The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is a World War II–era American piston-engined fighter aircraft. Developed for the United States Army Air Corps, the P-38 had distinctive twin booms and a central nacelle containing the cockpit and armament. Allied propaganda claimed it had been nicknamed the fork-tailed devil (German: der Gabelschwanz-Teufel) by the Luftwaffe and "two planes, one pilot" (2飛行機、1パイロット Ni hikōki, ippairotto) by the Japanese. The P-38 was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and evacuation missions,and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings.
In the mission Nijmegen Bridge when the player reaches a bunker, a sguad of three P-38s fly overhead and are shot at by a german flak gun, one unlucky P-38 is hit and crashes in the distance, then the flak gun becomes the next objective.
One P-38 flew over the base at the level of Under the Radar.In the final mission Stealing the Show after the player kills sturmgeist the player wil hijack a plane and will witness lightnings strafing and bombing the airfield, two lightnings also escort the player at the end.
P-38 appears only in the cutscene before the "Flyboys" mission. It is not known whether he was supposed to appear in the game or not.