A comprehensive combat history of the Lightnings of the US 12th Army Air Force. Established on 20 August 1942 at Bolling Field, District of Columbia, 12 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force deployed to the European Theater of World War II. It engaged in operations in North Africa, the Mediterranean, France and Germany. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was an American fighter aircraft built by Lockheed. Developed to a United States Army Air Corps requirement, the P-38 was named "fork-tailed devil" by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" by the Japanese. This unique aircraft was used in a number of different roles including dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing, photo reconnaissance missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.
This book details the Lightning's operational service with the US 12th Army Air Force during the war. Content includes; North Africa; At the threshold of Europe; See Naples and Die; New Horizons.
About the Series: Air Battles is a series of books focusing on World War II air battles of specific aircraft and units. Each volume contains information on the planes involved, lists of scores, pilot reports and portraits, color profile artwork and maps. Over 50 photographs feature in each book, with free extras for modelers, such as masking foil and decal sheets.