Robert Kenneth PoeMilitary
IWM, Roger Freeman Collection
Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. 40 x missions; 1230 hours in B-17; 540 hours of combat time. 8 medals
Awards: AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, American Campaign, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).
Post War: Employed with the CIA until retirement.
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|Bloomington, IL||20 August 1922||Son of George E and Margaret Lee [Heck] Cain.|
|Peoria, IL||29 December 1942||Peoria, Illinois|
|15 October 2017||Obituary:- "Bob flew 40 combat missions as an Armor Gunner on the B-17 aircraft in European Theater of Operations in the year 1945. After the war, the 25th Bomb Group (RCN) Association, Inc. was formed. Bob held office as President, 1st & 2nd Vice President, and published the "Bulletin Board" newsletter for this association. The association donated a beautiful granite memorial bench in 1994 to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patt Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Bob and his wife Liz facilitated the design and production of this memorial bench. After working for the Corp. of Engineers, post-war, Robert had a fascinating career in Top Secret Logistics, working for the U.S. Government at Wright-Patt Air Force Base for 39 years. After retiring, Bob volunteered in the 8th Air Force Control Tower at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio for six years, greeting and informing visitors from around the world. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, and his daughter and son-in-law, along with his "grand dog" Carlie. He is also survived by his nephew and niece. Bob was predeceased by his parents; two sisters; three brothers; and his niece and also, his beloved "grand dog" Chelsey. In addition to flying, Bob enjoyed golfing, bowling, baseball, table tennis, traveling & dancing with his wife & daughter, automobiles, meeting family & friends for breakfast, and walks with his grand dog Chelsey."|
|Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota, Sarasota County, FL||18 October 2017||Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida|
|Watton||Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.|
Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography
Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Schiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.