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Canadian Warplanes 3: The Second World War, and post-War, North American B-25 Mitchell

Canadian Warplanes, the Second World War and post-War, North American B-25 Mitchell

Data current to 19 Feb 2019.

 (DND Archives Photo via Etienne du Plessis)

North American B-25 Mitchell, No. 406 (City of Saskatoon) Air Reserve Squadron, deployed on Exercise Sun Dog III, being “bombed up” at RCAF Station Goose Bay, Labrador, 4-12 Feb 1952.  Sun Dog III was a joint training exercise carried out by the RCAF and the Canadian Army in the Labrador-Ungava area.

The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American designed twin engine medium bomber flown by the RCAF during and after the Second World War.  The RCAF flew the B-25 Mitchell for training during the war and continued flying operations after the war, in Canada with most of 162 Mitchells received.  The first B-25s had originally been diverted to Canada from RAF orders.  These included one Mitchell Mk. I, 42 Mitchell Mk. IIs, and 19 Mitchell Mk. IIIs.  No 13 (P) Squadron was formed unofficially at RCAF Station Rockcliffe in May 1944 and flew Mitchell Mk. IIs on high-altitude aerial photography sorties.  No. 5 OTU (Operational Training Unit) at Boundary Bay, British Columbia and Abbotsford, British Columbia, operated the B-25D Mitchell in a training role together with B-24 Liberators for Heavy Conversion as part of the BCATP.  The RCAF retained the Mitchell until October 1963.

No. 418 (Auxiliary) Squadron received its first Mitchell Mk. IIs in January 1947.  It was followed by No. 406 (auxiliary), which flew Mitchell Mk. IIs and Mk. IIIs from April 1947 to June 1958.  No. 418 Operated a mix of Mk. IIs and Mk. IIIs until March 1958.  No. 12 Squadron of Air Transport Command also flew Mitchell Mk. IIIs along with other types from September 1956 to November 1960.  In 1951, the RCAF received an additional 75 B-25Js from USAF stocks to make up for attrition and to equip various second-line units.

North American NA-62B, B-25B Mitchell Mk. I (7), (Serial Nos. FK164, FK166, FK171, FK176- FK178, FK180), NA –87, TB-25L, B-25C/D Mitchell Mk. II (74), (Serial Nos. 891-894, FW220, FW237, FW246, FW251, FW259, FW260, FW272- FW274, FW278- FW280, HD310-15, HD310-17- HD310-20, HD310-22- HD310-26, HD310-31- HD310-35, HD310-37- HD310-45, KL133-61), NA-108, B-25J Mitchell Mk. III (77), (Serial Nos. 5200, 5220, 5227-5237, 5239, 5242-5283, KJ641, KJ764), B-25J Mitchell Mk. IIIA1 (6), (Serial Nos. 44-30314, 90, 44-30439, 44-30442, 44-30444, 44-30449), for a total of 164 aircraft)

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4447477)

North American B-25 Mitchell taking off, ca 1944

 (RAF Photo)

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 (RAF Photo)

North American B-25 Mitchell, RAF.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4447459)

North American B-25 Mitchell, Bombload, 22 Mar 1945.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 5012359)

North American B-25 Mitchell, W/T Operator's position, RCAF Station Boundary Bay, British Columbia, 29 Feb 1944.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3574062)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 892), No. 14 (Photo Survey) Squadron, 4 July 1944.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583345)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 892), ca 1948.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583882)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 894), Op Eclipse, 20 Aug 1945.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583349)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 894), close up view of camera modification, No. 13 (P) Squadron, 4 July 1944.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583500)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 896), No. 1 Survey Detachment, 18 Sep 1945.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583502)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 896), No. 1 Survey Detachment, 18 Sep 1945.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584071)

North American B-25 Mitchell, RCAF, JA, ca 1950s.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3207283)

North American B-25 Mitchell, RCAF, 28 Jul 1952.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584370)

North American B-25 Mitchell, RCAF (Serial No. HD331), coded AH-S, 3 July 1951.  Built as a B-25D (Serial No. 43-3844), this aircraft served at 5 OTU, Boundary Bay, later with No. 406 Squadron, Saskatoon, where it crashed on 13 August 1954.  The remains were scrapped 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3584647)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. HD331), 23 July 1951.

 (RCAF Photo)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF, (Serial No. 891), coded HO-891.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583510)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. 891), No. 14 (Photo Survey) Sqn, 14 July 1944.

 (RCAF Photo)

North American B-25 Mitchell Mk. III, RCAF, (Serial No. 5239).

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

North American B-25J Mitchell (Serial No. 44-86699), Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Rockcliffe, Ontario.

 (IWM Photo, CH 13734)

Ground personnel of No. 98 Sqn, RAF, who serviced North American Mitchell Mk. III (Serial No. HD372), coded VO-B, "Grumpy", during its record operational career, gather at the aircraft's nose at Dunsfold, Surrey, as Corporal V. Feast paints the 102nd bomb symbol onto its tally of operations.

 (Balcer Photo)

North American B-25J Mitchell (Serial No. 45-8883), c/n 108-47734, coded VO-F, painted as "Grumpy", Reg. No. C-GCWM.   It is currently painted as now "Hot Gen",  and wears the colours of a B-25J of RAF No. 98 Squadron, which fought over North West Europe during 1944-45.  Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario.

 (RAF Photo)

North American B-25 Mitchell in RAF colours, ca 1944.

 (Author Photo)

North American B-25J Mitchell Mk. III (Serial No. 5273).  Being restored.  No. 418 (City of Edmonton) Squadron, RCAF, was based in Edmonton from 1946 to 1957.  It was primarily a Search and Rescue Squadron and Tactical Air Command Squadron, with 12 Mitchells and two CT-133 Silver Stars stationed here.

 (Author Photo)

North American B-25J Mitchell Mk. III, USAAF (Serial No. 44-86724), RCAF (Serial No. 5203).

 (dave_7 Photo)

North American B-25J Mitchell, USAAF (Serial No. 44-86726), c/n 108-37520, RCAF (Serial No. 5237).