FORBY, WILLIS ELLIS

Name: Willis Ellis Forby
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force
Unit: 334th TFS
Date of Birth:15 June 1933
Home City of Record: Onaka SD
Date of Loss: 20 September 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 180600N 1054200E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Category:
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105

Other Personnel in Incident: none

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK March 1997 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. SYNOPSIS QUOTED from page
28 of Ben Schemmer's "THE RAID." 2023

REMARKS: 021273 RELEASED BY DRV

SYNOPSIS: "There were, of course, many sources of intelligence besides
reconnaissance photographs: enemy propaganda films, news releases and
broadcasts; and the interrogation of defectors and enemy prisoners of war,
which had proved especially valuable when a captured North Vietnamese turned
out to have a brother or cousin or brother-in-law who was a guard in one of
the POW camps.  In one case, a previously unknown prisoner, Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel Willis E. Forby, had been positively identified when a
North Vietnamese soldier taken captive in the south revealed that he had
captured Forby when he was shot down early in the war, September 20,1965.
Sometimes information came from foreign visitors to North Vietnam or members
of American protest movements allowed to visit there.  Other tidbits were
passed along, often purposefully gathered for the United States, by military
attaches and diplomats stationed in Hanoi from friendly and neutral
nations-and occasionally, even from an unfriendly one. Another source was
mail from the POWs themselves, when they were allowed to write those cruelly
short and uninformative letters home.  Only about half the prisoners were
being given that privilege, however."


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Willis Forby retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He
resides in Illinois.

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