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September 2, 1945
Haliburton Airman is War Prisoner

  Haliburton, Sept. 2. — A letter received from Merrill G. Bailey by his wife, Mrs. Merrill G. Bailey of Haliburton, who was reported missing June 29th and is now a prisoner of war in Germany.
  Receiving his wings at Brantford, Pilot Bailey went to England Sept. 1st, 1941, and on June 1st, 1942 received the rank of Flight Sgt.
  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Bailey, reside at Eagle Lake and were former residents of Weston. Flight Sgt. Bailey was well known in Weston, his home town, and also was well and favorably known in Haliburton where he was married before going to England.

The letter reads as follows:
  Well, here I am writing this letter from Germany. I am well-treat¬ed and feeling fine. I am allowed to write two letters and four postcards a month but you can send as many as you like. You can send four parcels per year of no more than ten pounds. Please include tooth brush, shaving brush, comb and a few towels, 2 pairs socks and running shoes which most likely you have received back from England.
  I would appreciate chocolate as it is scarce here. Get in touch with the Red Cross before sending parcels.
  We were hit by anti-aircraft fire over target, then attacked by night fighter and finally fired on by three ships and crashed into the North Sea. Five of our crew were killed and three of us were safe. Fortunately, I was able to save one fellow who was trapped.
  Give my love to Mother and Dad. May God bless and protect you all, my love.
  Merrill G. Bailey.

Media Type:
Genealogical Resource
Item Types:
This card is part of a larger collection of World War II personnel clippings. The project began in 1944 at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria (now Kawartha Lakes)who served in the war. To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.
Date of Publication:
2 Sep 1945
Personal Name(s):
Merrill Bailey ; W.O. Merrill George Bailey
World War II Service Files
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