B-25 Bomber Virtual Tour

An eye witness account from John Poltrack for his Uncle Ed that not many have seen!

Poltrack Family

North American B-25 Mitchell: The Ultimate Look: From Drawing Board to Flying Arsenal

My Uncle Ed Poltrack piloted 60 missions in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. He piloted a B-25 Mitchell Bomber.  The National Museum of the Air Force  website has an interactive photo  gallery of the interior of this aircraft (see the links under the photo). Note:Ed piloted a variation of the original design in which the transparent nose was replaced with two fixed machine guns.

38th Bomb Group - 823rd Squadron 38th Bomb Group – 823rd Squadron

Click on links to see a 360 degree view of the interior of this aircraft (links open in new window)

Pilot Station

Bombadier

Radio Operator

Tail Gunner

Ed Poltrack in Cockpit Ed Poltrack in Cockpit

From Ed Poltrack’s War Diary — Sunday, April 15, 1944 – Mission #48

Mission to Hollandia. Nil interception. Nil ack-ack. On return met a solid front near Bogadjim. Turned toward coast and found a hole on…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 13, 2016, in First-hand Accounts, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Great re-post gp, Ed Poltrack is a great man and a credit to service during the War, 60 missions is highly commendable.
    Thank you for sharing and the great 3 D visuals.

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  2. That was some personal account. Talk about a bad day and having trouble sleeping…

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  3. Terrific photos from inside the plane!

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  4. Don’t you just love the creativity in painting the planes, GP. Fun, interesting blog. –Curt

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  5. These are great panoramas, extremely detailed. The tail gunner was in a pretty cramped place! I’ve always wondered where they found guys to be tail gunners – who had incredibly agile fighter planes coming at them, with more machine guns and automatic cannons. Nerves of steel. Thanks for posting this, very interesting.

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  6. Thank you, so informative!

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  7. I enjoyed it also! Thanks Everett!

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  8. Amazing panorama photos. You’re definitely there.

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  9. Those videos of the interior make me want to see this for real the next time the warbirds [http://tinyurl.com/oefr9ny] are here in Fredericksburg.
    Have a great wekend,
    Pit

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  10. Really Awesome Post!! I love seeing things like this!!

    BTW GP, you HAVE to see the movie “Last Man Club” with one of my favorite Texas Actors Barry Corbin…it is.about a WW2 Bomber Crew reuniting…a real heart warmer!

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  11. That was a lot of action going on at once. Great personal account.

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  12. Thanks for this GP. This virtual imaging is the next best thing to being there and brings back many memories of other military aircraft. Thank you again.

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  13. Excellent! 🙂 Thank you for sharing, GP Cox.
    I hope it has cooled down a bit in sunny Florida.Have a great weekend.

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  14. Thanks for rebloging this. I would have missed a great post if you had not done so.

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  15. Yes, you’re right, GP Cox, this is really great, a brilliant link to the past. Thank you very much.

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    sunny greetings from Norfolk
    from the Fab Four xo

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  16. That is absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much.
    I look forward to somebody else extending the list for this. B-17? B-24? P-51?

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  17. This was really great, GP. I would like to see this done for other aircraft, and submarines too. It might also be possible to have something similar for the interiors of tanks.
    A terrific use of modern technology to link us with the past. I am going back to have another look!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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