1964 — Alexandria, VA
Zella was married to Maj. (LTC) Thomas D Whitlock, who was killed in the Viet Cong Mortar Attack on the Bien Hoa Base, S. Vietnam on 1 Nov. 1964. The 1st major attack and Maj. Whitlock was a Fighter Pilot, and Commander, he flew an A1-E Skyraider which was assigned to the VNAF. Maj. Whitlock had graduated from the DLI (DEfense Language Institute) and was an extremely important man. A sad and tragic loss.
Maj Whitlock was attempting to get his Skyraider off the runway and his main Mechanic was Louis Otto. Louis was out on the tarmac trying to help him accomplish this when a mortar/ rocket directly hit the Maj. and his Skyraider. (please see the links under the Map)
Barbi Ennis (Otto) Connolly, WWII Historical Researcher, 57th Bomb Wing, B-25's /MTO and Historian for the 319th and 321st Bomb Groups. I also place all of our Heroes, please email me at PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com if you have more information or pictures.