John Oliver Buslee Crew
544th Bombardment Squadron - John Oliver Buslee Crew, 544th Bombardment Squadron, unidentified B-17G
Back row, left to right:
• 2Lt. John Oliver Buslee, Pilot, from Park Ridge, Illinois
• 2Lt. David Franklin Albrecht, Co-Pilot, from Chico, California
• 2Lt. Chester A. Rybarczyk, Navigator, from Toledo, Ohio
• 2Lt. James B. Davis, Bombardier, from New Castle, Indiana
Front row, left to right:
• Sgt. Erwin V. Foster, Ball Turret Gunner, from Elmira, New York
• Sgt. Sebastiano Joseph Peluso, Radio Operator/Gunner, from Brooklyn, New York
• Cpl. Lenard Leroy Bryant, Waist Gunner, from Lubbock, Texas
• Sgt. Clarence B. Seeley, Engineer/Top Turret Gunner, from Halsey, Nebraska
• S/Sgt. Eugene D. Lucynski, Tail Gunner, from Detroit, Michigan
• Sgt. George Edwin Farrar, Waist Gunner, from Atlanta, Georgia, (my dad)
1. The Buslee crew departed the US on July 1, 1944. They were stationed with the 544th Bombardment Squadron of the 8th Air Force at Grafton Underwood airfield.
2. The orginal Buslee crew's bombardier was Lt. Marvin B. Fryden, who was killed on the crew's second mission on August 5, 1944. The photo must have been taken after Lt. James B. Davis replaced Fryden on the crew.
3. The crew must have trained together in the US as a crew of ten, but by the time they saw action, the B-17 crews were made up of only nine men. One Waist Gunner manned both waist gunner stations and was called a Flexible Gunner. As a result, this crew of ten never all served on the same mission together.
Photo contributed by Cindy Farrar Bryan, daughter of George Edwin Farrar, 2013.