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P-38 Lightning Unforgettable Missions of Skill and Luck by Steve Blake
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Sep 23, 11

bookshelves: world-war-ii-aviation, steve-blake
Read in September, 2011

Blake, a member of the P-38 Association, has compiled a first-rate book full of the experiences of those people who had flown or serviced the P-38 fighter in its various incarnations across a variety of venues during the Second World War. Places as distant as the Aleutians, the South Pacific, the China-Burma-India Theatre. As well as in Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean, and here in the U.S.

For many years, I've had a special affection for the P-38 Lightning. One of the most fascinating things I learned from reading this book was about the various peacetime roles carried out by Lightnings (e.g. cloud seeding and flying high altitude photography jobs all over the world for mapping purposes).

Before reading this book, I had been under the impression that soon after the War, Lightnings, as government surplus, were promptly cast off and destroyed, sold for scrap, bought by private individuals at greatly reduced prices, or sold to foreign air forces. Indeed, very few Lightnings survive today.

This book is highly recommended for any aviation enthusiast who wants to read some fantastic stories about one of the most phenomenal aircraft ever built.
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message 1: by André (new) - added it

André A nice review, Komet. I also always had this special affection for the plane. And never knew about the peacetime missions.
I'll definitely look into this!


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