I f the Mitchell was there in the 1970s it seems a longtime since WWII? There were Mitchell camera ships around in the 1950s/1970s and the 1979 released film Hanover Street brought a gaggle of B-25s to the UK. As for the pilot running off, that reminds me of the C-46 N68852 abandoned at Heathrow mid-1950s
Ignoring some of the fanciful claims, I am sure that the airframe in question is the former N7614C.
It currently is suspended from ceiling in the American Museum at Duxford. The history that I have is as follows:
Built at North American Kansas factory for USAAF with serial 44-31171 (c/n 108-37246) as a B-25J-30-NC and taken on charge 18.04.45 and initially stored at Laurel Field, Mississippi. Assigned 10.45 to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Modified for pilot training as a TB-25J 09.46. Re-assigned 01.47 to Patterson Field, Ohio. Modified to EB-25J 01.49 & further redesignated 04.49 as ETB-25J for various airborne electronics development programmes. Finally reconfigured as a JTB-25J in mid-1957 for special airborne trials. Moved to Davis-Monthan AFB for storage by 10.57.
CofR Application 19.02.58 and Regd as N7614C to Radio Corporation of America, New York. Nose reconfigured as part of flying laboratory use. By 01.07.64 Regd to PA State University. By 01.01.65 Regd to H W Harbican, Houston, Texas. Re-Regd .66 to Flying W Productions, Medford, New Jersey (still Regd as at 01.01.68) By 01.07.70 Regd to Euramericare Inc (aka John Jeffe Hawk), Fort Lauderdale. Flown to UK and first noted operating from Luton 04.70. Operated from Shannon 14.06.70 for air-to-air filming of BOAC Boeing 747 G-AWNB for publicity shots for introduction of their new Jumbojet. By 08.12.73 it was at Dublin and then parked at Prestwick early in 1974. On 14.03.74 it was noted stored with Miles-Dufon at Shoreham, but later moved into external storage and gradually condition deteriorated. Still officially Regd to Euramericare as at 01.07.75. US CofR revoked 08.10.76 . Roaded to IWM Duxford 10.76. US CofR Cld 03.06.77 as Exported. Fitted with B-25J nose during early 1990. Displayed as USMC PBJ-1 from 1996, the structure having been considerably strengthened for display hanging from AAM ceiling. After rebuild of AAM in recent years, the B-25 was also repainted to represent USAAC 34064/8U.
Post by transporthistorian on Jan 18, 2019 15:01:26 GMT
Many thanks Bernard for the time and effort you put in to that thoroughly in-depth investigation........thanks Tony for trying and cheers Micky for adding the photo! Another one for the historical log-book!