LILLUND, WILLIAM ALLEN Name: William Allen Lillund Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 17 March 1939 Home City of Record: Fortuna CA Date of Loss: 04 October 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 212000N 1051000E (WJ211812) Status (In 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105F Refno: 0847 Other Personnel in Incident: Morris L. McDaniel, Jr. (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian MiGs. Maj. Morris L. McDaniel had flown nearly 100 combat missions when he and Capt. William A. Lillund were sent on a bombing mission into North Vietnam. McDaniel was looking forward to returning home to his wife and three children. McDaniel and Lillund were flying an F105F "Wild Weasel" toward a target area northwest of Hanoi. His last contact with American forces was when he made a pre-strike refueling shortly before reaching the target area. His last known location was approximately 10 miles northwest of the city of Phu Tho in Vinh Phu Province, North Vietnam. In 1973, 591 other American prisoners of war from North Vietnam. McDaniel and Lillund were not among them. There were hundreds of men who were known or suspected to be prisoners who were not released. When American involvement ended in Vietnam, nearly 2500 Americans remained prisoner, missing and unaccounted for. Unlike MIAs from other wars, the large majority of these men can be accounted for. Further, the U.S. Government has received over 10,000 sighting reports related to these missing Americans. Many officials believe that Americans are still held in captivity, yet we seem unable to achieve their freedom. Morris L. McDaniel, Jr. was promoted to the rank of Colonel and William A. Lillund to the rank of Major during the period they were maintained Missing in Action.