The Pacific Profiles series presents the most accurate WWII profiles of aircraft which served throughout the South Pacific. Volume Nine covers the P-38 and variants including the photo-reconnaissance F-4 and F-5, along with field-modified P-38G night-fighters. The P-38 flew combat in the SWPA and SOPAC theaters until mid-1944, serving a total of nineteen Fifth and Thirteenth Air Force USAAF combat Squadrons, one service squadron, Fifth Fighter Command, and finally with the Combat Replacement Training Center at Nadzab.
Most profiles are presented for the first time, alongside an explanation of markings, including squadron heraldry and squadron codes. Until now there has been a paucity of accurate information about some markings, especially those which attend the Thirteenth Air Force, night-fighter and photo-reconnaissance units.
Each profile has been produced by citing wide-ranging reference material, including official squadron records, color movies, maintenance logs, diaries, wreck site inspections and thousands of photos including color slides. A brief summary history of each unit and the rationale of its markings completes the text.
The author, Michael Claringbould, is world-renown for his expertise on the Pacific air war. Never before have Pacific P-38s and their colorful derivatives been illustrated with such accuracy and detail.
"This is one neat book of P-38 markings. It will be of great interest to modelers planning on doing a model of the aircraft and to aviation historians alike." ~AMPS Indianapolis
"...a superb reference book for the modeler and enthusiast and well worth the price of admission." ~ModelingMadness.Com
"Valuable as the erudite text is, this book would be worth shelf space just for the gallery of photographs and illustrations. Modelers should be inspired to build a Lightning with uncommon and unique camouflage and markings, and plenty of photos to inspire detailing and dioramas." ~Aeroscale
“A lot to inspire modellers and interest aviation history enthusiasts alike. Another addition to this series from author Michael Claringbould focusing on the Pacific War theatre of operations. Information taken from squadron records, photos, and a lot of personal research by the author including wreck inspections. Another really useful and interesting addition to a reference shelf. ” ~Military Model Scene
“The real star of this book is of course the many color profiles illustrating various aircraft of the squadrons covered, along with many wonderful pictures.” ~IPMS/USA
“Enjoyed it.” ~Historical Minatures Gaming Society