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Willard Lewis Kreft


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

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 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 Chillicothe City Cemetery Chillicothe, Peoria County, IL November 1976

Chillicothe City Cemetery
Peoria County, Illinois


Date Contributor Update
08 December 2021 18:38:35 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events

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