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The only aircraft that could land at Yudam-ni, Hagaru, and Koto-ri were helicopters from VMO-6. For example, between November 27 and December 1, VMO-6 lifted 109 casualties from Yudam-ni, 36 from Hagaru, and 7 from Koto-ri.
Equipped with four HO3S-1 choppers, VMO-6 quickly earned a reputation for versatility upon deployment to Korea in July 1950.
VMO-6 also flew several OY Sentinel artillery-spotting aircraft, nicknamed "Grasshoppers." Although unarmed, these little planes flew a dangerous mission, and after taking ground fire several spotter pilots retaliated.
While the drops went off without a hitch, enemy counterattacks necessitated a call to VMO-6, which responded by evacuating 13 wounded.
Upon arriving at Pusan on 2 August, VMO-6 was immediately swamped with calls.
VMO-6 tried to maintain one or two Sentinels aloft at all times, which often ranged far ahead of the point, operating at extremely low altitudes to locate well-camouflaged enemy positions.
Twenty-six rescues were accomplished by VMO-6 between 10 August and 31 December 1950, with more than one helo retuming riddled with holes; in some instances, the helos swooped in literally on top of approaching enemy troops.
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