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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
Roll Rate at 60% Indicated Air Speed (Peak) 125°/s 2.88s
Roll Rate at 100% Indicated Air Speed (Max) 100°/s 3.6s
Roll Rate Acceleration 1.6°/s2


  • 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.
  • 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 30mm - 37mm 47.5 - 53.75 10m/1000m 5% 30% ° 868 m/s 2,600 Credits 31 Gold 1.3 Credits 0:00s
[20×110mm] 20mm AP Tracer M75 @ m 55mm - 65mm 47.5 - 53.75 10m/1000m 17.5% 30% ° 855 m/s 6,500 Credits 78 Gold 3.25 Credits 0:10s
[20×110mm] 20mm HE Incendiary Mk.I 48 @ 5m 10mm - 12mm 42 - 63 10m/1000m 5% 50% ° 850 m/s 11,000 Credits 130 Gold 5.5 Credits 0:20s

Caliber .50, AP, M2 @ m 45mm - 53mm 42.5 - 50 10m/500m 17.5% 30% 900 m/s
AN-M65A1 600 @ 30m 175mm - 200mm 4000 - 4400


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