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George Kenneth Kraus

Graduating Class of 1944
Served in World War II

George Kenneth Kraus



Wauwatosa, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death

Preston, England

Date of Death

Location of Burial

Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI

More About Ensign Kraus

Along with Merle H. Longnecker, Ensign Kraus was killed during a night combat training exercise. Longnecker and Ens. Kraus were piloting "Hellcat" Grumman F6F-5N fighter planes. They were practicing mock attacks on each other in the pitch black night sky using only small radar screens for positioning. With no visibility, their planes accidentally collided over the town of Preston. Some of the wreckage is still preserved where it fell.