Photograph of B-25C in flight in the
CBI, tail number 130367 (serial number 41-30367). Notice the machine
gun (.50 cal.) barrel sticking out of the belly of '367.' This
491st Bomb Squadron aircraft was damaged by flak on 20 Dec 1943 and the
crew bailed out. 2nd Lt. Charles H. Redd, navigator, was became a POW.
He survived and returned to the USA in Sep/Oct 1945.
The eary B25Cs had an upper and a lower turret for defense and no
tail mounted guns. Most of the 341st Bomb Group B-25Cs had their
lower turrets removed and the hole covered over as soon as they arrived
in India. Since the gunners tended to get quickly disoriented and
unable to man the weapon, the wepon was basically useless and the
weight was better utilized by fuel or bombs. Later 'C' models
were manufactured with the lower turret and with side (waist) guns,
From the collection of Wozniak, combat photographer for the 491st Bomb Squadron, in the CBI.
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