Like other military bases, the 384th Bomb Group had an officers’ club. It was located near the Officers’ Mess and the Foxy Theatre.
Major (then Colonel) Dale O. Smith, third commander of the 384th Bomb Group wrote about the Officers’ Club and bartender Primo Lombardi in his book “Screaming Eagle.”
That evening I went to the club bar to try to thaw a chill in my bones that was caused by more than the Midlands fog. My ration of Irish whiskey was poured by the amiable Primo, who owned his own bar in Boston and acted here as a father confessor. I wished I could tell him my troubles, and realized how close I was to crying in my beer like so many of the others.
Photos courtesy of the 384th Bomb Group.
© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2016