Which was the better fighter? Which plane had the superior capabilities and chance to win a battle over any fighter in WWII? Which plane would have the best chance to win if they fought each other?
Not just as a long range escort fighter. Remember, the P-38 Lightning had just as far a combat range as the P-51 Mustang. They both could go over 1,100 miles.
So don't vote for the Mustang because of it's main role in escorting the US bombers long distances. The P-38 Lightning could do it too.
The P-38 Lightning intercepted and shot down Admiral Yamamoto in his Betty Bomber after flying 850 miles. In the Pacific, the P-38 was the long range fighter. Not the P-51.
So this poll is not about range but about fighter abilities.
I am really not sure how this poll will turn out. On this board I have heard several people list the P-38 as the superior fighter. Still, because the P-51 is such a popular plane it often does pretty well in the other fighter polls.
So I guess I'll see how this turns out. And vote all you can to back your fighters choice. You can also vote to say neither was superior.
Here are some videos from an air show of the P-38 and P-51.