Artwork of Lt Charles Pinson’s shootdown of an Me 410 which occurred 20 miles northwest of Vienna. On this July 8, 1944 mission the 82nd FG was credited with bringing down 16 Me 410s and two Me 109s. David Ails/www.ailsaviationart.com

Two former 82nd Fighter Group P-38 Lightning fighter pilots graphically recall memorable missions over North Africa and Italy. Warren Thompson reports.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of World War Two’s finest fighters. Clarence ‘Kelly’ Johnson was the designer of the first twinengine fighter to go into mass production, with 10,037 built.

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