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The BLT exercise, dubbed Snowflex 1-62, ran from 16 January to 2 February and was supported by VMO-6 HOK helicopters and OE spotter aircraft. The squadron furnished reconnaissance, photography, resupply, and liaison missions for the BLT. During 15-18 Aptil, VMO-6 pilots had the oppottunity to play aggressor in a 3-day guerrilla warfare problem run by Department of Defense (IJSMC) Photo MGi 1S9 the 2d Battalion, 11th Matines. The squadton Using a technique dating from the early days of Marine aviation, an GE makes an injlight message pick up during a Is: Marine Division field exercise.

O'Shea, was on a reconnaissance mission seeking in- formation on enemy positions. During their flight they flew over a heavy enemy concentration and received fire; no injuries were received but a wing OY pilot to pinpoint the downed aviator, the mis- sion had to be abandoned because of inclement strut on the OY was shot off and Lepire had to make a delicate landing on their return. Later the same day Captain Parkins rescued First Lieutenant Robert R. Wilson of VMF-212, who had parachuted from his disabled F4U Corsair near the front line.

For the next week the OYs directed artillery fire and airsrrikes upon enemy groups. On 19 May an estimated 1,900 enemy were spotted and thirteen F4U Corsairs, twelve AD Skyraiders, and four F9F Panther jets ting mission. In May 1951 the squadron began receiving the Cessna-built aircraft, known as the Bird Dog, as a replacement for their aging OY-ls. Skyraiders. After the air strikes approximately 125 enemy casualties were reported. On the same day they also conducted 25 artillery fire missions which were credited with destroying 95 enemy troops, a supply dump, two enemy command posts, a large bunker, three mortars, and a machine gun position.

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