Thunderbolt and Lightning

Thunderbolt and Lightning

P-47 and P-38 The Jug and the Fork-Tailed Devil of the USAAF

  • Publication Date: 15 Mar 1996
  • ISBN: 9781855325197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 128
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About this Product

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt and Lockheed P-38 Lightning were vastly different designs, but both these aircraft served with distinction in the fighter escort and fighter-bomber role across Europe and the Pacific. The mighty Thunderbolt was easily the heaviest single-engined fighter to see operational service in World War II, attracting the nickname 'Juggernaut' (soon abbreviated to 'Jug') by its pilots. The P-38 offered twin-engine security and packed a devastating punch with its closely grouped combination of cannon and machine guns. Michael O'Leary's magnificent air-to-air studies of the surviving airworthy aircraft.

Biographical Note

Michael O'Leary possesses one of the most extensive private archival libraries of wartime images relating to American combat aircraft, and has written/photographed over a dozen books for Osprey.