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LT  Robert H. STROPP

UNIT: 351st BOMB Sqdn POSITION: NAV

 Robert H. Stropp - Radar Navigator with the John P. Ernst crew Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

Robert H. Stropp (photo courtesy of the Stropp family)

SERIAL #: O-388339 STATUS: POW
MACR: 12046 CR: 12046

Comments1: 3 FEB 45 BERLIN (GND ROCKET) - Not listed on MACR. Is listed on Casualty Report.

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

When this crew went down on 3/2/44, the crew list was as follows:  


 Feb 3, 1945   BERLIN          MACR #12046,           A/C#44 8379

Maj Robert Rosenthal           Command Pilot     Landed in Russian Lines
Capt John Ernst                        P                  POW
1st Lt Arthur I.Jacobson          CP                  POW  (from Crew of Lt. G. Brown)
1st Lt Stewart J. Gillison      Command NAV     EVA   (from Crew of Lt W. Terminello)
1st Lt Louis C. Chappel           NAV                 KIA     (from Crew of Lt W.J. Wilson)
1st Lt Robert H. Stropp       Radar NAV          Landed in Russian Lines
1st Lt Eugene E. Lockhart     BOM                  KIA   (from the Crew of Lt Oren Hopkins)
T/Sgt Charles H. Webber     ROG                Landed in Russian Lines 
T/Sgt Dugger C. West        TTE                  POW
S/Sgt Warren Winters         WG                  POW
S/Sgt G.A. Windisch            TG                  Landed in Russian Lines
Ernst's leg amputated  in German Hospital night of 3/2/45 & he was soon exchanged.

See "CONTRAILS" p.131 & S.O.C. p.95. Also p.219/223 of "FLYING FORTRESS" by E.Jablonski.

EYEWITNESS REPORT from MACR #  "A/C #44 8379 was hit by flak,reported to be a ground 
rocket a few seconds before bombs away. A/C continued on run and dropped bombs.  Fire and 
dense white smoke was seen in the fuselage and bomb bay, including the cockpit.  Bomb bay 
doors closed and then reopened.  Pilot opened his window and peeled gently off to the 
right,  directing deputy leader to take over on VHF.   A/C headed NE and flew level for a few 
moments while six members bailed out (3 appeared to come from waist or tail and 3 from 
bomb bay..There was a small explosion in #3 engine nacelle and thd A/C headed down, burning 
and beginning to spin when last seen at 15/000 feet.  Observers believe entire crew had an 
excellent chance to bail out."

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: May have not been a POW.  Landed in Russian held territory.

Stropp is listed on the Ernst Casualty Report as the third extra crew mamber (RAD-NAV).

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Berlin DATE: 1945-02-03  
AIRCRAFT: (44-8679) CAUSE: Ground Rocket  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Russian travel documentb

Article on Robert Stropp (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Article on Robert Stropp (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Article on Robert Stropp (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Letter written to the Stropp family by Storm Rhode; page 1 (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Letter written to the Stropp family by Storm Rhode; page 2 (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Letter written to the Stropp family by Storm Rhode; page 3 (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp's Russian Voucher booklet (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp's Russian Voucher booklet (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert H. Stropp, stateside training photo (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp, post-war photo (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert H. Stropp (courtesy of the Stropp family)

Lt. Robert H. Stropp (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp in the nose of "Silver Dollar" (courtesy of Robert Stropp)

351st Squadron barracks (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Ralph Baer, Gerald Brown, Tony Lentz, Robert Stropp and John Ernst (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp with other officers holding a snowball (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

100th Bomb Group veterans at the US Air Force Academy (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp visiting Thorpe Abbotts (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Robert Stropp attending a wedding (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Article on Robert Stropp (from the collection of Robert Stropp)

Letter written by Robert Rosenthal to the Stropp family (page 1)

Letter written by Robert Rosenthal to the Stropp family (page 2)

Letter written by Robert Rosenthal to the Stropp family (page 3)

 351st airmen from left: Ralph Baer, Gerald Brown, Tony Lentz, Bud Stropp and John Ernst. (100th Photo Archives) 

Robert Stropp Diary Page 1

Robert Stropp Diary par 2?

Robert Stropp Diary page 3?

 

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Crew 1

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