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A P-51 Mustang (C5-T, serial number 44-14868) nicknamed "Hurry Home Honey", flown by Major Richard A. "Pete" Peterson of the 357th Fighter Group.

Photo was taken from the right waist gun port window of a 34th Bomb Group B-17, 391st Bombardment Squadron, called "Sugah", a B-17G-85-BO with tail number 43-38365. The fellow in the bomber who took these pictures of "Hurry Home Honey" was William Poveroff. This occurred on "Sugah's" #82 mission to Hamburg on October 25, 1944. They were badly damaged with two engines out of order and trailing smoke. The B-17 was losing altitude, and the crew was throwing all excess weight out of the side ports of the plane, including machine guns, ammo, chairs, anything they could do without. They stabilized the plane, but remained especially vulnerable to attack on their way home when Pete Peterson pulled up in "Hurry Home Honey". His triple ace status was reassuring, and the bomber crew felt the name of his plane spoke to them. They made it safely back to their base in England with his escort.

IWM catalogue record

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A P-51 Mustang (C5-T, serial number 44-14868) nicknamed "Hurry Home Honey", flown by Major Richard A. "Pete" Peterson of the 357th Fighter Group.

Connections

Units

  • 357th Fighter Group

    357th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 357th Fighter Group was the first P-51 Mustang Group in the Eighth Air Force, training with them from November 1943 at Raydon, England and entering combat with them in the February of the following year from their new base at Leiston. The Group was...

People

  • Richard Peterson

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot; Operations Officer; Bomber Escort; Dean of 'Clobber College'
    Richard "Pete" Peterson served as a fighter pilot with the 357th Fighter Group. He flew P-51 'Hurry Home Honey'. ...

Aircraft

  • 44-14868 Hurry Home Honey, Mormon Mustang

    P-51 Mustang
    Flown as C5-T by Major Richard A “Pete” Peterson. He nicknamed the aircraft “Hurry Home Honey”. The aircraft was then flown by Lieutenant Roland Wright as C5-ZZ. Wright was from Salt Lake City, Utah and named the aircraft “Mormon Mustang”.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2018 21:39:49 Juddallen Changes to caption
Sources

Judd Peterson, son of Richard Peterson

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:21:32 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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