Yank Magazine--The Army Weekly
306th Bomb Group--Thurleigh, England

Editor's Note: This description of Yank Magazine was excerpted from Wikipedia online and gives a good overview of how Yank came about and how it was produced. The collection below belonged to William H. Feeser(Assistant Crew Chief and Airplane Inspector/367th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group at Thurleigh, England) and was donated by his son, Bill. The originals will be deposited in the 306th Bomb Group Historical Collection held by the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia. These digital copies below are offered for research purposes by the Feeser family.

The links below are for the British Edition, one of 21 different editions printed around the world. Links printed in black below are missing from the collection. If you have any of those issues, please send them to the webmaster for scanning and uploading.

Yank, the Army Weekly was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II. The idea for the magazine came from Egbert White, who had worked on Stars and Stripes during World War I. He proposed the idea to the Army in early 1942, and accepted a commission as Lieutenant Colonel. White was the overall commander, Major Franklin S. Forsberg was the business manager and Major Hartzell Spence was the first editor. White was removed from the Yank staff because of disagreements about articles which had appeared. Soon afterward, Spence was also assigned to other duties, and Joe McCarthy became the editor.

The first issue was published with the cover date of June 17, 1942. The magazine was written by enlisted rank soldiers only and was made available to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving overseas. It was published at facilities around the world—British, Mediterranean, Continental, and Western Pacific—for a total of 21 editions in 17 countries. Yank was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military, achieving a worldwide circulation of more than 2.6 million. Each issue was priced from five cents to 10 cents because it was felt that if soldiers paid, they would have a higher regard for the publication. Each issue was edited in New York City and then shipped for printing around the world where staff editors added local stories. The last issue was published in December 1945. Scott Corbett (later known as a writer of novels for children) served as the last editor.

Sketch artists such as Robert Greenhalgh and Howard Brodie worked on the magazine, which also featured the "G.I. Joe" cartoons by Dave Breger and the Sad Sack cartoons by Sgt. George Baker. Artist and author Jack Coggins spent over two years with Yank, first in New York, then in London, producing illustrations and articles in more than 24 issues. John Bushemi was a photographer, who photographed the Pacific War and provided covers for Yank.

One of the most popular "morale boosters" for the men in the armed forces was the inclusion of a pin-up girl in each issue who was usually clad either in a bathing suit or some form of seductive attire. The pin-up girls included stage and screen stars.