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LT  Joseph A. DROTTAR

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: P
SERIAL #: STATUS: FEH
MACR:

Comments1: 15 MAY 45 LNDNG ACCIDENT AT HORSCHING

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT JOSEPH A. DROTTAR    P FEH
2ND LT ROBERT P. RAYNOR    CP FEH
     F/O RANEY B. STANFORD  NAV FEH
2ND LT GEORGE A. SENIOR      BOM FEH
    CPL RAYMOND K. SUTTON  ROG FEH
    CPL ISADORE COHEN          TTE FEH
    CPL PAUL L. SANCHEZ       BTG FEH
    SGT FRANK W. BUERGER    WG FEH
    CPL EARL I. SUNSTROM       TG FEH

351st Sqdn..  Crew, as above, joined 100th on 3 Apr 1945


Mike...YES, I have a few for The Drottar crew,who had some bad luck and flew an aircraft 43-39424  EP-B my dads crew (1st Lt. W.Griswold Smith) flew to Austria to Paris on a DP Ferry Mission,May 19,1945…

DROTTAR COMBAT MISSIONS:  
14 APRIL 1945 ROYAN   C-Sqdn  DROTTAR MAFKING    047  O   Hardstand # 12, Aircraft # 42-238047  EP-O  "FEVER BEAVER"  one of the last (if not THEE last) of it's 125 Combat Missions..…
15 APRIL,1945 ROYAN   D-Sqdn  DROTTAR   KIDMEAT  015  N,  Hardstand # 23 ...…
16 APRIL,1945 ROYAN

PRACTICE MISSION:   
13  APRIL,1945   424  B  Hardstand # 9,Aircraft # 43-39424  EP-B, 

FERRY MISSION ACCIDENT:
 15 MAY,1945  DROTTAR  126   D   HORSCHING, Austria to pickup 30 French from German Prison Camp collapsed a landing gear upon landing...END of The LATEST  RUMOR  Aircraft 42-97126 EP-D..Aircraft pulled off the runway by hitching to a TANK...A/C salvaged May 25,1945  ....That's all I have on DROTTAR, not listed on any other ferry missions in May and June,or 3 food drop missions though I'm missing one of those.....Hope it helps you!      Jack O'Leary


Letter to Howard Cohen son of Isadore Cohen of the 351st Sqdn.

Oct 31, 1994
Howard Cohen
P.O. Box 397
Capitola, CA 95010-0397

Dear Howard;

I received a copy of the letter sent to you from Charlie Beck of the 100th. Although your Dad and I were on the same 
crew for a short period of time, I can give your what I recall. Our crew was formed at Biggs Field, in El Paso, Texas 
about October 1944. We arrived at Thorpe Abbotts in England March 15, 1945 and after more training and 
familiarization joined the 351st Squadron April 3, 1945. As hostilities were winding down, our vast war experience 
consisted of three missions to Royan, France to  bomb submarine pens.

After the war ended in Europe in May, only Joe (JOSEPH A. DROTTAR), Raney (RANEY B. STANFORD) and my self (ROBERT P. RAYNOR) remained together. Your Dad and the rest of the crew went their separate ways. I lost track of him after that.

Sometime in late 1960 I visited with Izz (ISADORE COHEN) and his wife for a short time In Pittsburgh, Squirrel HIll 
I believe.

Enclosed is a small snapshot taken in England; Top row: Paul (PAUL L. SANXHEZ), Earl (EARL I. SUNSTROM), Raney (RANEY B. STANFORD), myself (ROBERT P. RAYNOR),  and Joe (JOSEPH A. DROTTAR), left to right. Bottom row; George (GEORGE A. SENIOR),  Frank (FRANK W. BUERGER),  Ray (RAYMOND K. SUTTON)  and Izz 
( ISADORE COHEN),  left to right.   
Also enclosed is a negative of your Dad in our B-17. Hope this will be of interest to you.

Best Regards,
Bob Raynor

P.S. Your Dad was not aboard when we crash landed at Horshing in Linz, Austria.

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

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BURIAL INFORMATION

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PHOTOS:

 Joseph A. Drottar crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Members of Lt Drottar Crew

The Latest Rumor with undercarriage failure at Horching AF in Austria, 5/15/1945 Lt Drottar was Pilot. (100th BG Archives)

The Latest Rumor with undercarriage failure at Horching AF in Austria May 15, 1945, Lt Drottar was Pilot

 

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