B-25 Bomber Virtual Tour

North American B-25 Mitchell: The Ultimate Look: From Drawing Board to Flying Arsenal

My Uncle Ed Poltrack piloted 60 missions in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He piloted a B-25 Mitchell Bomber.  The National Museum of the Air Force  website has an interactive photo  gallery of the interior of this aircraft (see the links under the photo). Note:Ed piloted a variation of the original design in which the transparent nose was replaced with two fixed machine guns.

38th Bomb Group - 823rd Squadron

38th Bomb Group – 823rd Squadron

Click on links to see a 360 degree view of the interior of this aircraft (links open in new window)

Pilot Station

Bombadier

Radio Operator

Tail Gunner

Ed Poltrack in Cockpit

Ed Poltrack in Cockpit

From Ed Poltrack’s War Diary — Sunday, April 15, 1944 – Mission #48

Mission to Hollandia. Nil interception. Nil ack-ack. On return met a solid front near Bogadjim. Turned toward coast and found a hole on coast. Dropped down to 100’ to 500’ flying along coast line.  Controls were shifted between me and Jack.  He could see the coast to follow.  I dodged airplanes. Blast through windshield plate opening was terrific.  Found Saidor with about half hour’s fuel left.  Made a perfect landing on wet metal strip.  Saw three B-25s on side of ship, one wrecked, two with flat tires.  Others, flat tires.  Later, Harvey came in and ran off the end of the runway – crumpled gears, brakes okay.  Ham came in, blew tire and cut off half way.  Ten minutes later a P-38 and a B-25 landed in opposite directions.  Blast of flame shot 500’ high.  A-20s sill kept landing alongside.  One clipped wing top off on P-38.  One ran into burning B-25.  Pilot okay.  As we were leaving the strip, a P-38, wheels up, landed in front of an A-20 and cracked up.  Maturi crash-landed at Yamai. Shuck had a flat tire at Gloucester.  Nelson okay at Gloucester. 47 out of 125 planes lost. I took a sleeping pill at the hospital that nite.

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