WW2 U.S. Lockheed P-38 Aircraft 20 mm Cannon Projectile
Glass Topped Display Case 8 x 12 x 3/4"
The P-38 Cannon Projectile measures approximately 3 1/4" in length and 3/4" in diameter.
20 mm Cannon Projectile found in the area of the Bulge/Ardennes
The P-38 Aircraft was first conceived in 1937 by Lockheed chief engineer Hall L. Hibbard and his assistant Clarence Johnson. The twin boomed aircraft with twin supercharged engines had a potent mix of four .50 caliber machine guns and a 20 mm cannon, was capable of climbing to 3,300 feet in one minute and reaching speeds of 400 mph, 100 mph more than any fighter in the world, could carry more payload than a B-17 and had a range of 1,150 miles. It's rugged versatility was legendary, it could sink a ship, destroy pill boxes, shoot down fighters, strafe enemy troops, and we're effective tank killers, however, they did require a lot of maintenance. Nothing was of more importance than slowing the relentless Panzer tide in the Ardennes, and two P-38 groups from Florennes were sent to slow the 2nd Panzer Division moving toward Dinant, the Meuse River, and the fighter pilots base. The P-38's destroyed the supply column carrying fuel for the Panzer division and they soon ran out of fuel.
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