COMMENTS & NOTES
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
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
P.O. Box 397
Capitola, CA 95010-0397
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
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.
P.S. Your Dad was not aboard when we crash landed at Horshing in Linz, Austria.