Aerial, B-25's Formation 1
"5 B-25's in flight - perhaps over Louisiana. Serial numbers: 130420, 130443, 232237, 230477, unknown" From "Darkroom Soldier": "B-25 Mitchell Medium Bombers. Hill's 17th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron practice their bombing and strafing over Louisiana, 1943. These aircraft, with their five to six-man crews, were armed with one flexible 0.50-inch machine gun in the nose...two 0.50-inch machine guns in individual blisters on the left and right-hand side of the fuselage...two 0.50-inch machine guns in the top turret...two 0.50-inch machine guns in waist position...and two 0.50-inch machine guns in tail turret. Normal bomb load was 3000 pounds, but a maximum bomb load of 4000 pounds could be carried on short-range missions. Some had underwing racks for eight 5-inch high velocity aircraft rockets (HVARS). Prepared to fight enemy air, naval, or ground forces, these planes were also equipped to photograph enemy movements, position and terrain with K-17 Fairchild 9" x 18" 610mm cameras." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Esler Field, Louisiana
From the Collection of Fred Hill