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Merry Christmas…

On Christmas day, George Edwin Farrar was allowed to write home again to his family.  He was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft IV, and now out of the hospital and in a regular barracks in the prison camp.  His family still did not know if he were dead or alive following the mid-air collision of September 28, 1944.  He had previously written two letters home from prison camp – on October 24 and November 9 – but neither one had been received by his parents at the time he wrote this third letter.

He wrote:

December 25, 1944


Dearest Mother:  Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  We had as good as can be expected here.  I am sorry I can’t send you a birthday card but do hope that you have a nice one.  If you get a chance I wish you would send me some cigars, as I still don’t smoke cigarettes.  Love to all, George.

His mother, Raleigh Mae Farrar’s, fifty-fifth birthday was a month away on January 25, 1945.

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