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P-38 In the ETO

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MIGMaster:
+1 for Staggerwing - it was maneuverability - from what I read it could get out turned in the ATA role  - it was too big to compete with more smaller fighters

Windigo:
Its a good read.

well referenced too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-38_Lightning

LongBlade:
And free. Thanks, Windy!

W8taminute:

--- Quote from: Jarhead0331 on January 27, 2012, 06:33:48 PM ---I'm assuming it has something to do with performance, or lack thereof in the cold dry air over the skies of europe???

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From what little I've read about the P-38 I think you nailed it JH.  Most of the fighting between Germany and the Western Allies (read not the Soviet Onion) took place at high altitude where the P-38's superchargers suffered.  OTOH in the PTO against the Japanese the P-38 ruled.  Remember, the ETO needed a long range escort and the only fighter at the time for the US that had the range was the P-38. 

republic:

--- Quote from: W8taminute on February 02, 2012, 02:14:42 PM ---Most of the fighting between Germany and the Western Allies (read not the Soviet Onion) took place at high altitude where the P-38's superchargers suffered.

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+1 on that one

For bomber escorts they were pretty winded at escort altitude compared to the P-51's and P-47's.

However, having said that, Robin Old's book  "Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds""  has a chapter or so about his time flying P-38's in Europe.  A good read.  I seem to remember an interesting bit from when he transitioned from the P-38 to the P-51.  How different they felt, etc.  If I can find it I'll post some excerpts.

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