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A Letter from Brigadier General Marvin Griffin

On January 8, 1945 Brigadier General S. Marvin Griffin, wrote to the parents of George Edwin Farrar, now a prisoner of war of the Germans in Stalag Luft IV.

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Prisoner 3885 of Stalag Luft IV

George Edwin Farrar's POW ID Tag

George Edwin Farrar’s POW ID Tag

The next communication Raleigh Mae Farrar received about her son was from the War Department.  Her son, George Edwin Farrar, was now identified as prisoner #3885, confined at Stalag Luft IV (4).  She now had instructions on how to send her son parcels and tobacco and revised instructions for sending letters.

January 6, 1945
Headquarters Army Service Forces
Office of the Provost Marshal General
Washington 25, D.C.

Re:  S/Sgt. George E Farrar,
United States Prisoner of War # 3885,
Stalag Luft 4, Germany.

Mrs. Raleigh M Farrar
79 EastLake Terrace North East,
Atlanta, Georgia.

Dear Mrs. Farrar:

The Provost Marshal General has directed me to inform you that the above-named prisoner of war has been reported interned at the place indicated.

You may communicate with him by following instructions in the inclosed circular.

One parcel label and two tobacco labels will be forwarded to you every sixty days without application on your part.  Labels for the current period will be forwarded under separate cover with the least practicable delay.

Further information will be forwarded as soon as it is received.

Sincerely yours,
Howard F. Bresee,
Colonel, C.M.P. Director,
Prisoner of War Information Bureau.

Incls.
Mailing Circular
Information Circular

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Page 1 of Revised Mailing Instructions for Prisoners of War

Page 1 of Revised Mailing Instructions for Prisoners of War

Page 2 of Revised Mailing Instructions for Prisoners of War

Page 2 of Revised Mailing Instructions for Prisoners of War

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Letter from Mrs. Bryant

Maudene and Lenard Bryant, March 1944

Maudene and Lenard Bryant, March 1944

On January 5, 1945, Lenard Leroy Bryant’s wife, Maudene, wrote to George Edwin Farrar’s mother, Raleigh Mae.  Maudene was writing in response to a letter she had just received from Mrs. Farrar.  Lenard and George (Ed) had both been on Lead Banana on September 28, 1944 when it collided with Lazy Daisy over Magdeburg, Germany.  Raleigh Mae Farrar had received news just six days earlier that her son was a prisoner of war.  Maudene Bryant had still not heard any news about her husband except that he was missing in action.

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Photo:  Lenard Bryant on the left, location may be Grafton Underwood

January 5, 1945
Littlefield, Texas

Dear Mrs. Farrar,

Received your letter this noon.  Am so glad for you that George is a prisoner.

I had the pleasure of meeting your son in Ardmore, Okla. and it seems as tho they were all brothers, the boys were so close to one another.

Only five of our old crew went down, the others are in England.

I haven’t as yet heard from the War Dept. – but when I do I pray for the best – and I for one hold out for the best.  I think I would have known if Lenard (my husband) was dead.

I just wonder now how close to Magdeburg the boys will be kept.  Mrs. Henson has my deepest sympathy.

I am in hopes of hearing from you again.

As Ever
Maudene Bryant
Littlefield, Texas
Rt. 2

Maudene had apparently heard that William Alvin Henson II, the crew’s navigator, had been declared killed in action.  Not hearing anything about her husband, Lenard, gave her hope that he was still alive.  She must have known the names of all of the boys on the original Buslee crew and realized, after reviewing the next-of-kin list, that only five of them were on the Lead Banana when it went down.

The five original members were:

  • John Oliver Buslee, pilot
  • David Franklin Albrecht, co-pilot
  • Sebastian Joseph Peluso, radio operator/gunner
  • Lenard Leroy Bryant, engineer/top turret gunner (Maudene’s husband)
  • George Edwin Farrar, waist/flexible gunner (my dad)

As she states that the other members of the crew were in England, Maudene may not have been aware that original bombardier, Marvin B. Fryden, had lost his life on August 5, 1944 on the Buslee crew’s second mission.

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