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B-25 Mitchell Bombers

B-25 Mitchell bomberThe B-25 Mitchell was an American-built, medium bomber of the Second World War. The bomber was seen in Edmonton when it was used by the city’s 418 Squadron.

The B-25 had an all-metal exterior with twin fins and shoulder wings, and two 1,700-horse power Wright R-2600-29 Cyclone engines with 14 cylinders. The B-25 had a maximum speed of 438-kilometres per hour, and could reach a height of 7.375 kilometres.  USAF B25 North American Mitchell.

Although it was first designed for medium level bombing runs, it later proved to be much more flexible. The B-25 was used for attacking Japanese airfields operating at tree level, strafing a skip bombing ships.

B-25 Mitchell bomberDuring the Second World War, B-25s were sent to Russia as part of the Lend-Lease program, where American resources were given to Allied nations in exchange for leases or other in-kind consideration to be paid back after the conflict.

The B-35 Mitchell bombers were used by the Allies during and after the war.

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