Crew graduation photo – left to right:
Lt. Francis L. Buswell, Jr. – Pilot; Lt. Donald R. Firshing -- Co-Pilot;
Lt. Wade Cornelius – Bombgator; S/Sgt George E. Curtis, Jr. -- Radio
Operator / Gunner; Sgt. Thomas H. Lamb – Engineer; Sgt. Laurence E. Knapp
They flew the southern route landing in the UK
mid May of 1944. They were sent to CCRC Toome Ireland for additional
Here is TSgt. “Curt” Curtis in NY City in the Spring of 1945. Curt had not
been discharged yet and was expecting orders to the Pacific. Those orders
never came and he was discharged on May 16th 1945. His wife on the left
and Joe Capasso’s wife on the right.
Tent Alley – that white blob racing down the “road”
is Punky running to greet George "Curt" Curtis.
Winter 1944 / 1945
Lt. Francis “Buzz” Buswell originally from Newton, Massachusetts. I
believe that he evidentially settle in the Dallas Texas area.
Ray Adelsohn, Bruce Gollinger, Joe Capasso;
Renee Breault, George “Curt” Curtis, ?? Bass
“Pro” Kit, Douche Bag
Punky – George "Curt" Curtis constant companion. It was said that she
knew which plane Curt was on. She would wait by the runway and not move an
inch as planes roared passed. Only when she heard Curt’s plane did she
move – racing up and down the runway waiting for her buddy to come home.
Curt adored this little lady and wanted to bring her home to the states
with him but regulations prevented this.
Lt. Francis “Buzz” Buswell, SSgt. George “Curt” Curtis, unknown (possibly
Sgt. Harry Foster),
Sgt. Thomas Lamb, Sgt. Larry Knapp.
December 9, 1944 after takeoff for Operational Mission #159, at an
altitude of ~2,600’, the right engine failed. The end result was this
crash landing with the full compliment of armament on board.
42-96243, 5W- K crashed in December 1944 at Cambrai. George "Curt" Curtis says that he was part of the crew manning this plane at the time. No
accident report has been found yet for this plane.
George "Curt" Curtis & Unknown
They flew the southern route landing in the UK mid May of 1944. They were
sent to CCRC Toome Ireland for additional training.