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September 9, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 190

Lead Banana, 43-37822

Lead Banana, 43-37822

September 9, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 190

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 190 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 614.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 43-37822, Lead Banana.  This was their second of three missions aboard the Lead Banana.

The primary target was again, but for the last time, the chemical works industry in Ludwigshaven, Germany.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – George J. Jacobson
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

The regular Buslee crew without Chester A. Rybarczyk.  George J. Jacobson replaced Rybarczyk as Navigator or this flight.  Rybarczyk did not fly this mission.

Erwin V. Foster was back as Ball Turret Gunner.  Foster had not flown since the August 24 mission.

Source:  Sortie Report

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

September 8, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 189

September 8, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 189

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 189 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 611.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 42-97320, name unknown.

The primary target was again the chemical works industry in Ludwigshaven, Germany.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Irving L. Miller
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

The regular Buslee crew without Erwin Foster.  Irving L. Miller again replaced Foster as Ball Turret Gunner on this flight.

Source:  Sortie Report

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

September 5, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 188

Lead Banana, 43-37822

Lead Banana, 43-37822

September 5, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 188

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 188 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 605.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 43-37822, Lead Banana.

The primary target was again the chemical works industry in Ludwigshaven, Germany.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Irving L. Miller
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

The regular Buslee crew without Erwin Foster.  Navigator Chester Rybarczyk was back after being absent from the crew since his last flight with them on August 12.

Irving L. Miller again replaced Foster as Ball Turret Gunner on this flight.

Source:  Sortie Report and Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

September 3, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 187

Pleasure Bent, 43-38062

Pleasure Bent, 43-38062

September 3, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 187

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 187 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 602.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 43-38062, Pleasure Bent.

The primary target was the chemical works industry in Ludwigshaven, Germany.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – William Alvin Henson II
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Irving L. Miller
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

Waist Gunner George Edwin Farrar celebrated his 23rd birthday today, September 3, 1944.

The regular Buslee crew without Chester Rybarczyk and Erwin Foster.

William Alvin Henson II replaced Rybarczyk as Navigator on this flight, his first of three flights with the Buslee crew.

Irving L. Miller replaced Foster as Ball Turret Gunner on this flight, his first of five flights with the Buslee crew.

Source:  Sortie Report and Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

August 24, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 183

Fightin' Hebe, 42-98000

Fightin’ Hebe, 42-98000

August 24, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 183

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 183 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 568.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 42-98000, Fightin’ Hebe.

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

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Leonard Galloway (NMI)
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

After a twelve-day break, the Buslee crew again flew together with the same crew members with the exception of Navigator Chester Rybarczyk.  Rybarczyk did not fly this mission and was replaced by Leonard Galloway (NMI).  This was Galloway’s 27th and last mission with the 384th.  He completed his tour and returned home.

Source:  Sortie Report and Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

August 12, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 178

Nevada Avenger, 42-38013

Nevada Avenger, 42-38013

August 12, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 178

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 178 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 545.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 42-38013, Nevada Avenger.

The primary target was German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Airfields in La Perthe, France.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

A repeat of the same Buslee crew members from the prior two missions, and right on the heels of Mission 177 the day before.  Most of the Buslee crew would get a twelve-day break after this mission and not fly together again until August 24.  Co-Pilot David Franklin Albrecht would fill in on the Raymond J. Gabel crew on the August 18 Mission 182 to Vise, Belgium during the break.

Source:  Sortie Report and Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

Lenard Leroy Bryant

Lenard Leroy Bryant

Lenard Leroy Bryant

Lenard Leroy Bryant was originally a Waist Gunner on a B-17 G with the Buslee crew.  On the crew’s fourth mission, Bryant became the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner.

Bryant and the Buslee crew were eventually stationed at the Grafton Underwood Airbase with the 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy).  Bryant’s first mission was August 4, 1944, and his last was on September 28, 1944.

On the September 28 mission, another 384th plane collided with his plane coming off the target in Magdeburg, Germany.  He was killed along with seven other members of the crew.

Lenard Leroy Bryant is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, Holland in Plot G, Row 7, Grave 22.  He received an Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service in WWII.

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

George Edwin Farrar

George Edwin Farrar

George Edwin Farrar

George Edwin Farrar was my dad.  He was the Waist Gunner on a B-17G on the Buslee crew.  He enlisted with the Army Air Forces on June 4, 1942 at Fort McPherson (Atlanta), Georgia.

At the time of his enlistment he was 20 years old and was employed as a vending machine repairman.  He had quit school after completing 10th grade to help support the family.  His father, Carroll Johnson Farrar, Sr., was very ill and, being bedridden, could no longer work.

Before becoming part of a B-17 crew, Farrar was an Army Air Forces Gunnery Instructor.  Beginning in May 1943, he instructed military personnel in flexible gunnery for 7 months at Kingman,  Arizona.  In Kingman, he conducted and administered training classes and gunnery tests.

After his stint in Kingman, he administered phase checks, and organized students and instructors for training in aerial gunnery for six months at Ardmore OTU, Oklahoma.  The Ardmore assignment must have started around December 1943 and lasted until May 1944.

On June 8, 1944, while at the 222nd Combat Crew Training School in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Farrar and future crewmate, Eugene D. Lucynski, received orders to duty as combat crew members requiring regular and frequent participation in aerial flights.

Farrar left Ardmore around June 22, 1944, with the crew making several other stops in the states before finally departing the states between June 29 and July 1.

Farrar and the Buslee crew were eventually stationed at the Grafton Underwood Airbase with the 8th Air Force, 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy).  My dad’s first mission was on August 5, 1944 and his last on September 28, 1944.

According to his Separation Qualification Record, Farrar flew as Armorer Gunner in lead ship and was responsible for inspection and repair of bomb racks, gun sights, and turrets.  He fired 50 caliber machine guns from Waist position when in combat.

On the September 28 mission, another 384th plane collided with his plane coming off the target in Magdeburg, Germany.  He was the only survivor on his plane.  He became a prisoner of war, endured the Black March in the winter of 1945, and eventually returned home.

He married Bernice Jane Chase of Meno, Oklahoma, and had two children – me, Cindy Farrar Bryan, and my sister, Nancy Dunlap.

Sources:  Enlistment Record, Farrar’s Separation Qualification Record

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

August 11, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 177

Aircraft 42-37822 with Bomb Bay Doors Open

Aircraft 42-37822 with Bomb Bay Doors Open

August 11, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 177

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 177 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 541.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 42-37822, name unknown.

The primary target was tactical military in Brest, France.

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

A repeat of the same Buslee crew members from the prior mission.

Source:  Sortie Report and Photo

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013

August 9, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 176

August 9, 1944 – 384th BG Mission 176

The 384th Bomb Group Mission 176 was also known as Eighth Air Force Mission 533.

The Buslee crew flew this mission aboard aircraft 44-6149, named Hot After It.

The primary target was Erding, Germany.  Most of the aircraft missed the primary target due to poor weather and bombed targets of opportunity.    [Per Ken Decker’s notes that are no longer displayed on www.384thbombgroup.com]

Crew List:

  • Pilot – John Oliver Buslee
  • Co-Pilot – David Franklin Albrecht
  • Navigator – Chester A. Rybarczyk
  • Bombardier – James B. Davis
  • Radio Operator/Gunner – Sebastiano Joseph Peluso
  • Engineer/Top Turret Gunner – Lenard Leroy Bryant
  • Ball Turret Gunner – Erwin V. Foster
  • Tail Gunner – Eugene D. Lucynski
  • Waist Gunner – George Edwin Farrar (my dad)

Training over.  Buslee took command as Pilot on this flight, which brought Albrecht back together with his original crewmates as Co-Pilot.

Arthur J. Shwery, the pilot who trained Buslee on his first two missions, returned to fly on this mission, but piloted another aircraft with a different crew.

James B. Davis flew with the Buslee crew for the first time, replacing Bombardier Marvin Fryden, who was killed on the Buslee crew’s prior mission.

Lenard Leroy Bryant rejoined the Buslee crew, but not as Waist Gunner.  Starting with this mission, Bryant flew the rest of his missions as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, replacing Clarence B. Seeley, who was seriously wounded on the Buslee crew’s prior mission.

Source:  Sortie Report

© Cindy Farrar Bryan and The Arrowhead Club, 2013