War Office Reports Sergt. Irvin Olson Prisoner in Germany
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Olson on Saturday received the following telegram from the War Department in Washington, D. C.: "Report just received through the International Red Cross states that your son, Sergeant Irvin Olson, is a prisoner of war of the German government. Letter of information follows from provost marshal general."
It was just three months ago that Mr. and Mrs. Olson had received word that their son was missing in action in Germany and this was the first news they had received concerning him. The last letter from Irvin was written Christmas day at which time he said he was in London, England.
Irvin was an aerial engineer gunner on a B-17 bomber plane based in England and was sent overseas November 2, 1944. It was on one of his first missions over enemy territory from which he failed to return. He had been in the air corps since December 9, 1943.
~source of article & photo: newspaper
clipping, unknown newspaper, undated ca1945
~contributed by Mary Durr
~Notes: Irvin Olson was son of Joseph T. & Irene Olson. He was 11 years old when he was enumerated on the 1930 US census, Clayton co., Grand Meadow twp. with siblings Lyle (age 7) & Clifford (age 4), living in the home of his parents.
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