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43-28483

P-38 Lightning

Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 435th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF.

* The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers position with the installation of a plexiglass nose, a Norden bombsight, side windows and an emergency hatch. The theory was for a formation of P-38's to drop their bombs on the formation lead 'Droop snoots' signal with the precision of the Norden bombsight ensuring the accuracy of the formations bombing. An idea championed by Lt Col Cass Hough and Lt Col Dan Ostrander.

Service

Units

  • 479th Fighter Group

    479th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 479th was the last Fighter Group to join the Eighth Air Force, which they did on 14 May 1944. Known as "Riddle's Raiders", after their first Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Kyle L. Riddle, the Group flew escort and fighter sweep missions before D-Day....

  • 435th Fighter Squadron
  • 8th Air Force
  • Base Air Depot 3

Places

  • Langford Lodge

    Military site : airfield
    Planned to be a Satellite Landing Ground for No. 23 Maintenance Unit at RAF Aldergrove, Langford Lodge was selected in October 1941 to be developed as an air deport for the maintenance and repair of USAAF aircraft. A scheme was devised whereby the...

  • Wattisham

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1938 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Wattisham was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in September 1942. The 68th Observation Group was the first American unit to occupy the station from October to...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built by Lockheed Aviation.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944 – May 1944

Modified to Droop Snoot* configuration with plexiglass nose, Norden bombsight and bomb aimers position in nose.

Assigned Wattisham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP7, UK May 1944

Assigned to 435th Fighter Squadron, 479th Fighter Group, 8AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2016 14:50:49 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

http://wpalette.com/en/planes/35429
http://457thbombgroup.org/Visitors/BBV.HTML

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