NORTH AMERICAN B-25 MITCHELL

B-25 SERVICE

Manufacturer: North American Aviation Inc., Inglewood, California, USA
Models: NA-40, NA-62, NA-82, NA-87, NA-90, NA-93, NA-94, NA-96,
NA-98, NA-100, NA-108, NA-113, NA-114, NA-115, NA-148
Designations: B-25; AT-24, F-10, PBJ
Names: Mitchell; "Bank" (Russia, US codename)
First official flight: (NA-40) 29/01/1939
Factory production period: 1939 - 1945
Primary service period: 1939 - 1945
Last official flight: (VB-25J) 21/05/1960

B-25 VARIANTS

1939 NA-40-1 NA-40 Prototype 1 Total: 0001
         
1940 NA-62 B-25 24  
1941 NA-62A B-25A 40  
1941 NA-62B B-25B 120 Total: 0184
         
1941 NA-82/-90/-93/-94/-96 B-25C 1620  
1941 NA-87/-100 B-25D 2290 Total: 3910
         
1942 NA-96 B-25G 405  
1943 NA-98 B-25H 1000 Total: 1405
         
1943 NA-108 B-25J 4390 Total: 4390

Grand Total: 9890

B-25 PRODUCTION

NA-40
Prototype twin engined medium bomber.
Produced 1939

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

(Co. owned - no s/n) ?

Total: 0001

B-25
Major redesign of fuselage, nacelles, engine upgrade,
tail gun installed, no top turret, first 9 airframes had
straight wings.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

40-2165 / 40-2188 62-2834 / 2857

Total: 0024

B-25A
As B-25, crew armour, ADF pod, minor changes.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

40-2189 / 40-2228 62-2858 / 2897

Total: 0040

B-25B
As B-25A, mid upper turret, retractable ventral gun,
redesigned smaller tail cone section.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

40-2229 / 40-2348 62-2898 / 3017

Total: 0120

1 (40-2243), crashed before delivery.
16 aircraft became the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders on 18/04/1942,
s/n: 40-2242, 2247, 2249, 2250, 2261, 2267, 2268, 2270,
2278, 2282, 2283, 2292, 2297, 2298, 2303.
s/n: 40-2344 was Lt. Col. Doolittle's aircraft.
7 to Brazil.

B-25C
As B-25B, engine upgrade, external bomb racks.
58 later converted to B-25G-NA.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

41-12434 / 41-13296 82-5069 / 5931  
42-32233 / 42-32382 94-12641 / 12790  
42-32383 / 42-32532
- 295 as B-25C-NA.
- 5 (42-32384 / 42-32388)
modified as B-25G-1-NA.
93-12491 / 12640  
42-53332 / 42-53493 90-11819 / 11980  
42-64502 / 42-64801 96-16381 / 16680

Total: 1620

1 to Brazil.
Many to NEIAF and China.

B-25D
NC built version of B-25C.
Produced

North American Kansas City, Kansas (NC)

41-29648 / 41-30847 87-7813 / 9012  
42-87113 / 42-87312 100-20606 / 20805  
42-87313 / 42-87612 100-23306 / 23605  
43-3280 / 43-3869 100-23606 / 24195

Total: 2290

30 to RAAF as A47-1 / A47-25,
A47-33 / A47-37.
Many to NEIAF and China.

B-25G
As B-25C/D, redesigned stubby solid nose with 75mm
cannon or gun packs, ventral turret often deleted.
58 also converted from B-25C-NA.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

5 (42-32384 / 42-32388) modified from NA-93 B-25C-NA.
42-64802 / 42-64901 96-16681 / 16780  
42-64902 / 42-65201 96-20806 / 21105

Total: 0405

B-25H
As B-25G, fuselage side guns, relocated upper turret,
redesigned waist gun windows and tail gun, ventral
gun deleted. NA-113 batch order cancelled.
Produced

North American Inglewood, California (NA)

43-4105 / 43-5104 98-21106 / 22105

Total: 1000

B-25I - Not used.

B-25J
As B-25H, glass nose, engine upgrade, many converted with
extended armed solid nose, 3450 NA-114 & NA-115
orders to NA-108.
Produced 1943 - 1945

North American Kansas City, Kansas (NC)

43-3870 / 43-4104 108-24196 / 24430  
43-27473 / 43-28222 108-34486 / 35235  
43-35946 / 43-36245 108-35236 / 35535  
44-28711 / 44-30910 108-31986 / 34185  
44-30911 / 44-31110 108-34186 / 34385  
44-31111 / 44-31510 108-37186 / 37585  
44-86692 / 44-86897 108-47446 / 47651  
45-8801 / 45-8899
- 27 delivered to USAAF.
- 72 completed and delivered
post WW2.
108-47652 / 47750

Total: 4390

20 to RAAF as A47-26 / A47-32,
A47-38 / A47-50.
21 to Brazil, 131 to China.
Many to NEIAF.
345 additional airframes cancelled.

 

Grand Total: 9890

B-25 CONVERSIONS

WW2

USAAF

NA-40-2 1 NA-40, 1939, civil prototype with upgraded engines.
Other designation was NA-40B.
RB-25 1+ B-25, 1942, "restricted" from combat designation.
RB-25A 1+ B-25A, 1942, "restricted" from combat designation.
RB-25B 1+ B-25B, 1943, "restricted" from combat designation.
XB-25E 1 B-25C(42-32281), 1944, prototype with hot air deicing of wings.
(ZXB-25E) 1 XB-25E, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
XB-25F 1 B-25C, prototype with electric deicing of wings.
XB-25G 1 B-25C(41-13296), 1942, prototype with 75mm field gun in nose.
CB-25J 1+ B-25J, conversions as utility transports.
AT-24A 1+ B-25D, 1943, part of 60 conversions to advanced trainers.
(TB-25D) 1+ 1948, redesignation of AT-24A.
AT-24B 1+ B-25G, 1943, part of 60 conversions to advanced trainers.
(TB-25G) 1+ 1948, redesignation of AT-24B.
AT-24C 1+ B-25C, 1943, part of 60 conversions to advanced trainers.
(TB-25C) 1+ 1948, redesignation of AT-24C.
AT-24D 1+ B-25J, 1943, part of 60 conversions to advanced trainers. 
(TB-25J) 600+ 1948, redesignation of AT-24D.
F-10 45 B-25D, 1943, factory converted aircraft for photo reconnaissance.
(RB-25D) 45 1948, redesignation of F-10.
NA-98X 1 B-25H(43-4406), 1944, high-performance prototype, later cancelled.

US Navy

PBJ-1C 50 B-25C, 1943, aircraft serving with the US Marine Corps.
Assigned BuNo. 34998 / 35047.
PBJ-1D 152 B-25D, aircraft serving with the US Marine Corps.
Assigned BuNo. 35048 / 35096, 35098 / 35193,
35196 / 35202.
PBJ-1G 1 B-25G, aircraft serving with the US Marine Corps.
Assigned BuNo. 35097.
PBJ-1H 248 B-25H, aircraft serving with the US Marine Corps.
Asigned BuNo. 35250 / 35297, 88872 / 89071.
PBJ-1J 255 B-25J, aircraft serving with the US Marine Corps.
Assigned BuNo. 35194, 35195, 35203 / 35249,
35798 / 35920, 38980 / 39012, 64943 / 64992.

British RAF

Mitchell Mk. I 23 B-25B, 1941-1945, aircraft in service with the RAF, training only.
Assigned RAF s/n: FK161 / FK183.
1 to RCAF.
Mitchell Mk. II 569 255 B-25C / 314 B-25D, 1942-1945, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: FL164 / FL218, FL671 / FL709,
FL851 / FL874, FR141 / FR207, FR362 / FR384,
FR393 / FR397, FV900 / FV999, FW100 / FW280,
HD302 / HD345, KL133 / KL161, MA956, MA957.
23 retained by USAAF.
42 to RCAF.
Mitchell Mk. II Srs. II 2 B-25G, 1942, to RAF but with no operational service.
Assigned RAF s/n: FR208, FR209.
Mitchell Mk. III 316 B-25J, 1944-1945, aircraft in service with the RAF.
Assigned RAF s/n: HD346 / HD400, KJ561 / KJ800,
KP308 / KP328.
41 returned to USAAF.
19 to RCAF.

Post WW2

USAF

ZB-25C 1+ B-25C, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
ZB-25D 1+ B-25D, 1948, redesignation as "obsolete".
ETB-25J 1+ B-25J, conversions for test duties.
JTB-25J 1+ B-25J, conversions for test duties.
VB-25J 6 B-25J, VIP / staff transports.
TB-25K 117 B-25J, 1950-1959, E-1 radar fire control trainers.
Conversions by Hughes Tool Co., California.
(NB-25K) 1 TB-25K, permanent conversion for flight testing.
TB-25L 75 B-25J, 1952-1959, advanced pilot trainers.
Conversions by Hayes Aircraft Co., Alabama.
TB-25M 25 B-25J, 1952-1959, E-5 radar fire control trainers.
Conversions by Hughes Tool Co., California.
TB-25N 380 B-25J, 1953-1959, similar to TB-25L, engine upgrade.
Conversions by Hayes Aircraft Co., Alabama.
(VB-25N) 1+ TB-25N, conversions to VIP transports.

B-25J Upgrade
 1952 - 1954, 979 B-25J's receive equipment upgrades and repairs for
 an extended service period. Conversions by Hayes Aircraft Co., Alabama.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - B-25's in service during and post WW2 with Australia, Brazil, Canada,
   China, Free French, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia
   and many South American countries.
 - Many B-25's converted for fire-bombing, air-spraying, cargo and passenger
   carriers, aerial photography and film platforms etc.
 - Model NA-148, single civil executive prototype, further conversions cancelled.

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