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Nicknamed the ‘fork-tailed devil’ by the Germans this versatile and sturdy American fighter is a legend. The nose arrangement of the guns makes it deadlier at greater ranges when flown by skilled pilots.
― Heroes & Generals


  • Banking, with your wings vertical to the ground, is suicidal when an enemy plane is on your tail.
  • The P38 is very accurate, try to engage enemy fighters from afar!
  • Concentrate on eliminating or discouraging enemy airpower. This will leave the skies open for you to ravage the enemy ground forces.
  • If you're damaged and have an enemy on your tail, try dropping a bomb and turn off engines to make it look as though you've bailed out.
  • Refrain from destroying anti-aircraft placements. They re-spawn with full health and worse yet, full munitions.
  • Encourage your team to spot enemy tanks for you, often they will respond positively and you can encourage more of this behavior with a bomb in the back side of some enemy tanks!
  • Aim for and watch for pilot hits/kills, this can quickly take down an enemy plane whilst wasting very little ammunition. Although, you will receive less points for not destroying the enemy aircraft.
  • The hull & turret armor is still pertinent to bomb damage, line up your shot; you might just take out a panzer with one hit.
  • Approaching enemy anti-aircraft weapons quietly (engines off/slowed), from up high, far away, and directly from the sun (they have to look into the sun to see you), gives you a distinct advantage. A few blips from your machineguns, and you're good to go.
  • Optimal Speed: ~170mph(275km/h)
  • Speed in turn: ~130mph(230km/h)
  • Turn Rate: ~9.0s
  • Roll Rate: ~3.9s
  • Rudder Turn: ~21.1s
  • 112-170mph: ~3.0s
  • 170-112mph: ~4.1s
  • Calculated turn radius: 91.5m
  • Energy retention in turn: ~5.1s


Name Explosion Damage/Radius Penetration Damage[1] Near/Far Range Far Penetration Far Damage Correction Angle Velocity Credits Cost Gold Cost Cost per Shot Maintenance Load
[20×110mm] 20mm Hispano Ball Mk.I @ m 20mm - 40mm 37.5 - 50 10m/1000m 10% 50% ° 868 m/s 2,600 Credits 31 Gold 1.3 Credits 0:00s
[20×110mm] 20mm AP Tracer M75 @ m 40mm - 60mm 50 - 68.75 10m/1000m 10% 50% ° 855 m/s 6,500 Credits 78 Gold 3.25 Credits 0:10s
[20×110mm] 20mm HE Incendiary Mk.I 300 @ 3m 2mm - 10mm 52.5 - 78.749995 10m/1000m 10% 50% ° 850 m/s 11,000 Credits 130 Gold 5.5 Credits 0:20s


Factory Dark Earth & Green
Price (Credits) 220,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
Price (Gold) 880 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
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Specialist Ribbon

Vehicle Required: P-38 Lightning
V SPC 214.png P-38 Lightning Specialist
Using the P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft in battle will earn you points on this ribbon.
Points are scored for damaging or killing enemy aircraft as well as ground units.
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Icon-US-Symbol.png American Unlocks
20mm AP Tracer M75
Dark Earth & Green
20mm HE Incendiary Mk. I


  1. Against armor