Erwin Foster was the original ball turret gunner with the Buslee crew. He trained in Ardmore, Oklahoma with Sebastiano Peluso and served with him on eight missions in WWII. Foster was not on Lead Banana on September 28, 1944 and finished his tour with the 384th on April 22, 1945. Foster was from Elmira, New York, a city in upstate New York about four hours (today) from the Pelusos in Brooklyn. After returning to the states, Foster visited the Pelusos the weekend of June 23 – 24, 1945.
June 27, 1945
Dear Mrs. Farrar,
I dislike having to inconvenience you this way – but I would deeply appreciate a letter from you, with all the information your dear son can possibly think of. He most likely is home by this time. I know it’s the hardest mission for him, but as I have said in my previous letters, it means so very much to my family.
We haven’t received any news from the war dept. S/Sgt. Irwin Forest visited us over the weekend. Naturally there wasn’t much he could tell us for he did not go on that mission. It was good seeing one of Yono’s buddies.
Mrs. Farrar if George finds it hard talking about what happened Sept. 28, my husband would be only too glad to see George personally. Please let us know soon. You see our hope for Yono’s return is high and deep. We know he’s safe and any information would help us. We of course haven’t overlooked the other side of the story.
I’m sure you won’t let us down.
Mr. and Mrs. Peluso
The Pelusos thought that George Edwin Farrar should have been home by this time, but he had not, in fact, yet left the ETO.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014