Name: William Orlan Bare
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O2
Unit: 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Date of Birth: 28 March 1941
Home City of Record: Oklahoma City OK
Date of Loss: 27 July 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 172800 North  1063200 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action/Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Other Personnel in Incident: Gilland Corbitt, still missing
Refno: 0774

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020

REMARKS: Radio Contact Lost

CACCF = crash Quang Binh, 5 miles SW of Dong Hoi, aircrew

No further information available at this time.




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On July 27, 1967, a RF-4C Phantom II (serial number 64-1042, call sign "Hipster 2") departed Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, on a night reconnaissance mission. While en route to its primary target, the aircraft was diverted to another target in Quang Binh Province. After a final radio transmission from the crew, radar contact was lost, and the aircraft was not seen or heard from again. Aerial searchers flew over the Phantom's flight path but were unable to locate a crash site.

First Lieutenant William Orlan Bare, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Oklahoma, served with the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. He was the pilot of the Phantom when it disappeared, and his remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted 1st Lt Bare to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Bare is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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