KIA INCIDENT: 19500929 VMO-6 Korea

Brothers (& Sisters) Killed in Action in USMC Helicopters or while assigned to USMC Helicopter or Tiltrotor Squadrons

19500929 VMO-6 Korea

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Incident Date 19500929 VMO-6 HO3S-1 - BuNo 122510 - - Shot down by hostile fire during SAR rescue attempt


Excerpted from A History of Marine Observation Squadron Six

"On 29 September [1950], the squadron lost an OY aircraft and a HO3S-1 helicopter. The OY was shot down 5 miles north of Seoul, killing the aerial observer, Captain Edwin E Rives. First Lieutenant Arthur R. Bancroft was dispatched in a helicopter to rescue the pilot, Second Lieutenant Thomas D. Odenbaugh, but Bancroft's HO3S-1 was also shot down by enemy aircraft fire. Bancroft was killed in the crash, and Odenbaugh was declared Missing In Action on 29 September 1950."

Submitted by: History and Museums Division, USMC, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association, 20060109

KORWALD Loss Incident Summary

KORWALD Loss Incident Summary

Date of Loss: 500929
Tail Number: UNK
Aircraft Type: HO3S-1
Wing or Group: MAG-33
Squadron: VMO-6
Circumstances of Loss: Headed for Uijongbu - 10 mi NE Seoul, crashed



Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle) Rank Service Status Comments
BANCROFT, Arthur R. 1LT USMC RCV Rescued, later died

[Crew of OY-2 being rescued by Bancroft]
ODENBAUGH, Thomas D. 2LT USMC MIA
RIVERS, Edwin E. CAPT USMC RCV Remains recovered - last name listed as Rives in some sources, Rivers in others


Submitted by: Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association, 20060107

Korean War Project

ARTHUR RICHARD BANCROFT

6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW

Marines

Hostile, Died (KIA)

Date Of Loss: September 29, 1950

1LT - O2

Service Number: 035520 MOS: -----

Home of Record: HILLSBORO, IA

Place of Loss: Unknown Location

Born: April 18, 1920
Year of Birth: 1920

Caucasian

Korean War Project Key No: 1315

Date Of Final Status: (September 29, 1950)

Submitted by: N/A, 20060109

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