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P-38 Lightning

P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering.

* 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.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • Base Air Depot 3


  • Cass Hough

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Deputy Commander
    Col Hough helped extend the range of fighter aircraft over the continent. He was responsible for the technical superiority of the 8th AAF. He helped to develop the auxilliary drop tanks to add to fighter aircraft which enabled them to go to the target...

  • Pius Kuntz

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 367th Fighter Group
    Pius, son of Jacob Kuntz and Theresia Mastel, was born in Napoleon North Dakota in 1920. After high school he attended North Dakota State College for a year until he had an opportunity to work as a machinist in Los Angeles, California. ...

  • Don Ostrander

    Military | Major General | Ordnance and Armament Officer
    General Ostrander was born in Stockbridge MI, attended local schools and studied engineering at Western State College, MI. He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1933 and graduated in 1937. ...


  • Bovingdon

    Military site : airfield
    Bovingdon, in Hertfordshire (often confused with Bovington, Dorset), was built in 1941-42 as a bomber station but was never developed into a fully-fledged heavy bomber airfield as it did not have the required 2,000 yard runway. ...

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built by Lockheed as a P-38J.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field Modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944

P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot' * configuration and retained by Operational Engineering.


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 16:59:04 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 16:58:04 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and media associations

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30 December 2015 18:14:55 Al_Skiff Changes to markings and place associations

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30 December 2015 17:38:03 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations and place associations