North American B-25J Mitchell
The B-25 medium bomber was used by most Allied nations in almost every combat theater during World War II. The B-25 became famous when 16 of the planes, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel “Jimmy” Doolittle, took off from the aircraft carrier Hornet in April of 1942 and became the first U.S. aircraft to bomb the Japanese mainland.
In the years that followed, the versatile Mitchell served in all corners of the globe, most successfully in the Pacific. Some of the planes were modified for more than bombing; attack versions of the Mitchell carried up to 14 forward-facing guns and some flew with a 75mm cannon in the nose—enough firepower to sink a small ship. After the war, many B-25s were retained by Army and Air Force, used as trainers, transports and radar platforms.