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Lt. Richard “Dick” Jacobson (L) and Capt. Edward Unger (R) both ex 486th Bomb Group, congratulate each other on being assigned to the 3rd Scouting Force. Unger was the pilot of the B-17 "Five Grand" (the 5,000th B-17 produced by Boeing) and Jacobson the co-pilot. They both finished their tours with the 486th at the same time and both volunteered for the Scouting Force. Due to the disparity in their heights, with Ed being 6' 4" and Dick 5' 6", they were known as "Mutt and Jeff" from the popular cartoon characters of the time and named their P-51s accordingly.

Connections

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command
    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 3rd Scouting Force

    3rd Scouting Force

    Group
    The 3rd Scouting Force was unique in that it operated P-51s and B-17s simultaneously, flying weather reconnaissance and escort missions for the 8th Air Force's Bomb Groups. ...

People

  • Richard Jacobson

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot / Fighter pilot
    Member of Unger crew

  • Edward Unger

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    Assigned to 834BS, 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Ferried B-17 43-37716 '5-Grand' to ETO. ...

Aircraft

  • 44-14154 'Mutt'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-63204 'And Jeff'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 343FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Given the nickname 'The Millie G' by Major Edward B Giller after his wife Mrs Millicent Giller. ...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2018 18:09:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

www.littlefriends.co.uk

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