Aerial, B-25's Formation 1

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Item Details

Title

Aerial, B-25's Formation 1

Subject

Airplanes

Description

"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)

Creator

Anonymous

Date

1943

Contributor

Helten, Paula (curator)

Rights

(c)Eastern Oregon University. This image is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/). Acknowledgement of Eastern Oregon University as a source is required. For print quality images, prints, or high resolution tiff files, or commercial uses please contact the Library Director at Eastern Oregon University.

Identifier

2010.1.953

Spatial Coverage

Esler Field, Louisiana

Provenance

From the Collection of Fred Hill