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Chester Rybarczyk, Original Navigator on the Buslee Crew

Chester Rybarczyk on a Mission over France

Chester Rybarczyk on a Mission over France

On October 7, 1944 Chester Rybarczyk was on his fifteenth mission, 384th Bomber Group Mission Number 207 to a synthetic oil plant at Leipzig, Germany.  At 1100 hours in the vicinity of Bad Iburg, Germany, Chester Rybarczyk’s aircraft was hit by flak and peeled off from formation with the #2 wing tank smoking and leaking.  Rybarczyk was flying as Navigator with the James W. Orr crew on aircraft 43-38615, name unknown.  They were last seen over Osnabruck with wheels down and under control.  No chutes were seen to emerge.  The aircraft landed in allied territory with all crew safe.  A crash landing didn’t stop this crew for long.  A week later Rybarczyk and the Orr crew were back in the air again on Mission 210 to the Marshalling Yards at Saarbrucken, Germany.

Rybarczyk’s flight jacket shows a picture of a bomb for each of his missions except for his 15th mission.  That mission is depicted as a boot, signifying a mission from which the boys had to walk back after a crash landing.  He also had the back of his jacket inscribed “Korky,” his nickname for his sweetheart back home, Bernadette Korlewski.  His last duty was in December 1944, and Chester and Bernadette married on May 21, 1945.

Chester Rybarczky in his Flight Jacket

Chester Rybarczyk in his Flight Jacket

Chester Rybarczyk's Flight Jacket Today

Chester Rybarczyk’s Flight Jacket Today

Information and photos provided by Tony Rybarczyk, Chester Rybarczyk’s son.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014


  1. Hello,

    I stumbled across your web site researching Chester Rybarczyk. I am the Public Information Officer for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department and regularly look for information from outside sources regarding our members that have died in the Line of Duty.

    The information which you have on Chester is nothing that I have heard before. With your permission, I would like to reproduce your story on our web site, as well as publish it in our internal newsletter.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld, Toledo Fire & Rescue Department


  2. Ragan Smth says:

    Do you have any information about my mother’s uncle who died on this same mission…he was the co-pilot of “Scotty” that day and was said to have died instantly when he was hit by flak in his head. His name was Robert McCord Jr.


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