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North American B-25J Mitchell (34037) in the American American Museum at Duxford - Click for Full Image

The North American B-25J Mitchell (44-31171) in the American American Museum at Duxford was originally built in Kansas City in March/April 1945 and joined the USAF on the 17th April 1945. Going straight into storage at Laurel Field, Mississippi it joined the 307th Air Base Unit at Lake Charles Field, California in November 1946 where it was used for pilot testing (becoming a TB-25J). From January 1947 it operated from Wright-Patterson AFB  and was used for equipment testing. Remaining at the base for ten years, it went into storage at Davis-Monthan AFB in October 1957 before being sold for civilian use. Following a variety of owners this aircraft was used for the filming of 'Mosquito Squadron' in the late 60's and even spent a period at Luton Airport in 1969. It arrived at Duxford in 1976 and was subject to a restoration that took many years. Now back in immaculate condition it is a credit to the Museum and is painted to represent an aircraft of the US Marine Corps.

 

(Picture December 2002)


   

North American B-25J Mitchell (44-29507/N320SQ) - Click for Full Image

Airworthy North American B-25J Mitchell (44-29507/N320SQ) at the September 2002 Air Display at Duxford. It is operated by the Duke of Brabant Air Force, Eindhoven, Holland.

 

(Picture September 2002)


   

B-25D Mitchell at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Also airworthy is the Fighter Collection's B-25D Mitchell (N88972/G-BYDR) which wears the colours of 98 RAF Squadron. Originally delivered to the USAF as 43-3318 this aircraft was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1945. Passing into Canadian civil hands in the early 1960's, it was re-built at Chino, California in the 1980's for the Fighter Collection and flown across to the UK late in 1987. It is based at Duxford.

 

(Picture April 2003)


 

North American TB-25J Mitchell (34037) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon - Click for Full Image

North American TB-25J Mitchell (34037) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon. This aircraft was delivered to the USAAF in September 1944 following manufacture at Kansas City. Although seeing no operational service, it was fro training duties between 1948 and 1950. This actual aircraft appeared in the films 'Catch 22' and 'Hanover Street' before arriving at the RAF Museum collection in 1982.

 

(Picture November 2002)

 

 

 

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