FULLER, WILLIAM OTIS

Name: William Otis Fuller
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Unit:
Date of Birth: 20 August 1935
Home City of Record: HOUSTON TX
Date of Loss: 26 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171100 North 1065200 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0692
Missions:

Other Personnel in Incident: Thomas Kilcullen, Presumptive Finding of
Death

Refno: 0813

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:

CACCF/CRASH/AIRCREW

No further information available at this time.

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MAJ WILLIAM OTIS FULLER

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On August 26, 1967, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0692, call sign "Whiskey 22") with two crew members took part in a two-aircraft reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. During their pass over the target area, the flight leader detected signals from anti-aircraft radar and saw a small flash, followed by larger flash, but was unable to identify the sources of the light. He then discovered that he had lost radio contact with "Whiskey 22," and was informed by ground control that the aircraft had also disappeared from their radar tracking. Returning to the target area, the flight leader observed a large fire burning on the ground about one mile to the west, and called for search and rescue forces before departing. Search efforts were launched but failed to locate the missing Phantom's crash site or either crew member.

Captain William Otis Fuller, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Texas, served with the 558th Tactical Fighter Squadron and was the aircraft commander of "Whiskey 22" at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Following the incident, the Air Force promoted Capt Fuller to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Fuller is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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