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Robert (Bob) Kenneth PoeAugust 20, 1922 ~ October 15, 2017 (age 95)
Robert (Bob) K. Poe
Served in WWII, Watton, England
25th Bomb Group (RCN), B- 17
652nd Bomb Squadron
8th Air Force
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.
Additional comment from Bob:
“In the 8th Air Force, only those airmen who flew in combat were authorized to wear their wings on a field of blue. I am honored to wear my wings on a field of blue."
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter Cynthia and her husband David Leadingham, along with his “grand dog” Carlie. He is also survived by his nephew Kenneth Johnson and his niece Renda Reed.
Bob was predeceased by his parents George Edward Poe and Margaret Lee (Heck), sisters Ollie Belle Johnson and Margaret Elizabeth, brothers Edward Lee, Lloyd Raymond, and Wilford William, and his niece Joanne Hilmer, 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.