Redhawk fans and photo recon aficionados should know that there is an organization called the P-38 National Association and its related Museum that the squadron has a natural connection with due to operating the Lockheed F-5E Photo Lightning during World War II. They have a great website which you can view at: http://p38assn.org/

According to their mission statement: “The P 38 National Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to collect data and memorabilia to preserve and perpetuate the memory of this classic WWII aircraft, the P 38 “Lockheed Lightning,” for future generations. “ Source: http://p38assn.org/aboutus.htm#mission

This organization is located near the March Field Air Museum, in Riverside, California, adjacent to March Air Reserve Base.  In the words of Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim, the P-38 Association “…is a really good resource for information and for networking, a dedicated group.”

For example, you can find out more about the reconnaissance version of the Lightning, and, thanks to a suggestion to the P-38 Association from Ms. Garra-Lim, see the link to this blog with the Redhawk emblem, at: http://p38assn.org/photo-recon.htm

The organization has posted another link to this blog on their page at: http://p38assn.org/helpfulinfo.htm

In addition to perusing the informative website, one can also seek information directly from the organization – perhaps there is a subject matter expert whom they can locate and coordinate with to tray and answer a P-38-related question. Do note that they are an all-volunteer organization, so responses may not be instantaneous: http://p38assn.org/contact_us.htm

There is also the Tony LeVier Monument at the museum which is worth a view.

Tony LeVier Monument at the P-38 National Association and Museum (Courtesy Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

Tony LeVier Monument at the P-38 National Association and Museum (Courtesy Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

You will notice upon closer look that the 35PRS is honored here among other Lightning outfits, as you can see in this picture:

The 35PRS engraving on the Tony LeVier Monument at the P-38 National Association & Museum (Courtesy Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

The 35PRS engraving on the Tony LeVier Monument at the P-38 National Association & Museum (Courtesy Ms. Aileen Garra-Lim)

So, please consider the P-38 National Association and Museum as a great resource and a part of the “community of interest” in 35PRS and photo recon history – the crosstalk and sharing of information about photo recon can be quite rewarding!

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