Kagero's B-25J Mitchell in Combat over Pacific & CBI


Marak Katarzynski




$22.95 from www.casematepublishing.com


Scott Van Aken

Notes: 108 pages, softbound, 8 x 10  inches,
ISBN: 978-83-65437-51-8

Most of us equate the B-25 with actions in the Pacific. This is undoubtedly due to the Doolittle raid in August 1942, a feat of real daring and ingenuity. While the type also served well in the Mediterranean, it was in the Pacific that probably had the widest use.

As with all warplanes of any longevity, the Mitchell was upgraded as time went along. The untimate was the B-25J. This aircraft differed from earlier variants by having the upper turret moved forward and a proper gunner's station placed in the rear. J models also used ejector exhaust, something that was added in the C/D production line and carried on to the J.

Typical of the Pacific and CBI, this latest B-25 was a bit late in coming to the theather, at least as compared to the other side of the world. It was first used in the CBI in April of 1944 while Pacific units did not get theirs until September of 1944. However, once they got into service, they continued on where the earlier versions left off, harassing the Japanese and bombing targets as the US moved closer and closer to Japan. Eventually these planes were delivered unpainted as air opposition had deteriorated to a mere pittance.

In line with other books in this series, we get a nice historical overview of the units flying these planes. These are provided by bomb group in numeric order. It also includes Chinese, Dutch and Australian groups so there are a ton of neat images.  This is not, however, the purpose of these volumes. It is the photographs and there are plenty of large and well done images as well as a couple of handfuls of full color profiles. In addition, you get quite a few period color photographs, which really adds to it. This series used to include a nice decal sheet, but that is not the case with this one and instead, a set of insignia masks in 1/48 scale.

Overall, it really is a superb book. The combination of history, super photos and color profiles make this a very nice addition to anyone's aviation library. It is also a great companion to their other books in this series, and is one I can easily recommend to you.

September 2017

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