Capt. Willard L. Kreft


(55th FGA)

Capt. Willard L. Kreft

38th FS - 09 April 1943 - 27 May 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H-5-LO CG-O 42-67015
P-38J-10-LO CG-O 42-67904
"Sweet Ellouise"

Mission History

53 Missions (Completed Tour of Duty)

Known Mission List

55th FG  Mission #

Date Target
02 16 October 1943 Practice Mission (White 4)
05 19 October 1943 Sweep-Amiens Area (Spare - Flew mission due to aborts)
07 22 October 1943 Cambrai (Yellow 4)
08 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure (Red 3)
09 03 November 1943 Wilhelmshaven (White 2)
11 07 November 1943 Sweep in Ostend-St. Omer area (Yellow 2)
22 11 December 1943 Bremen (White 4)
23 13 December 1943 Kiel (Yellow 3)
25 20 December 1943 Bremen (White 2)
26 22 December 1943 Osnabrück (White 2)
27 24 December 1943 Pas De Calais (Red 2)
29 31 December 1943 Bordeaux (Red 3)
30 04 January 1944 Kiel (Red 3)
31 05 January 1944 Kiel (Red 3)
32 07 January 1944 Ludwigshafen (Spare - flew mission due to aborts)
34 14 January 1944 St. Poi (Red 3)
36 24 January 1944 Frankfurt (White 3)
37 29 January 1944 Frankfurt (Yellow 3)
38 30 January 1944 Brunswick/Hannover (White 3)
39 31 January 1944 Sweeps in the Eindhoven/Venlo/Arnhem area (Red 3)
41 04 February 1944 Frankfurt (Yellow 3)
42 05 February 1944 Châteauroux La Martinerie Airdrome (White 3)
43 06 February 1944 Dijon (Blue 3)
45 10 February 1944 Brunswick (White 3) (Returned early at 1045 due to left reserve tank siphoning)
46 11 February 1944 Frankfurt (White 3)
53 28 February 1944 Abbeville (Yellow 3) (Returned early at 1416 due to dropped belly tank)
54 29 February 1944 Brunswick (Red 3)
55 02 March 1944 Sweep - Tours and Angers (Red 3)
56 03 March 1944 Berlin (White 3)
57 04 March 1944 Berlin (Red 3)
60 09 March 1944 Berlin (Red Leader)
61 15 March 1944 Brunswick (White 3)
63 18 March 1944 Friedrichshafen (Blue Leader)
64 22 March 1944 Berlin (White 3)
66 24 March 1944 Metz (Red 3)
67 27 March 1944 Bordeaux (Blue 3)

68

08 April 1944 Brunswick (Red 3)
70 10 April 1944 St. Dizier (Yellow 3)
75 18 April 1944 Osnabrück (Red 3)
76 19 April 1944 Paderborn-Gütersloh (Blue 3)
77 20 April 1944 St. Trond Airfield (Blue 3)
79 23 April 1944 Laon – Athies (Yellow Leader)
80 24 April 1944 Friedrichshafen (Red 3)
81 25 April 1944 Laon – Athies (Red Leader)
82 26 April 1944 Tours (Blue Leader)
87 30 April 1944 Tours (Red Leader)
88 01 May 1944 Type 16 (Yellow Leader)
n/a 04 May 1944 Berlin (Squadron Leader) (Mission scrubbed at 1017)
89 07 May 1944 Berlin (Yellow Leader)
90 08 May 1944 Berlin (Yellow Leader)
93 12 May 1944 Brux (Blue 3)
94 13 May 1944 Posen (Red 3)
95 19 May 1944 Berlin (Yellow Leader) (Early Return after 4 hours and 20 mins with left supercharger out)
96 20 May 1944 Type 16 (Yellow Leader)

102

27 May 1944 Mannheim (Red 3)
Air Scores
Destroyed
Probable  
Damaged  
Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Score Detail 03 November 1943  (.5)FW-190 destroyed (air) Westerholt-Wittmund
Notes ASN - O-740219
Known as 'Bud'
09 April 1943 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
December 1943 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
December 1943 - Awarded the Air Medal
January 1944 - Awarded 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
February 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
12 April 1944 - Appointed Flight Leader
15 May 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
27 May 1944 - Completed Tour of Duty
29 May 1944 - Relieved as Flight Leader
02 June 1944 - Relieved from assigned and transferred to Hq & Hq Squadron 496th Fighter Training Group
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