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Capt John W "Wild Bill" Crump and "Jeep" pose for a photo next to Bill's P-47 Thunderbolt [ 42-26322 ] of 360th Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force. Jeep is resting on a 500 lb bomb.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 360th Fighter Squadron


  • 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/ ...


Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 16:33:29 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and person associations