-The Lockheed P-38 Lightning-!--HEAD1-->
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the most recognizable aircraft of the Second World War because of it's twin boom tails and pod-like cockpit. Known as "der Gabelschwanz Teufel" ("the fork - tailed devil") by the Luftwaffe pilots who faced it, the Lightning flew in every major theater of operations and was the mount of the highest scoring US ace, Maj. Richard I. "Dick" Bong (5th. AF) in the Pacific ( 40 victories.) Other notable pilots who flew the craft were Col. Charles "Lucky Lindy" Lindbergh* (on secret missions,) Anthony "Snafuperman" LeVier (Lockheed test pilot) and Col. Charles McDonald (27 victories.) The P-38 was responsible for shooting down more Japanese aircraft than any other Allied aircraft during World War 2.
As a member of the 1st. Fighter Group Ilfrey flew P-38F-LO (USAAF s/n 41-7587 ),squadron code UN-O , which he named "Texas Terror" and in the 20th. Fighter Group, P-38J-15-LO (USAAF s/n 43-28431), squadron code MC-O, the famous "Happy Jack's Go Buggy."
View the P-38 Lightning's cockpit
SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE P-38J LIGHTNING
WHERE SURVIVING P-38 LIGHTNINGS CAN BE FOUND
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