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 (LOC)

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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

1942 Oct.

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
Airplane industry
World War, 1939-1945
United States--California--Long Beach

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-39 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsac

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsac.1a35354

Call Number: LC-USW36-126


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    Mario S.

    • 17/Jan/2008 18:42:19

    I love all these pictures. But I just wanted to represent for my profession. Line Service baby! In history forever.

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    • 18/Jan/2008 05:16:36

    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

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    Mitch Chapman

    • 18/Jan/2008 05:51:51

    "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

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    • 22/Jan/2008 00:52:45

    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.

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    Mitchel25J (54 million + Views Thank You )

    • 23/Jan/2008 04:19:25

    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.

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    • 26/Jan/2008 09:52:36

    What a great photo! My grandfather was a turret gunner in one during the war.

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    The Library of Congress

    • 30/Jan/2008 21:21:57

    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.

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    Tito Fontanilla

    • 07/Jan/2009 15:13:30

    Wow, I enjoy this pic of the B-25's. For myself I love the "J" models.

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    AV8PIX Christopher Ebdon

    • 31/Jan/2009 20:34:38

    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"!

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    • 22/Nov/2010 03:13:55

    This is a fantastic photo, beautifully captured

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    • 05/Oct/2012 04:08:36

    I'm confused. The A20 and B25 were very different airplanes. This is definitely a photo of a B25.

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    • 26/Jun/2013 22:09:20

    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.....