POW_Letter

Title: Prisoner of War Post
Author: Paul M. Fenwick
Date: June 2015 photo of WWII item
Comments:

An original letter to the folks back home from a German POW held at Donna Nook Airfield on the Lincolnshire coast. Herr Szallek says it's the best camp he's been sent to. His British captors even made him a cake on his birthday which was much appreciated!!

Surely Karl was about to be released anytime soon as it was January 1948 when the letter was written? The last repatriations took place in November 1948. About 24,000 chose to remain voluntarily in Britain as free men. Many became popular characters on Lincolnshire farms!

POW Camp 292 is listed as being at Kirmington. I assume that Donna Nook Airfield, near North Somercotes was a satellite camp. The address inside the letter simply says 'Holton'. I assume this means Holton-le-Clay rather than Holton-le-Moor or Holton-cum-Beckering. Presumably Holton was another satellite camp or just a workplace. The crossed out 'Willingham House, Market Rasen' is interesting. This was certainly a POW camp and most probably where the correct stationery was borrowed from. This very large country house was blown up by Royal Engineers in 1967 following years of neglect.

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