Worked With War Hero's Father At Eagle Picher


I wish to take this opportunity to commend your newspaper for the most interesting and enlightening news article by Mr. Mike Plunkett you recently published in your March 28 edition regarding the exploits of a local Hillsboro man who became a war hero after shooting down two German enemy aircraft over France on Jan. 30, 1944, and chalking up a third probable kill.

Your story was about then-Lieutenant Raymond Clotfelter, who, on a subsequent mission on March 28, 1944, was himself shot down on a long-range strafing mission over Dreaux, France.  After his P-51 Mustang aircraft sustained disabling enemy flak, he was forced to bail out.  He was subsequently captured by German forces and spent the remainder of World War II in a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland before his POW compound was liberated by Soviet forces in January 1945.

Your article indicated that Lieutenant Clotfelter was the adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Clotfelter of Hillsboro.  This was the first that I had known about Lieutenant Clotfelter and his distinguished military exploits, notwithstanding the fact that I worked with Wendell Clotfelter at the Hillsboro Eagle Picher zinc smelter during the 1959-60 time frame during a break in my college education.

Thank you very much for publishing this great military story.  I hope that your other readers found this story as intriguing as I did!


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