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.
this plane accomplished a lot during WW2.
And then later, a 75mm gun was added in the B-25G, and that was awesome.
A lovely piece.
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.