Letters From A Soviet Prison

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My father, Francis Gary Powers, was a CIA U-2 pilot who was shot down in the midst of the Cold War, on May 1, 1960, while flying in Soviet Airspace. After his capture, he was tried for espionage and then served nearly two years in a Soviet prison until his eventual release in exchange for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy who was caught in the United States in the late 1950s. The two operatives were brought to separate sides of the Glienicker Bridge in Potsdam, Germany, as depicted in Steven Spielberg's motion picture Bridge of Spies, where the exchange took place. While in prison my father kept a personal journal and was allowed to write and receive personal correspondence. In this book are the never-before published journal of my father's thoughts as a Prisoner of War, along with more than 150 personal letters written and received by my father during his captivity. Included in this book are some 50 photographs, many of them personal photographs of the Powers' family taken during the time of my father's imprisonment. With the help of acclaimed researcher and author Douglas E. Campbell, we present to the reader the chronological history of my father's life while in Soviet prison as reflected in his journal and correspondence. As the son of Francis Gary Powers, I would like to also thank the son of the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Professor Sergei Khrushchev, for his kind remarks in the Preface. I would also like to thank noted U-2 historian Chris Pocock for his remarks in the Postscript.

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Having been in the CIA's spy plane projects 1960-65 I really enjoyed reading Power's letters to and from him while imprisoned in the USSR. I supported the last two overflights of the U-2 of the USSR in 1960 while stationed in the eastern Mediterranean. I then was in all of the agencies spy plane projects in S. Calif for two years. I have followed closely since then much of the rest of the life of the U-2 which is still so valuable to the USAF and which are based out of Beale AFB, CA when not deployed overseas.

This book compliments my copy of FGP's Operation Overflight.
I do recommend this book to those who wish to learn about what it was like for Power during his time in the USSR. Gary did a fine job of putting the book together and I wish to thank him again for his two presentations of both books to me at CIA reunions in N. VA recently and some years ago. As my late wife said once: "He is probably the nicest man I have ever met". I agree wholly. (Posted on 7/13/2017)

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