World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

A collection of stories, photos, art and information on Stalag Luft I


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Lt. Bill Gleason's Prisoner of War identification photo from WWII  1st Lt. William Joseph Gleason   
 Cohoes, NY
 Navigator - shot down on 12/31/44
 493rd Bomb Group - 862nd. Squad
 North 3 Compound  Barracks 1 Room 2 at Stalag Luft I in Barth

Died - 8/05/89
He was in the lead B-17 so there were 13 people on the plane. He was lead navigator. Of the 13, six died and seven bailed out. A bomb blew up as it was leaving the bomb bay.  Click here to email his family.

After the war, he married Eleanor Byrne from Schenectady, NY and had three boys - Bill, Jim and Kelly. Had many jobs all in management and did quite well.

Click here to play video of an air show where Bill gets to fly in a B-17 again many years later.
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Bill Gleason after the war

Western Union Missing in Action telegram from WWII

Western Union notice to his family.

Bill Gleason and his crew with plane from WWII

Lt. Gleason  with his crew, he is the second from left standing


North 3 Barracks 1 Room 2 at Stalag Luft I

 Barracks Drawing by Martin Uhl

Short wave listener postcard to POW family during WWII

Post card sent from short wave radio listener to Lt. William J. Gleason"s family informing them that their son was a POW at Stalag Luft I in Germany. 

Prisoner of war Id card






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