North American B-25G-1-NA (S/N 42-64899) "Blondie’s Vengeance" of the 820th Bomb Squadron, somewhere in the Central Pacific. Note the laundry hanging from the tail of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)
North American built 400 B-25Gs at their Inglewood, Calif., plant. Five more aircraft were converted from B-25Cs and one more was used as the XB-25G prototype. The G model was basically a B-25C with the "greenhouse" nose replaced by a shorter solid nose housing a 75mm M4 cannon and two fixed .50-cal. machine guns. The cannon was manually reloaded after each shot; 21 75mm rounds were carried onboard.
Since the G model was primarily intended to fill the ground attack and strafing role, more armor plating protecting the crew and ammunition storage areas was added to the aircraft. Fuel capacity increased and so did the aircraft's gross weight; however, the top speed was only reduced by 3 mph (281 mph for the G and 284 for the C model).
75mm cannon in solid nose
TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns and one 75mm M4 cannon plus 3,000 lbs. of bombs Engines: Two Wright R-2600-13 turbo-supercharged radials of 1,700 hp each (take-off power) Maximum speed: 281 mph at 15,000 ft. Cruising speed: 248 mph Range: 1,560 miles with 3,000 lbs. bomb load Service ceiling: 24,300 ft. Span: 67 ft. 7 in. Length: 51 ft. 0 in. Height: 15 ft. 9 in. Weight: 35,000 lbs. (maximum) Crew: Five Serial numbers: 42-64802 to 42-65201