“Billy’s Filly” is what he called her. She was the sleekest, most beautiful, best fighter plane there was in World War II, according to Col. William Fowkes of Punta Gorda, Fla., U.S. Air Force retired.
'Billy's Filly' was the most beautiful and best fighter in WWII' - Bill Fowkes of Punta Gorda flew 37 combat missions in this P-38 Lightning
The end of Frankie I, but not the end. The plane was wrecked shortly after take-off from the air strip near Port Moresby, New Guinea. In recent years however, this wreck was located, salvaged, and brought back to the U.S. It is being restored in Arizona.
P-40 Kittyhawk ... found recently in the Egyptian desert. The plane was so well preserved, experts were able to identify the pilot, confirming that Sergeant Denis Copping survived the crash and tried to walk to safety across the desert. His family is now searching for possible remains.