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510919   VMO-6 (FW)     Korea

Incident Date 510919 VMO-6 (FW) L-19A BuNo 50-1728 Crashed in River on Takeoff

[CREW]
Russell, Robert John MSgt AO VMO-6 (FW) 1stMarDiv(reinf)/10thArmyCorps 510919


ROBERT JOHN RUSSELL : 6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW : MARINES : HOSTILE, DIED (KIA) : DATE OF LOSS SEPTEMBER 20, 1951 : MSGT - E8 : 357463 : MOS ----- : WANBLEE, SD : PLACE OF LOSS - UNKNOWN LOCATION : BORN DECEMBER 23, 1919 : CAUCASIAN : KOREAN WAR PROJECT KEY NO 26061 : DATE OF FINAL STATUS (SEPTEMBER 20, 1951) : Body Recovered


"History of Marine Observation Squadron Six":
"On 19 September Master Sergeant Robert J. Russell and his observer Major Douglas K. Morton crashed on takeoff when the engine of their OE-1 stopped. Upon impact the aircraft burst into flames. Major Morton was evacuated to a hospital in the United States, but Master Sergeant Russell received second and third-degree burns which proved fatal."
Submitted by History and Museums Division, USMC, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association

KORWALD Loss Incident Summary:
KORWALD Loss Incident Summary

Date of Loss: 510919
Tail Number: 50-1728
Aircraft Type: L-19A
Wing or Group: 1st MAW
Squadron: VMO-6
Circumstances of Loss: Crashed on take-off in the river at Sinchon



Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle) Rank Service Status Comments
MORTAN, Douglas K. MAJ USMC INJ
RUSSELL, Robert J. MSGT USMC RCV





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

Korean War Project:
ROBERT JOHN RUSSELL

6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW

Marines

Hostile, Died (KIA)

Date Of Loss: September 20, 1951

MSGT - E8

Service Number: 357463 MOS: -----

Home of Record: WANBLEE, SD

Place of Loss: Unknown Location

Born: December 23, 1919
Year of Birth: 1919

Caucasian

Korean War Project Key No: 26061

Date Of Final Status: (September 20, 1951)



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