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B-25 Mitchell

What do you know about the B-25 Mitchell bomber
Fly off with this World War II History Made Easy Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

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?B-25 Mitchell - Trivia powered by ABE

  1. General Billy Mitchell
  2. Historian John C. Mitchell
  3. Senator Myron D. Mitchell

2) Designed by John Leland "Lee" Atwood, when did the B-25 makes its first flight?

  1. August 19, 1939
  2. August 19, 1940
  3. August 19, 1941

3) A total of 6,608 B-25s were built at North American's Fairfax Airport plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

  • True or False?

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?

  1. The Doolittle
  2. B-25G
  3. Hang Ten

5) The B-25H also featured a redesigned cockpit area, with the top turret moved forward to the navigator's compartment.
In the version, what was removed?

  1. Navigator
  2. Co-pilot
  3. 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?

  1. B-25J
  2. B-25O
  3. B-25M

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 personal transport.

  • True or False?

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.

  • True or False?

9) In the B-2J, what was the engine?

  1. Cummings T13E1
  2. Patterson X-4300
  3. 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?

  1. None
  2. 14
  3. 125

B-25 Mitchell
Answers

1) A. 2) B. 3) True 4) B. 5) B. 6) A. 7) True 8) True 9) C. 10) B.

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