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IWM catalogue record

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P-51 Mustangs, (PI-W, serial number 44-15056) nicknamed "Jackie" flown by Captain Jack W "Wild Bill" Crump, (PI-L_) and (PI-Q) of the 356th Fighter Group fly in formation during a mission over Germany. Image via Herbert Rutland, 356th Fighter Group. Written on slide casing: 'Germany '45, Combat mission.'



  • 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 | 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
08 September 2014 15:30:53 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection