You Just Might Love the P-38…

This section is just for the FUN of it.  It includes photos of fun or unusual uses of the P‑38, and is strictly intended for those of us who are a little “over the top” about this classic plane!

If you have a “unique” representation of the P-38, please email it to us so we can add it to the fun!

When you click on the thumbnail +, it will take you to a larger version of the photo. Just click the x at the top to close and come back here.


..if you model your new automobile after it!

Both the Cadillac & the Studebaker did this! | Details

P-38 latrine sign

…if you can’t find your way to the latrine without one!

Contributed by Dan Rendant | Details
This photo was taken at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park. Across from this sign is the “Soaring Over California” ride — while inside, waiting in line, the guests pass by large photos of Kelly Johnson and of Joltin’ Josie.  Dan is a LIFE member of the P‑38 Association. His mother, Betty, worked for Lockheed Burbank during WWII as an Executive Secretary (from 1940 to 1948) and often dealt with P‑38 legends like Kelly Johnson and Tony Levier.

Joltin' Josie

Joltin’ Josie

Clarence "Kelly" Johnson

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson

Tony LeVier with his P‑38, Snafuperman

Tony LeVier with his P‑38, Snafuperman

P-38 mural

…if you paint P-38 murals on your wall.

Contributed by Kelly Baquet Kalcheim. That’s my Dad, Ed Baquet, in the photo

Somewhere near Foggia, Italy, 1944 — This great photo was apparently taken in Foggia, Italy, around 1944 — but we haven’t been able to verify exactly where this beautiful mural was painted. (If any of you recognize it let us know, and we’ll add the info here.) Check out what they were using for ashtrays! Diffused, of course!
P-38 Boat

…if you make a boat out of spare P-38 parts!

Contributed by Aileen Garra Lim

Kunming, China, circa 1944 — This is an unusual use for a P-38 tank.  Aileen Lim, whose father was Chief, 4th Photo Tech Unit, sent in this photo of him and his friend, Vernon Woods (also in the 4th Photo Tech Unit), who took an auxiliary gas tank from a P-38 and made it into an outrigger boat. Fun!

P-38 Shower WWII

… if it helps you to keep clean in the midst of WWII!

Contributed by Jim Corbett.

Here Bob Bilello of Brooklyn, NY,  is improvising a shower using a P-38 droptank!

P-38 Shrine

…if you’ve built a “P-38 Shrine” in your home!

Contributed by Association Member Hayman Tam.

You’ve got to click on this photo to view the enlarged version and truly appreciate all the P‑38 goodies that Hayman Tam has collected. He has some unique items, as well as some very rare items (such as a piece of the “Glacier Girl” skin).  How many P‑38s can you count?

…if you’re willing to do THIS just to ride in one again after 50 years.

Roger Weatherbee

Contributed by Ed Baquet.

Roger Weatherbee was a P-38 pilot with 49th Fighter Squadron in Foggia, Italy.

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Development of the P-38

Development of the P-38

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Mystery Plane

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