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


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.


19 days till Christmas

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Christmas day 1949 in New Canaan, CT.

I think my Aunt Marj is the in the second photo. My Uncle Ed Janis took these photos with a 35mm rangefinder camera. This type of camera is prone to parallax errors. What you see in the viewer is NOT what the camera sees. Many of Ed’s photos feature headless people.

Christmas morning at the Janis home
Christmas Day 1949 in New Canaan, CT.
My grandfather Anthony R. Poltrack
Christmas Eve 1949
My Grandmother 1949 in New Canaan, CT.


22 days till Christmas

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Good morning,

Looking back on the 1940s. In the video I make an appearance playing with my toy steamshovel. I really liked that thing and it 67 years till I saw the real thing in operation (see last photo)

The video was filmed in 1948 by my Uncle Ed. After the there was a severe housing shortage. We lived in govenment housing in Stamford, CT. My Aunt and Uncle lived in the Quonset hut seen in the film.

Charlie and Helen
Charlie and Helen Romako – Christmas 1943

Dublin Gas Engine Meet - 2015
67 years later I finally saw one of these things in operation. What a treat.

Thanksgiving with the Janis Family

I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that after about 5 years one of my computer hard drive has bit the dust. This drive has upwards of 63,751 photo files (with a few duplicates).  Hard drive failure was always a possibility,  ALL HARD DRIVES WILL FAIL including whatever you are using as you read this.

The good news is that because of your continued support of this blog (by using my Amazon.com link), I have a few dollars for a new drive.

More  good news is that I am running a RAID disk configuration which means there are duplicate drives holding one set of data. One drive down, one working and now one on order ($99 NewEgg). If the second drive fails BEFORE the new one arrives, it will be catastrophic.

As part of the Thanksgiving countdown, I’m sharing a large number of photos that were sent by Cathy Janis, who is somewhere on the road with her husband.

Click on the photo below which will open a Google Photo Album which contains the entire group of photos. I believe most of these were taken at Bill and Cynthia’s home in Holliston, MA. But if not, please leave a comment.

Jeff, Lillian, Amy and Ed
Jeff, Lillian, Amy and Ed (Click on photo to see all the photos in full size)