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Mission 194

George Edwin Farrar’s twelfth mission was on September 13, 1944 aboard the B-17 named Lorraine to an oil target in Merseburg, Germany. The crew that manned the ship was not the usual Buslee crew. In fact, only John Oliver Buslee (pilot), Lenard Leroy Bryant (engineer/top turret gunner), and George Edwin Farrar (waist gunner) were the only Buslee crew members on Lorraine. The remainder of the crew were:

  • Commander – William A. Fairfield, Jr.
  • Navigator – Kenneth S. Lord
  • Bombardier – Donald L. Ward
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Albert K. Sherriff
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Irving L. Miller
  • Tail Gunner – Lloyd E. La Chine
William A. Fairfield

William A. Fairfield

William A. Fairfield was a pilot assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #85 dated May 6, 1944. His first mission was on June 4, 1944. He completed his tour of thirty missions as a commander on this September 13 mission and returned to the states.

Kenneth S. Lord

Kenneth S. Lord

Kenneth S. Lord was a navigator assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 545th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #81 dated May 1, 1944, Edward W. Lane Crew. His first mission was on May 12, 1944. Lord transferred to the 544th Bomb Squad on SO #92 dated May 17, 1944. He completed his tour of twenty-eight missions on February 24, 1945 and returned to the states.

Donald L. Ward

Donald L. Ward

Donald L. Ward was a bombardier assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #107 dated June 8, 1944, Frank L. Allred Crew. (Robert Mitchell was the ball turret gunner of the Allred crew). Ward’s first mission was on June 15, 1944. His last of twenty-nine missions with the 384th was on December 6, 1944 and last duty date was December 11, but his record does not show that he completed his tour and returned to the states.

Albert K. Sherriff

Albert K. Sherriff

Albert K. Sherriff was a radio operator assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #80 dated April 29, 1944, Clifford Lee Johnson Crew. His first mission was on May 11, 1944. He completed his tour of thirty-six missions on January 7, 1945 and returned to the states.

Irving L. Miller

Irving L. Miller

Irving L. Miller was a ball turret gunner assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #150 dated July 28, 1944, Gilbert R. Lindberg Crew. His first mission was on August 9, 1944. He served five missions, including this one, with George Edwin Farrar. He completed his tour of thirty-four missions on March 19, 1945 and returned to the states.

LLoyd E. La Chine

LLoyd E. La Chine

Lloyd E. La Chine started as a bombardier, but changed to tail gunner after his eleventh mission. He was assigned to the 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad on AAF Station 106 Special Orders #116 dated June 19, 1944, William F. Combs Crew. His first mission was on July 8, 1944. He completed his tour of thirty-one missions on November 2, 1944 and returned to the states.

Thank you to www.384thbombgroup.com for kindly sharing these wonderful pictures from their photo gallery.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2015

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September 13, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 194

Lorraine, Aircraft 43-38016

Lorraine, Aircraft 43-38016

September 13, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 194.

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 194 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 628.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 43-38016, Lorraine.

The primary target was the oil industry in Merseburg, Germany.

Crew List:

  • Commander – William A. Fairfield, Jr.
  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Navigator – Kenneth S. Lord
  • Bombardier – Donald L. Ward
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Albert K. Sherriff
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Irving L. Miller
  • Tail Gunner – Lloyd E. La Chine
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

Not the normal Buslee crew at all.  With William A. Fairfield, Jr. as Commander and John Oliver Buslee as Pilot, the regular Co-Pilot, David Franklin Albrecht, did not fly.

Donald L. Ward replaced James B. Davis on this flight.  Davis flew as part of the Joe Carnes crew.

Albert K. Sherriff replaced Sebastiano Joseph Peluso.  Irving L. Miller replaced Erwin V. Foster as Ball Turret Gunner as he had three times before.  Lloyd E. La Chine replaced Eugene D. Lucynski as Tail Gunner.

The only regular Buslee crew members on this flight were Buslee, Bryant, and Farrar.  Rybarczyk, Peluso, Foster, and Lucynski did not fly this mission.

Source:  Sortie Report, Aircraft Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013