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94025 P-38J “Yippee” Rs Models

94025 P-38J “Yippee” Rs Models

Built and nicknamed “Yippee” at the factory, as the 5,000th P-38 built. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 475th Fighter Group, 431st Fighter Squadron during June 1944.On December 20, 1944, this aircraft “retired early” from a combat mission due to mechanical difficulty.On January 29, 1945 lost due to an “aerial accident”. It is unclear what this accident was or where it was lost, likely in the Philippines. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an American single-seat, twin-piston-engine fighter aircraft used during World War II. Developed for the USAAC (United States Army Air Corps) by Lockheed Corporation, the P-38 incorporated a distinctive twin-boom design with a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. In addition to its use as a general purpose fighter, the P-38 was used in various air combat roles, including as a highly effective fighter-bomber, night fighter, and long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks.[4] The P-38 was also used as a bomber scout, guiding streams of medium and heavy bombers, or even other bomb-equipped P-38s, to their targets.[5] Used in the aerial reconnaissance role, the P-38 accounted for 90% of American aerial footage captured over Europe.[6] Although not designated a heavy fighter or destroyer-bomber by the USAAC, the P-38 filled these roles and more; Unlike German heavy fighters crewed by two or three airmen, the P-38 with its lone pilot was agile enough to compete with single-engine fighters.[7]

The P-38 was used most successfully in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters of operations as the aircraft of America’s top aces, Richard Bong (40 victories), Thomas McGuire (38 victories), and Charles H. MacDonald (27 victories). victories). In the Southwest Pacific theater, the P-38 was the primary long-range fighter of the United States Army Air Forces until the introduction of large numbers of P-51D Mustangs late in the war.[8] Unusually for a World War I fighter, both engines were supplemented by turbochargers, making it one of the first Allied fighters capable of performing well at high altitude.[9] The turbochargers also muffled the exhaust, making the P-38’s operation relatively quiet.[10] The Lightning was extremely forgiving in flight and could be mishandled in many ways, but the initial roll rate in early versions was low compared to other contemporary fighters; this was resolved in later variants with the introduction of hydraulically boosted ailerons.[11] The P-38 was the only American fighter aircraft produced on a large scale throughout America’s involvement in the war, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Victory over Japan Day.[12]