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