P-38 Lightning

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong nailed a crocodile With a burst of 20mm cannon fire from his P-38 to protect his comrades trying to rescue a fellow pilot who had been missing in the jungle

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong nailed a crocodile With a burst of 20mm cannon fire from his P-38 to protect his comrades trying to rescue a fellow pilot who had been missing in the jungle

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong After schooling in his hometown, Richard “Dick” Bong enlisted as a flying cadet at nearby… Read More

4 months ago

The day Luftwaffe Bf 109s attacked USAAF P-38s escorting 72 B-25s and failed to shoot down a single bomber thanks to the determined defense mounted by the Lightning pilots

Luftwaffe Bf 109s Vs USAAF P-38s USAAF fighter pilots experienced a baptism of fire when flying the technically advanced P-38… Read More

5 months ago

That time America’s Top Ace Richard Bong flew under the Golden Gate Bridge and buzzed downtown San Francisco Area flying his P-38 Lightning

In 1942 a young P-38 pilot flew his fighter under the Golden Gate Bridge and, just in case no one… Read More

12 months ago

The Story of the Ki-43 Hayabusa pilot that claimed the shooting down of four USAAF P-38 Lightnings in an air battle that never was

The alleged exploits of Warrant Officer Shiromoto Nauharu Hayabusa pilot over the Solomon Islands on Jan. 31, 1943 became legendary… Read More

2 years ago

When Admiral Yamamoto was shot down Japan didn’t suspect their radio codes were compromised. Here’s why.

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz knew that if the Japanese thought Admiral Yamamoto had been ambushed, they could suspect their code… Read More

2 years ago

We Killed Yamamoto: a detailed description of the P-38 assassination of the man behind Pearl Harbor

Yamamoto's plane was no longer in sight; dominating the horizon was a column of black smoke boiling from the dense… Read More

4 years ago

The day Romanian IAR 80 fighters claimed to have shot down 24 American P-38 Lightnings

The IAR 80 fought mostly against the Russians, but one engagement on Jun. 10, 1944 put it against America’s P-38.… Read More

4 years ago

SOME COOL PHOTOS OF THE REBORN A-10 WEST HERITAGE FLIGHT TEAM

“The A-10 belongs right there with the war birds, as it is legendary itself,” Master Sgt. Mark Aube, A-10 West… Read More

7 years ago

WHEN THE OLD MEETS THE NEW: WWII FIGHTER PILOT WHO FLEW THE ORIGINAL P-38 LIGHTNING GETS A GLIMPSE ON THE F-35 LIGHTNING II AND SHARES STORIES

Flying the P-38 was just like you were driving along in a Cadillac: it just purrs out there with 1300… Read More

7 years ago