P-38 National Association

P-38 National Association We are a non-profit veterans organization dedicated to the P‑38 "Lockheed Lightning," and those who designed, built, maintained and flew it.

Our Museum is adjacent to March ARB in Riverside, CA, and 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

Operating as usual

Today third-party developers had relevant reveals and releases for Microsoft Flight Simulator, heralding more content co...
09/11/2021
FlyingIron P-38L Lightning for MSFS

Today third-party developers had relevant reveals and releases for Microsoft Flight Simulator, heralding more content coming for the popular sim.

FlyingIron Simulations revealed its P-38L lightning, showcasing another popular World War II warbird coming to the simulator. It’ll e released this month.

(If you watch the video, you may have to skip through a short ad until you get the "Skip Ad" button.)

https://youtu.be/eEICzmyKdjI

Sent to us by Marilyn Smith, the widow of Ron Smith (former President of the P-38 Association).https://youtu.be/P8ZkZu_p...
05/26/2021
Flying the P 38 with Chris Fahey

Sent to us by Marilyn Smith, the widow of Ron Smith (former President of the P-38 Association).
https://youtu.be/P8ZkZu_pbWM

Come along in the cockpit with Chris Fahey as he demonstrates the Lockheed P-38J "23 Skidoo" at the Planes of Fame Air Show 2015.Planes of Fame Air MuseumWhe...

AirVenture is a "biggie" in the world of air shows. "Among the aircraft featured will be the P-40 Warhawk, Supermarine S...
05/15/2021
AirVenture Highlights | EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

AirVenture is a "biggie" in the world of air shows.

"Among the aircraft featured will be the P-40 Warhawk, Supermarine Spitfire, P-38 Lightning, F6F Hellcat, C-47 Skytrain, Hawker Hurricane, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, B-25 Mitchell, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, and others."

From sunrise to well after dark, there are plenty of entertainment options at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that will keep you entertained all day long!

04/02/2021

We just got word that ABC is shooting a 100th birthday celebration for a Rosie the Riverter at the March Field Air Museum. The message we got said "ABC newscast tonight." A nice surprise is that they asked to shoot it in OUR museum in front of the P-38! Broadcasting being what it is, this may or may not happen, but I wanted to give you all a heads up...in case. Of course, this won't help much if you live in the EST zone, but they may post it on their website.

FYI
03/13/2021
B**g Center to open two new exhibits this week

FYI

The Richard I. B**g Veterans Historical Center announced two new exhibits opening this week. Joe Gomer: Honoring a Legacy, a traveling exhibit from the St. Louis County Historical Society, will

428th Droop Snoot. 474th Fighter Group. Base A-78, Florennes, Belgium.
01/27/2021

428th Droop Snoot. 474th Fighter Group. Base A-78, Florennes, Belgium.

428th Droop Snoot. 474th Fighter Group. Base A-78, Florennes, Belgium.

Join the P-38 Association today! Everyone welcome.http://p38assn.org/join.htm
01/26/2021
Official Home of the P-38 Lightning

Join the P-38 Association today! Everyone welcome.
http://p38assn.org/join.htm

Membership Alert! Until further notice, if you wish to pay your new membership dues OR your renewal dues via postal mail, please mail your checks directly to our Membership Chairman at the address below. (You can still download the application here, and checks should still be made payable to "P-38 N...

Williams Arizona Sunset. From the 43-I Class book .
01/05/2021

Williams Arizona Sunset. From the 43-I Class book .

Williams Arizona Sunset. From the 43-I Class book .

Lt. Colonel Earl Hedlund. 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. European Theatre of Operations.
12/09/2020

Lt. Colonel Earl Hedlund. 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. European Theatre of Operations.

Lt. Colonel Earl Hedlund. 474th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force. European Theatre of Operations.

Since this is from the B**g Center, I'm sharing the link for you guys. (Richard B**g was the highest scoring American Ac...
12/04/2020
Flying to New Heights

Since this is from the B**g Center, I'm sharing the link for you guys. (Richard B**g was the highest scoring American Ace during WWII, for those you may not know.)
https://e.givesmart.com/events/iPT/

Help Richard I. B**g Veterans Historical Center spread the word about 17th Annual Flying to New Heights Auction!

11/07/2020

Just a reminder that our site and our organization is about our favorite plane, and, while emotions are certainly running high today, this is not a place for political commentary, please.

COVID-19 exposure closes Planes of Fame temporarilyA potential risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus has temporarily cl...
11/07/2020

COVID-19 exposure closes Planes of Fame temporarily
A potential risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus has temporarily closed the Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport, officials announced Friday morning.

We are taking proactive safety actions by implementing our COVID-19 protocol," according to a museum statement. "Effective immediately, the museum will be closed to the public. During the next several days, we will be deep-clearning the public areas of the museum and taking other measures to ensure a safe environment for our guests, volunteers and staff." A flying demonstration of a World War II Lockheed P-38 was cancelled for today (Nov. 7).

COVID-19 exposure closes Planes of Fame temporarily
A potential risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus has temporarily closed the Planes of Fame Air Museum at the Chino Airport, officials announced Friday morning.

We are taking proactive safety actions by implementing our COVID-19 protocol," according to a museum statement. "Effective immediately, the museum will be closed to the public. During the next several days, we will be deep-clearning the public areas of the museum and taking other measures to ensure a safe environment for our guests, volunteers and staff." A flying demonstration of a World War II Lockheed P-38 was cancelled for today (Nov. 7).

War and Peace. 429th and 428th Fighter Squadron P-38's of the 474th Fighter Group somewhere in Europe. Photo courtesy of...
10/21/2020

War and Peace. 429th and 428th Fighter Squadron P-38's of the 474th Fighter Group somewhere in Europe. Photo courtesy of Michael Bates.

War and Peace. 429th and 428th Fighter Squadron P-38's of the 474th Fighter Group somewhere in Europe. Photo courtesy of Michael Bates.

Home at last...
10/21/2020
Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Smith, E.)

Home at last...

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Earl W. Smith, 22, of Oakland, California, killed during World War II, was accounted for March 23,

54th Fighter Squadron. The Aleutians.
10/16/2020

54th Fighter Squadron. The Aleutians.

Folded Wings.It is with great sadness that I report that my father, Bob Shoemaker, passed away on the afternoon of Septe...
09/29/2020

Folded Wings.

It is with great sadness that I report that my father, Bob Shoemaker, passed away on the afternoon of September 25 from pneumonia. He passed peacefully with family present. He flew many different airplanes, military and civilian, but his great love was the P-38 Lightning. Bob had an excellent memory until the end, and he could recall the specifics of D-Day, his belly landing in Normandy, and shooting down a Messerschmidt during the dogfight on Black Friday.

One of his favorite recollections was having an 88-caliber explode 10' ahead and 3' beneath his left wing, knocking out his left engine. He traveled 2 1/2 hours over the North Sea on one engine. He was concerned about fuel as well as the prospect of having to ditch the plane. He considered peeling off to Sweden, but kept heading toward England. Finally, he saw some green through a hole in the clouds and made it home.

Being a lover of flying, Bob really enjoyed when he was assigned to ferry allied planes across the Channel to France following D-Day. He got to fly P-38's, P-51 Mustangs, P-47 Thunderbolts and two Spitfires. He said that he was one of only 500 Americans to ever fly a Spitfire.

Sincerely,
Steve Shoemaker

Bob Shoemaker was a pilot in the 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. Bob was 99 years old. Bob's call-name was "Ditto".
Bob bringing his damaged P-38 in. Flak damage that knocked out his left engine.

Thought you guys would like to see a photo of the Lockheed Engineers exhibit that Howard Ramshorn and some of the other ...
09/02/2020

Thought you guys would like to see a photo of the Lockheed Engineers exhibit that Howard Ramshorn and some of the other volunteers just completed at the P-38 Museum.

It represents a Lockheed Engineer's office (Ben Salmon). They have put his name on the glass pane in the door. There is an enlarged photo of the plant floor on the far right side to give the illusion that the office is one floor up and looking down on the P-38 assembly line. Above the drafting table there is an engineer's drawing (which had Salmon's name on it - that's how they came up with the name on the door). And so much more. BTW, this is not the same Salmon who was a Lockheed test pilot with the nickname of "Fish" - entirely different guy. What are the odds that Lockheed would have two guy named Salmon. LOL.

We will have more images and full details in the next membership issue (November, "Lightning Strikes"). Membership is open to the public. http://p38assn.org/join.htm

Lt. (then Captain) Robert Bobo Hanson, 428th Fighter Squadron and friends. Thanks to Scott Frederick for the beautiful c...
08/27/2020

Lt. (then Captain) Robert Bobo Hanson, 428th Fighter Squadron and friends. Thanks to Scott Frederick for the beautiful colorization of the photos. See individual photos for identification.

Photos of Lt. Joe Moser, 429 Fighter Squadron. Thanks to Scott Frederick, 474th FG for sharing and colorizing the photos...
08/27/2020

Photos of Lt. Joe Moser, 429 Fighter Squadron. Thanks to Scott Frederick, 474th FG for sharing and colorizing the photos.
Lt. Moser was a P-38 pilot who spent time at Stalag Luft III as a prisoner of war. He wrote and excellent book about his experiences (see photo), "A Fighter Pilot in Buchenwald: The Joe Moser Story."

Flight Officer John "Jack" Greaves. 428th Fighter Squadron.JACK'S ESCAPEBetty GreavesAuthor's NoteI have written the tal...
08/17/2020

Flight Officer John "Jack" Greaves. 428th Fighter Squadron.

JACK'S ESCAPE
Betty Greaves
Author's Note
I have written the tale of Jack's escape from captivity and his life as a fugitive pilot sheltered by a French family as he told it to me in 1944. The story is as accurate as can endure 70 years of memory. Some dates and details have been checked with members of our family and against a year 2000 interview of Jack by the Kalispell Daily InterLake.
According to Army Air Force flight records, August 23, 1944, was a spectacular day for the 428th Fighter Squadron (P38s).The previous days had seen the first heavy rains since the 428th had arrived in Normandy. About noon on the 23rd ground conditions had improved enough for takeoffs. Mission 131, eight planes, each carrying two 500 pound bombs accompanied by four planes for cover and led by Colonel Wasem, flew off. They found roads jammed with German vehicles trying to get to the "safe" side of the Seine. Thirty-one trucks were demolished and two tanks damaged. Within two hours, Mission 132, led by Major Hedlund, was sent back to the same area. The pilots found so much flack "you could walk on it." They also found that German tanks were crossing bumper to bumper across a pontoon bridge over the Seine about twenty miles upriver from Rouen. In attempting to knock out the bridge by dive bombing, the 428th lost Flight Officer John H. Greaves who was flying as Major Hedlund's wing man. He was not seen nor heard from after the bombing run.
Jack recalled,"...we'd set up our dive bomb run. The flack was really heavy, but I had a good bomb run set up, so I just kept going on in. I got hit in the right wing and, then, the seat armor. I lost all horizontal control and, after I had dropped my bombs, I finally pulled up by using the trim tabs. I stood up in the cockpit, not sliding off the wing like you're supposed to. I went out in the slipstream and pulled my parachute rip cord. Just after the chute opened, I slammed into a tree."

Two distinct memories remained with Jack to the end of his life. One was how difficult it had been to open the hatch above his head in the P38 Lightning as it headed toward the ground at incredible speed. The second was the difficulty in opening the parachute before he landed in an apple tree some distance from the indentation.
At the base of the apple tree was a German soldier preparing to shoot him. From behind him came a voice demanding, "Half' which meant don't shoot. Apparently, the officer thought the American soldier was valuable for public relations and information. The officer asked Jack if he was wounded.(In later years Jack told me that he thought at the time that he would have been dead had not the German officer been so polite and kind to him.) Then he ordered him into a jeep-like German vehicle. (In later years Jack recognized the vehicle as a Volkswagen Beast.) The vehicle headed to the nearest prison camp to imprison Jack and, also, to rejoin the retreating regiment from which the soldiers had become separated.
They traveled for three days, leaving Jack unshackled when they saw that he had a serious limp from an ankle injury. Each night they took over a French farm, kicking out the owners, eating produce and killing and eating a farm animal. The third night, while the guards were playing cards by the light of a kerosene lantern, the edge of their vigilance removed by the warmth of a nearby stove, Jack made his third attempt at freedom. He jumped from his resting corner, upsetting the card table and breaking a window. The lantern crashed to the floor and went out. Confusion ensued. Jack jumped through the window, counted the fence posts to a space he had predetermined he could surmount the fence and flee. Over the fence, he sprinted for safety, his ankle not being nearly as damaged as be had pretended it to be. His guards continued to shoot at him until he was lost to them in the dark.
He limped four days through woods. He had eaten only cabbage from farm fields till he came to a forest he couldn't get through. On the fifth day around dawn he heard the chopping of wood. As he emerged from the edge of the forest, he saw the man who was chopping. He thought he must be a French farmer.
He tried to explain that he was a downed American pilot. The farmer, who spoke only French, seemed not to believe him. American pilots did not carry identification because the Germans had entered farms dressed as American pilots and killed people who tried to help them. In desperation, Jack dug into the knee pocket of his flight suit and located a Band-Aid wrapper. The farmer took the wrapper and read in broken French/English, "Bauer and Black Made in U.S.A."
He told Jack to come on in.
The farmer called to his wife who appeared from the cottage door baffled and doubtful. She later told Jack that because he said "Ya," she thought he could be German. However, she joined her husband's invitation for Jack to enter the cottage. Once he was inside they fed him the last of their precious eggs and warm milk, tended to his injured ankle, and put him to bed where he slept for two days. They were near the city of Rouen fairly close to a German artillery camp and not far from the Canadian front line.
Life with the French family was a revelation. The family consisted of two boys ages five and six and a girl about eleven. The boys had an in-house pet pig which they leaned on while arguing or playing. An aviary with colored birds was in the hall next to the bathroom. A stove in the middle of the kitchen was the center of family life.
An SS patrol came daily to take animals and produce. At their advent, the farmer gave hand signals for Jack to hide on the other side of the house or in the haymow.
After about eighteen days with the family, they were alerted to a Canadian artillery barrage coming their way. Their means of protection was a slit trench covered with tarpaper and cordwood which ran from the barn to the pig yard. The barrage went on while the small group in the trench had only apples and Calvados (home-made apple brandy) to eat and drink. The farmer had forgotten the Calvados, and had to go back and get it.
Jack said," Sure enough, the Canadians came through, and we got right in the middle of an artillery battle with these three kids down in the slit trench with nothing but apples and calvados to keep us going for about 12 hours. That afternoon, after the battle had gone beyond us, we got out, and, soon, the whole town, I think, of Martin-Epperville was in the yard offering us ci******es, wine, cognac and food. "The farmer's family hoped that Jack would stay with them longer, but Jack told them he had to get back to let his family know that he was alive and safe.
After the celebration, Jack and the farmer borrowed bicycles and "went looking for the Canadians. The Canadians took me to Corps who took me back to Brook Street in London where I stayed for 2 weeks for debriefing. They also let me go back to visit the 428th and then went back to the States via London.The Air Force policy at that time was that no escaped POW pilots could leave the continental limits of the USA. So that ended my combat flying career.”

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PO Box 6453, March ARB
Riverside, CA
92518

General information

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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Sunday 10am - 4pm

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Instagram post by adamtoobyaviationart California cutie P38 print.https://www.instagram.com/p/BxSmJPDHBWI/
I tried to post this the other day but seems it didn't take, can't see it. Instagram post by wars.and.history: "A female Lockheed employee Sally Wadsworth works on a P-38 Lightning (1944 Burbank, CA)" https://www.instagram.com/p/CTHEi7_DzAJ/
Instagram post by karltatty: "Nightlightning...." https://www.instagram.com/p/CTTzfZ6DEvq/
Hello, I have a paperback copy of Martin Caidin's "Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38. The book has been signed by four pilots who flew the P-38 and includes their Fighter Squadron and Fighter Group as well as their significant missions and the dates. Is this something you would like to include in your archives?
Instagram post by wars.and.history: "A female Lockheed employee Sally Wadsworth works on a P-38 Lightning (1944 Burbank, CA)" https://www.instagram.com/p/CTHEi7_DzAJ/
What were the differences between the G and H model P-38s? G had a different canopy opening from the F and the J started the bigger intakes and coolers. Were there any visible diffs between the G and H?
Hello Could you help me identify the remains of a P-38 found in New Caledonia. I want to know where its registered number allowing identification. We have a supercharger, 2 radiators, the part between the right engine and the cockpit. Thank you for your reply
We visited McGuire AFB this month and look what I found!!!
I hope I'm not out of line for asking for info for modelling a Lightning. Long story short, I'm looking for background and sqn markings for any P-38 pilots who were Texas Aggies. I recently lost an Aggie friend who was a modeller and his girlfriend and I have discussed me finishing a couple of unfinished models, one of which is a 1/48 scale P-38. Gary had said at one time that he'd like his models to be donated to a museum and I think that finishing this would be a good way to honor him. FYI, I had two uncles who were pilots after graduating A&M, though not in P-38s. any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
I haven't seen this one before. Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier in the cockpit?