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TugZooey
08-02-2004, 11:47 AM
I'm looking to buy a book on the P-38 for my grandfather-inlaw, who is a big fan of the P-38. I saw these two on amazon and would like to know from those who read them:

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning by Warren M. Bodie and Lockheed P-38 Lightining (Osprey Production Line to Frontline 3).

I only found one review for the two of them and that's a pretty good view of the Bodie book.

Anybody else? I'm thinking he'd like a book with good illustrations, real world photographs, specs, diagrams and history.

Thanks!

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TugZooey
08-02-2004, 11:47 AM
I'm looking to buy a book on the P-38 for my grandfather-inlaw, who is a big fan of the P-38. I saw these two on amazon and would like to know from those who read them:

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning by Warren M. Bodie and Lockheed P-38 Lightining (Osprey Production Line to Frontline 3).

I only found one review for the two of them and that's a pretty good view of the Bodie book.

Anybody else? I'm thinking he'd like a book with good illustrations, real world photographs, specs, diagrams and history.

Thanks!

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IL2-chuter
08-02-2004, 12:50 PM
I have the Bodie book and others (not P-38) in the Production Line to Frontline series. Both are good, but Bodies P-38 has a LOT of development detail as well as flight test and combat stories. I would recommend, if only one were to be purchased, buy Bodie's. It's a much larger book. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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tsisqua
08-02-2004, 02:37 PM
I've been told by someone, who I consider to be an expert, that Bodie's book is the definitive book on the Lightning.

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SKIDRO_79FS
08-02-2004, 09:21 PM
I know P-38 pilots who agree that Bodie's book is the definitive work on the plane. I have a copy and it covers just about all the bases. Bodie worked for Lockheed post-war and seems to have had access to their archives as there is an abundance of techincal information as well as personal stories.

As for books from Osprey I have a number of those and I've found a large number of errors in nearly everyone of them I have. That's just for the subjects I am familiar with, God knows whatelse there might be but I'd be willing to bet there's alot more. Of course we all know there is no such thing as a perfect book on anything but many of the errors I've found could have been avoided with just a simple phone call to researchers that I know the authors familiar with.

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XyZspineZyX
08-02-2004, 09:30 PM
Right at this moment I'm reading Jungle Ace, about the career of P-38 ace Gerald Johnson. So far, it's a real pageturner. This book even made the flight training part interesting.

Highly recommended.

wayno7777
08-02-2004, 10:48 PM
The Bodie book first, then the Osprey, after that "Forked-tailed Devil" by Martin Caidin if you can find it and I have an Aero Series #19 Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" pretty thin but very informative.

Here's site to check out. You can find other Bodie books here.
http://home.att.net/~Historyzone/Widewing.html

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SKIDRO_79FS
08-03-2004, 03:54 AM
Wayno, Caidin's book is still pretty easy to find, in fact I remember a few months ago I saw it somewhere offered as an E-Book. I'll warn you though alot of the information in there is a bit dodgy (some say totally fabricated) in places and the portion where he is quoting from the 55th.FG pilot's diary is full of mis-spelled names. The true gem of the whole work, however is the last chapter, "Final Critque", which was written by Capt. Arthur Heiden of the 20th. Fighter Group. BTW, It was an unsolicited letter from Heiden that prompted Caidin to write the book.

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