IWM catalogue record
This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.
Personnel of the 25th Bomb Group sit atop a B-17 Flying Fortress. Veteran's handwritten caption on reverse: 'This is my original crew- left to right Mark Nixon (Navigator) status unknown, Sam Odensky (Radio Operator Gunner), Warren Forgie (Pilot), Earnest York (Co-Pilot), Donald Yennie (Engineer Top Turret Gunner) staus unknown, Robert Poe (armour ball turret gunner), Edward Corner (Engineer Tail Gunner). Radio Operator Fired Waist Guns- I correspond with Warren Forgie, Robert Poe, York's Wife and Corners Wife.'
The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...
Military | Captain | Pilot
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Gunner
Flew 40 missions/553 hours from 12 February to 15 August 1944. Operational tour of meteorological reconnaissance flights over enemy occupied territory and enemy patrolled waters.
AM w/ 4 OLC/ MSM
Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
40 missions; 1230 hours in B-17; 540 hours of combat time. Postwar he was employed with the CIA until retirement.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
Military site : airfield
Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...