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P-38J Lightning serial number 43-28341, coded CG-O of 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group. Initially named "Peoria Pulverizer" by pilot Capt. Willard L Kreft after his Hometown of Peoria, IL, it was subsequently reassigned to the then Captain John D Landers who joined the squadron shortly before Kreft completed his Tour. Landers renamed it "Texas Longhorn" before the unit converted to P-51 Mustangs and he received the first of his "Big Beautiful Doll" named aircraft.



  • 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.

  • John Landers

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer
    Cmdr Officer of 78th FG, flew 90 missions in the Pacific Theater; served also with the 55th FG and 357th FG/ Had over 1039 hrs in flying time and 174 total missions. ...



  • 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...


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13 May 2018 08:26:16 Pyker Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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