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"P-38 Lightning: Unforgettable Missions of Skill and Luck"
by the P-38 National Association

"I'm halfway through your book and I have to say it's FABULOUS! The stories are priceless."

Bob Driver, Lockheed  

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

The Plane that Changed the Course of History!

Quite a bold statement, true. But as you visit this website dedicated to the P‑38 Lockheed Lightning, I'm pretty sure you'll agree that we never would have won WWII without the help of this extraordinary aircraft.

Contrary to what some think, the P‑38 was not just a fighter, although it was the fighter of choice for many pilots, including the top "Aces" of the war. But, the P‑38 was so versatile it could also be a bomber (carrying high explosive and incendiary bomb loads), a photo reconnaissance plane and a state-of-the-art radar escort.

There's very little it couldn't do. It flew at amazing speed and altitude for its time, faster and higher than any other.

The sight of a P‑38 Lockheed Lightning so terrified the enemy that the Luftwaffe dubbed it the "der gabelschwanz-teufel" (fork-tailed devil). Guess they knew there'd be hell to pay if a P‑38 crossed their path!

More about the 38's versatility later, but let's start at the beginning...

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One of the perks of creating this website is that I get to do this:

Dedicated to my Dad,
P‑38 pilot Edwin C. Baquet
Ed Baquet

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Injury Slight,
Please Advise

Injury Slight

Based on a true story, this award-winning film follows the thirty day ordeal of 35th Fighter Group P­38 pilot Capt. Charles O'Sullivan, who was shot down over New Guinea in 1943.

You'll relive the aerial combat that begins the story, his encounter with cannibalistic natives on the island, and his good fortune in finding Australian commandos.

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On the ground or in the air, there were (and are!) a lot of people involved in the creation, production and use of the P‑38. From the designers to the production line personnel to the men and women who flew and maintained them. They laid the groundwork for the airworthy Lightnings still in the air today. Check out this section of our website to find out more...

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