The F-4 Lightning was the first variant of the famous Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft to enter active service in World War II. Rather than mounting the cannon and machines guns of the legendary P-38, the weapons suite was replaced in the F-4 with four K-17 cameras for photo reconnaissance. The Lightning was easily distinguished from other aircraft by its twin fuselage configuration. The fighter was nicknamed the “Fork-tailed Devil” by German pilots.
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, benefited from the firsthand observation of spies on Oahu.