Lockheed P-38J Lightning – Pat III,14th FG, Oliver Taylor, Italy 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 Scale AA36607: Lockheed P-38J Lightning named Pat III of the 14th FG USAAF, as flown by Oliver Taylor, Triolo, Italy, July 1944. Limited Edition of only 1210 Pieces
Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches
Colonel Oliver Taylor kept his P-38J with the 49th FS during his time as CO of the 14th FG. There is no record that he scored any victories in this particular fighter. Taylor was struck down with polio and transferred out of the group on July 17. His command was transferred to Col. Daniel Campbell.
Designed to meet a USAAC requirement for a high-performance fighter, the P-38 Lightning was first flown on January 27th, 1939. The easily recognizable P-38 had twin-booms, twin turbo-supercharged engines, a central pod for the pilot, contra-rotating propellers and tricycle landing gear. Its roles included dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance. When equipped with drop tanks it was also flown as a long-range escort fighter. The Lightning’s armament was clustered in the nose of the plane, which gave the pilot a direct line of site to the target and also gave the weapons a “buzz saw” effect that was useful for strafing.