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 REVIEW: Corgi US36604 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning, "California Cutie", Richard Loehnert, RAF Kings Cliffe, England, 1944

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Corgi US36604 USAAF Lockheed P-38J Lightning, "California Cutie", Richard Loehnert, RAF Kings Cliffe, England, 1944   Thu Jul 13 2017, 19:49

Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series US36604
Lockheed P-38J Lightning
USAAF 20th FG, 55th FS, "California Cutie", Richard Loehnert, RAF Kings Cliffe, England, July 1944
1/72 Scale
March 2007 Release
Limited 2210 Units


This P-38J Lightning was flown by 1st Lieutenant Richard Loehnert of Long Beach, California. It was attached to the 55th Fighter Squadron/20th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, while based at Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, England in July of 1944.

"California Cutie" carries mission markings indicating 6 locomotives destroyed, 56 bomber escort missions (top hat and cane), 16 top cover missions (umbrella) and 11 fighter sweep missions (broom). In addition, Loehnert shot down 2 Bf-109Gs while flying this aircraft on July 7th, 1944.



Assigned to the 55th FS from November 1943 to November 1944, Dick Loehnert flew 70 missions and 300 hours during his combat tour. A fair number of these flights were performed at the controls of this long-lived P-38, which bore one of the largest mission tallies ever seen on a USAAF fighter in the European Theatre of Operations.

A decent P-38J by Corgi. A must have for any WWII collection.



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