World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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Lt. Lester F. Frawley Lt. Lester F. Frawley


Stalag Luft I - North 2 Compound


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Lt. Lester Frawley was the pilot of a B-17G Fly Fortress  called the "Mille K". He passed away in 1954, from kidney failure due to Bright's Disease, which his family believes developed from the harsh conditions in the prison camp.  Although, he only lived about 10 years after returning from Europe, he accomplished a lot in his short life.  In his journal he notes that his first child was born while in Germany.  Almost four months had passed before he learned of the birth.  He had three additional children.
He was born and raised in Trenton, N.J.  Prior to the war he received a scholarship to the University of Alabama to be the the drum major of "The Million Dollar Band".  That is where he met his wife, who was also attending the University.  Prior to graduating Les joined the Air Corp and started training to be a pilot. 
When he returned from the war, he finished his undergraduate at the University of North Alabama (Florence State University) and received his Masters in Education from Peabody College in Nashville, TN.   He lived the rest of his life in Florence, AL where he taught high school Biology and was a preacher with the Church of Christ.  His family has grown to include not only his four children, but seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.   Lester's widow still lives in Florence, Alabama. 

Lt. Frawley in flight suit

Lt. Frawley in flight suit

Frawley flight suit

Frawley crew

Frawley crew

Lt. Frawley in pilot school

Lt. Frawley in pilot school


Group photo of prisoners of war at Stalag Luft I
North 2, Barrack 5, Room 4
Bottom row second from right is Lester Frawley

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