WILLIAM W BANCROFT JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 6W, LINE 56 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM W BANCROFT JR

WALL NAME

WILLIAM W BANCROFT JR

PANEL / LINE

6W/56

DATE OF BIRTH

06/12/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/13/1970

HOME OF RECORD

INDIANAPOLIS

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM W BANCROFT JR
POSTED ON 6.30.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us....
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POSTED ON 6.8.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 76th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

POW-MIA...Never Forget

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 11.9.2020
POSTED BY: Mike Robbins

But for the grace of God....

I was flying RF-4Cs at Udorn in early 70s. In addition to being a line pilot, I was also the maintenance officer. On Thursday, November 12, 1970 I was called to the flight line to inspect one of our returning RF-4Cs with major structural damage. The pilot had flown a mission over North Vietnam to photograph a SAM site. As he approached the site at low level the gunners opened up. The aluminum skin on the wing was almost pulled off due to the high g forces to avoid being shot down.

When I returned to the squadron to get my mission for the following day, Friday the 13th, I discovered that I was supposed to return to the same SAM site that fired on the earlier flight. I was supposed to overfly the site at 500 feet for the photo mission. I talked with the pilot about the defenses and the best routes in and out of the area. After doing my mission planning I turned the map in to our ops officer who forwarded mine and three other North Vietnam missions for the 13th to 7th AF in Saigon.

Late in the evening I got a call from someone in wing ops who told me that someone had mixed up the routes and names and that I was supposed to fly one of the other missions, and someone else would fly my mission. I replied that I was not going to fly a route that I had not planned and no one should have to fly my route. They said to hang tight and they would get back to me. They called back later and agreed that we would all fly the routes we had planned but that my mission for the 13th had been cancelled.

Since I wasn’t supposed to fly in the morning, I slept a little later than normal and headed to the maintenance section. As I was checking on one of the aircraft for the morning missions someone asked me where I had been. Apparently someone from the squadron had tried to call me at the hooch to tell me that my mission was back on, but the Thai maid didn’t understand what they wanted. My flight commander, Dave Wright, was in the squadron and was able to go to the required briefing, and he took what was my flight. Bill was his back seater.

About an hour and a half later I was in the squadron when the ops officer took a phone call. I don’t know what it was about the call, but I immediately got goose bumps on my arms. I knew something bad had happened. When the ops office hung up the phone he told me that Dave Wright’s plane had been shot down over the SAM site and both Dave and Bill were killed.
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POSTED ON 6.12.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

First Lieutenant William Warner Bancroft Jr., Served with the 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 7th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 9.27.2017
POSTED BY: Tom Clark and Brenna McCormack, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana

Indiana Hero

Picture posted by Tom Clark, Teacher and Students, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana.
Please watch our video about what we have been doing in the classroom for the past 32 years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohw6D-bcfPU
Picture from the Plain Dealer Library
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