P-38 National Association

P-38 National Association We are a non-profit veterans organization dedicated to the P‑38 "Lockheed Lightning," and those wh
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Another good read by Bob Alvis, our former President.
10/06/2023

Another good read by Bob Alvis, our former President.

I got the call out last weekend to help with the Chino Planes of Fame Warbirds at the California Capital Airshow at Mather Field, and I can tell you it was pret

Planes of Fame P-38 scheduled to appear.
09/30/2023

Planes of Fame P-38 scheduled to appear.

Apple Valley Airshow and NAPA Auto PArts Car Display

NIce nod to Tommy McGuire.
08/15/2023

NIce nod to Tommy McGuire.

The colors of Major Thomas McGuire’s personal plane, “Pudgy” flew again the weekend of July 22 at Pocono Raceway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Explore the Pocono Mountains 225. Team Jordan

Tribute video to Richard B**g.
08/12/2023

Tribute video to Richard B**g.

The namesake of the B**g Bridge was killed in a jet fighter test flight in August, 1945.

Good read from our former President, Bob Alvis.
08/05/2023

Good read from our former President, Bob Alvis.

Looking in some old boxes in my closet, I was taking my time looking for something I had no idea what. This happens often as I search for subject matter and

The Story Behind a Lockheed P-38G Lightning Wreck Off the Southern Coast of France
07/13/2023

The Story Behind a Lockheed P-38G Lightning Wreck Off the Southern Coast of France

The fighter was flown by Second Lt. Harry R. Greenup.

For those of you in Europe who are geographically desirable, the Red Bull Lockheed P-38 Lightning will be flying in the ...
06/19/2023

For those of you in Europe who are geographically desirable, the Red Bull Lockheed P-38 Lightning will be flying in the "Flying Legends" airshow. Check it out here:

It's always nice to be remembered, and on an auto website no less. I had to chuckle that they talk about it being "one o...
12/03/2022

It's always nice to be remembered, and on an auto website no less. I had to chuckle that they talk about it being "one of the war's most fearsome fighters" but the header photo and the next couple of pictures in the article show a P-38 with no armament. However, they also have other photos that do show the P-38's firepower, and it's good to receive the attaboy.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning would become one of the most fearsome fighters of the Second World War, and one that was instantly recognizable.

If you live in Hawaii (especially on Oahu) seems like you'll enjoy this event!
10/18/2022

If you live in Hawaii (especially on Oahu) seems like you'll enjoy this event!

Join the The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum for a conversation about the rebuilding and reconstruction of US airpower following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

If any of you live near Brevard, North Carolina, this should be an interesting event. He'll be presenting highlights of ...
08/30/2022

If any of you live near Brevard, North Carolina, this should be an interesting event. He'll be presenting highlights of the premier American fighter aircraft of the WWII European theater, including the P-38.
Guest Speaker: Lt. Col. Bob Wilkerson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
Time: 2:00pm
Location: 150 South Gaston Street, Brevard NC

https://theveteransmuseum.org/winning-the-european-skies-of-wwii/

Winning the European Skies of WWII by Commander | Aug 15, 2022 | Guest Speaker Program | 0 comments On Thursday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m., Lt. Col. Bob Wilkerson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), pictured here in his Blue Ridge Honor Flight shirt, will present the free program “Winning the European Skies o...

If you scoll down to the video that is labeled "Drop Tank Racers" you will see the focus on the P-38. (Unless it's had a...
07/21/2022

If you scoll down to the video that is labeled "Drop Tank Racers" you will see the focus on the P-38. (Unless it's had a rebirth as Honey Bunny that we don't know about, this is a dated video...but still fun to watch!)

https://ktla.com/morning-news/war-surplus-on-wheels-exhibit/

Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Ana to take a look at the never-before-seen “War Surplus on Wheels: World War II’s Influence on Hot Rodding” exhibit. This exclusive and irreplaceable collection in…

If you're in SoCal, this is a good one. A P-38 is scheduled. On a side note, our Treasurer Howard Ramshorn will also be ...
07/18/2022

If you're in SoCal, this is a good one. A P-38 is scheduled. On a side note, our Treasurer Howard Ramshorn will also be there as part of the crew for
D-Day Doll!

At Wings Over Camarillo, you will be able to view a wide variety of air show performers, both in the sky and on the ground. Check out our performers today!

06/23/2022

Closing ceremonies of the 82nd Fighter Group Association at the P-38 Museum today.

05/26/2022
05/22/2022

The P-38 plane is believed to have crashed after being struck by lightning in November 1944.

Captain Ed McGough, 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.
04/13/2022

Captain Ed McGough, 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.

Bob Carey, Marcellus Danish, Lynwood Combie, Ed McGough, Lee Fisher, Bernard Jacobs, Stanley Ellis. 430th Fighter Squadr...
04/13/2022

Bob Carey, Marcellus Danish, Lynwood Combie, Ed McGough, Lee Fisher, Bernard Jacobs, Stanley Ellis.

430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.

Lt. Harold Lyngstad, 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.
04/12/2022

Lt. Harold Lyngstad, 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.

The Day The Rose Bowl was Bombed by Lt. Robert Milliken, 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.1943 was drawing to...
03/28/2022

The Day The Rose Bowl was Bombed by Lt. Robert Milliken, 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group.

1943 was drawing to a close and for the 474th Fighter Group, stationed at Van Nuys Army Air Base; it had been a memorable five months. With the proximity of Hollywood, it was, at times, an idyllic assignment. Imagine being invited to parties at some of the finest evening and country clubs; mingling with Hollywood’s elite and treated like heroes. For some, the proximity to home allowed a visit with the parents, sometimes bringing along a few homesick squadron mates for a home cooked meal and some Holiday cheer.

The 474th would soon be dispersed from Van Nuys to other bases for their final individual squadron training. In the New Year the 428th would head north to the high desert base of Palmdale. The 429th would head south to a swamp of a base called Lomita. Headquarters and the 430th would relocate west to Oxnard Army Air base.

For 2nd Lt. Joe Moser (429th) January 1, 1944, held special meaning. His home-state Washington Huskies was headed to the Rose Bowl to play the USC Trojans. He was going not only to cheer his team on but because all uniformed military personnel were admitted free that day.

The audience was going to be bigger than usual because it was the first Rose Bowl broadcast abroad on radio to American servicemen. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower allowed troops stationed in Western Europe not on the front lines to listen to the game.

This was the only Rose Bowl game to feature two teams from the same conference (Pacific Coast Conference), necessitated by the travel restrictions imposed by the war effort. This game determined the champion of the Pacific Coast Conference for the 1943 college football season.

By the time Washington arrived in Pasadena for the game, they had lost a dozen players to active military duty, including two of their best backs, Jay Stoves (who had transferred from Washington State, which did not field a team due to the war) and Pete Susick. Washington filled its roster holes with Navy V-12 trainees and draft rejects who recently arrived on campus, leaving only 28 players available for the game. Odds makers had the Huskies as a two-touchdown favorite to beat USC, but the fielded team differed greatly from that of the regular season. The USC Trojans would defeat the Washington Huskies, 29–0, in a one-sided game.

Joe made it to the Rose Bowl, finding a seat and taking in the sights and sounds of the stadium, waiting for his team to take the field.

For 2nd Lt. Bob Milliken, January 1, was a day to continue to hone his flying skills. While he knew Joe was going to the Rose Bowl, he would rather take to the skies over Southern California. He wasn’t alone as nine other pilots took to the air for the same purpose. Just before leaving Van Nuys, Bob added one little fixture to his ship before lifting off.

Halftime at the Rose Bowl arrived with the Trojans leading the Huskies by a score of 7-0. Fans were up and stretching when suddenly a P-38 appeared from the east end of the stadium. Screaming as low as possible over the stadium an object detached from the ship. It was recognized by many as a bomb and people initially panicked. The small practice bomb hit the field and bounced harmlessly for a few feet along the turf before coming to a halt.

Was the game delayed? Was there a stampede of frightened fans trying to get to the exits? Was an ordinance team sent in from Burbank or Van Nuys AAF? Those answers may never be answered for those who witnessed or participated in this incident are no longer here to respond and I can find not mention of this happening through the internet.

However, Gerald Baron (Friend and Biographer of Joe Moser’s book, A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald) did pick up this incident from Joe. Joe related to Gerald he was cleared from guilt as he was at the game, but the whole unit was punished as no one claimed responsibility or pointed to the guilty one. A final comment from Joe in “A Fighter Pilot from Buchenwald” about this: "We were young, and in some cases, stupid. Incidences like this demonstrated in whose hand the fate of freedom rested." When Gerald finally met Bob Milliken, he asked about that incident hoping to find out if he knew who did it. Yes, he did know. It was Bob.

Thanks to Gerald Baron for this little-known event.

The P-38 Association just received this beautiful patch from Life Member, Evan Fagen. He also had some exceptionally nic...
03/26/2022

The P-38 Association just received this beautiful patch from Life Member, Evan Fagen. He also had some exceptionally nice things to say about us and our print membership publication, "Lightning Strikes" -- "I love reading the magazine and seeing specific things about the P-38. I read it cover to cover." https://p38assn.org/join.htm

Per a Senate resolution (S.Res.76) March 21st has been designated National Rosie the Riveter Day in a “collective nation...
03/21/2022

Per a Senate resolution (S.Res.76) March 21st has been designated National Rosie the Riveter Day in a “collective national effort to raise awareness of the 16,000,000 women who worked during World War II.”

That’s 6 zeros. As in 16 MILLION!

These ladies were instrumental in keeping our P-38s (among many other planes) rolling off the lines and into the hands of our WWII pilots and crew members, and we honor them today.

https://rosietheriveter.net/make-march-21st-national-rosie-the-riveter-day/

Please help us spread the word! Contact your Senators and Representatives in Congress! Make March 21st an annual day to honor all of the women who worked to help win World War II by passing H.Resolution 162 and S. Resolution 76 – resolutions expressing support for the designation of March 21st as ...

Major Robert Mc Dermott,  474th Headquarters Unit with his Crew Chief, Staff Sargent John Perkins.
03/16/2022

Major Robert Mc Dermott, 474th Headquarters Unit with his Crew Chief, Staff Sargent John Perkins.

Lt's. Charlie White, Bob Hanson, Dick Nelson, and Bill Siegel.  428th fighter squadron, 474th Fighter Group. ETO.
03/15/2022

Lt's. Charlie White, Bob Hanson, Dick Nelson, and Bill Siegel. 428th fighter squadron, 474th Fighter Group. ETO.

03/15/2022

The incredible story of when America’s Top Ace Dick B**g fought alone against Nine Japanese Zero Fighters.

Lt. Robert "The Head" Loft. 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. Lt. Loft was killed in action on August 18 when...
03/14/2022

Lt. Robert "The Head" Loft. 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. Lt. Loft was killed in action on August 18 when he dropped down for a strafing run with two bombs under his wings and mushed in as the plane kept going down as he tried to pull up.

MSgt. Harold "Pete" Jones was a mechanic in the 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. He brought home a N**i batt...
02/12/2022

MSgt. Harold "Pete" Jones was a mechanic in the 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. He brought home a N**i battle flag that was donated to the 474th Fighter Group Association by his son Pete for display in the P-38 National Museum. The flag was signed by crewman of the 430th Fighter Squadron which makes it a unique artifact. I won't show the flag for fear of ending up in Facebook prison. It can be viewed at the P-38 National Museum at the March Air Reserve base Museum in Riverside, California.

Lt. Kenneth Swift, 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. ETO. His P-38, "Beauty Juny" was named after his wife Ju...
02/10/2022

Lt. Kenneth Swift, 429th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. ETO. His P-38, "Beauty Juny" was named after his wife June.

As many of you know, Fagen Fighters owns one of the few airworthy P-38s left in the world. So, if you're in the vacinity...
01/08/2022

As many of you know, Fagen Fighters owns one of the few airworthy P-38s left in the world. So, if you're in the vacinity, make your way to their air show!
https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/ray-fagen-memorial-airshow-set-for-june-18th.html

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022 the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will hold their annual Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at their home field, Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport in Granite Falls, Minnesota. While the event's intended lineup is still in flux, present plans call for a focus on naval aviation. Indeed sev...

Anybody with $1,500,000 in their back pocket want to buy a fixer-upper?http://courtesyaircraft.com/aircraft/lockheed-p-3...
12/10/2021

Anybody with $1,500,000 in their back pocket want to buy a fixer-upper?

http://courtesyaircraft.com/aircraft/lockheed-p-38j-lightning-project/?fbclid=IwAR1sZHABPchC_GUk2LdnRKKOdNSWKGZiQt0RmIg-NJG29zUyHOy53rFU1Lk

LOCKHEED P-38J LIGHTNING PROJECT Nickname: Scatterbrain Kid II, Construction Number: 422-2922 USAAF Serial Number: 42-104088, U.S. Civil Registration Number: N38LLA rare opportunity to purchase one of Americas most interesting fighter aircraft. Less than 10 P-38s remain in flying condition today.New...

Our friends in Italy are creating an exhibit to honor Curtis L. Willis, a USAAF P-38 photo recon pilot. It is being orga...
11/24/2021

Our friends in Italy are creating an exhibit to honor Curtis L. Willis, a USAAF P-38 photo recon pilot. It is being organized by Alessio Parisi, an Italian historian. Alessio's Linkedin page is here: (if you have a Linkedin account): https://it.linkedin.com/in/alessio-parisi-537b8713b

We have heard of many such tributes to P-38 pilots created in France, but this is the first we know of in Italy. If you would like to support their mission, you may do so by going to the following donation page. Since it is in Italian and in Euros, we sent our donation to Alessio Parisi's email address via PayPal.([email protected]) PayPal does the conversion to Euros and charges a small fee for doing so.
https://www.produzionidalbasso.com/project/red-tre-mesi-tra-i-ribelli-three-months-with-italian-rebels/

RED  Tre mesi tra i ribelli Three months with Italian rebels Giugno-June 2022  Una mostra dedicata alla figura di Curtis L. Willis, pilota dell'USAAF, e alla sua esperienza "dietro le linee nemiche" tra l'agosto e il dicembre del 1944. Cimeli originali,…

Whenever we hear of a new book coming out about the Lightning, we like to let everyone know. Just heard about this one. ...
11/06/2021

Whenever we hear of a new book coming out about the Lightning, we like to let everyone know. Just heard about this one. (Kindle or Hardcover) If you decide to get a copy, the P-38 Association will also get a referral fee (no extra charge to you though!)

Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival

Looks like all of the airshows have not been cancelled. https://californiacapitalairshow.com/in-the-air/
09/25/2021

Looks like all of the airshows have not been cancelled. https://californiacapitalairshow.com/in-the-air/

The 2019 California Capital Airshow features the USN Blue Angels and some of the best pilots in the world! October 5 & 6 at Mather Airport, Sacramento.

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Seeking "ID" to this unknown P-38 like unit patch ???????
We love being Docents at our P-38 National Association Museum 22550 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA
Hi everyone, thought I would share this piece of artwork with you. MACR and action reports available, PM me if you're interested!
MAP AND DIRECTIONS TO THE PICNIC SHELTER FOR Doug Greene'S POTLUCK - CELEBRATION OF LIFE INFORMATION:
FAIRMONT REGIONAL PARK, RIVERSIDE, CA
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE SAN PEDRO / ORANGE COUNTY AREAS:
91 EAST TO 60 WEST TOWARDS LOS ANGELES
OR IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE PERRIS / MORENO VALLEY AREAS:
215 NORTH TO THE 60 WEST
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EXIT 52A / MARKET STREET.
MAKE A LEFT ONTO MARKET STREET AND GO UNDER FREEWAY OVERPASS.
PARK WILL BE ON THE RIGHT SIDE, BUT BE AWARE THERE ARE 2 ENTRANCES, SO PASS THE 1ST ENTRANCE. YOU WILL SEE A FULL SIZE UNION PACIFIC TRAIN ENGINE, JUST PAST IT AT THE LIGHT, TURN RIGHT.
THEN TURN LEFT AT THE 3 WAY FORK.
1ST DRIVEWAY ON THE RIGHT WILL LEAD YOU INTO THE PARKING LOT.
PICNIC SHELTER WILL BE DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE PARKING LOT WITH A LARGE BLACK SECURITY FENCING AROUND IT.
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM MONTCLAIR/ONTARIO AREAS:
10 EAST TOWARD SAN BERNARDINO TO 15 SOUTH TO 60 EAST
EXIT 52A/MARKET STREET
TURN RIGHT
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS I GAVE ABOVE
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM SAN DIMAS AREA:
210 EAST TO 57 SOUTH (SANTA ANA) TO 71 SOUTH (CORONA) TO 60 EAST (RIVERSIDE)
EXIT 52A/MARKET STREET
AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE
IF YOU ARE COMING FROM RANCHO CUCAMONGA / 210 AREAS:
15 SOUTH TO 60 EAST(RIVERSIDE
EXIT 52A/MARKET STREET
AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ABOVE.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS OR NEEDS HELP, PLEASE INSTANT MESSAGE ME OR TEXT ME.
Come visit us next Sunday 1/30/22 we are Docents that day 9:30-4 pm❣️
Wonderful story. ❤
Instagram post by wonderyearsofaviation: "Lockheed P-38J Lightning - The 5,000th Lightning built, a P-38J-20-LO, s/n 44-23296, was painted bright vermilion red, and had the name YIPPEE painted on the underside of the wings in big white letters as well as the signatures of hundreds of factory workers. This and other aircraft were used by a handful of Lockheed test pilots including Milo Burcham, Jimmie Mattern and Tony LeVier in remarkable flight demonstrations, performing such stunts as slow rolls at treetop level with one prop feathered to dispel the myth that the P-38 was unmanageable." https://www.instagram.com/p/CWvQM27Dey2/
Does anyone know what the unit(s) of assignment was for the 13 YP-38 pre-production test aircraft circa October, 1941? Appreciate ID of group, and/or squadron(s) or wherever/whatever they were assigned to.
One of my work on an A-2 jacket.
We are Docents tomorrow at the P-38 Museum off the 215 at Van Buren Blvd! Come visit 9:30-3:30 pm 9/26/21❣️
My work on the P-38 F5-E, Captain Bosworth, 34th PRS, France, Summer 1944.
Watercolor, July 2021.
Instagram post by adamtoobyaviationart
California cutie P38 print.https://www.instagram.com/p/BxSmJPDHBWI/