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Losses and Bail-outs

(Draft Listing)

   
28th January 1947
USMC
Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat 80427  VMP-254 On flight from NAS North Island to MCAS El Toro. In severe weather conditions collided with a mountain ridge SE of Santiago Peak on approach to El Toro.      
Capt. Wilbur J. “Gus” Thomas
kllled
M/Sgt Morgan W. Hopwood
kllled
 
   
24th September 1950
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80466 VMF(N)-542
MAG-33
1st Marine Air Wing
Hit by AAA near Seoul, crashed into the Han River near a power plant    
MAJ John Ward Beebe
KIA
TSGT Karl Vernon Klugt
KIA
 
   
25th September 1950
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80570 VMF(N)-542
MAG-33
 
Hit by AAA and ditched near Seoul      
LTCOL Max J. Volcansek
CO VMF(N)-542

bailed out

not injured
   
   
20th February 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat 80431 1st MAW
Hedron

Stalled and crashed during single engine emergency landing

     
Captain Homer John Cornell
killed
   
   
2nd March 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80434 VMF(N)-513
MAG-12
1st Marine Air Wing

Airfield K-1 (Pusan West)
Did not return from night reconnaissance mission at the Sariwon, Korea area, wreckage sighted by USAF F-51 pilot 2 miles south of Sohung    
Captain James W. Nelson
MIA
MSgt Donald "Don" Wyandotte Koontz
llinois
MIA
 
   
2nd April 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80555 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Hit by AAA, emergency landing at K-13, aircraft total loss      
CAPT George L. Winneberger, Jr.
not injured
WO Donald Quagliotti
not injured
 
   
30th April 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80470 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Hit tree during low-altitude night mission, wheels up landing at K-13, aircraft destroyed      
1LT John A. Erickson
not injured
MSGT S. Keimel
not injured
 
   
22nd June 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80556 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Emergency landing at K-14 after colliding with cable on low altitude run      
CAPT Don G. Derrynerry
not injured
   
   
28th June  1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80588 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Failed to return to base, fire seen near Wonsan  
usmc
 
MAJ. George U. Smith
MIA
MSGT James W. Herndon
MIA
 
   
23rd June 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80595 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Night mission, hit by AAA, hydraulic failure, ditched 300 yds off the beach at Pohang      
TSGT Marion J. Crawford

Remains recovered on October 15, 1951

MSGT Gordon P. Barnett
rescued
 
   
28th July 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80575 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Did not return from mission in Wonsan area, bad weather in area, cause unknown      
1LT Robert H. White
MIA
SSGT James A. Morton
MIA
 
   
4th October 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80513 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Caught fire, both crew members bailed out, VMF(N)-513 SAR effort to support ground search      
MAJ Leo F. Tatro
bailed out

Injured, rescued by ground search party - VMF(N)-513 aircraft dropped flares to assist night search effort
CWO2 Florenz Michael Banjavcic
bailed out

Remains recovered by ground search party
 
   
12th October 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80444 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Failed to return to base from combat mission, last radio contact at 0130L      
1Lt Robert J. Gillette
pow
MSGT Julius Gene Harrington
MIA
 
   
18th October 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80566 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Explosion observed, lost radio contact      
MSGTAlbert J. Morton
MIA
MSGT Howard F. Heyliger
MIA
 
   
21st October 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80509 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Hit by gnd fire, engine caught fire, Side Nr. WF-14, pilot bailed out near Singosan, crashed into hill, LST-799 helo conducted SAR effort      
CAPT Edward N. LE Faivre
Rescued by an LST-799 helo
CAPT Bruce K. Nims
bailed out

K-1 Aerologist, Det 30-10, 30th Weather Sq, flying as weather and radar observer)MIA
 
 
   
30th October 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80514 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Damaged by bomb blast, one bailed out, crashed near Kaesong, SAR effort negative
bailed out
     
MAJ William L.G. Hughes
MIA
MSGT Leon F. Devillier
MIA
 
   
30th November 1951
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80551 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Crashed & burned in bad weather while returning from combat mission      
CAPT William G. Knauf
remains recovered
CAPT Joseph P. Babin Jr.
remains recovered
 
   
22nd April 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80587 MAG-12
VMF(N)-513
Crashed immediately after take-off from K-8, crew bailed out      
CAPT John P. Flynn, Jr
bailed out

Rescued (Shot down on 14th May 1952 RMC Big Switch)
MSGT John F. McAvoy
bailed out

Remains recovered
 
   
14th May 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80597 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Night armed reconnaissance mission, hit by AAA, explosion observed near area      
CAPT John P. Flynn, Jr.
pow

see also 22nd April 1952

Irving Shaknov
[civilian]
MIA

attached to Cmdr, Naval Forces, Far East, Operational Evaluation Group in Korea

 
   
16th May 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80415 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Explosion seen during napalm run near Cheryeng, North Korea      
Captain Harold L. Green
MIA
MSgt Edgar Cameron
MIA
 
   
12th June 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80600 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
After aircraft conducted napalm run against vehicles, flare aircraft observed two explosions approx 5 mi S of Sinmak, no radio contact  
usmc
 
CAPT Morris L. Potter
MIA
MSGT William R. Goodall, III
MIA
 
   
15th June 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80592 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Engine failed, crashed in vicinity of Haeju, N. Korea      
Captain Robert R. Scott
bailed out

MIA
MSgt Richard R. Mullett
bailed out

MIA
 
crew reported bailing out
   
10th July 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80602 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Fire on aircraft. Crashed and burned      
Captain Paul  Robert Piana
remained in aircraft
MIA
SAR proved negative
TSgt William E. Henson
bailed out

rescued by helicopter
 
   
10th July 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80603 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Rescue CAP mission. Hit by AAA. Crash landed at K-8 following hydraulic and electric falure      
Captain Owen M. Wright
rescued
MSgt Harold Dudugjian
rescued
[killed in F3D loss
29th September 1955]
 
   
15th July 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80457 MAG 33 Explosions and fireball observed      
CAPT Duane Adelbert Swinford
MIA
MSGT Robert L. Kappelmann, Sr.
MIA
 
   
21st September 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80608 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Night air Patrol. Fuel exhaustion. Crashed and burned.      
Major Edmund William Berry
killed
SSgt Marion S. Havilland
rescued
 
   
6th December 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80546 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Crashed into the sea near K-8 due to mechanical failure      
MAJ James R. Turner
Died of exposure after rescue
MSGT Weldon E. Hardin
Died of exposure after rescue
 
   
9th December 1952
USMC
Grumman F7F-3N Tigercat 80529 MAG-33
VMF(N)-513
Crashed and burned 2.5 mi off the end of the runway at K-8      
CAPT Edward R. Leeson
Remains recovered
MSGT Cecil S. Grier, Jr.
Remains recovered
 
   
19th October 1953
USMC
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat 80565 MCAS Quantico Stalled during landing due to losing one engine. Ditched      
Pilot
OK
   
   
25th June 1964
14:34

 
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat N7619C   near Truckee, CA      
??
killed
no other occupant  
   
31st August 1974
13:55

Sis-Q Flying Service
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat N6177C
Tanker E-31
UKIAh Airport Hit oak trees and ground and burned near UKIAh, CA attempting to drop retardant over a fire nine miles east of Hopland      
William "Bill" Benedict
56
killed
no other occupant  
   
26th September 1974
13:55

Sis-Q Flying Service
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat N6179C
Tanker E-23

80494 (c/n C.236)

Rohnerville Air Attack Base (Airport) Engine failure during take off. Hit tree and crashed near the end of the runway, Rohnerville, CA      
Richard "Dick" Miller
44
killed
no other occupant  
   
21st October 1974
Sis-Q Flying Service
Grumman F7F-3 Tigercat N7238C

80525 (c/n C.261)

Santa Rosa, Calif. crashed near the end of the runway,cart-wheeled and hit barn,  Rohnerville, CA      
Mike Fagan, Sr
killed
no other occupant