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Samuel Yandian


Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Harry S Culver crewmember. 34 x combat missions, sat out his crews final mission [18-Mar-45], as he wanted to finish his 35 mission tour with his crewmates, their final mission led them to be interned in Sweden. ETD.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Harry Culver

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. 33 x combat missions. Hit by flak and landed in Sweden on 18-Mar-45 in B-17 'Flag Ship' 42-97288. Interned (INT). MACR 13150. Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-97141 'Mary Jane II'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/1/44; Gr Island 15/2/44; Grenier 1/3/44; Assigned 325BS/92BG [NV-A] Podington 22/3/44; battle damaged Soest with Lt Culver 28/1/45, lost 2 engines, force landed continent, T/Sgt Howard B Hovis (WIA) 9 x RTD, 1 x WIA; Salvaged 9/3...

  • 42-97288 'Flagship'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/2/44; Rapid City 4/3/44; Gr Island 19/4/44; Dow Fd 21/4/44; Assigned 398BG Nuthampstead 24/4/44; no ops, transferred 325BS/92BG [NV-U] Podington 7/5/44; Missing in Action Berlin 18/3/45 with Harry Culver, Cornell Christensen, Bill...


  • 886

    14 March 1945
    "1,250 Heavies Strike Tanks, Gun Factories Near Hanover" ...

  • 892

    17 March 1945

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...


Event Location Date
Born Tulsa, OK 22 May 1923
Enlisted Tulsa, OK 31 January 1943
Based Podington 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 26 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Tulsa, OK 17 June 1996


Date Contributor Update
25 February 2019 21:16:36 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations