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Richard A Peterson

Military

Richard "Pete" Peterson served as a fighter pilot with the 357th Fighter Group. He flew P-51 'Hurry Home Honey'.

Distinguished Flying Cross w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Air Medal w/ 16 Oak Leaf Clusters; Silver Star; Croix de Guerre; Congressional Gold Medal

15.5 Victories

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-14507 Tangerine

    P-51 Mustang

  • 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”.

  • 43-6935 'Hurry Home Honey'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 364FS, 357FG, 8AF USAAF. 'Hurry Home Honey' named by pilot Richard A "Pete"Peterson, after his wife's sign of on mail to him. Lost on 20 June 44 when it was hit by flak near to Paris, France. Pilot Lt Heyward C Spinks successfully evaded...

Associated Place

  • Leiston

    Military site : airfield
    Leiston's location only three miles from the North Sea Coast made it ideal as a Fighter Group air base whose job would be to escort bombers across the sea and over occupied Europe. The air base also witnessed the arrival of many very damaged Allied...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hancock, Minnesota 26 February 1923

Bud was born in Hancock, Minnesota, but shortly thereafter the family moved to Alexandria, Minnesota where Bud's father was Superintendent of Schools. He lived only a few blocks from his future wife, Elaine Bjorklund, and they met at the local high school.

Bud enlisted in the Army Air Corps at the age of 17 after talking his parents into signing approval. Elaine continued to write to Bud throughout the war, signing off each of her letters "Hurry Home Honey", which became the renowned name of his P51.

Bud and Elaine were married in April 1945 on his return from the war.

Bud continued to serve in the Army Air Corps through the following fall of 1945 when he was requested to debrief General Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe about German air tactics.

Soon after that, Bud returned to the University of Minnesota to complete his architectural education, and spent the remainder of his life as a widely respected architect.

Lived in 15 July 1951 – 10 September 1958

Bud and family lived in Tirrenia, Italy, just north of Livorno, and lived for a brief time in Wiesbaden, Germany as well. Bud worked with a private architectural firm designing buildings throughout post-war Europe.

Lived in Minneapolis, MN, USA 31 October 1964 – 15 July 2011

Bud and Elaine Peterson resided at 2120 West Lake of the Isles Parkway, Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their 3 children, Judd, Licia, and Jody. Elaine continued living there after Bud's death in 2000, until July 2011. Elaine passed away in August 2015.

Coincidentally, son Judd Peterson married the daughter of Lt. Carroll Ofsthun, 357th FG, 363rd FS, who flew a P-51 named "The Count" as wingman to Chuck Yeager.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 08:30:39 Juddallen Changes to events
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Judd Peterson, son of Richard Peterson

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 07:46:42 Juddallen Changes to events
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Judd Peterson, son of Richard Peterson

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2017 07:31:35 Juddallen Changes to events
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Judd Peterson, son of Richard Peterson.

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2017 15:33:44 Lucy May Changes to middlename, service number, biography, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
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Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 06:48:51 Juddallen Changes to biography
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Juddallen, son of Major Peterson

Date Contributor Update
26 May 2015 06:44:39 Juddallen Changes to middlename, nickname, role, biography, awards and events
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Juddallen, son of Major Peterson

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:31 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A., Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force and Aces and Wingmen II; Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45

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