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Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 2

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 2 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review March 2005 Title Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 2
Author Krzysztof Janowicz & Adam Jarski Publisher AJ Press
Published 2001 ISBN 83-7237-091-5
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.99


AJ Press has released part one of the P-38 Lightning's history. This title is published in Polish only though the photo captions are in Polish and English. Why would you want to buy a Polish aircraft reference? Read on!

How many times have you picked up one of the Koku Fan Famous Aircraft of the World monographs and found it useful for getting a glimpse at certain details for an upcoming project? Chances are that you don't read Japanese, yet these well-illustrated titles bring together some great information for the modeler. The historian gets left out of this unless they do read Japanese.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning Part 2

The author picks up the story from Volume 1 with a look at the P-38 in combat. There are lots of photos, color and B&W from WW2 showing the pilots and their aircraft, including Richard Bong standing before Marge. As with the previous volume, the author has included several pages of color photographs from the period, plus 14 pages of color profiles of the more noteworthy aircraft. Inserted into the title is a huge two-sided sheet of line drawings in 1/48 scale of the aircraft from the P-38G through the P-38M.

This title is a must-have for all aviation historians and modelers alike. You can find this title and many of the other titles from AJ Press at the Air Connection website (

I purchased my copy from Air Connection.