- Cobi Small Army WW2 Historical Collection
- 725 high quality blocks
- 1/48 scale
- 2 pilot figures – Lt Col Doolittle & Lt Richard Cole, 34th Bomb Squadron
- Bodywork with pad printing
- Completed Dimensions: 16.5” L x 20.2” Wingspan x 4.7” H
- Box Dimensions: 25.5” L X 12.75” W x 2.6” H
- Compatible with leading block and brick brands
- Recommended for 7 years and above.
The North American B-25 Mitchell is a medium bomber that was introduced in 1941 and named in honor of Major General William "Billy" Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II, and after the war ended, many remained in service, operating across four decades. Produced in numerous variants, nearly 10,000 B-25s were built. These included a few limited models such as the F-10 reconnaissance aircraft, the AT-24 crew trainers, and the United States Marine Corps' PBJ-1 patrol bomber.
The B-25B first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans, and alarmed the Japanese, who had believed their home islands to be inviolable by enemy forces. Although the amount of actual damage done was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for home defense for the remainder of the war.
The raiders took off from the carrier USS Hornet and successfully bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities without loss. Fifteen of the bombers subsequently crash-landed en route to recovery fields in eastern China. These losses were the result of the task force being spotted by a Japanese vessel, forcing the bombers to take off 170 mi (270 km) early, fuel exhaustion, stormy nighttime conditions with zero visibility, and lack of electronic homing aids at the recovery bases. Only one B-25 bomber landed intact, in Siberia, where its five-man crew was interned and the aircraft confiscated. Of the 80 aircrew, 69 survived their historic mission and eventually made it back to American lines.
This block kit from Cobi represents the B-25B Mitchell flown by Lt. Col. Doolitle from the 34th Bomb Squadron. The kit features moveable ailerons, elevators, opening bomb bay doors and moving landing gear.
This B-25B Mitchell is an excellent addition to your block collection.