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Jeep the Coyote


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.

Jeep was smuggled aboard the Queen Elizabeth with Bill when he travelled to the UK, and eventually became a formal member of the 356th Fighter Group at Martlesham Heath. Jeep even had his own dog tags, log book and immunization record. He accompanied Bill on 5 missions in his P-47 Thunderbolt "Jackie".

Jeep was eponymously run over by a base vehicle on 28 October 1944. He received a military funeral and was laid to rest in the grounds of Playford Hall, where Bill was billeted.

When Bill transferred to P-51 Mustangs, he decorated his aircraft, also nicknamed "Jackie" with a portrait of Jeep in his honour.



  • John Crump

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot, Pilot | 356th Fighter Group
    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/ ...

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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...


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
Died Martlesham Heath 28 October 1944
Buried Playford Hall


Date Contributor Update
10 September 2018 16:13:55 Emily Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Story of Wild Bill Crump at Martlesham Heath Aviation Society

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2017 16:28:17 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography and person associations