I’ve been invited byFields of Fire Battlefield Tours and Operation Husky 2018 to give a brief presentation on the findings in my book —Eagles over Husky — on March 12th, 2018 at theRoyal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto. Signed copies will be available for purchase. The book launch will be followed by a presentation on the Fields of Fire/Operation Husky 2018 battlefield tour to Sicily and Italy planned for November 2018. I’ve toured Sicily myself and found it to be an unforgettable experience. Join us, won’t you?
RCMI dress code applies: business casual; no jeans.
Famous for launching from carriers in the 1942 strike on Tokyo known as the Doolittle Raid, the North American B-25 Mitchell was a medium bomber. During Operation Husky, it saw service both in Major General James Doolittle’s Strategic Air Force and the Tactical Bomber Force. These aircraft could strike anything from enemy gun positions to Italian airfields and lines of communication.
Type: five-seat medium bomber
Powerplant: two 1267.5kW (1700hp) Wright R-2600-13 14-cylinder two-row radial engines
Performance: maximum speed 457km/h (284mph); climb to 4570m (15000ft) in 16 minutes 30 seconds; service ceiling 6460m (21200ft); range 2454km (1525 miles) with a 1452kg (3200lb) bomb load
Weights: empty 9208kg (20300lb); maximum take-off 18960kg (41800lb)
Wingspan: 20.6m (67ft 7in)
Length: 16.12m (52ft 11in)
Height: 4.82m (15ft 10in)
Armament: two 12.7mm (0.5in) trainable forward-firing machine guns in the nose position, two 12.7mm (0.5in) trainable machine guns in the dorsal turret, one 12.7mm (0.5in) machine gun in each beam position, and two 12.7mm (0.5in) trainable machine guns in the ventral turret, plus an internal and external bomb and torpedo load of 1361kg (3000lb)
The B-25 Mitchell served in the following units during Operation Husky: