Corgi AA35311 RAF North American B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber - No. 226 Squadron, Hatford Bridge, Hampshire, June 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"In the future, war will be waged essentially against the unarmed populations of the cities and great industrial centers."
- Italian General Giulio Douhet
Built by North American, with no previous experience on multi-engined aircraft, the B-25 Mitchell proved to be one of the most versatile combat aircraft to see action in World War II. So impressed with what they saw on the drawing board, the USAAC ordered 184 aircraft -- to be designated the B-25 -- before metal had even been cut on a revised design.
Christened the Mitchell after maverick army bomber proponent William 'Billy' Mitchell, the bomber fought not only with the USAAF in the Pacific and ETO/MTO, but also with US Navy/Marine Corps, British, Dutch and Australian units. By war's end, the veteran Mitchell had outlasted its rivals from Douglas and Martin to become the most prolific American medium bomber of the conflict. Today some 34 remain airworthy across the globe.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a RAF North American B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber that was attached to No. 226 Squadron, then deployed to Hatford Bridge, Hampshire, during June 1944. Now in stock!
Wingspan: 11.25 inches
Length: 8.75 inches
Release Date: April 2014
Historical Account: "Welterweight" - Whilst it was the heavy bombers of the RAF that gained much of the fame for the total devastation of the German lines of communication in France prior to D-Day, it was in fact the medium bombers of the 2nd Tactical Air Force that did much of the work. Aircraft like the B25 Mitchell were available in large numbers and were able to accurately attack targets such as marshalling yards, bridges and railways lines. Losses could be heavy due to the daytime operations undertaken. One of the squadrons engaged in such operations was Sqn 226. They had been to France before, flying Fairey Battles in 1940, but they now flew the B25 from RAF Hartford Bridge and were a powerful force in the skies over occupied Europe. The B25 proved to be a capable medium bomber throughout the latter part of the war, being both reliable and tough.