P-38 Lightning At War Author:Joe Christy & Jeff Ethell The US Eighth Airforce's "twin-tailed pursuit ship," called the Lightning by the British, survived rejection by the RAF to become one of the most deadly American fighters of the war, serving with distinction in the Pacific, the North African Desert, the Mediterranean, and the final assault on Germany. It was a group of Lightnings that caught Ad... more »miral Yamamoto on April 18, 1943, in a daring raid that culminated in his "Betty" (Mitsubishi G4MI) being blown out of the sky, thus depriving the Japanese fleet of its commander and the Japanese armed forces of their most brilliant strategist. It was in Lightnings that some of the best-known American aces amassed their numerous kills, like Dick Bong with 40 confirmed to his credit.
In this book Joe Christy and Jeff Ethell trace the history of the Lightning from the earliest Lockheed "Model 22," through the severe compressibility problems of the prototype YP-38, to the P-38L-5, The fighter-bomber-recce aircraft of the USAF in Italy and the Pacific. Graphically illustrated with over 210 action photographs and many eye witness accounts, "P-38 Lightning At War" tells the story of this unique and innovative airplane, revered for its adaptibility and ability to limp home on one engine when other aircraft would have been destroyed.« less