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Apache Strafer by zulumike Apache Strafer by zulumike

The "Air Apaches" were the first full Air Force combat Group sent to the Pacific in World War II and flew the B-25 Mitchell. Shortly after arriving in theater their B-25's were converted to "strafer's", making them a low level ground and shipping attack plane.

Maj. Paul I. "Pappy" Gunn, engineer in Australia, removed bombardier-navigator from the greenhouse compartment in nose of a B-25 & found he could install 8 forward-firing .50-caliber machine guns. Thus was born the low-level B-25 strafer.

The Unit was awarded four United States Distinguished Unit Citations and is one of the most decorated units of WWII.

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cheyanne-mia2 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful picture, the colors and objects  in the picture are drawn perfectly. Thank you for sharing your art!!  
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zulumike Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, appreciate it.
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white31 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
The strafers, or skip bombers as they were also called, have received far too little attention from historians. They not only sank ships, they conducted attacks on heavily defended airstrips at 50 feet altitude! It is not too much to say that they won the war in New Guinea by cutting Japanese supply lines and decimating Japanese aircraft on the ground. See "General Kenney Reports", published by the U.S. Government Printing Office.
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N0T3R Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Wonderful piece.  Nice effect on the ship explosion.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Noter.
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warrior1944 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Stunning picture there and love the shark mouth on that airplane :D
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I appreciate it.
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lockheed5b Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this piece. I myself work on an Air Apache B-25J with the Commemorative Air Force so ones like this always grab my attention.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. The Battle of the Bismarck tell how devastating the the B-25 was with skip bombing.
this plane accomplished a lot during WW2.
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idislikecake Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU'RE BACK
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DX-101 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is awesome man it's amazing :) dem Australians being all genius and stuff the more guns the better hahaha  I've seen the pbj-1h the one that had a 75mm cannon "it isn't just gonna shoot you down it's gonna slap the pilot off his seat" XD my guess they mostly used that to hit ground targets but dam whoever though of that was a genius lol
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tonysphotos Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice piece and interesting piece of history.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Great shot--I've flown those and the 'Gunship' A-26's in simulation.  Pity the freighter or cargo  barge caught by one of those thins, or the or the I-Boat...  There were also some up-gunned B-26 Marauders, even, if possible, worse.
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional
sweet job
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much.
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TheMaleRei Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I forgot about that variant of the B-25.  Eight .50's will ruin pretty much anyone's day, even a WW2 tank of the time wouldn't shrug it off entirely - it could rattle the crew, destroy optics, knock of radio antennas, puncture external fuel tanks, etc...

And then later, a 75mm gun was added in the B-25G, and that was awesome.  :-)

A lovely piece.
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The .50 AN/M2 light-barrel aircraft Browning had a rate of fire of approximately 800 rounds per min. A one second burst of eight MG's is about 105 round/sec. That is a lot of destructive kinetic energy when using AP rounds.

The solid nose B-25J model carried eighteen .50 caliber MG's, with fourteen guns aimable for strafing missions. Now that's a a gunship.
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Maxtheboss2 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Normally I prefer the Lancaster, but very neat piece of art! :happybounce: 
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, Lancaster is a great plane.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is an awesome piece of art! :winner:
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zulumike Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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