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Pilot William W. Wittliff of the 97th Fighter Squadron of the 82nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Army and hois P-38 'Lightning' (Lockheed P-38H Lightning) 'Chita'.

Pilot William W. Wittliff of the 97th Fighter Squadron of the 82nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Army and hois P-38 'Lightning' (Lockheed P-38H Lightning) 'Chita'.

P-38 Lightning, 'Pudgy', 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th AAF. Pilot Thomas McGuire. Philippines 1944

P-38 Lightning, 'Pudgy', 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th AAF. Pilot Thomas McGuire. Philippines 1944

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a recipient of the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) during WW2. He was the USA's highest-scoring air ace. While flying his P-38 Lightning, Bong shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft.

Photos: Richard Bong remembered as America's top war pilot

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a recipient of the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) during WW2. He was the USA's highest-scoring air ace. While flying his P-38 Lightning, Bong shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft.

1944 Lockheed P-38J‑20 "Yippee" Lightning,  the 5,000th example produced

1944 Lockheed P-38J‑20 "Yippee" Lightning, the 5,000th example produced

“St. Louis Blues” P-38J-10 Serial Number 42-104391 12th Fighter Squadron (The Dirty Dozen) 18th Fighter Group 13th Air Force Pilot Lt Eugene Sommerich 1 Victory 11-29-1944 Based in the Philippines, Mindanao, Zamboanga airfield in May 1945 around the time of the photo.

“St. Louis Blues” P-38J-10 Serial Number 42-104391 12th Fighter Squadron (The Dirty Dozen) 18th Fighter Group 13th Air Force Pilot Lt Eugene Sommerich 1 Victory 11-29-1944 Based in the Philippines, Mindanao, Zamboanga airfield in May 1945 around the time of the photo.

Beautifully decorated with Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3-DB 601 engine and Wing guns were replaced by. Cannon MG FF 20 mm. some of the machines have been modified into the form of the Bf 109 E-3 Trop

Beautifully decorated with Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3-DB 601 engine and Wing guns were replaced by. Cannon MG FF 20 mm. some of the machines have been modified into the form of the Bf 109 E-3 Trop

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