Number four on the list is a twin booms fighter that made a name for itself in the Pacific theater. Say hello to the P-38 Lightning.
The Lightning was a rare fighter, having two props with the cockpit between it. This new bird quickly became a solid dive bomber, escort fighter, interceptor, ground reconnaissance, and even more so as a long range escort fighter. The plane was unique, fast, and actually very quiet despite its size and power with those twin engines.
The Lightning was built from 1941 to 1945 with with 10,037 built, most being sent to the Pacific theater during the war. This bird quickly gained a reputation as a tough, rugged fighter that had the range that most other Ally fighter did not have. It became a key escort fighter when called upon, but was a monster in dog combat.
The Lightning had a range of 1300 miles and up to 1700 miles with the extra fuel tanks added. It also had a speed of 414 MPH, making it able to keep up with any enemy fighter and with a ceiling of 44,000 feet, it could go above any enemy and dive upon them with its insane firepower.
The Lightning had 4 x M2 Browning .50 mm machine guns in the nose, each with 500 rounds per gun. It’s powerful weapon was a 1-Hispano M2 (C) 20mm cannon in the nose with 500 rounds to fire off. This powerful weapon had a reputation to simply blow enemy planes out of the air with just a few shots. It was one of the most powerful weapons ever given to an early fighter in WWII. The Lightning could also add rockets and bombs if needed, making it even more valuable as a fighter.
The Lightning is a very underrated fighter from WII and stands out with its unique style due to its design. I wish more would understand how powerful this fighter was.