North American Aviation's B-25 Mitchell was a versatile airframe that saw service in all theaters, with especial impact in the South Pacific and the Mediterranean theaters. The anchor for this section will be the Design Analysis article in the March, 1945 number of Aviation, which deals primarily with B-25H model with the 75mm cannon nose but includes material on the glass-nosed B-25J, also.
A preliminary draft, recovered from microfilm, of the Aviation Design Analysis article [ PDF, 8.7 MiB ] , [ HTML ] is included, as is the text of a design analysis from Air Tech [ HTML ].
- "Producing the B-25 Bomber" [ HTML ] describes the assembly process for the Mitchell. The planes shown are probably B-25C models.
- "Tokyo Raid" [ HTML ] is a short photo-essay on the Doolittle raid.
- "Medium Bomber Bailout" [ HTML ] presented the information for bailing out of B-25 or B-26 bombers:
- A North American Aviation ad, "Play Ball is the spirit at North American Aviation," shows a stylized drawing of two B-25s, seen from 2 o'clock low, against a background of skyscrapers.
- A Boots Aircraft Nut Corp ad, "How Boots nuts speed production for North American", shows a painting of a B-25 seen from 2 o'clock low.
- A news clip photo, "A rear gunner take his station in an Army bomber prior to takeoff from and Eastern air base. Note how gunner lies on his stomach to operate gun." shows the tail gun installation of an early B-25 from under the left elevator.
- A Plexiglas ad includes a photo of the nose of a B-25 on the ground, featuring the glazing; view is from 11 o'clock.
- A Kollsman, division of Square-D, (aircraft instruments) ad, "Round trip to Tokyo," features a drawing of a Doolittle B-25, seen from directly above.
- A Vickers, Inc, ad, "North American Aviation B-25 twin-engine medium bomber uses Vickers Hydromotive controls", shows a B-25 in flight, seen from 9 o'clock high.
- A General Tire ad, "Objective: Tokio", shows a B-25 from 2 o'clock high and a telegram from Jimmy Doolittle about the Tokyo Raid.
- A North American ad, "You can autograph this bomber!", shows the righthand nose of a B-25 (probably a B-25C).
- A US Rubber ad (Royal tires), "Rayon for Raiders", features a photo of a main landing gear tire (good tread detail) with a B-25 in the background.
- A Solar Aircraft Co (exhaust systems) ad shows a B-25 seen from 12 o'clock high.
- A Holley Carburetor Co ad, "Mitchell's Namesake", has a photo of a B-25 seen from 2 o'clock high.
- "Ferry Command" [ HTML ] includes a photo:
- A BF Goodrich ad, "Airplane of the month North American B-25", features a color painting of B-25Cs striking Tokyo; view is from 5 o'clock high, in close.
- A North American ad, "Design for Victory includes a photo of a B-25, seen from 2 o'clock high.
- "Producing the B-25 Bomber" [ HTML ] includes 17 photos of the B-25 assembly line.
- A North American ad, "North American planes make news around the world", features a painting of B-25s bombing Axis positions in North Africa.
- A Belden Wire ad, "Maker of Air History The North American B-25", shows a B-25 in flight, seen from 10 o'clock, and two detail photos of workers with wire harnesses.
- A Roller Bearing Co of America ad, "North American Sets the Pace and uses RBC needle bearings" has two views of a B-25: topside plan view and 3 o'clock high.
"North American sets the pace" was a North American Aviation advertising program.
- "Tokyo Raid" [ HTML ], a short photo essay on the Doolittle raid, includes 4 photos:
- North American Mitchells on flight deck of the Hornet. Planes were lashed to deck, because of fixed wings on land-plane version, which was used for raid.
- Last of gallant crews rises over a heavy sea for surprise attack on City of Cunning.
- Major General (then Lieut Col) Jimmy Doolittle, wires to the fin of a 500-pound bomb a Japanese medal which soon thereafter was returned to its Nipponese makers in a blast of destruction. Ceremony took place on the deck of the USS Hornet.
- Capt Ted W Lawson (left) and Capt Harold F Watson (center) defended the ethical aspects of the raid at a press conference in Washington recently. They declared that none of the objectives were civilian. At right is Col Stanley J Grogan, Army PRO.
- A Houdaille-Hershey ad, "Houdaille handles this danger spot", shows B-25C-1 113080 in takeoff posture from 10 o'clock, with a detail photo of the nose-gear shimmy damper.
- A North American ad, "B-25 Mitchell bombers break Hitler's grip in Africa", has a painting of B-25s in a low-altitude bomb run; viewpoint is 1 o'clock.
- A Saginaw Products (in this case, bomb trailers) ad, "How would you like to ride on a bomb-loaded trailer"", shows a bomb trailer with 7 500-lb bombs at the 11 o'clock of a B-25 on hardstand.
- A color Gallery photo shows B-25C-1 113214 seen from 2 o'clock high. "One of the most successful of the war's veterans is the North American Mitchell."
- A color Gallery photo, "Formation", shows a B-25 over apparent desert, with 6 B-25 shadows on the ground below. View us frin 2 o'clock high.
- A North American ad, "Zero -:- B-25 = 0", features a color painting of B-25s engaging Japanese fighters.
- A DuPont Lucite ad shows details of five areas of glazing on a B-25. Images shown are from one page of a two-page ad.
- A Vari-Typer ad, "Adding a new punch to Pistol Packin "Momma"", has a small photo of a B-25G from 10 o'clock and a close-up of the left side of the nose.
Vari-Typer was a special typewriter for lettering engineering drawings.
- A Pesco (relief valve) ad, "Performance controls the air", features a color painting of a B-25G (marked Mairzy Doats) strafing; view is from 11 0'clock, slightly high.
- A Lackawanna Leather Co ad, "The men who do business here ride on Lackawanna Leather!", includes a photo showing the right inside of the nose, the bombardier's station, of a B-25, highlighting the seat cushions.
- "Selecting Aircraft Heating Equipment, Part II" includes a phantom layout of heaters in a B-25. From the short nose of the drawing, the plane would be a B-25H, or another model field-modified with the gun nose.
- A North American ad, "Train Dispatcher", features a painting of a B-25H (drawn head-on) strafing a locomotive and a small phantom drawing of the cannon installation.
- The Air News color front cover for December, 1944, shows a B-25J in a night-firing test
- A foldout in the December, 1944, Flying is a large cutaway with supplementary diagrams of a B-25H.
- A foldout photo montage from the December, 1944, Flying, "The B-25H from eight angles", shows the B-25 from 9 positions. The planes shown are B-25H-5 34629 and B-25H-5 34501 Norma Sue.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail" for February, 1945, includes a phantom view of a B-25H.
- A news clip photo shows a close up of the nose of a modified B-25H with rocket-launching tubes two in the 75-mm port and one attached to the lower right fuselage substituted for the cannon.
- A color Gallery photo shows B-25J 431162 in Soviet markings, seen from 8 o'clock high. "One of the Russian Air Force's North American Mitchells (B-25J)."