This list is compiled to the best of our ability. If you have updated info on these or any other P-38s we'd appreciate hearing it! Thanks.  Special thanks to Pat & Linda Carry for their excellent ongoing updates re these birds.  ( Click on the photos to see if an enlargement is available for viewing.)

Lockheed kept the model numbers in order before they modified special cases or photo-recons.  Thus, the F‑5Gs were originally P‑38L models before they were modified.  So, in the table below, they could have been modified for specialized use.

PHOTO/NAME

OWNER
LOCATION

MODEL SERIAL #
CIV  REG #
COMMENTS

"White 33"

Feenix Partners P-38F-5-LO 42-12652

Recovered from PNG (Papua New Guinea)

Currently being restored at Westpac Restorations in Colorado.

White 33 P-38
Original


See Progress

P-38 White 33. Ready to be mated to its tail booms and wings.


See more photos
Museum of Flight
Seattle, WA
P-38L-5
(P-38M)
44-53097

NL3JB

AIRWORTHY

Currently on display.

White Lightnin'
Flying Bulls P-38
(White Lightnin')


Current "paint" scheme. Beautiful!

Flying Bulls of Austria
Salzburg Airport

Read more about White Lightnin'

 

 

P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-53254 

N25Y

Fully restored to airworthiness at Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge Texas.  Steve Hinton took it up in early June, 2008, for a test flight and all is A-OK!

August 22, 2008 -- scheduled to leave for her new home in  Austria, but as of Jan 26, 2009, she is still in the US. Details are sketchy as to when she will depart.

History of restoration (lots of great photos!)

New photos after refurbishment

Circa 1948

Vintage Aircraft Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
OR
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-53186

N38EV
N505MH

AIRWORTHY

23 Skidoo

Photo courtesy of
Mike Shreeve

Planes of Fame Museum
Chino, CA
P-38J-20 44-23314

N138AM

AIRWORTHY

Formerly Joltin' Josie
Formerly Porky II

(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Air & Space Museum P-38


Photo courtesy of
Association Member,
Jay Silvio


Photo courtesy of
Robert N. Abbott Jr

National Air & Space Museum
(Smithsonian)
Washington, D.C. To see large photo, click here.

 

P-38J-10 42-67762 Acquired from Army Air Forces Museum.

Has been moved to the NASM's new building at Dulles International Airport. Now on display.

USAF Museum P-38 National Museum of the USAF
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
P-38L-5 44-53232 Former Honduran AF a/c

Display (painted as P-38J)

Another photo

Cockpit photo



Experimental Aircraft Association
Oshkosh, WI
P-38L-5-LO 44-53087

N3800L
N1107V

Display

Currently also being displayed with "Marge" nose art.


Bubble nose modification shown in B&W photo at left was made post-war by Spartan Air Services, Ltd. for aerial mapping duty.

Weeks Air Museum P-38
See more photos
Kermit Weeks
Fantasy of Flight Museum
Polk City, FL
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-26761 

N2897S

Damaged during Hurricane Andrew 1992
Yanks Air Museum P-38 Charles Nichols
Yanks Air Museum
Chino, CA
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-27183

NC62441
N62441
N501MH
N517PA
N718

AIRWORTHY
Project Lightning Save - Elmendorf AFB Elmendorf AFB, AK
 
P-38G-10 42-13400

N55929

Display

Served with the 54th FS, 343rd FG. Recovered from Aleutians. Restored

More info here.

 

War Eagles Museum P-38
Double Trouble
War Eagles Museum
Santa Teresa, NM
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-27053

NX65485
NX345
N345
N345DN
N577JB

AIRWORTHY

Circa 1950s

McGuire AFB P-38
Pudgy
See more photos
Tom McGuire Memorial
McGuire AFB, NJ
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-53015

N9957F

Display.

Acquired by Air Force Museum in 1981 mounted at main gate of base-- Also listed as 44-27183

Hill AFB P-38 Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill AFB, UT
P-38>J-10 42-67638 Crash landed on Buldir Island, AK, in 1944; Recovered in 1994 by Hill AFB Museum.


"Thoughts of Midnight"
(formerly Putt-Putt Maru)

Tom Friedkin
Houston, TX
P-38L-5
(P-38M)
44-53095

N9005R

Fully restored and now back online.  Test flown by Steve Hinton in early June, 2008.

Oct, 09:  Expect a new (OD) paint job and new nose art soon.

Dec 09: New nose art: "Thoughts of Midnight."

Early photo

Aéro Journal Drawings

CAF P-38
MORE PHOTOS

Jack Croul
Allied Fighters
Chino, CA
P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-26981

NX53752
NL53752
CF-GCH
N5596V
N7723C

AIRWORTHY

 

Scatterbrain Kid II -- CAF San Marcos, TX
Scatterbrain Kid II

Photo by Jim Lux
Pilot: Col. Sandy Sansing

Flying Heritage Collection

P-38J-15 44-104088

N5260N
N38LL

Damaged at Breckenridge Air Show 1994

Awaiting restoration.

8-5-11 Being restored at WesPac

Original Scatterbrain Kid

"Marge" - Bong Heritage Museum
Marge
Richard I. Bong Veteran's Historical  Center
Superior, WI
P-38L-5 44-53286

42-103993
(Original "Marge")

Restored by Minnesota National Guard. Notice the photo of his wife, Marge, on the nose.

Now on display.

Ronald Fagen

Renamed "Ruff Stuff"
 

P-38L-5
(F-5G)
44-27231

NX79123
N79123

Currently in Granite Falls, MN

Being kept in airworthy conditon.

1-3-12
Ron Fagen has opened his own air museum.  Check it out!


Restoration


First Flight

Photos courtesy of
Robert Cardin

The Lost Squadron
(Closed after sale)
Middlesboro, KY

Read about Glacier Girl

12-4-06
Currently at the French Valley Airport, Murrieta, CA

4-2007
Purchased by Rod Lewis of Lewis Aeronautical in San Antonio, TX

P-38F-1 41-7630

N5757

Crashed on glacier, 1942.  Recovered, 1992.  Fully restored. Had first engine run-up in September of 2001. First flight (in 50+ years anyway!) October 26, 2002.

 


Thanks to
Paul Hastings
for the photo
Classic Jets Fighter Museum
Parafield, South Australia
42-66841
Also reported as: 42-66851
Recovered in New Guinea.  Restoration complete and plane rolled out on April 2, 2006.

Restoration photo by
John Burford

Another photo


Flew as "Dottie"
National Museum
Port Moresby, PNG*
P-38
(F-5)
42-12647 There is a good history of this aircraft here at the Pacific Wrecks website.
Tangerine P-38, Tillamook, OR
Tangerine

Another Photo

Jack Erickson
Madras Airport Madras, OR
P-38L
(F-5G)
44-27083
(also reported as 44-53018)

NX75551
N75551
N502MH
N2114L

AIRWORTHY
Display

Original Tangerine
(or what's left of her!)

Updated 8-24-2014

[NO PICTURE]   P-38F, (F-5A) 42-13084 Recovered from swamp near Port Moresby, PNG*, Nov. 1978.
National Museum, Port Moresby, PNG, Nov. 1978-1992.
- Derelict hulk, used for parts for 42-12647.
    44-53242  Badly damaged wreckage.
The facility where this was stored
(Tom Reilly Vintage Aircraft) has closed, and the current
whereabouts of this wreckage
are unknown.
Lackland AFB     According to Museum Director, Fernando Cortez, this is a full-sized replica.
[NO PICTURE] Flying Heritage Collection
Arlington, WA
  42-12652 Recovered from PNG. Airframe shipped to US for restoration.
[NO PICTURE]
Flew as "
Jandina II"
Flying Heritage Collection
Arlington, WA
  42-103988 Recovered from PNG. Airframe shipped to US for restoration.
STILL SURVIVING (Sort of)
La Jolla P-38
Photo by Steve Lawson
Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA P-38G-10LO     130' down

Full story

Milne Bay P-38 Milne Bay, New Guinea P-38F 42-66869 90' down
[NO PICTURE] National Museum
Port Moresby, PNG
P-38G 42-12847 Derelict hulk, being used for parts for restoration of 42-12647
Yugoslavian Aviation Museum
Belgrade
P-38L-5 44-25786 Fuselage in storage in Yugoslavia
We last heard that she was reburied by the sand at Harlech, Wales. P-38F Presumed to be 41-7677

A long-buried P-38 washed ashore in the tiny town of Harlech, Wales.

Dubbed the Maid of Harlech, full details can be found here.

 

Our thanks to the following, who helped us in gathering this info: Elmendorf AFB, Warbirds Resource Group, Aircraft Historian, Steve Blake and website visitors, Pat Carry, Justin Taylan (Pacific Ghosts), Kenneth S. Brooks (CPT, SP, APA-C) and California Wreck Divers.  Photo credits given where known.

*PNG = Papua, New Guinea

 

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