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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.'



  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    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...


  • Warren Forgie

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Mark Nixon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Sam Odensky

    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

  • Robert Poe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    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.

  • Donald Yennie

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Ernest York

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).


  • Watton

    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...


Date Contributor Update
26 March 2018 10:34:45 Lucy May Changes to person associations

Added connections from information in caption.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:18:35 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection