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The author

Wim Nijenhuis was born in 1953 in the eastern part of the Netherlands and lives in the city of Deventer. His profession was in housing corporations. As a young boy, he was an enthusiastic plastic modeller. Wim was founder of the eastern chapter of IPMS-Netherlands, co-founder of the first Special Interest Group within IPMS-Netherlands and for several years chairman of IPMS-Netherlands.

Although he was born after the Second World War, the airplanes of the war had his interest. He has specialized in allied bombers of World War Two. He has built mostly all of the U.S. and British bombers, all in 1/48 scale injection models, but also several vacuform models like the Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Handley Page Halifax and the Short Stirling. Although he likes all the twin and four-engined bombers, his favourite aircraft is the North American B-25 Mitchell. His other favourite airplane is not a bomber, but a nightfighter, the formidable Northrop P-61 Black Widow.

For many years he has collected many photographs and much information about both airplanes. He has written many articles about the bombers in Dutch modelling and aviation magazines. In 2011, he published an illustrated English-language non-commercial study about the B-25 in its post-war role in front of the camera as a movie star as well as the camera ship. It consists of the volumes Catch-22, Hanover Street and Camera Ships. He has also contributed to the Dutch Profile B-25C/D/J 'Mitchell' RNEIAAF 1942-'45. This is a publication in the “Dutch Profile” series. A series of Dutch airplane types that served in the Dutch armed forces.
He is now known as a B-25 expert. Finally, he also make oil paintings of WWII bombers.

The author in front of “Killer B” of Tom Reilly’s Aviation at Kissimmee, Florida.

A series of B-25 models 1/48 scale, built by the author.