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  The P-38 was used extensively as a long-range escort fighter and saw action in practically every major combat area of the world. A very versatile aircraft, the Lightning was also used for dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance missions. (U.S. Air Force photo)  The P-38 was the first purly miltary aircraft which Lockheed had produced.  

     

 Orlando, Fla. - Barely visible beneath the wings of a Lockhead P-38 Lightning are the deadly bombs with which this multi-purpose plane can blast enemy troops, ships and gun emplacements. As shown in recent demonstrations at the AAF Tactical Center, Orlando, Fla., the Lockhead P-38, now being used as a fighter-bomber, is capable of carrying bomb pay loads up to 2,000 pounds, thus affording the Allies another potent weapon for use against Germany and Japan in coming offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo) 

In 1943 sixteen p-38s flew over 500 miles from their base on Guadalcanal to intercept and shoot down the plane carrying Japanese Admiral Yamamoto.

 

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