Name: Joseph Chester Bors
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Unit: 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Tan San Nhut Airbase, South
Date of Birth: 20 April 1935
Home City of Record: Binghamton NY
Date of Loss: 28 April 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 152300N 1083200E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Refno: 1147
Other Personnel In Incident: William R. Cook (missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 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.


SYNOPSIS: Capt. Joseph C. Bors was flying backseater aboard LtCol. William
R. Cook's RF4C Phantom jet when the two departed Tan San Nhut Airbase in
South Vietnam on 28 April 1968 on a day photo reconnaissance mission.

The RF4 version of the Phantom is a reconnaissance aircraft outfitted for
photographic and electronic reconnaissance missions. Its principal drawback
was in its use for night photography. Photo flash cartridges, ejected from
the plane's fuselage gave the necessary light, but also alerted enemy
gunners of the aircraft's location, making it somewhat vulnerable,
particularly on low level flights.

Cook and Bors' mission took them into Military Region 1, and into Quang Tin
Province, South Vietnam. When they were about 20 miles west southwest of the
city of Chu Lai, all contact with the aircraft was lost. Both men were
classified Missing In Action.

A list was published in 1974 by a POW organization called FACK, which
contained 19 individuals who had not been released and whom were known to
have survived their loss incident. On the list was the name of Joseph C.

Bill Cook's photograph was identified by a rallier as an American prisoner
of war, but as none of the returning prisoners saw Cook, CIA analysts
questioned the identification. Perhaps the identification was in error, but
it is now widely known that a second and perhaps third prison system existed
in Vietnam, and it is possible that returned prisoners did not see the
Americans held in other prison systems. No further word of Bors has

Cook and Bors are among nearly 2400 Americans who are still missing in
Southeast Asia. Thousands of sighting reports have accumulated over the
years, convincing many that hundreds of Americans are still alive, held
prisoner. Whether Cook or Bors is among them is unknown, but what is certain
is that it is long past time to bring these men home.