The Arrowhead Club

I have very few writings of my father’s from his experiences in WWII other than the letters I have previously published and a few yet-unpublished notes. However, he did record a few things on a cap that, from the wear and stains, I believe he must have had with him when he became a prisoner of war and later endured the Black March.

DSCN0302

On the bill of the cap, he wrote the names of the men that were members of the original Buslee crew, and the name of the bombardier that replaced the original bombardier after his death on the August 5, 1944 mission.

PELUSO       FOSTER

FARRAR      BRYANT      SEELEY      LUCKNSKI

LT BUSLEE      LT ALBRECHT

LT FRYDEN      LT RYBARCZYK

LT DAVIS

Peluso was the radioman, Foster the belly gunner, Farrar and Bryant the waistgunners, Seeley the top turret gunner/engineer, Lucynski the tail gunner, Buslee the pilot, Albrecht the co-pilot, Fryden the bombardier, and Rybarczyk the navigator. Davis replaced Fryden as bombardier after the August 5, 1944 mission.

DSCN0288

On the top of the cap, he wrote the locations of some of his missions, although the town names he wrote do not all match the locations of his missions as recorded on the 384th Bomb Group’s website. He included Hanover (August 5, 1944), Pirmasens (August 9, 1944), Brest (August 11, 1944), and Leipzig (August 24, 1944). He also added Penemunde and what I can only decipher as ALC.

DSCN0293

The inside of the cap is torn and I believe he probably stored papers or other items under the lining.

DSCN0298

One torn area looks to have remnants of his serial number, which he may have purposefully torn out.

DSCN0300

One more view of his cap from above. A lasting memory of his crew mates and missions.

DSCN0285

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2015

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: