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T/SGT  Edmund G. FORKNER

UNIT: 418th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: ROG

 Escape and Evasion photo of T/Sgt. Edmund G. "Forky" Forkner, ROG on the Everett E. Blakley crew. (Photo courtesy of Ernie Havecker and his family: Eileen Rosenthal and Jodi Womack.) Blakley crew information 

SERIAL #: STATUS: CPT
MACR:

Comments1: 8 OCT 43 BREMEN (CRASHED AT LUDHAM)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

1st Lt Everett E.Blakely                     P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.                  CP   SWA   8/10/43  Bremen
1st Lt Joseph H." Bubbles" Payne    NAV    KIA   28/4/44 Sottevast  (With crew of W,G.Lakin - mission lead by Col. R.H. Kelly)
 2nd Lt James R.Douglas                BOM    CPT 
T/Sgt Howard J.Brock                    TTE    POW   17/8/43 (With the W.R.Flesh crew)      Regensburg
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton              WG     CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner               ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt John L.Olson                       BTG   Transferred 
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord                          WG   KIA   29/5/44 (with crew of B.L.Williams) Leipzig, Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders                 TG   KIA  8/10/43  Bremen

418th Sqdn.  An ''Original" crew.  CREW #35  A/C #42-30061     "JUST-A-SNAPPIN"

NOTE: JOHN OLSON, AFTER FLYING SEVERAL MISSIONS WITH THIS CREW MAY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER GROUP.
LT PAYNE WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY HARRY CROSBY FROM THE CREW OF LT JOHN BRADY.  SGT OLSON WAS REPLACED ON THE CREW BY SGT WILLIAM MC CLELLAND/  T/SGT THORNTON BECAME THE ENGINEER AFTER AUGUST 17, 1943 AND HIS POSTION AT WG WAS FILLED BY SGT ED YEVICH.     

JUST-A-SNAPPIN IS ONE OF THE BETTER KNOWN PLANES IN 100TH LORE, SHE IS REMEMBERED FOR BRINGING THIS CREW BACK FROM BREMEM ON 8 OCT 43.  BADLY DAMAGED EV BLAKELY AND JOHN KIDD, GROUP OPS OFFICER WHO LED THE MISSION FROM THE CO-PILOT'S SEAT, LANDED "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" IN A FIELD AT LUDHAM.  DAMAGE TO THE HYDRAULIC SYSTEM RENDERED THE BRAKES IN-OPERATIVE AND "JUST-A-SNAPPIN" COLLIDED WITH A LARGE TREE.  IMPACT WAS BETWEEN THE #1 AND #2 ENGINE.  THERE ARE SEVERAL PROMINENT  PHOTOGRAPHS OF HER AND THE TREE.

Much has been written about this crew. See p.49 of THE BLOODY HUNDREDTH by H.Varian and p.184/195 of FLYING PORTRESS by E.Jablomski for details of the mission of 8/10/43.

On 8/10/43, S/Sgt Edward S.Yevich LWG & S/Sgt William F.McClelland, BTG were aboard in the place of H.J.Brock & J.L.Olson. Both of these men were wounded.

See photo of this crew on p.228 of "CONTRAILS"

Lyle Nord was flying as TG on the crew of B.L.Williams on 29/5/44 and was hit in the back by a 20mm. He had flown a total of 27 missions,the last 8 of them with the Williams crew.

CREW ON OCTOBER 8, 1943 MISSION TO BREMEN:

MAJ. JOHN B. KIDD   COM PILOT
1st Lt Everett E.Blakely        P     CPT
 2nd Lt Charles A.Via,Jr.      CP   SWA   8/10/43  BREMEN
1st Lt Harry Crosby   NAV CPT     GROUP NAVIGATOR
 2nd Lt James R.Douglas  BOM    CPT    GROUP BOMBARDIER
T/Sgt Monroe B.Thornton      TTE   CPT 
T/Sgt Edmund G.Forkner   ROG    CPT 
S/Sgt William F. McClelland         BTG   WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN  SN#17164959
S/Sgt Edward S. Yevich   WG WIA 8/10/43 BREMEN
S/Sgt Lyle E.Nord           WG   KIA    29/5/44 LEIPZIG (with crew of B.L.Williams), Aircraft repair depot..
S/Sgt Lester W.Saunders       TG   KIA      8/10/43 BREMEN  


REPLY TO: sbarnes4@cfl.rr.com
SUBMITTER: Suzanne R Barnes, architect
EMAIL: sbarnes4@cfl.rr.com
PURPOSE: Report a death (TAPS)
INTEREST: I am the veteran's friend
  
VETERAN: Edmund Forkner
DATE OF DEATH: 02/20/2007 
FAMILY CONTACT: Forkner, Delila 
407-647-3170
Winter Park, FL  32792
Email:  dforkner@hotmail.com, dforkner@aol.com, sbarnes4@cfl.rr.com

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PHOTOS:

T/Sgt. Edmund G. Forkner of the Everett E. Blakely crew receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross from General Spatz, 10 March 1944. (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Edmund Forkner at the Radio Operator's desk (from the photo collection of John Luckadoo). 

Forkner, Via, and Thornton in North Africa (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Edmund Forkner in Ipswich Park; May 1945 (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Edmund Forkner; right (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Edmund Forkner 

Edmund Forkner

Edmund Forkner

Edmund Forkner (from the collection of Russell Heckman)

Everett E. Blakely crew. Standing from left; Lyle Nord, Charles Via, Everett Blakely, Joseph " Bubbles" Payne,Howard Broch Kneeling; Lester Saunders, Edward Yevich and Edmund Forkner. Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives)

The Everett E. Blakely crew. Standing from left, William McClelland, Harry H. Crosby, Charles A. Via, Jr., Everett E. Blakely, James R. Douglas, Kneeling, Lester W. Saunders, Monroe R. Thornton, Edward S. Yevich, Lyle E. Nord, and Edmund G. Forkner. Detailed Information (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Back Row: Payne, Via, Douglass, Blakely; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Nord, Forkner (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Monroe Thornton and Edmund Forkner (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Back Row: Bubbles Payne, Ev Blakely, Charles Via, James Douglass, ; Front Row: Saunders, Niedermeyer, Forkner, Nord,   (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Just-A-Snappin' and members of the Blakely crew in Algeria (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Lester Saunders and Edmund Forkner; far right (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

Charles Via, Lester Saunders, and Edmund Forkner in Algeria (from the collection of Edmund Forkner)

William McClelland, Lyle Nord, Edward Yevich, and Edmund Forkner (Photo courtesy of the McClelland Family)

 

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