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520806   VMO-6 (FW)     Korea

Incident Date 520806 VMO-6 (FW) OE-1 BuNo 133783 Hit by AAA behind enemy lines

[CREW]
Randall, Burton Wayne 2ndLt AO VMO-6 (FW) 1st MAW 520806
Zbella, William Edward MSgt Pilot VMO-6 (FW) 1st MAW 520806


BURTON WAYNE RANDALL : 6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW : MARINES : HOSTILE, DIED (KIA) : DATE OF LOSS DECEMBER 16, 1953 : 1LT - O2 : 052154 : MOS ----- : DENVER, CO : PLACE OF LOSS - UNKNOWN LOCATION : BORN MARCH 8, 1930 : CAUCASIAN : KOREAN WAR PROJECT KEY NO 24389 : DATE OF FINAL STATUS (DECEMBER 16, 1953) : declared MIA 06AUG1952 : two chutes observed

WILLIAM EDWARD ZBELLA : 6 VMO SQDN 1 MAW : MARINES : HOSTILE, DIED (KIA) DATE OF LOSS AUGUST 6, 1952 : MSGT - E8 : 809957 : MOS ----- : WAUSAU, WI : PLACE OF LOSS - UNKNOWN LOCATION : BORN AUGUST 7, 1923 : CAUCASIAN : KOREAN WAR PROJECT KEY NO 33533 : DATE OF FINAL STATUS (AUGUST 6, 1952) : declared MIA 06AUG1952 : two chutes observed from a/c


Korean War Records:
Flying a Cessna OE-1 (BuNo 133783) on August 6, 1952, 2NDLT Burton W. RANDALL, USMC, and MSGT William E. ZBELLA, USMC were on an artillery spotting mission behind enemy lines when they were hit by AAA; two chutes observed; both originally listed as MIA.
Submitted by LCDR Douglas Campbell, USNR (Ret.), Researcher


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