P-38 Lightning Marge Nose Art Panel
Lockheed P-38 Lightning Marge Nose Art Panel
Flown by Maj. Richard I. Bong
Dimensions: 30" x 22"
Overshadowed by the P-47 Thunderbolt and the P-51 Mustang. The P-38 Lightning Marge played a major role in air superiority for the United Staes in the Pacific theater.
The P-38 engaged in a variety of important and critical missions during WWII.
One of the most incredible and famous ones happened on April 28, 1943. A squadron of P-38 pilots pulled one of the most spectacular coups of World War II. Flying to the greatest range of their combat limits.
They shot down a Japanese Mitsubishi G4M1 bomber with Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku on board. Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku was commander in Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet. He had planned the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This strike had a major moral buster for the United States and its Allies.
Richard Bong had 40 kills during World War II and became an America's Ace of aces. But in reality, Bong was not a good shot but he was able to make up for it by being a superb pilot with great flying skills.
Bong would fly his P-38 so close to enemy fighters and targets on the ground that it makes it impossible to miss. His ability to outmaneuver his enemy in a dogfight gave him the advantage he needed to assure a victory!
Nose Art – A Trend That Emerged From World Wars
Fighter planes have had mundane looking exteriors since their very beginning. To improve that look, pilots, and crews came up with the idea of painting the sides of their airplanes with vibrant doodles to touch the dull gray aluminum backdrop with a stroke of color. The idea became very popular and soon become infectious. Since 1913, airplanes are seen to fly across the skies wearing attractive artworks that make their aircraft more identifiable than other aircraft. The nose art came out as an iconic one, restoring the shine and luster of the fighter aircraft with the diversified paintings.