Fighter: P-38 - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)
Fighter: P-38 - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

Fighter: P-38 - United States (Europe 1940-2nd Ed)

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Name

Length

Wingspan

Weight

Max Bomb-load

Armament

Speed

Ceiling

Range

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

37’ 10”

52’

12,800 lbs.

3,197 lbs.

1x 20mm +

4x .50 mg’s

414 mph

44,000’

1,300 mi.

 

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Fighter

 

ID: Plastic “fighter” gaming piece: Lockheed P-38 Lightning Hellcat fighter from the game Axis & Allies Europe 40-2nd Ed& Pacific 40-2nd Ed.

 

The Story of the P-38 Fighter: The US built many fine fighter aircraft during the war, but none were as radical in design or as distinctive in profile as the “fork-tailed devil” (as the Germans called it), the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.  It’s unique layout allowed it to use long, powerful, supercharged engines and yet still carry a very heavy armament in a nose unencumbered by an engine.  It also possessed a good range, expanded to a remarkable range with drop fuel tanks.  These two charactersitics together also made it a perfect platform for a reconnaissance plane, a secondary role, often overlooked, in which it performed a vital service, checking out targets and bomb damage for the air campaign in Europe and helping map little-known regions in the South Pacific so that the allies would know what they were getting themselves into!  It’s size gave it a less-than-stellar roll-rate for a fighter, but it was nonetheless a dangerous opponent in both theatres.  It was in the vast open reaches of the Pacific, though, where it really came into its own, forming the bulk of the Army’s land-based fighter strength in the Pacific for much of the war.  One of its finest hours was when a squadron of them managed to intercept an air convoy carrying the Japanese admiral Yamamoto and shoot down his plane, killing the revered leader and dealing the Japanese a crushing psychological blow.

 

Usage Notes: Use this piece for “Global 1939” and “Invasion of Italy” Variants as a fighter unit.  Other US aircraft of interest may be: the Grumman F6F Hellcat Fighter, the Douglass SBD Dauntless Tactical Bomber, & the Boeing B17 “Flying Fortress” Strategic Bomber.

5 Stars
Mister
Suitable, matches other units.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Virginia. on 11/25/2017
5/5
5 Stars
Which one is A&A and Which is HBG?
The detail and workmanship of these P-38s is amazing! I can't tell which one is made by A&A and which one is made by HBG. Highly Recomend!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Virginia, USA. on 4/11/2016
5/5
5 Stars
US needs fighters in the Pacific
And lots of them. At this price you can have all you want. They look exactly like the originals. Less necessary in Europe where space is crowded and chips come in handy.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from San Francisco. on 2/4/2015
5/5
5 Stars
AMERICAN FIGHTER..
..WHAT AN ICONIC UNIT TO USE IN YOUR WARGAMES..VERY REALISTIC..GREAT DETAIL..I USE THESE FIGHTERS MOSTLY IN THE PACIFIC THEATER AGAINST THE JAPANESE ONSLAUGHT..
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from SCOTTSDALE,AZ.. on 5/15/2014
5/5

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