P-38 H Lightning

P-38 H Lightning

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was a World War II American fighter aircraft built by Lockheed. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a single, central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. P-38 was used in a number of roles, including dive bombing, level bombing, ground-attack, night fighting, photoreconnaissance missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings. The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific Theater of Operations and the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations as the mount of America's top aces, Richard Bong (40 victories) and Thomas McGuire (38 victories). In the South West Pacific theater, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of United States Army Air Forces until the appearance of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs toward the end of the war.


4 decal variants


1. P-38H, of 39th Sq., 35th FG, Guadalcanal, 1943

2. P-38H, of 9th FS, 49th FG, Capt. Richard Ira Bong, New Guinea, 1943

3. P-38H, 37th FS, 14th FG, Maj William L Leverette, Libya, 1943

4. P-38H, 8th AF, 55th FG, 38th FS, Great Britain, late 1943

Source: RS Models

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