1/Lt. Kenneth D. Cottrell

(C. Olshavsky)

1/Lt. Kenneth D. Cottrell

338th FS - 18 January 1945 - 24 February 1945 (Missing In Action - Evader)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL-V 44-14702 "Miss Donna"

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
328 24 February 1945 Bremen
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes Born in Hillside, New Jersey, September 9, 1922.
ASN - O-832352
18 January 1945 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
24 February 1945 - Missing in Action
MACR No. 12621

1 /Lt. Oliver W. Griswold reported: "I was leading Hellcat Red Flight on this date, (24 Feb. 1945) in the vicinity of Beilen, Holland when my number four man, 2/Lt. Cottrell, gave me a call saying that his engine was cutting out. I called him and told him I would take him out. He replied that he couldn't make it. He then radioed that his engine had stopped. He stayed with the plane from 12,000 to 4,000 feet and then bailed out. I saw him land safely and walk away. The location was approximately 5250-0640 at 1402 hours."

Lt. Cottrell had mechanical failure and bailed out south of the Orange Canal, between Beilen and Emmen, Holland. He evaded capture with the aid of Mr. Von Rijn and Dr. Drinkla, of Dwingloo, Drente, Holland, and Mr. R. Faber and Mrs. F.H.C. Ten Bensel, of Assen, Drente, Holland. He was in safe territory 18 April and returned to military control May 10, 1945. The aircraft that he went down in was named "Miss Donna", Lt. Paul Reeves' ship.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble


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