
PLEASE NOTE: Box lid has a crease extending from the lower left corner. Model is new.
Length 8.75 inches Wingspan 11.25 inches
On February 14, 1943, “OH-7” was forced to make a wheels-up belly-landing after suffering a complete loss of hydraulic fluid. The veteran bomber had been one of six from the 445th B5 that had strafed and bombed Axis shipping intercepted in the southern Mediterranean just north of Libya.
During WW2, young airmen separated from home, family, loved ones and a familiar way of life often sought ways of escaping the harsh reality of war by personalising their aircraft with what has become known as nose art. Humour, slogans, nicknames, cartoons, girls; all were used to bring a touch of light relief to their deadly day-to-day existence. The Corgi Nose Art range aims to capture some of the superb works of art that adorned aircraft on all sides of the conflict. Each model includes a large-scale body panel featuring the art in colourful detail.
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.