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