Captain Richard A "Bud" Peterson, a P-51 Mustang pilot of the 357th Fighter Group, explains fighter tactics to a B-17 Flying Fortress crew, led by Second Lieutenant Seymour W. Isaacs, of the 34th Bomb Group at Mendlesham.
In the front row from left to right:
Second Lieutenant Seymour W. Isaacs;
Captain Richard A. "Bud" Peterson;
Sergeant William W. Muntger, from 4C20 Hartel St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Second Lieutenant Robert M. Platz, from Glensdale, Pennslyvania 5 and 2d;
Lieutenant Kenneth C. Hood, from Globe, Arizona.
Rear row, left to right:
Corporal Samuel W. Peteroff, from Miami Beach, Florida;
Corporal Eddie K. Jones, from Norfolk, New York;
Second Lieutenant Edgar D. Rabun, from 224 North Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Texas;
Sergeant Berchmans L. Oliver, from 831 Salem Street, Malden, Massachusetts;
and Sergeant John R. Mason, from Tenefly, New Jersey.
Printed caption on reverse: '5562C USAF - England - At the bomber base to which he was invited by the B-17 Flying Fortress crew commanded by 2d. Lt. Seymour W. Isaacs, 20, 2827 West 28th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., in gratitude for his escorting them home from their first bombing attack on a Nazi industrial target, P-51 Mustang pilot, Capt. Richard A. Peterson) 21, of Alexandria Minnesota, explains 8th Air Force fighter tactics. Front row left to right: Lt. Isaacs; Capt. Peterson; Sgt. William W. Muntger, 4c20 Hartel St., Philadelphia, Pa.; 2/Lt. Robert M. Platz, Glensdale, Pa. 5 and 2d Lt. Kenneth C. Hood, Globe, Arizona. Rear row, left to right: Cpl. Samuel W. Peteroff, Miami Beach, Fla.; Cpl. Eddie K. Jones, Norfolk, N.Y.; 2d. Lt. Edgar D. Rabun, 224 North Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, Tex.; Sgt. Berchmans L. Oliver, 831 Salem Street, MAlden, Mass.; and Sgt John R. Mason. Tenefly, N.J. U.S. AIRFORCE PHOTO.'
This gathering occurred on June 18, 1944 after Pete Peterson escorted the bomber back to England. In gratitude, the bomber crew picked him up at his base in Leiston, England, and let him fly their bomber back to their base for a "thank you" party in gratitude for his escort efforts. A subsequent story about this escort and other similar ones by Pete Peterson was written up and published in the Chicago Tribune entitled "Shepherd of the Sky".