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P-38 Lightning

P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration. Assigned 97th FS, 82nd FG, 12AF, transferred to 393rd FS, 367th FG, 9AF, transferred to 392nd FS, 367th FG, 9AF.

* 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.





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 April 1944 – May 1944

P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration.

Crashed Cretteville, France 4 August 1944

Killed in Crash Cretteville/7mi NW A-14, Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt John R Northrop, 4-8-44.

Crashed Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France 4 September 1944

Landing accident Criqueville/A-2 Cat 3 damage, pilot Lt Robert E Douglas, 4-9-44.


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 21:55:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations and person associations