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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in the United States of America, Lockheed P-38 Lightnings

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in the USA.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in the United States of America would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at hskaarup@rogers.com.

Data current to 5 Feb 2020.

 (Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker, USAF Photo)

 

 (Valder137 Photos)

Lockheed P-38F Lightning (Serial No. 41-7630), "Glacier Girl", dug out from 268 feet of ice in eastern Greenland in 1992.  It is based at Lewis Air Legends in San Antonio, Texas. Airworthy.

Lockheed P-38F Lightning (Serial No. 42-12652), "White 33", privately owned in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Airworthy.

 (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Lockheed P-38G Lightning (Serial No. 42-13400), unnamed.  This aircraft crash landed on Attu Island in 1945, and was recovered in 1999.  Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Lockheed P-38H Lightning (Serial No. 42-66534), being restored to airworthy status by a private owner in Wilmington, Delaware.

 (CindyN Photo)

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

 (Tomas Del Coro Photo)

Lockheed P-38J Lightning (Serial No. 44-23314), "23 Skidoo", based at Planes of Fame in Chino, California. Airworthy.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning (Serial No. 42-67638), unnamed, Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB, Utah.

 (Kogo Photo)

 (Patazzo Photo)

Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning (Serial No. 42-67762), c/n 422-2273, unnamed.  This Lightning was assigned to Wright Field during Second World War.  This aircraft is preserved in the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning (Serial No. 42-103988), being restored to airworthy status by WestPac Restorations for Flying Heritage Collection in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Lockheed P-38J Lightning (Serial No. 42-104088), in storage at the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-26761), in storage at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.

 (William Petrina Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-26981), "Honey Bunny", based at Allied Fighters in Sun Valley, Idaho. Airworthy.

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Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-27053), "Relampago", based at War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Airworthy.

 (Valder137 Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-27083), "Tangerine", based at Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon. Airworthy.

 (Alan Wilson Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-27183), unnamed, based at Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California. Airworthy.

 (Kogo Photos)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-27231), "Scat III", previously "Ruff Stuff", based at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Airworthy.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53095), "Thoughts of Midnite", privately owned in Houston, Texas. Airworthy.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-24155), “Pudgy V”, flown by Major Thomas McGuire, 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, Luzon, Philippines, ca 1944.

 (Airman 1st Class Tara A. Williamson, USAF Photos)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53015), "Pudgy V", McGuire AFB, New Jersey.  The P-38 Lightning Pudgy static display, christened Pudgy, is lifted off its pedestal before being loaded onto a flatbed to be moved to a hangar on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., 13 April 2015.  Pudgy has been on display at the base since 1981 and is a memorial to Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Thomas B. McGuire, after which the former McGuire Air Force Base was named.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53087), "Marge", EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

 (Articseahorse Photo)

 (Articseahorse Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53097), "Wyandotty Mich", 930, 43, 74, Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.

 (Greg Goebel Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53186), 83, unnamed, based at Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts. Airworthy.

 (USAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53232), unnamed, painted as (Serial No. 42-67855), a P-38J of the 55th Fighter Squadron, based in England in 1944, National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio.

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 44-53236), "Marge", Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wisconsin.

 (USAF Photo)

Dorothy Olsen, seen on a P-38 Lightning, during her time with the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38 Lightning (Serial No. 42-12842).

 (SDASM Photo)

Lockheed P-38D Lightning.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38G Lightning.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38J Lightnings, 1st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force in formation.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38L Lightning (Serial No. 42-68008), over California, circa 1944.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38M Lightning (44-27234) c/n 422-8238.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38J-20-LO Lightning (Serial No. 44-23296), "Yippee".

 (USAAF Photo)

P-38L-1-LO Lightning (Serial No. (44-24217)  27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, ca 1945.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning (Serial No. 42-67978), "Betty A III" of the 383d Fighter Squadron of the 364th Fighter Group, based at RAF Honington, England, ca 1944.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38 F5 Lightning “Mary”, (Serial No. 42-68229), 10th Photo Reconnaissance Group, 34th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, Flight A, European Theatre of Operations (ETO) 1944-45, Chalgrove, England, piloted by Lt. Glen Tovani.

 (USAAF Photo)

An RAF airman talks to a pilot of the 14th Fighter Group on the wing of his P-38 Lightning at Atcham, England.

 (USAAF Photo)

Lockheed P-38 Lightning being refueled, ca 1944.

 (USAAF Photo)

Rough field operations caused difficult working conditions for 9th Air Force maintenance personnel. Here a crew prepares to use an external heater to warm a P-38’s frozen engine so it can be started while an armorer works on the guns in the nose while atop a makeshift stand.