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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

A P-51 Mustang (PI-W, serial number 44-15056) nicknamed "Jackie" of the 356th Fighter Group in flight, flown by Captain Jack W "Wild Bill" Crump. Image via Herbert Rutland, 356th Fighter Group. Written on slide casing: 'Germany '45, Combat mission, Wild Bill Crump.' Handwritten on duplicate print: 'Returning from escort mission - Germany, 1945. The duplicate print is taken from a negative copy of a 35mm slide. Taken on mission of 24 March 1945. Pilot Bill Crump finished his tour shortly after this, and this a/c was assigned to Bob Schmidt - who renamed it "Tar Baby". Crump's mascot - a Coyote - flew several combat missions with him in P-47s - but met his demise before the Sqdn got Mustangs. Lt. Crump continues to fly Mustangs today -1990.'



  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    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...


  • Jeep Coyote

    Military | Other | Mascot
    Jeep met Bill Crump during the Depression. Bill was helping farmers with their coyote problem and a farmer presented him a baby coyote to dispose of. Fortunately Bill didn't kill the pup, and instead adopted him as his pet. ...

  • John Crump

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    August 1944-EOW; 77 missions, 311 hrs; /Wild Bill/ PA47D-22-RE PI-W 42-26322 /Jackie/; P-5ID-15 NA PI-W 44á15056 /Jackie/ ...

  • Herbert Rutland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Herb Rutland served as a pilot with the 356th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Martlesham Heath, England. ...



Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 23:05:05 Jenny Changes to person associations

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Date Contributor Update
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