Name: Gilland Wales Corbitt
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 26 May 1925
Home City of Record: DENVER CO
Date of Loss: 27-July-67
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 172800 North  1063200 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C

Other Personnel in Incident: William Bare, Presumptive Finding of Death

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.


Quang Binh 5 miles Southwest of Dong Hoi

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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.

Major Gilland Wales Corbitt, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Colorado, served with the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. He was the aircraft commander aboard the Phantom when it disappeared, and his remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted Major Corbitt to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Colonel Corbitt is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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