Lockheed P-38B/C Lightning
Last revised June 13, 1999
Based on combat reports coming in from Europe in the spring and early summer of 1941, the Combat Command and Air Materiel Command decreed that all aircraft in production incorporate certain items to make them "combat capable". Among these were self-sealing fuel tanks, no magnesium flares, a low pressure oxygen system, improved armor protection, and provision for bulletproof glass. The AAF specified that all aircraft with these capabilities be given a "D" suffix. Beginning in August 1941, all production P-38s bore the new designation P-38D.
As a result, there never was a P-38B or P-38C
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