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Captain (later Colonel) John D Landers of Joshua, TX sits in the cockpit of his 38 Fighter Squadron P-38J serial number 43-28341 CG-O "Texas Longhorn"; his crew are gathered round including crew chief T/Sgt. Vincent Hrupek. This P-38 was reassigned to Landers following Capt. Willard L Kreft completing his tour in early May 1944. Landers joined the squadron on 25th April 1944.



  • 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: WWII Victory, EAME, BRONZE STAR.

  • 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. ...



  • 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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