Ordnance Mitchell B-25, the Ultimate Strafer

Pacific Paratrooper

Running a gantlet of flak and enemy fighters on September 2, 1943, North American B-25Ds of the 405th Bomb Squadron employ tactics devised by Major Paul “Pappy” Gunn in an attack on Japanese transports in New Guinea’s Wewak Harbor. “Tokyo Sleeper” by: Jack Fellows

Pappy Gunn didn’t develop the skip-bombing technique. It was first used in battle by B-17s on October 23, 1942 (tail end of Chapter 4 in Ken’s Men, Vol. I). The B-25 was certainly better suited for the job and Pappy Gunn and Jack Fox were the ones to modify the B-25 to make it work. Major Edward Larner deserves a lot of credit for convincing his squadron’s crews that they could pull off the technique in battle after they watched his crew successfully use it on a ship during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.

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Author: deplorablesunite

I am a divorced father of two daughters. I am a proud Deplorable.

2 thoughts on “Ordnance Mitchell B-25, the Ultimate Strafer”

  1. Thank you for sharing this post, Rick. More people are interested in the WWII ordnance than I first thought.

    [you really do need to use Tags like, WWII, History, Military History, etc. so people can find you.]


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