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1Lt Willard L Kreft, Peoria, IL, sits in the cockpit of his P-38 Lightning 43-28341 CG-O "Peoria Pulverizer" whilst crew chief T/Sgt. Vincent Hrupek ensures that all is ready.



  • 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


  • Vincent Hrupek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Chief
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Willard Kreft

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD). Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Nuthampstead

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1942-43, Nuthampstead was the nearest Eighth Air Force heavy bomber base to London. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. It was first occupied from September 1943 to April 1944 by the 55th...

  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2018 17:21:13 Pyker Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Added addition media from Hrupek family collection and made associations.