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P-38 Lightning

Built by Lockheed as a P-38J, field modified at Langford Lodge into a 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned to 82nd Fighter Group, 12th AF, either to 95th, 96th or 97th Fighter Squadron.

* The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers/observers 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.



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Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built by Lockheed.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944 – May 1944

Field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration.

Assigned Lecce LE, Italy May 1944

Assigned to 82nd Fighter Group, 12th AF, either to 95th, 96th or 97th Fighter Squadron. Lecce airfield, Italy.


Date Contributor Update
01 January 2016 19:01:26 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, description, events and unit associations