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Two Hundred Eighty-Two Days

1945-07-06 Telegram

It had been two hundred eighty-two days since the mid-air collision between Lazy Daisy and Lead Banana.  James Joseph Brodie had been among the missing on Lazy Daisy since September 28, 1944.  All the other Daisy crew members had been accounted for, but James’ parents and young wife had been waiting all this time for some word.

Today, July 6, 1945, the dreaded telegram had come.  An explanation was not offered as to why the wait had been so long for this terrible news.  Perhaps the letter that was to follow would provide more information, but for today the only news was:

It has now been officially established from reports received in the war department that your husband First Lieutenant James J. Brodie who was previously reported missing in action was killed in action Twenty Eight September Nineteen Forty Four in Germany.  The Secretary of War extends his deep sympathy.  Confirming letter follows.

Edward F. Witsell Acting the Adjutant General of the Army

Thank you to Larry Miller, great-nephew of James Joseph Brodie, for sharing this piece of his family history.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014

A Year in a Day

It is now the end of June in 1945.  George Edwin Farrar had been liberated almost two months before on May 2.  Since liberation, he had been for a time in a hospital in France and was now in England.  He expected to leave for the states in the immediate future, leaving England that night.

June 29, 1945
American Red Cross

Dearest Mother:

This will be my last letter from England, as we are leaving to-night. I will call you the first chance I get, after we reach the States. It will take a good while to cross, as we are going to be on a very small ship. It will be nice to cross on a ship, as you know I have never been on one before. I can’t hardly wait to get home. There is so much I want to hear from you. I guess it will be like living a whole year in one day. It has been one year today that I left the States.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Gene hasn’t a nice girl by now. He should be about old enough, and I know with his looks, he is getting along O.K. I guess you are still about the only girl I have, and I love it. I can just thank God that I didn’t have a girl to worry about while in Germany, on top of all things else. Well there isn’t anything else to write about, so will close here.

Love to all,

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2014

Erwin Foster Visits the Pelusos

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.

Sincerely Yours,
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