i love the p 38, i did a lot of reading up on them. one very detailed book did not have a lot of good things to say about it in the ETO. said the 8th had so much trouble with reliability that they gave up on them. you would think that with its good range it could have protected the bombers all the way to berlin before the p 51 came out. i know pilots in the pacific loved them. i have talked to ww2 pilotsthat flew them and they are very protective of their ability. it seems that only in the ETO did they have a lot of engine problems.