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Willard Lewis Kreft


Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron


Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...


Event Location Date
Born Palatine, IL, USA 20 July 1920

Son of William Christian and Clara [Dierking] Kreft.

Based Wormingford 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Feltwell, UK 3 November 1943

Ran off the end of the runway at Feltwell on return due to BD in P-38 42-67015. 3-Nov-43 RTD.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Died Chillicothe, IL 61523, USA 19 October 1976
Buried 510 W Frances St, Chillicothe, IL 61523, USA November 1976

Chillicothe City Cemetery
Peoria County, IL


Date Contributor Update
27 October 2019 09:43:23 Michelbe Changes to awards


Date Contributor Update
09 August 2018 20:31:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:27 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 357 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list