IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
A P-51 Mustang (PI-W) of the 356th Fighter Group in flight over England. Written on slide casing: 'Over England '45, Schmidt/ Rutland.' Handwritten on duplicate print: 'Over England. The duplicate print is taken from a negative copy of a 35mm slide. "Tar Baby" was name given to this a/c previously named "Jackie" by Capt. John W. (Wild Bill) Crump of the 360th FS. Lt. Robert P. Schmidt inherited the a/c from Bill and renamed it in view of his home state, North Carolina, the "Tar Heel" state. (Schmidt is flying the ship in this shot). Photo by Sqdn man with Schmidt's Camera.'
The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...