IWM catalogue record
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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.'
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 | 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.
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/
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
Herb Rutland served as a pilot with the 356th Fighter Group, flying missions out of Martlesham Heath, England.