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Steaky_361st
05-19-2004, 05:17 PM
Id like to start out by saying that the patch is absolutely amazing....Then new LaGGys rock and the B25 is awesome. (It was worth the 17.4kbs 1.5 hour download http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

My question is this:
Were B25s employed to use in Europe or North Africa at all (By any Army, not just US)? Cause ive never really thought about it or read that they were (or they werent for that matter). I wanna make some missions for movies and was curious as to whether or not it would be historical to use B25s out of the Pacific....

Steaky

Steaky_361st
05-19-2004, 05:17 PM
Id like to start out by saying that the patch is absolutely amazing....Then new LaGGys rock and the B25 is awesome. (It was worth the 17.4kbs 1.5 hour download http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

My question is this:
Were B25s employed to use in Europe or North Africa at all (By any Army, not just US)? Cause ive never really thought about it or read that they were (or they werent for that matter). I wanna make some missions for movies and was curious as to whether or not it would be historical to use B25s out of the Pacific....

Steaky

p1ngu666
05-19-2004, 05:18 PM
yep
everyone had them i think

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Steaky_361st
05-19-2004, 05:20 PM
That was quick...Thanks!

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Korolov
05-19-2004, 05:47 PM
From what I know, the B-25s used in the ETO were British only - but the USAAF used them just about everywhere else. The solid nose variants were more common in the Pacific, not sure if they were only in that theatre. Pretty sure I read that the 75mm gun and solid nose was for taking on Japanese shipping, so it wouldn't have much use in the MTO and ETO, where axis shipping was rather rare.

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JG53Frankyboy
05-19-2004, 05:54 PM
at ETO only the RAF used the Mitchel , yes


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USAAF used them in MTO and PTO

VW-IceFire
05-19-2004, 05:55 PM
RAF used them fairly extensively in the ETO which will be good for those scenarios.

You can sub in a B-25 in place of a B-26 for the USAAF in a pinch.

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Crimea_River
05-19-2004, 05:59 PM
US had them in Africa, no?

Korolov
05-19-2004, 06:01 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Crimea_River:
US had them in Africa, no?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That would be the MTO. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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DDad
05-19-2004, 07:46 PM
A minor point of contention- I believe the Russians used them rather extensively in the ETO as well.......

tttiger
05-19-2004, 08:24 PM
The primary USAAF medium bomber in the ETO and the MTO was the B-26. There were USAAF B-25s in the MTO but I've never heard of any in the ETO.

(Since we don't have the B-26, I plan to use the B-25J as a substitute for the Marauder in off line ETO campaigns. Lots of Medium bombers were used by the 9th AF in both Normandy and the Ardennes).

The B-25H flew only in the Pacific. It started out as a field modification with the parts made in Australia. North American adopted the concept as a standard model later on.

The H was used primarily for barge busting (although it certainly attacked a few ships, too). The Japanese moved men and supplies from island to island on barges at night, hiding them along the shore in the daytime. The B-25H was used mainly to hunt for them and sink them in daylight.

The J did away with the cannon (which was pretty useless as it turned out) and put back the bombardier. But it kept all those forward-pointing .50s attached to the fuselage for strafing.

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