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The Officers’ Club

Like other military bases, the 384th Bomb Group had an officers’ club. It was located near the Officers’ Mess and the Foxy Theatre.

Location of the Foxy Theatre at the Grafton Underwood Airfield

Location of the Officers’ Club at the Grafton Underwood Airfield

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.

384th Bomb Group Officers' Club

384th Bomb Group Officers’ Club

 

384th Bomb Group Officers' Club

384th Bomb Group Officers’ Club

 

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers' Club.

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers’ Club.

 

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers' Club. Bartender Primo Lombardi on the left.

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers’ Club. Bartender Primo Lombardi on the left.

 

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers' Club. Bartender Primo Lombardi on the left.

The bar of the 384th Bomb Group Officers’ Club. Bartender Primo Lombardi on the left.

 

 American actor Adolphe Menjou on the left and the first commander of the 384th Bomb Group, Colonel Bud Peaslee on the right at the Officers' Club.

American actor Adolphe Menjou on the left and the first commander of the 384th Bomb Group, Colonel Bud Peaslee on the right at the Officers’ Club.

 

Dog gave birth to pups in Officers' Club, May 5, 1944.

Dog gave birth to pups in Officers’ Club, May 5, 1944.

Photos courtesy of the 384th Bomb Group.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2016

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