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38th Fighter Squadron pilot Capt. Willard L Kreft explains to his crew chief T/Sgt. Vincent Hrupek the intricacies of dogfighting. This photo was most likely taken following the mission of 3rd November 1943 where Capt. Kreft shared in the destruction of an FW-190.



  • 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...


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13 May 2018 08:35:57 Pyker Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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