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P-38 Lightning

Built as a P-38J by Lockheed, field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration.

* The 'Droop Snoot' field conversion entailed the removal of the nose armament and associated equipment to make room for a prone bombardiers position with the installation of a plexiglass nose, a Norden bombsight, side windows and an emergency hatch. The theory was for a formation of P-38's to drop their bombs on the formation lead 'Droop snoots' signal with the precision of the Norden bombsight ensuring the accuracy of the formations bombing. An idea championed by Lt Col Cass Hough and Lt Col Dan Ostrander.

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  • Stoney Cross

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as a secret, emergency airfield, Stoney Cross was developed during 1942-43 as an advance base for both fighters and bombers. Occupied by the RAF from January 1943, before construction was complete, the station had eventually three concrete...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Burbank, CA, USA August 1943

Built at Lockheed aviation as P-38J.

Delivered Long Beach, CA, USA September 1943

Delivered to USAAF.

Field modified Langford Lodge, Ireland April 1944 – May 1944

P-38J Lightning field modified to 'Droop Snoot*' configuration.

Assigned Stoney Cross, Derby, Derby DE21 7NS, UK December 1944

Assigned to 393FS, 367FG, 9AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
03 January 2016 19:41:52 Al_Skiff Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
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USAAF Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2016 22:30:22 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and description
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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