Lockheed P-38J Lightning: Drive it like you stole it.

The proud new owner of a Volkswagen 166 Schwimmwagen sharing space in this photo with the P-38J “Miss Mass” (42-67449) of Lt. V. J. Noble (392nd Fighter Squadron, 367th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force). The Lightning is warming out nicely at Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France (A-2), Aug. 26, 1944.

A good catch, by the way. The German “Swimming Car” was the only version of the Kübelwagen which bested its American counterpart, the Jeep.

Photo: LIFE magazine.

4 thoughts on “Lockheed P-38J Lightning: Drive it like you stole it.

  1. Not sure if it was better then the Jeep, but it sure was better then the Weep! Of course, the DUKW was hands down the best amphibious vehicle of WWII. Then again, it was designed by Sparkman & Stephens, makers of America Cup winning sail boats!

  2. I just noticed, the propeller outrigger is missing! I wonder if the CO knew that at least one of the pilots would have probably killed himself trying to take the thing into a lake?

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