Lockheed P-38 Lightning

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Lockheed P-38 Lightning
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Type: Fighter Planes
Faction: Us.png United States
Main Cannon: 20mm Hispano M1
Machine Gun: 12.7mm MG 53-2 (4x)
Bomb(s): 250kg AN-M64 (2x)
Class Restriction Fighter Pilot
Credits Cost: 167,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
Gold Cost: 2,000 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png

Description[edit source]

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.


Name Penetration[1] Damage[2] Velocity Credits Cost Gold Cost
[20x110mm] 20mm Hispano Ball Mk.I 20mm - 40mm 30 - 40 868 m/s 2,600 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 31 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
[20x110mm] 20mm AP Tracer M75 40mm - 60mm 40 - 55 855 m/s 6,500 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 78 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
[20x110mm] 20mm HE Incendiary Mk.I 2mm - 10mm 20 - 30 850 m/s 11,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 130 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png


Factory Dark Earth & Green
Price (Credits) 165,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
Price (Gold) 660 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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

  1. As of 2020-6-27, the game does not yet have penetration fall off with distance.
  2. Against armor