What do you know about the
B-25 Mitchell bomber?
with this World War II History Made Easy Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of
1) The B-25 was named in honor of , a pioneer of U.S. military
aviation. The B-25 is the only American military aircraft named
after a specific person.
Who was the aviation pioneer?
- General Billy Mitchell
- Historian John C. Mitchell
- Senator Myron D. Mitchell
2) Designed by John Leland "Lee" Atwood, when did the
B-25 makes its first flight?
- August 19, 1939
- August 19, 1940
- August 19, 1941
3) A total of 6,608 B-25s were built at North American's
Fairfax Airport plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
4) Because of the urgent need for hard-hitting strafing
aircraft, a version was developed, in which the standard-length
transparent nose and the bombardier were replaced by a shorter
solid nose containing two fixed .50-caliber machine guns and a 75
mm M4 cannon, one of the largest weapons fitted to an aircraft.
What was this version known as?
- The Doolittle
- Hang Ten
5) The B-25H also featured a redesigned cockpit area, with the
top turret moved forward to the navigator's compartment.
version, what was removed?
- Rear gunner
6) The last production model of the B-25, often called a cross
between the B-25C and the B-25H. It had a transparent nose, but
many of the delivered aircraft were modified to have a solid nose.
Most of its 14�18 machine guns were forward-facing for strafing
missions. 316 were delivered to the Royal Air Force as the Mitchell
III. (Number made: 4,318.)
What was the model?
7) A number of B-25s were converted for use as staff and VIP
transports. Dwight D. Eisenhower used a converted B-25 as his
8) The Mitchell was also an amazingly sturdy aircraft and could
withstand tremendous punishment. One well-known B-25C of the 321st
Bomb Group was nicknamed "Patches" because its crew
chief painted all the aircraft's flak hole patches with
high-visibility zinc chromate paint. By the end of the war, this
aircraft had completed over 300 missions, was belly-landed half a
dozen times and sported over 400 patched holes. The airframe was
so bent, straight-and-level flight required 8� of left aileron
trim and 6� of right rudder, causing the aircraft to
"crab" sideways across the sky.
9) In the B-2J, what was the engine?
- Cummings T13E1
- Patterson X-4300
- Wright R-2600
10) On Saturday, 28 July 1945, at 9:49 am (while flying in
thick fog), a USAAF B-25D crashed into the north side of the
Empire State Building, hitting between the 79th and 80th floor.
How many died?