Pacific Profiles Vol. 9: Allied Fighters: P-38 Series South and Southwest Pacific 1942-1944
This book covers South and Southwest pacific P-38s, broken down by squadron and has 23 chapters. In addition to basic P-38 Markings and unusual Lightnings, the following squadrons are covered: 8th PRS, 17th FS,39th FS, 6th NFS,8th PRS, 12th FS, 17thPRS, 25th PRS, 9th FS,26thPRS, 35thFS, 36th FS, 44th FS, 80th FS, 339th FS, 418th NFS, 419th NFS, 421st NFS, 431st FS, 432nd FS, 433rd FS and the Fifth Fighter Command HQ.
There is an overview of the issues getting the P-38 into combat use. Each squadron chapter covers markings, losses, kills, personnel, and many other subjects. With kills, these are noted then a comparison with known Japanese losses and squadron claims is made.
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. There is a surprising amount of information in the pages. The modeler will find many schemes to replicate and several inspirations for dioramas as well.
This book is well worth the asking price and will be a great addition to modelers and historians alike! Highly recommended! My thanks to Casemate for the review copy and to IPMS/USA for the review opportunity!