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John W Crump


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/

Class of 44-B; primary at Bruce Field, Ballinger TX; basic at Goodfellow Field, San Angelo TX; advanced at Moore Field, Mission TX; at MH 7/44 to 5/45; flew both P-47s & P-51s in 77 missions for 311 combat hours; owned 'Jeep', the coyote who flew 5 missions; in the Reserves; flew for airlines & in air shows; recalled in '48 for Berlin Airlift; survived 2 crash landings & mid-air collisions; instructed airshow aerobatics; led formation of C-124s around the world in 1954; was in Korea & Vietnam; became an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator for the FAA; retired as Lt. Col.

DFC/ AM w 7 Oak Leaf Cluster/ Golden Medal of Vasa from Sweden

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  • Richard Andrino

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 360FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) area support mission to Bonn in P-51 44-15307. Chasing a Fw190 at low level in the vicinity of Bonn, Germany when the E/A pulled up and over a small copse of trees, following closely, A/C hit...

  • Orvil Burwell

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    August 1944-EOW; /Ray/; P-51D-15-NA PI-D 44-14973 /Lady Doris/ ...

  • Jeep Coyote

    Military | Mascot | 356th Fighter Group
    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. ...

  • Edward Nebinger

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    Ed Nebinger was a Second Lieutenant at 19 years of age. He served as fighter pilot with the 360th Fighter Squadron of the 356th Fighter Group, flying missions from Martlesham Heath, England. Along with the other officers, he lived nearby in Playford...

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Units served with

  • 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


Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...


Event Location Date
Born Opportunity, Washington 2 July 1924


Date Contributor Update
01 March 2018 13:24:48 Lucy May Changes to service number

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster from ESCORT The 356th Fighter Group Over Europe 1943-1945 by Kent D. Miller / self