D-Day plus 20 days. P-38J 55th FS, 20th FG
P--38J, 42-67916 KI * S of the 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Group, 8th AF. Kingscliffe UK.
This Lightening, “California Cutie” was flown by 1st Lieutenant Richard O. Loehnert. I was unable to find any information on Loehnert in an effort to find out how he came upon the name of this aircraft. I do know he is not listed as an ace.
This is the Academy 1/48 P-38J that I think is an excellent kit. It is simple to build and I think very accurate. For the most part I built it straight out of the box with a few exceptions. I used the True Details etched seatbelts and the resin wheel set for the P-38. The decals are from AeroMaster. I cut the oleo strut section out of the nose gear and replaced it with a longer piece of tubing. This gives the aircraft a definite raked look.
This is my final entry for the D-Day Group build. I enjoyed building this as I like the scheme and I like the P-38 but I wish I had more information on the pilot and why he named it thus.
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