The 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.
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.
During 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.