Lockheed P-38J Lightning – Mama’s Boy, 20th FG USAAF (Displayed)
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Matchbox Platinum Edition 1/72 scale 92108: Lockheed P38J Lightning Mama’s Boy OF 20th Fighter Group USAAF. Finished in accurate looking battle scarred paintwork with fixed raised undercarriage on a display stand and collectors leaflet.
PLEASE NOTE: Model was displayed briefly in a shop cabinet and the stand base and upright have been glued and separated. Does not show with model on display.
Length 6.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches
The 20th Fighter Group arrived in Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, in the fall of 1943 which was their base for the remainder of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on April 25th,1945. The pilots of the 20th escorted B-17’s and B-24’s, strafed ground targets as well as engaging enemy aircraft. The success with which the Group hit locomotive targets earned them the nickname of the “Loco Busters”. Notably, the group provided air cover during the Normandy invasion on June 5-11, 1944.
Captain Wasil had 271 combat hours which were flown in his P-38J, nicknamed “Mama’s Boy” and in July of 1944, he switched to a P-51C Mustang (coded KI-O, serial number 43-25031), nicknamed “Mama’s Boy II”. He was credited with two strafing kills against German Dornier Do 18’s which were a single engine flying boat.
The P-38 Lightning, designed in 1937 as a high-altitude interceptor, was Lockheed’s first high performance military aircraft. The first one built, the XP-38, made its public debut on February 11, 1939 by flying from California to New York in seven hours. Equipped with droppable fuel tanks under its wings, the P-38 was used extensively as a long-range escort fighter and saw action in practically every major combat area of the world. A very versatile aircraft, the Lightning was also used for dive bombing, level bombing, ground strafing and photo reconnaissance missions. By the end of production in 1945, 9,923 P-38s had been built.