The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber. It was designed by North American Aviation of the USA. The B-25 was a descendant of the earlier XB-21 (North American-39) project of the mid-1930s. Experience gained in developing that aircraft was eventually used by North American in designing the B-25 (called the NA-40 by the company). In 1939, the modified and improved NA-40B was submitted to the United States Army Air Corps for evaluation. This aircraft was originally intended to be an attack bomber for export to the United Kingdom and France, both of which had a pressing requirement for such aircraft in the early stages of World War II. But it was purchased by the American Forces as well and the type was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II. After the war ended it saw service across the globe for nearly four decades. The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. These included several variants.
This Mitchell (serial 44-31258) was put into Dutch service in September 1945. Original code was N5-164, but later this changed to M-464. After Dutch redrawal from Indonseia, it was transferred to the AURI, the new Indonesian air force until about 1964. Later in the early seventies it was attained, restored and displayed at the old Dutch Air Force Museum (MLM) at Soesterberg. (This collection is now at a new location, the NMM museum at Soesterberg).
Photographed February 2013 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
B-25N "Duke of Brabant Air Force"
Serial no. 108-32782, civil registration PH-XXV. This aircraft was operated by the Dutch Stichting "Duke of Brabant Air Force", but now by Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight Foundation (SKHV, Stichting Koninklijke Luchtmacht Historische Vlucht) operating from Gilze-Rijen Air Base, The Netherlands.
Photographed August 2010 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
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This B-25J has s/n 43-28059 and has nose art "Apache Princess" and another lighter scheme at the left side. It is located at the "Fantasy of Flight" museum in Polk City, Florida, USA
Photographed Januari 2012 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
B-25H "Barbie III"
B-25H-1NA, c/n 98-21107 "Barbie III", Registration N5548N. It was photographed at Nellis , Nevada.
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Photographed August 2007 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland
This B-25J-20NC is the strafer version with guns in the nose. It is conserved at the Battleship Alabama memorial park, USA.
Photographed 2011 by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland