The Buslee Crew, Eighth Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy)
Crew photo, back row, left to right:
Lt. John Oliver Buslee, Pilot, from Park Ridge, Illinois
Lt. David Franklin Albrecht, Co-Pilot, from Chico, California
- Lt. Chester A. Rybarczyk, Navigator, from Toledo, Ohio
- Lt. James B. Davis, Bombardier, from New Castle, Indiana
Crew photo, front row, left to right:
- Sgt. Erwin V. Foster, Ball Turret Gunner, from Elmira, New York
- Sgt. Sebastiano Joseph Peluso, Radio Operator/Gunner, from Brooklyn, New York
- Sgt. Lenard Leroy Bryant, Waist Gunner, from Lubbock, Texas
- Sgt. Clarence B. Seeley, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, from Halsey, Nebraska
- Sgt. Eugene D. Lucynski, Tail Gunner, from Detroit, Michigan
- Sgt. George Edwin Farrar, Waist Gunner, from Atlanta, Georgia, (my dad)
- The Buslee crew departed the US on July 1, 1944. They were stationed with the 544th Bombardment Squadron of the 8th Air Force at the Grafton Underwood airfield.
- Original crew members were Pilot – John Oliver Buslee, Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht, Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk, Bombardier – Marvin Fryden, Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Clarence B. Seeley, Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster, Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski, Waist Gunner/Flexible Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant, Waist Gunner/Flexible Gunner – George Edwin Farrar.
- The original Buslee crew’s bombardier, Lt. Marvin Fryden, was killed on the crew’s second mission on August 5, 1944. The photo must have been taken after Lt. James B. Davis replaced Fryden on the crew.
- The crew must have trained together in the US as a crew of ten, but by the time they saw action, the B-17 crews were made up of only nine men. One Waist Gunner manned both waist gunner stations and was called a Flexible Gunner. As a result, this crew of ten never all served on the same mission together.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013