Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.
A fast, hard-hitting new A-20 [i.e., B-25] attack bomber is brought for a test hop to the flight line at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company
1 transparency : color.
Identified as a B-25 aircraft. (Source: J. Barry, May 1995).
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.
Douglas Aircraft Company
World War, 1939-1945
United States--California--Long Beach
No known restrictions on publication.
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These are B-25's NOT A-20 Havocs. Easy to spot difference is the tail assembly. B-25 has a twin tail. A-20 had a single tail. Note: The A-20 also had the nickname: Widow Maker
"Widow Maker" was a nickname for the Martin B-26 Marauder: www.flickr.com/photos/hawk914/533638778/ When introduced the B-26 had a comparatively high accident rate. Those who flew it noted that early models had a problem with runaway propellers (constant speed props failing to flat pitch at takeoff): www.b26.com/page/shop_talk.htm
I suspect there have been several aircraft called "widow maker" over the years :) Thankfully, my father survived the A-20 quite well :) I do think that the term Widow Maker might have been applied to the night fighter version of the A-20, or perhaps its successor. One was IIRC the P-60, the other the P-71 and I can never remember which was which.
Mitchel25J (54 million + Views Thank You )
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called North American B-25 Mitchells, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. These are B-25C on the North American Company line.
What a great photo! My grandfather was a turret gunner in one during the war.
The Library of Congress
Thanks for all the input. The catalog record reflects the original OWI agency caption, but yes indeed, this is a B-25. We will consider further corrections to the record.
Wow, I enjoy this pic of the B-25's. For myself I love the "J" models.
AV8PIX Christopher Ebdon
I agree with Mitch. I think the name may have been used for many a/c but if some body mentions it, I automatically think of the Martin B-26 Marauder. "One a day in Tampa Bay"!
This is a fantastic photo, beautifully captured
I'm confused. The A20 and B25 were very different airplanes. This is definitely a photo of a B25.
The B-25 Mitchell Bomber to me was the best looking of all the WWII multi engine aircraft, in addition to being the first aircraft to let the Japanese know America could reach out and touch you.....