By Robert Manning
Cherry Point, N.C.,
July 27, 1944--(UP)--Marine Corps fliers,
who'll bet they can slap a 75-millimeter shell into the
doorway of a Japanese pillbox from a speeding plane, are
being groomed here to fight, with modified versions of
the Army's artillery-packing Mitchell bombers.
Corps lifted censorship to reveal to a dozen new
correspondents who toured this largest of the Marines'
air stations, how the Leathernecks are using cannon
planes. The PBJs--as the Navy calls the B-25s--are
considered to especially adaptable to knocking out
well-emplaced strongpoints, like pillboxes.
newsmen were taken on a two-hour lesson in low-level
cannonading and strafing. Their host for the
flight were eager-for-combat airmen of a PBJ
squadron-experienced pilots like Squadron Leader Lieut.
W.R. "Bodda" Hancock of Aucilla, Fla., who piloted
rest of the PBJs mounting 75-MM cannon, "Annie" differs
from earlier models of the two-motored B-25. The
gun muzzle nestles inconspicuously in a hole in the
lower left of the nose, its barrel extending backwards.
Seven men make up the crew--pilot, co-pilot, two
radiomen, a cannoneer and gunners for the rear and top