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Lt. Murray Shubin

Lt. Shubin flew one of the most impressive single day missions in the war. June 16, 1943, flying with the 37th Fighter Group, Shubin scrambled from Guadalcanal to intercept a force of Japanese heading for the Russell Islands. Shubin led his flight towards the Japanese at 23,000 ft. He used his height advantage to good effect, and shot down one fighter immediately. During the course of the battle, he was separated from his flight, and was soon alone flying against five enemy fighters. Shubin fought and scrapped for over forty minutes. He managed to shoot down all five enemy fighters attacking him. Capt. F. P. Mueller of G Company, 35th Infantry, witnessed the entire fight, and was able to confirm all five of the fighters destroyed. Overall, Shubin was able to shoot down six Japanese fighters in one mission.

Aerial combat in World War 2 is often characterized by long hours of nothing with fleeting moments of terror and intensity.  To fly sustained combat for over 40 minutes must have been utterly exhausting for Lt. Shubin.  Truly one of the more significant moments of dog-fighting in history.

Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, Shubin died in 1956.

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A good photo showing the mounted machine guns.  The P-38 served as an excellent gun platform due to the stability of the airframe, but the all the guns concentrated in the nose allowed for a longer range of accuracy and more lethality when striking enemy aircraft.  Normal wing-mounted guns on single engine fighters were slightly angled so the bullets would come together, but after that point, accuracy greatly diminished.  Due to the engines mounted away from the nose, all the guns on the P-38 were on the same angle and allowed for the accuracy.  Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the two top scoring aces (Bong & McGuire) flew P-38s for nearly all their confirmed victories.
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A good photo showing the mounted machine guns.  The P-38 served as an excellent gun platform due to the stability of the airframe, but the all the guns concentrated in the nose allowed for a longer range of accuracy and more lethality when striking enemy aircraft.  Normal wing-mounted guns on single engine fighters were slightly angled so the bullets would come together, but after that point, accuracy greatly diminished.  Due to the engines mounted away from the nose, all the guns on the P-38 were on the same angle and allowed for the accuracy.  Perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the two top scoring aces (Bong & McGuire) flew P-38s for nearly all their confirmed victories.

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What a great photo of the unmistakeable profile of the P-38.  The profile of the P-38 made it easier for gunners on bombers to differentiate between friend and foe.  However, the profile also made it easier for German, Italian, or Japanese pilots to identify it from far away.
Whatever the case, this is one beautiful airplane, especially when in a turn from the perspective of the camera.
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What a great photo of the unmistakeable profile of the P-38.  The profile of the P-38 made it easier for gunners on bombers to differentiate between friend and foe.  However, the profile also made it easier for German, Italian, or Japanese pilots to identify it from far away.

Whatever the case, this is one beautiful airplane, especially when in a turn from the perspective of the camera.

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P-38 Cockpit
One characteristic of the cockpit in a P-38 was the coldness when flying at high altitudes.  Later models tried to address the lack of an adequate heating system.  After some long missions, crew-members needed to assist pilots out from their seats due to prolonged exposed to the cold.  Most aircraft and ships were designed for functionality first, with comforts as a secondary thought.  This is clearly seen when visiting a World War 2 ship or submarine. 
Most fighters simply had a flight control stick, but one characteristic of note, the P-38 had a wheel as seen in this photo. 
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P-38 Cockpit

One characteristic of the cockpit in a P-38 was the coldness when flying at high altitudes.  Later models tried to address the lack of an adequate heating system.  After some long missions, crew-members needed to assist pilots out from their seats due to prolonged exposed to the cold.  Most aircraft and ships were designed for functionality first, with comforts as a secondary thought.  This is clearly seen when visiting a World War 2 ship or submarine. 

Most fighters simply had a flight control stick, but one characteristic of note, the P-38 had a wheel as seen in this photo. 

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