Bud is a WWII Triple Ace who flew the
P-51 Mustang Old Crow, while assigned to the 357th Fighter Group
"Yoxford Boys," 8th Air Force, Leiston Field, United Kingdom. The
357th Fighter Group was credited with shooting down 609 1/2 enemy
aircraft in only 15 months, a pace no other fighter group equaled. The
357th, also produced 42 Aces (pilots with five or more victories in the
air), more than any other group. Bud was the leading Ace of the 363rd
Fighter Squadron with 16 1/4 victories. In July 2008, Bud was inducted into the
National Aviation Hall of Fame! Bud's close friend
Mr. Jack Roush has
restored P-51 Mustangs, exactly as Bud flew them during WWII. His latest
Mustang is Bud's P-51B Old Crow. His P-51D Old Crow is now
owned and flown by
Mr. Jim Hagedorn. A third P-51D restored as Old Crow is flown
from Norway by
Historic Flight. Bud has been featured on many special TV and Video
Productions. Most recently the History Channel and the Military Channel.
Video clips from these can be viewed in the YouTube Video Link below.
Bud has worked with video game companies on flying games such as
Electronic Arts Janes WWII Fighters. He is an active speaker and
air show participant. Bud is the highest scoring living US Fighter Ace. Browse this site, learn about aviation
history, the brave men Bud flew and worked with and order your autographed copy of Bud's amazing book "To Fly and
Fight". Autographed photos are also
available and can be personalized upon request. Please view our Old
Crow Collection; Aviation Art Prints and other special items for sale.
A special "Thank you" to Master Aerial Photographers
Paul Bowen and Earl Smith, also
to Michael O'Leary, Merle
Olmsted, Curtis Fowles of
MustangsMustangs and the many others who have contributed to the outstanding
photographs and support for our web site.
View the P-51B restoration work by Art Teeters here. Bud's Online Store
Big surprise for Bud while traveling to theNational Warbird Operator Conference. The home office of Southwest Airlines came out to greet Colonel Anderson and present him with this tie as he traveled through Dallas on his journey to Virginia Beach. Pilots and crew know a superstar when they see one and had a fun photo op session.
Early photo of one of Bud's Old Crow P-51 B
models. Old Crow was only painted on the left (port side) of the
early B models. This picture is unusual because of the way the B6-S
code letters are painted. Crew chiefs were probably still getting
standardized. Normally the B6 would be in front of the star and bar
insignia! Photos from WWII were always just a snap shot in time!
Depicts famous Mustang ace Bud
Anderson in a life and death stalemate with a Bf-109 while directly in
the path of an oncoming B-17 stream. Read this (p109) and other stories
in Bud's book, "To Fly and Fight."
Thanks to Effie Nidam from
CNN for doing this great story on Bud!
The P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group were
normally cared for by a Crew Chief, Assistant Crew Chief and Armorer. This
illustration honors all Crew Chiefs, Specialists and Support personnel.
They worked relentlessly in the open, day or night, in all kinds of
weather with great dedication in a trade equally as important as a pilot's
ability. Without them there would be no flying. There were no eight-hour
days as suggested by the flashlight carried by the chief on the right, for
Britain's strict black-out precluded any other kind of lighting during the
many nights of work preparing the Mustangs for the next days mission. Each
of Bud Anderson's Old Crows had long combat lives in the 363rd Squadron.
Never once in 116 combat missions did either ship abort or return early
due to mechanical problems. Such a record is attributed to a pilot who did
not abuse his aircraft and to the dedicated care of it's ground crew:
T/Sgt Otto Heino, S/Sgt Melvin Schueneman, and S/Sgt Leon Zimmerman. S/Sgt
Schueneman became a casualty of the war when he perished in an AT-6
crash in January 1945 when returning from some field maintenance work in