This bomber managed to do what no other bomber could do: take off from a carrier deck and attack the Japanese mainland. The fuel capacity did not allow for a return flight after the bombing runs, so the planes were either ditched or landed in what was hopefully, friendly Chinese territory.
To do what could not be done, Jimmy Doolittle ordered a squadron of B-25s stripped to the bone in the belief that even such a heavy airplane could be safely launched from the deck of a carrier. There were mere seconds in which to gain enough speed to accomplish what was considered impossible. History records otherwise and the bombs dropping onto mainland Japan accomplished the mission of breaking the will of those who dared bomb Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the time, many of the brave aviators had no idea if the daring plan was a success, as there was limited fuel and no way to return to safety.
Models are made in the United States using “rescued” woods from many sources that might otherwise be burned or buried.