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In this 1945 photograph taken at the New Castle Army Air Base, young Sammy Ellicott III receives the Air Medal on behalf of his father Lt. Samuel Ellicott, Jr. from Lt. Colonel William Hooton. At the time, Lt. Ellicott was a prisoner of war in Germany.

A Worried Wife

Lt. Samuel Ellicott, Jr. was captured by the Germans in 1944 and interned at Stalag Luft One in Barth, Germany. It opened in late 1942 for British officers and in early 1943, American Airmen began to arrive. By January of 1944, the camp was split into two compounds one for officers and another for enlisted men. In May of 1945, the German guards abandoned the camp a few days before it was liberated by the Russian Army.

This photograph is part of the Delaware in World War II collection. The collection represents a wide range of activities in Delaware during the war. More than twenty-five percent of it deals with Dover Air Force Base, New Castle Army Air Base, Fort du Pont, Fort Miles and Edgemore Coast Guard Base. Civilian war activities include war loan drives, victory gardens, civilian defense, industry, salvage drives, Red Cross, U.S.O. and celebration of the war’s end. There is also a section that deals with everyday life in Delaware; especially in Wilmington and includes the Swedish Tercentenary and the crash of St. George’s Bridge.