P-38 National Association

P-38 National Association We are located on the grounds of the March Field Air Museum (MFAM) in Riverside, CA. We are a totally independent organzation which relies on memberships, donations and legacy pledges for support. We receive no funding from Lockheed, the USAF or MFAM.
President: Art Newman Vice President: Scott Frederick Secretary: Jim Bridges Treasurer: Howard Ramshorn Historian, co-Editor of Membership Publication "Lightning Strikes", Membership Chair: Steve Blake Director of Air Shows: Dayle DeBry Director of Internet Operations, co-Editor of "Lightning Strikes":: Kelly Kalcheim
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Looking good! We had a distinguished visitor at the P-38 National Association hangar yesterday - January 30, 2020! 1st L...
02/01/2020

Looking good! We had a distinguished visitor at the P-38 National Association hangar yesterday - January 30, 2020! 1st Lt. James "Jim" R. Tyler, 48th FS, 14th FG, 15th AF, MTO Triolo, Italy, World War II pilot. He was accompanied by his son, Kirk Tyler. Thanks to P-38 treasurer Howie Ramshorn, for opening the hangar for them! What a treasure to see Jim again. Such a wonderful man!

More from the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron. Thanks to Scott Frederick.
01/29/2020

More from the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron. Thanks to Scott Frederick.

From the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron.
01/29/2020

From the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron.

Thanks to Scott Frederick for sharing these photos from the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron. More...
01/29/2020

Thanks to Scott Frederick for sharing these photos from the photo album of Lt. David Brake, 428th Fighter Squadron. More to follow.

Update on the "Maid of Harlech"A Second World War fighter plane that crashed off the coast of North Wales and occasional...
11/13/2019
American WWII fighter plane wreck gets protected status

Update on the "Maid of Harlech"

A Second World War fighter plane that crashed off the coast of North Wales and occasionally appears from the sands has received protected status, officials announced.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning Fighter American crashed in September 1942 and is buried beneath almost seven feet of sand off the coast of Harlech in Gwynedd.

The announcement makes the plane the first designated military aircraft crash site to be given protected status for its historic and archaeological interest in the UK.

The Lockheed P-38F Lightning crashed on a beach in 1942 and remained hidden under the sand until recently reemerging

A Lockheed celebration at Burbank a couple decades ago a couple old birds that started life in those same hangers wait f...
11/06/2019

A Lockheed celebration at Burbank a couple decades ago a couple old birds that started life in those same hangers wait for their moment in the spot light to the delight of many old Lockheed legends and employees

Bob Driver Lockheed photographer from a few years back at Edwards Airforce Base where during a joint F-35 /P-38 program ...
11/03/2019

Bob Driver Lockheed photographer from a few years back at Edwards Airforce Base where during a joint F-35 /P-38 program managed to catch Honey Bunny the mount of the late Jeff Harris at sunrise with the dry lake bed in the background . Bob is a good friend of the P-38 National and an amazing photographer ..

10/31/2019
P-38 A Personal Story

Over a million views I cant tell you when I see these guys telling these stories how much I feel blessed to have called many of them friend. Dick Willsie was a special friend I spent so many hours with and was an incredible man and pilot. Many of these men are the reason the P-38 National exists today and their desire for the legacy to carry on is what the organization today is still all about .

Writing an article for a Death Valley story an interesting bit of info came up about an old mining town in the late 1800...
10/01/2019

Writing an article for a Death Valley story an interesting bit of info came up about an old mining town in the late 1800's that has a connection to our legendary 475th fighter Ace PJ Dahl .

It appears that the town of Skidoo near death valley had something that was very rare to that arid region ,"Water" and that life giving item came to town by way of 23 miles of water pipe thus the saying 23 Skiddo became a fashionable line to use !

Of course it was also known for its other meaning as it was known for and that was the nonsensical meaning of "Get The Hell Out!" which was a typical saying in the town of Skidoo and many old timers did their best to do just that !

Amazing the back stories that are behind so many P-38 legends ...

09/28/2019

Nice comment from a young fan at the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow last weekend. I love his enthusiasm, but he might be surprised to know that these P-38s are actually all "flying now": 23 Skidoo, Glacier Girl, Allied Fighters (Honey Bunny), Red Bull, Scat III, Tangerine, Thoughts of Midnite, White 33 and the Collings Foundation 38.

Here's J.T.'s quote from the krdo.com article "Jets and warbirds take to the sky for the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow":

A P-38 Lightning WWII era fighter aircraft stemming back to 1942 peaked many people's interest. The history is also appreciated by some of the youngest visitors, including 15-year-old J.T. Cleveland.

"The P-38 is just one really cool aircraft and there's maybe two or three flying now," he said.

09/21/2019
Abbotsford Air Show - 1968

The P-38 featured in this 1968 video was owned by Laurence "Scrappy" Blumer, a much decorated P-38 Ace. It was flown that day by Chuck Lyford. After the war, Blumer bought an ex-Honduran Air Force P-38, repainted it in the wartime colors of his "Scrap Iron IV" and flew it at airshows.

This video introduces Blumer's P-38 at about the 27-second mark and shows some nice acrobatic maneuvers. The whole video is worth watching, with its many classic planes.

The August sunshine is perfect over Abbotsford, British Columbia, as air show luminaries fly in these 1968 films. Look for the Spitfire XVI, yellow P-38, Wor...

Come wish Peggie a happy one!
09/12/2019

Come wish Peggie a happy one!

Craig Fullers European journey continues and he has come across another crash site with a P-38 connection !"This site wa...
09/09/2019

Craig Fullers European journey continues and he has come across another crash site with a P-38 connection !

"This site was particularly exciting for us to visit. While we specialize in crash sites of US aircraft, and have been to several Japanese and British aircraft crash sites, this was our first German
WWII aircraft crash site visited. While overall very similar to a typical US WWII crash site, we definitely noticed some differences. One was that the cast aluminum (magnesium?) parts looked darker and more pitted; another was that anodized aluminum parts were a golden color not found on US planes. This crash was a Junkers Ju 88 D-5 that was shot down on April 24, 1943 by two P-38F Lightnings of the 50th
Fighter Squadron. 2nd Lt. Harry R. Stangle and 1st Lt James M. McNulty Jr. shared credit for shooting the Ju 88 down. Of the German 4 man crew, only the radio operator, Uffz. Anton Mynarek survived, who also had the dubious distinction of being the first German airman taken prisoner of war by the US in Iceland. Also of interest at the site was a fired shell dated 1943. Not sure it was German, but have to wonder if it was a round fired in anger at the P-38s"

Nice to see long time friend Craig Fuller still out and chasing crash sites around the world . Two photos he found in th...
08/26/2019

Nice to see long time friend Craig Fuller still out and chasing crash sites around the world . Two photos he found in the National Archives and a site visit photo . Craig is a great guy and super knowledgeable about aviation archeology. Helped me many times ..

"The first day we got of running, found all three crash sites that we looked for. The first was the crash site of P-38F s/n 42-12575, which crashed southwest of Sandskeið, Iceland. Sadly, 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Eichman was killed in the crash after his P-38 experienced an in-flight fire on April 25, 1943."

Funeral photo is that of the Lieutenant ...

I purchased this photo several years ago (from EBay) and just now found it...The patch on the jacket is a P-38 and it ha...
08/25/2019

I purchased this photo several years ago (from EBay) and just now found it...The patch on the jacket is a P-38 and it has "M.K." on it also. The photo was from the estate of a Navy man, Raoul Goyette of Chicopee, Massachusetts. Any ideas on the squadron or ?

Sad to report Dorothy Olsen, Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), has passed away at 103.  She flew the P-38 along with ...
08/13/2019
Pilot Who Was a Daredevil Flier with WASPs During WWII Dies at 103

Sad to report Dorothy Olsen, Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), has passed away at 103. She flew the P-38 along with other aircraft during World War II. Be sure to read her quote about the P-38! Our condolences go out to her family. Link to article below.
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/07/31/pilot-who-was-daredevil-flier-wasps-during-wwii-dies-103.html

One time, she flew upside down and a piece of the plane fell off -- but the landing crew never said a word.

Something fun for a Tuesday! Interesting "Good Luck Socks" with a P-38 from Planes of Fame in Chino, CA. "Great Military...
07/30/2019

Something fun for a Tuesday! Interesting "Good Luck Socks" with a P-38 from Planes of Fame in Chino, CA. "Great Military Aviation themed socks."

These aircraft wrecks were rescued from the ice -- and flew again
07/15/2019
These aircraft wrecks were rescued from the ice -- and flew again

These aircraft wrecks were rescued from the ice -- and flew again

Three aircraft -- Juliet Delta 321, Lidia and Glacier Girl -- crashed in inhospitable conditions and lay buried under the snow for years. Here are the remarkable tales of the salvage operations that let them fly again.

From Ladd Gardner!
07/07/2019

From Ladd Gardner!

Clearly it was in her DNA.

07/06/2019
Monaghan County Museum

P38 Lightning Excavation on RTÉ Nine O'Clock News

The Museum's excavtion of the US Air Force P38 Lightning was featured on the RTÉ Nine O'Clock News. The excavtion was carried in collaboration with Queen's University and Aviation Archaeologist Jonny McNee. Our archaeologists for the day came from Foyle College Derry and Ballybay Community College.

The piece also tells the story of the plane's pilot; 2nd LT Milo Rundall. Once prpopoerly conserved, the finds from the dig will go on display at Monaghan County Museum as part of our current, nationally acclaimed exhibition 'The Monaghan Spitfire - Life on the Border with a World at War'

Copyright RTÉ News

If you live in or near Quad City in Iowa, a P-38 is a scheduled performer at their Quad City Air Show - but you should h...
06/29/2019
Home - Quad City Air Show

If you live in or near Quad City in Iowa, a P-38 is a scheduled performer at their Quad City Air Show - but you should hurry because it's only for this weekend (we just heard about it!). Performers subject to change, of course.
Saturday /SundayJune 29-30, 2019

http://www.quadcityairshow.com/?page_id=55

Bob Hoover stamp information shared from Ladd Gardner.  Hoover P-38 photo - National Archives.
06/10/2019

Bob Hoover stamp information shared from Ladd Gardner. Hoover P-38 photo - National Archives.

06/09/2019
Germany Suffered Big Losses at the Hands of the P-38

Interesting video clip of an upcoming Smithsonian Channel program on the P-38. They also give the airdates for the special. (Once you click the "play" arrow in the upper, left-hand corner, the text overlay fades out after a few seconds.)

https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/germany-suffered-big-losses-at-the-hands-of-the-p-38/67586

Air Warriors > The P-38 almost single-handedly drove back the Germans as they attempted to keep their north Africa armies supplied. In just one month, the allies shot down over 400 German planes, while losing only 36.

06/08/2019
Arctic Hot Point Solutions- AHPS

They are trying to bring up another Lightning ala Glacier Girl.

Our Project goal is to recover WWII P38 fighters aircrafts from deep below the Greenland icecap . Museum placement -Non profit Non commercial .

06/07/2019
The P-38 Association's Treasurer, Howard Ramshorn, is in France even as we speak in support of the CAF's participation i...
06/06/2019

The P-38 Association's Treasurer, Howard Ramshorn, is in France even as we speak in support of the CAF's participation in the 75th anniversary D-Day event. He flew over to France on their C–53 "D-Day Doll" which was participating in today's event. "The Doll" was actually in the aerial invasion of France in 1944, and we are so honored to have one of our team there for this significant recognition of such an important day in history..

Remembering the Fallen on D-Day from the 474th Fighter Group.   Major Leon Temple, Commanding Officer of the 430th Fight...
06/05/2019

Remembering the Fallen on D-Day from the 474th Fighter Group. Major Leon Temple, Commanding Officer of the 430th Fighter Squadron and Lt. Robert Belford, 430th Fighter Squadron. June 6, 1944.

I was looking at a post from P-38 National Member Andrea Davide who is an Artist, Aviation historian and archeologist  t...
05/29/2019

I was looking at a post from P-38 National Member Andrea Davide who is an Artist, Aviation historian and archeologist that lives in New York and this picture of her flight suit with a P-38 National patch is a pretty cool thing ! Nobody knows the story of Thomas McGuire now days better then she and her passion for the story took her to the South Pacific to find the crash site of his P-38 and actually found parts of his plane from that fate full day ! Andrea is good people and glad to see she flies with our colors !

05/26/2019
Being a past President of the Association you never stop serving those that served you well during your tenure . Today I...
05/26/2019

Being a past President of the Association you never stop serving those that served you well during your tenure . Today I made a journey to Eternal Valley in Newhall and made my way to the top of the mountain where P-38 National founding member Mary Lou Neal is at rest with her husband. Mary was a P-38 pilot that delivered her fair share of P-38s to the east coast from Burbank in WW II as a WASP . Years before she passed she chose a plot that was the closest to the sky as she could get for even after death she wanted to be as close as she could to the skies she loved so much . This Memorial Day we not only remember Mary Lou but all the P-38 pilots and ground crews that flew the plane of our desire and every Veteran that put on the uniform and served our country. "America with out her soldiers is like God without his angels"

OK, Facebook acting weird.  I posted another couple of pix of Jim and his family but they didn't show up...so I'm tryng ...
05/15/2019

OK, Facebook acting weird. I posted another couple of pix of Jim and his family but they didn't show up...so I'm tryng again! These are of Jim Tyler and his family during their recent visit from Iowa last month while we were in the middle of our P-38 Museum remodel. Great family!

For some reason the photos just posted of Jim Tyler are locked in with the Smithsonian Channel website, so here they are...
05/14/2019

For some reason the photos just posted of Jim Tyler are locked in with the Smithsonian Channel website, so here they are again...

Past National Director and Friend of the Organization Quintin Roberts sent me over this picture of him in the nose of a ...
05/09/2019

Past National Director and Friend of the Organization Quintin Roberts sent me over this picture of him in the nose of a B-17 over Southern California recently. He always wears the classic attire and his P-38 National hat was the perfect choice to fly escort for the mission ! Quintin or "Q" as he is known to all of us for many years was the director of operations for the Queen Mary. Q also was an invaluable asset when it came to the conventions we had over the years. Quintin one of those guys that keeps the history of the Greatest Generation front and center !

If you'd like to get in touch with Peggy McCormack, the "Rosie the Riveter" who was at our Grand Reopening last Saturday...
04/18/2019

If you'd like to get in touch with Peggy McCormack, the "Rosie the Riveter" who was at our Grand Reopening last Saturday, you can do so via Kimberly Keller at [email protected] -- at 91 Peggy is a doll of a lady and very willing to come share her story if you have a special event related to her famous wartime job.

04/16/2019
Lizann Warner "People"

For those of you who have been asking, our guest vocalist was Lizann Warner, and you can visit her website at lizannwarner.com -- She doesn't just do swing music. She has a variety of costumes and a large repertoire. Here's her singing "People" as Barbra Streisand.

January 2019 - Eric Goujon photo, Red Bull P-38. Magnificent!
03/27/2019

January 2019 - Eric Goujon photo, Red Bull P-38. Magnificent!

03/27/2019
Lightning & Corsair display over KITZBUHEL . 27Jan2019 (version 2)

Thank you to Eric Goujon for sharing this beautiful clip with Raimund Riedmann flying the Red Bull P-38!

P38-Lightning seen from Corsair-onboard camera .. Sunday 27 January during display over : "Hahnenkamm Rennen 2019 kitzbühel" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbhT2fvFmCs&feature=youtu.be — with Ha Hu and Raimund Riedmann in Kitzbühel, Austria.

(Video version-2) .. Aerobatic Airshow , with P-38 Lightning & Corsair F4U4 , from Flying Bulls collection based in Salzburg Hangar 7.. High speed display ov...

03/26/2019

The time has finally come! Mark your calendars.

This fun link was sent to us by Marilyn Smith, wife of our former President, the late Ron Smith.  Enjoy!
03/20/2019
This Guy Sure Knows How To Push A Lighting To Its Limits

This fun link was sent to us by Marilyn Smith, wife of our former President, the late Ron Smith. Enjoy!

Steve Hinton Is The Man. Some people are born to fly. We've had our Hoovers, Hannas and now we have Hinton. Steve Hinton. (There are many, many more pilots that should be on this list but we opted for those "Hs.") Steve Hinton, 64, is an aviator who's been in the flying circuit for decades. He w

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Riverside, CA
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Annual membership (or renewal) dues are: $30: US $35; Canada & Mexico $40: All other international dues Included in your Welcome Pack is: Our Book: "P-38 Lightning: Unforgettable Missions of Skill and Luck" Embroidered 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 Association Patch P-38 Hat/lapel Pin P-38 Membership Card P-38 Association brochure P-38 Business card, so you'll know who all the players are P-38 Postcard-Style Data Card with beautiful image Three issues of our membership publication "Lightning Strikes" thoughout the entire year of your membership.

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Comments

You really must read John R Bruning's new book "Race of Aces" It's a MUST for P-38 fans!!
I hope this is ok. But I just have to say John R Bruning ‘s new work, Race of Aces is simply outstanding. Years of research, P-38 veterans interviews, family letters... it puts many of our great P-38 pilots in a new, empathetic light. In my own opinion, if you don’t get this book? You don’t have all the information! I highly recommend it. It was released today!
Have any of you ever come across a decent picture of the insignia for the 23rd Photo Recon Squadron?
Nice illustration for a proposed naval variant of the P-38F.
an *original* photo from 30 May 1944. It shows an F-5 (P-38) Reconnaissance Lightning and its pilot (his name not yet known to me....). The pilot belonged to the 34th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron (10th PRG, 9th Air Force, USAAF). The 34th PRS was based at Chalgrove (U.K.) at that time. Has anyone an idea who this pilot could be? 🤔
“Second Lt. Garland A. York was the youngest pilot of the 34th PRS and the main source of photo intelligence that exposed the defenses and weak spots at Omaha and Utah beaches.” Note the letters ‘G.A.’ on his “Mae West” Life-Preserver. (Photo via eBay.com / Text via https://www.aerotechnews.com/blog/2019/06/06/d-day-dicing-missions-part-ii/)
Is there anything you can tell me about this P-38? This photo was above my dad’s desk until he passed.
P-38 socks???
Does anyone in the Orginization know the exact color of 'vermillion' red used on the YIPPEE? My second Flightline is going to be painted in this scheme.
Can anyone in the Orginization provide detailed measurements of the P-38M night fighter? I am looking for details on the radar pod, the radar operators canopy and cockpit, and the main fuselage. I am going to model it using the 1/10th scale Flightline as the basis.