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Robert Kenneth Poe


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.



Units served with

  • 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...

  • 652nd Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Bloomington, IL 20 August 1922

Son of George E and Margaret Lee [Heck] Cain.

Enlisted Peoria, IL 29 December 1942

Peoria, Illinois

Based Watton 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 652BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 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."

Buried Sarasota National Cemetery Sarasota, Sarasota County, FL 18 October 2017

Sarasota National Cemetery
Sarasota County, Florida


Date Contributor Update
16 March 2022 16:45:44 Al_Skiff Changes to events

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16 March 2022 16:43:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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01 December 2018 21:34:40 Emily Changes to biography

Removed source information added by Wattonman from biography

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01 December 2018 04:06:42 Wattonman Changes to biography

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII" Schiffer Publications Ltd. 2011.

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27 September 2014 18:23:41 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self; Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 33 (photo)