There are several symbols or insignia associated with the 384th Bombardment Group. The most prominent is probably the “Triangle P” symbol painted on the tail of the 384th’s B-17s. VIII Bomber command developed group recognition symbols in mid-1943. The 384th was assigned the “Triangle P” symbol, likely in honor of the 384th’s first commander, Col. Budd J. Peaslee.
The 384th also had a group motto. It seems that originally, the group’s motto was “Veni Vidi Vici,” meaning “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
However, the group changed their motto after Group Deputy CO, Major Selden L. McMillin, better known as “Major Mac,” was shot down on the group’s second mission. After a crash landing in Holland, the crew was taken prisoner. In a postcard back to the base, Major Mac told Col. Peaslee to “Keep the Show on the Road.”
Each of the bomb squadrons – the 544th, 545th, 546th, and 547th – also had their own symbols.
And of course the symbol of the Mighty 8th Air Force, of which the 384th Bomb Group was a part, is shown off nicely in this patch:
Thanks to the 384th Bomb Group for sharing their wealth of information and photos.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2015