August 5, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 173
The 384th Bomb Group Mission 173 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 519.
The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 42-37982, named The Tremblin Gremlin.
The primary target was a military airfield in Langenhagen, Germany.
- Pilot – Arthur J. Shwery
- Co-Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
- 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 – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)
Again, Buslee flew as co-pilot with experienced pilot Arthur J. Shwery piloting the plane. Another training opportunity for Buslee.
With Buslee in the co-pilot position, David Franklin Albrecht did not fly with the Buslee crew. Again, Albrecht flew as co-pilot with the Paul E. Norton crew on aircraft 42-102459, Little Kenny.
Lenard Leroy Bryant, one of the two waist gunners assigned to the Buslee crew, sat this one out and waist gunner George Edwin Farrar, flew with the crew this mission. Bryant and Farrar were both waist gunners on the original Buslee crew. Bryant had flown with the crew on their first mission, and Farrar had his first actual combat experience on this one.
Bombardier Marvin Fryden was mortally wounded on this mission. He died later in an Army hospital.
Pilot, Arthur J. Shwery was wounded, but was able to fly again by Mission 176 on August 9.
Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, Clarence B. Seeley was more seriously wounded and was not able to fly again until Mission 203 on October 2, 1944. His long recovery kept him from flying with the Buslee crew on September 28, and being involved in the mid-air collision between the Lead Banana and Lazy Daisy. Seeley completed 34 missions, the last being Mission 285 on March 10, 1945. He completed his tour and returned home.
Source: Sortie Report
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