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500929   VMO-6     Korea

Incident Date 500929 VMO-6 HO3S-1 - BuNo 122510 - Shot down by hostile fire during SAR rescue attempt

[CREW]
Bancroft, Arthur Richard 1stLt Pilot VMO-6 1stMarDiv(reinf)/10thArmyCorps 500929


ARTHUR RICHARD BANCROFT : 6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW : MARINES : HOSTILE, DIED (KIA) : DATE OF LOSS SEPTEMBER 29, 1950 : 1LT - O2 : 035520 : MOS ----- : HILLSBORO, IA : PLACE OF LOSS - 5 MILES N SEOUL : BORN APRIL 18, 1920 : CAUCASIAN : KOREAN WAR PROJECT KEY NO 1315 : DATE OF FINAL STATUS (SEPTEMBER 29, 1950) : died of injuries received after being shot down


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

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

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)



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