of Capt. Smith and Lt. Bifolchi
Captain Hallie W. Smith was the pilot and First
Lieutenant Charles L. Bifolchi the navigator aboard an RF4C Phantom
reconnaissance jet from the 16th Tactical Recon Squadron at Than Son
Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam. On January 8, 1968, Smith and Bifolchi
were assigned a reconnaissance mission and were en route to the target
when radar and radio contact was lost in Kontum Province, South
Vietnam, about 15 miles north of the city of Dak To.