Peter Crump
Oberleutnant
 
Peter Crump
 
    Peter Crump joined the Luftwaffe in 1937. He was posted to JG 53 following his flying training in 1940. Here he was grounded and sent back to Germany to undertake general military duties. A year later he was permitted to rejoin the Jagdwaffe but he was required to repeat his fighter pilot training. Crump was posted to JG 26 in mid June 1942 following completion of his flying training. Unteroffizier Crump was assigned to 5./JG 26 based at Abbeville in France. He gained his first victory, a RAF Spitfire fighter, near Berck sur Mer, on 27 August 1942. Crump received promotion to Feldwebel in April 1943. On 22 June, Crump brought down a USAAF B-17 four-engined bomber near Vlissingen but his Fw 190 A-4 (W.Nr. 793) “Black 6” was hit by escorting USAAF P-47 fighters. He was wounded and  required to make a force-landing. To add insult to injury the B-17 was not confirmed. He was shot down by P-47 fighters of the 78th Fighter Group, USAAF on 22 February 1944. He baled out of Fw 190 A-7 (W.Nr. 340 253) “Black 14” very low, landing after only one swing in his parachute, but suffered only minor injuries. However, his injuries were to keep him out of action until late April. He transferred from 6./JG 26 to 7./JG 26 at this time. By June, Crump had been promoted to Oberfeldwebel. On 17 June, he was promoted Leutnant after 15 victories in 150 combat missions. On 13 July 1944, Crump was transferred to JG 54. He claimed three quick victories with III./JG 54 before being withdrawn from the front and rested at the Fighter Pilot’s Rest Home at Bad Wiessee. He rejoined the unit after it was withdrawn from the Channel front. Leutnant Crump was appointed Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 54 when this unit was transferred from the Eastern Front to the Western Front on 25 December 1944. On 25 February 1945, III./JG 54 was incorporated into IV./JG 26 and Crump became Staffelkapitän of 13./JG 26. He assumed command of 5./JG 26 on 17 April but was too ill with blood poisoning to fly. On 1 May, Oberleutnant Crump was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 26. On 2 May, he flew his last combat mission of the war.
    Peter Crump was credited with 31 victories in 202 combat missions. However this could include a number of unconfirmed victories. All his victories were scored on the Western Front and could include up to seven four-engined bombers.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location
Comments
1.
27.8.1942
13:50
Spitfire 5./JG 26 W Berck sur Mer Spitfire of 350 Sqn, RAF
2.
6.12.1942
12:42
Spitfire 5./JG 26 15km NW Calais Spitfire of 122 Sqn, RAF
-
12.12.1942
11:30
Spitfire 5./JG 26 20km N Dieppe Spitfire of 331 or 412 Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
3.
23.1.1943
13:45
Mustang 5./JG 26 S Montreuil Mustang I of 168 Sqn RAF flown by F/O Kearney, killed
4.
23.1.1943
13:46
Mustang 5./JG 26 S Montreuil Mustang I of 168 Sqn RAF flown by F/O IG Grant, POW?
-
26.1.1943
12:45
Spitfire 5./JG 26 5km N Dunkirk Spitfire of 64 or 306 Sqn, RAF – Not confirmed
-
3.2.1943
11:00
Spitfire 5./JG 26 5km N Calais Spitfire of 308 Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
-
13.2.1943
10:30
Spitfire 5./JG 26 Near Watten Not confirmed
5.
17.2.1943
10:49
Spitfire 5./JG 26 1km W Guines Spitfire of 124 Sqn, RAF
6.
26.2.1943
14:32
Spitfire 5./JG 26 50-60km NNW Dunkirk Spitfire of 403 Sqn, RAF
-
8.3.1943
14:00
B-24 HSS 5./JG 26 N Rouen B-24 of 44 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
7.
24.3.1943
10:15
Spitfire 5./JG 26 10km NNW Cap Gris Nez Spitfire of 91 Sqn, RAF
-
31.3.1943
12:45
B-17 HSS 5./JG 26 Thames Estuary B-17 of 305 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
8.
21.4.1943
12:17
Spitfire 5./JG 26 2km S Boismont Spitfire of 610 Sqn, RAF
-
14.5.1943
13:30
B-17 5./JG 26 10km NW Vlissinghem B-17 of 95 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
-
18.5.1943
15:00
Spitfire 5./JG 26 6km SE Dieppe Not confirmed
-
16.6.1943
7:00
Spitfire 5./JG 26 mid Channel Spitfire of 91 Sqn, RAF – not confirmed
9.
20.6.1943
13:34
Spitfire 5./JG 26 Near Vielles les Blequin Spitfire of 403 Sqn, RAF
-
22.6.1943
9:30
B-17 5./JG 26 5km NW Vlissingen B-17 of 381 or 384 BG, USAAF – not confirmed
10.
26.6.1943
19:10
P-47 5./JG 26 15-20km NW Somme Estuary P-47 of 56 FG, USAAF
-
30.7.1943
10:30
YB-40 5./JG 26 Near Arnhem Not confirmed
-
9.9.1943
9:30
B-17 5./JG 26 Beauvais-Somme Not confirmed
11.
11.9.1943
18:41
Typhoon 5./JG 26 Near Haudraumont Typhoon of 175 Sqn, RAF
12.
3.10.1943
18:50
Spitfire 6./JG 26 Near Noyon Spitfire of 41 Sqn, RAF
-
24.10.1943
12:30
B-26 6./JG 26 S Montdidier Not Confirmed
13.
29.11.1943
10:05
Spitfire 6./JG 26 N Ypres Spitfire of 412 Sqn, RAF
-
29.4.1944
13:30
B-17 e.V. 7./JG 26 5km S Reims  
14.
5.5.1944
8:30
Spitfire 7./JG 26 15km NE Mons Spitfire of 441 Sqn, RAF
15.
12.6.1944
6:23
P-47 6./JG 26 15-20km SE Rouen P-47 of 353 FG, USAAF
16.
2.7.1944
15:58
Spitfire 6./JG 26 NW Caen  
17.
18.7.1944
9:32
P-38 9./JG 54 N Paris P-38 of 474 FG, USAAF
18.
25.7.1944
19:11
P-51 9./JG 54 UB- 7/8 Bernay  
19.
27.7.1944
7:17
Mustang 9./JG 54 E Caen Mustang of 122 Sqn, RAF
20.
11.11.1944
15:08
Mosquito 10./JG 54 Tweelbäke Mosquito of 540 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O Metcalf, 2 crew killed
21.
27.12.1944
13:00~
Tempest 10./JG 54 Münster-Handorf Tempest V (EJ 627) of 486 Sqn, RAF flown by P/O B Hall, killed
22.
27.12.1944
13:00~
Tempest 10./JG 54 Münster-Handorf Tempest of 486 Sqn, RAF flown by F/O J Stafford, damaged, returned
23.
19.3.1945
13:45
P-51 13./JG 26 Varrelbusch P-51 (44-15721) of 84 FS, 78FG USAAF flown by 1/Lt Elmer K Nieland, baled out wounded, POW
24.
28.3.1945
11:50
P-47 13./JG 26 SW Münster P-47 of 406FG USAAF flown by Lt V Hendershott, baled out
 
Victories : 31
Awards :
Units : JG 26, JG 54
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