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USS America
CVA-66
Ejections & Losses

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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
31st May 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153258 VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Fuel starvation
Operational loss
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac

31st May 1968


USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153255
AE 304
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
AAA, over Laos Lt K W Fields ejected, recovered   Douglas Escapac
4th June 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155554, AE 204 VF‑33
USS America
CVA-66
Attack against a road intersection about 15 miles south of Vinh. Hit by 37mm antiaircraft fire, North Vietnam      
Lt. Eric P. Brice's canopy failed to leave the aircraft. His body was not recovered Lt (jg) W A Simmons ejected, recovered. Martin-Baker
10th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153265
AE 404
VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
AAA over North Vietnam Lt Cdr R W Ford
PoW (died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac
16th June 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155548, AE 101 VF‑102
"Diamondbacks"

USS America
CVA-66
MiG AAM, North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Lt (jg) Bernard F Rupinski
KIA
Cdr Walter E. Wilber ejected
POW link
 
18th June 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155546, AE 210 VF‑33
USS America
CVA-66
SAM North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
LCdr J A Burns ejected, recovered LCdr J W Holtzclaw ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
21st June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153269
or
153209
CONFIRM ??
VA‑86 America
CVA-66
Hydraulic starvation
Operational loss
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
22nd June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153257 VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Engine failure
Operational loss
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
25th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153271 VA‑86 America
CVA-66
 Engine failure
Operational loss
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
24th July 1968
USN
A‑7A
Corsair II
153253
AE 302
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
over North Vietnam Lt. Cdr. D. S. Greiling
PoW
(died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac
24th July 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155551, AE 203 VF‑33
USS America
CVA-66
AAA North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Cdr O G Elliott ejected, recovered Lt (jg) A Dambekaln ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
25th July 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155540, AE 112 VF‑102
USS America
CVA-66
AAA North Vietnam  
Lt Charles Carroll Parish
KIA
Lt R. S. Fant
POW
Martin-Baker
28th August 1968
USN
A‑6B Intruder 151561, AE 521 VA‑85
USS America
CVA-66
SAM North Vietnam  
Lt (jg) A F Ashall
KIA 
Lt (jg) R R Duncan
KIA
 
2nd September 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153225
AE-4??
 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
hit the water
Operational loss
Pilot ejected recovered CHECK for name   Douglas Escapac
6th September 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 154127, AE 506 VA‑85
USS America
CVA-66
AAA North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Cdr K L Coskey ejected,
POW
LCdr R G McKee ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
20th May 1970
USN
F‑4J  Phantom II 155738 VF‑92
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss      
Lt.(jg) J.Hapgood recovered Lt.(jg) R. Williamson recovered Martin-Baker
4th July 1970
USN
EKA‑3B 142400 VAQ‑132
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss recovered    
recovered    
recovered    
25th July 1970
USN
F‑4J  Phantom II 155789 VF‑92
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss North Vietnam      
Pilot
Lt. Paul Anthony Gregory
KIA
RIO
Lt.JG W.Harding
ejected
recovered
 
  The aircraft wore the CAG-9 ID number NG 207 -- known as "Silver Kite 207" in our squadron (VF-92).  We were the sister squadron to VF-96, noted for its aces Randy Cunningham and Willie Driscoll, both of whom would later eject and survive while we were deployed on USS Constellation in our last combat cruise.
17 July 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156792, AJ 405 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
own bomb; South Vietnam Cdr W D Yonke, recovered    
17 July 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156771, AJ 401 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
own bomb; South Vietnam Lt D K Anderson, recovered    
10 September 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156798, AJ 310 VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
SAM; North Vietnam Lt (jg) Stephen Owen  Musselman, ejected but unable to be rescued
MIA

 

Escapac
 11th September 1972
USMC
F-4J
Phantom II
 
155526
AJ 201
VMFA‑333
USS America
CVA-66
SAM
North Vietnam
    Martin-Baker
MAJ Lee T Lasseter XO ejected, recovered CAPT John D Cummings ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
11th September 1972
USMC
F‑4J  Phantom II
AJ-206
154784 AJ 206 VMFA‑333
USS America
CVA-66
AAA; North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
CAPT Andrew Scot Dudley ejected, recovered 1st LT James W Brady ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
13th September 1972
USN
F‑4J Phantom II 153854 VF‑74
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss CONFIRMATION NEEDED    
Lt.JG R.B.Kummer recovered  ??? killed  
17 September 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156781 VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss pilot recovered    
17th September 1972
USN
A‑6A  Intruder 157028
AJ 504
VA‑35
USS America
CVA-66
AAA on a combat mission
over the vicinity of Hai Duong, North Vietnam

 

 
Cdr Verne G.  Donnelly KIA
RR
5th February 1991
LCdr Kenneth Richard  Buell KIA  
27 October 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156775, AJ 401 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
SAM; North Vietnam LCdr J W Hall, MIA    
29th October 1972
USN
A‑7C  Corsair II 156762, AJ 404 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
AAA; North Vietnam LCdr J E Sullivan, died in captivity    
9 November 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156764 VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
Operational loss pilot recovered    
19th or 20th December 1972
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156783
AJ 303
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
SAM over North Vietnam Lt. Carl T. Wieland

POW Link

Escapac
23rd December 1972
USMC
F‑4J Phantom II 153885
AJ 201
VMFA‑333
USS America
CVA-66
AAA 85mm flak; North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. John K Cochran ejected, recovered Major H. S. Carr ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
24 January 1973
USN
A‑6A Intruder 157007, AJ 507 VA‑35
USS America
CVA-66
AAA; South Vietnam      
Lt C M Graf recovered Lt S H Hatfield recovered  
10th or 11th November 1977
USN
F-14 Tomcat CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THE CREW AS THOSE WHO WERE IN COLLISION WITH THE EA-6B PROWLER BELOW ?? Lt. L. E. Stampe   Martin-Baker
Lt.Cdr. J. A. Cook   Martin-Baker
11th November 1977
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158809
AE 702
VAQ-137
USS America
In collision with F-14 Tomcat 159451 Aegean Sea, Greece Lt. F. C. Philipsen   Martin-Baker
LtJg T. C. Gardner   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. Kennedy   Martin-Baker
29th September 1981
USN
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 160895 NH 100 VF-114
USS America
CVA-66
crashed into Arabian Sea     Martin-Baker
Lt. K.C. Ayers ejected Lt. R. B. Bell ejected Martin-Baker
20th June 1984
USN
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 161283 VF-102
USS America
CVA-66
slid off elevator of carrier and sank no ejections    
10th July 1984
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158651
AB-607
VAQ-135
USS AMERICA
Failed cat launch off
Lt. Cdr. K. L. Blanford ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. D. W. Yip ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. (j.g.) E. P. Sullivan ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. (j.jg.) M. DeBartolomeo Died of injuries Martin-Baker
15th July 1984
USN
F‑14A 159439
AB 105
VF‑102
USS America
CVA-66
single‑engined approach to USS America crashed  in Arabian Sea     Martin-Baker
Lt. P. M. Chalk ejected Lt. (jg) S. D. Bailey ejected Martin-Baker
15th February 1991
USN
A‑6E  Intruder 155602
AB 513
VA‑85
USS America

Into Persian Gulf

    Martin-Baker
LCDR J. "Mac" Williams
ejected
LT T. L. Fox ejected
see also 18-Sept-1991
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Your 15 Feb 91 A6 ejection with J. Williams as pilot description is not accurate. 'Mac' Williams is my daughter's godfather and he did not crash into the carrier. He lost all brakes taxiing out of the wires and the plane veered to the left. They ejected before it went over the side. Mac broke his leg landing on the carrier deck.
details amended 13th November 2007

5th December 1991
USN
KA-6D Intruder 151810 VA-85
USS America
CVA-66
Approach to USS America. Port side exploded on
approach, waved off
    Martin-Baker
Lt. ??? ejected Lt. ??? ejected Martin-Baker
 
USN
             
 
USN
             
                 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to thank the following for their help, support and guidance in the compilation of data and photographs used in these lists

 

The NAM-POW community
Steve Coester for photographs of LCdr Kenneth Richard  Buell
Robert Musselman for
permission to include photo of  his brother
Lt (jg) Stephen Owen  Musselman
Frank Tunzi - for confirming details of the crew of  F-4J Phantom 155789
The webmasters of
                                 "The Virtual Wall"
                                 "Task Force Omega"
                                 "The Skyhawk Organisation"
                                 "Last Call"

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To add - Further Pre & Post Vietnam Ejections and Losses Help needed to identify them.