World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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William David Gordon Watkins - World War II photo

W/Cdr. William David Gordon-Watkins, DSO, DFC, DFM (RAF)
Stalag Luft I POW

South Compound, Barracks 10, Senior British Officer

Passed away in June 1965.

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Wing Commander Watkins joined the RAF in 1937, starting his career in No25(F) Squadron at RAF Hawkinge, progressing from ground crew to Airgunner/Observor on Hawker Demons. Fairly early on he transferred to Bomber Command as a Navigator and was on his fourth tour, commanding No15 Squadron at Mildenhall when, as Master Bomber on a support raid on Heinsberg in mid November, 1944, his Lancaster was shot down apparently by a German Nightfighter. The sole survivor, on fire and unable to exit the plane until it broke up, his problems didn't finish when he landed.  He passed away in June 1965.


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This is believed to be a PBY Catalina flying boat.



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