The B-25 was built in greater numbers than any other U.S. twin-engine
bomber. The only airplane in the USAAF inventory capable of performing the
carrier-launched bombing mission against Japan, it became famous overnight when
Lt Col James Doolittle's Raiders hit Tokyo on April 18, 1942.
The B-25 was named in honor of Brig Gen Billy Mitchell who had been a
vigorous proponent of airpower in the 1920's.