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USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Ejections & Losses

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st July 1962
USN
Crusader F-8D  149188 VF-33,
CVAN-65
USS Enterprise
Catapult failure LT Edward Frances  "Sully" Sullivan
ejected
Body not recovered

[see below]

photo via Gregory Sullivan
Martin-Baker
16th October 1962
USN
Crusader RF8U BuNo 145604 DET65 VFP-62
CVAN65 Enterprise
in US Lt Cmdr W. Newby Kelt
[see feedback]
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Lt Cmdr Newby Kelt had a generator failure on take-off from Cecil Field. The resulting foreign object damage led to his ejection. Less than 6 months later Lt Cmdr Kelt made another ejection from the flight deck of the Enterprise.

Peter Wallace
correspondence thru November 2005 & April 2006

 9th March 1963
USN
F-4B Phantom II 150462 VF‑102
USS Enterprise

Cold cat shot, pilot tried to brake but aircraft  went over the bow into Mediterranean Sea

Cdr. G. G. O'Rourke   Martin-Baker
RIO Dave Philo killed    
16th April 1963
USN
RF8U Crusader 146894 VFP-62,
CVAN-65
USS Enterprise
  Lt W. Newby Kelt  
FEEDBACK

... The pilot was W. Newby Kelt Lt Cmdr he ejected off the Enterprise CVAN65 he was with DET 65 from VFP 62.  The ship was turning into the wind the deck was very slick with oil and the aircraft slid off from the angle deck catapult. Lt Cmdr Kelt ejected safely and flew again. This was a very low level ejection. I was assigned to Det 65 VFP62 and on the deck at the time and watched it happen it was an event I will never forget. As I recall watching, it appeared to happen in slow motion.

Peter Wallace
correspondence thru November 2005 & April 2006

2nd December 1965
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 151409, NG 206 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
own Mk82 bombs; South Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt T J Potter ejected, recovered Lt (jg) D W Schmidt ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
2nd December 1965
USN
F-4B Phantom II 149468 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
non combat, Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. (jg)  R. J. Miller ejected, recovered Lt. (jg)  G. F. Martin ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
15 December 1965
USN
RA‑5C 151633, NG 1?? RVAH‑7
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; South Vietnam      
Lt J K Sutor Lt (jg) G B Dresser  
22 December 1965
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 149521, NG 502 VA‑76
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt J D Prudhomme, KIA    
22nd December 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148305
NG 705
  VA‑36
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA, North Vietnam Lt. (jg) Wendell R. Alcorn ejected
POW
Douglas
23rd December 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 149562 NG 414 VA‑94
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt (jg) W L Shankel, POW Douglas
28 December 1965
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 151412, NG 203 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
cause unknown; Laos      
Cdr E A Rawsthorne KIA Lt A S Hill, Jr KIA  
28th December 1965
USN
F-4B Phantom II 151437 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
non combat, Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. D. H. Forsgren ejected, recovered Lt. (jg)  R. M. Jewell ejected, recovered Martin-Baker
2 January 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147704, NG 501 VA‑76
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; South Vietnam Lt (jg) D C MacLaughlin, KIA  
14 January 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147753, NG 713 VA‑36
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
own Snakeye bomb; Laos Lt (jg) S B Jordan, recovered    
18th February 1966
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152297 NG 201 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
SAM; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Lt (jg) L H Spencer, POW Lt (jg) J T Ruffin, KIA  
17th March 1966
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 147740, NG 401 VA‑94
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
SAM; North Vietnam Lt (jg) F C Baldock, Jr, POW Douglas
20th March 1966
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148313 NG 703 VA‑36
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Cdr James A. Mulligan, POW Douglas
20 March 1966
USN
F‑4B  Phantom II 151410, NG 202 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt (jg) J S Greenwood, recovered Lt (jg) Richard Raymond Ratzlaff, POW Martin-Baker
21 March 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 149515, NG 406 VA‑94
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
about 75 miles east of the city of Ron in North Vietnam, Compton and
Tiderman went down over the ocean.
SAM and/or collision; North Vietnam
     
21 March 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 148499, NG 411 VA‑94
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Lt. Frank R. Compton
KIA Body Not Recovered
LCdr. John Mark Tiderman
KIA Body Not Recovered
 
23 March 1966
4:40 a.m.

USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147738 VA‑93
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Returning from his 64th combat mission into North
Vietnam  Disappeared from the radar scope about 70 miles offshore in the South China Sea during night landing on instrument approach to carrier. Presumed crashed into the water.
LCDR John B. Tapp  killed, body not recovered    
25th March 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 148444, NG 502 VA‑76
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt (jg)  Bradley E. Smith, POW Douglas
1 April 1966
USN
A‑3B 142665 VAH‑4
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Aircraft was catapult launched for an operational flight, but did
not maintain airspeed and crashed near the ship.
Pilot Commander William R. Grayson killed, body not recovered    
ADJ2 Melvin T. Krech  killed, body not recovered    
Navigator Lt. (jg)William F. Kohlrusch rescued, but died of injuries    
23 May 1966
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147762, NG 712 VA‑36
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Ensign K W Leufen, recovered    
14th January 1967
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 145087
VA‑56
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss pilot killed    
14th January 1967
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147724 VA‑56
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss pilot recovered    
12t February 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152219 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
crew member killed crew member killed  
12th February 1967
USN
RA‑5C Vigilante 151623, NG 105
RVAH‑7

CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam      
 Cdr D H Jarvis Lt (jg) P H Artlip, Jr  
20th February 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150413, NG 614 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam    
Maj R C Goodman, KIA Ens Gary L Thornton, POW Martin-Baker
25th February 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152989 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
4th April 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152984 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
one crew member recovered one killed  
4th April 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 151493 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
one crew member recovered one killed  
8th April 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152978, NG 610 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam      
Lt J R Ritchie Ens F A Schumacher  
4th May 1967
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 148514, NG 314 VA‑113
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam
Good chute observed
Lt (jg) James Scott Graham
MIA
probably DIC
  Escapac
18th May 1967
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 147842, NG 316 VA‑113
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt R J Naughton, POW Escapac
19th May 1967
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152594, NG 502 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
SAM; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr.  Eugene B. "Red" McDaniel POW Lt J K Patterson, died in captivity Martin-Baker
19th May 1967
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152264, NG 604 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
SAM; North Vietnam  
Cdr Robert Rich, MIA  LCdr William R Stark, POW Martin-Baker
10th June 1967
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 145145, NG 406 VA‑56
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
SAM; North Vietnam Cdr P W Sherman, KIA    
28th February 1968
USN
A‑6A  Intruder 152938, NG 512 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
off North Vietnam      
LCdr H A Coons KIA Lt T Stegman KIA  
1st March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152944, NG 504 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
North Vietnam      
LCdr T E Scheurich
MIA
Lt (jg) R C Lannon
KIA
 
12th March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152943 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
killed killed  
17th March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152940, NG 510 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
LCdr Edwin A Shuman II
POW
LCdr Dale W. Doss
POW
Martin-Baker
5th April 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150463 VF‑96
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
recovered recovered  
5th May 1968
USN
RA‑5C Vigilante 149278, NG 102 RVAH‑1
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam NAA
Lt Giles R Norrington
POW
Lt Richard G Tangeman
POW
NAA
7th May 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 151485, NG 210 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
MIG's AAM: North Vietnam      
LCdr E S Christensen recovered Lt (jg) W A Kramer recovered  
7th May 1968
USN
A‑4F Skyhawk 154214, NG 302 VA‑113
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
North Vietnam LCdr P W Paine, KIA    
8th May 1968
USN
A‑4E Skyhawk 152005, NG 406 VA‑56
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt D A Lawrence, recovered    
13th May 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152951, NG 510 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam      
 Lt B B Bremner recovered Lt J T Fardy recovered  
2nd June 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150453 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
recovered recovered  
7th June 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150994 VF‑92
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
recovered recovered  
15th June 1968
USN
A‑4E Skyhawk 149665, NG 414 VA‑56
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
small arms fire; North Vietnam Lt J M Wright, recovered    
23th June 1968
USN
A‑4F Skyhawk 154216, NG 301 VA‑113
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt E E Christensen, recovered    
24th June 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152949, NG 503 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam    
Lt N M Carpenter, KIA Lt (jg) J S Mobley, POW Martin-Baker
14th January 1969
USN
  15 aircraft were lost CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Major fire during ORI off Hawaii 27 men died, 344 were injured    
31st March 1969
USN
RA‑5C Vigilante 150842, NG 604 RVAH‑6
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; Laos      
 Cdr D E White KIA Lt R L Carpenter KIA  
8th June 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154383 VA‑215
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational Loss pilot recovered    
12th October 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156866 VA‑97
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss pilot recovered    
17 October 1971
USN
RA‑5C
 Vigilante
156634 RVAH‑5
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss      
killed killed  
21st December 1972
USN
A‑6A Intruder 155594, N K 511 VA‑196
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Cdr G R Nakagawa
 POW
Lt K H Higon
 POW
Martin-Baker
28th December 1972
USN
RA‑5C Vigilante 156633, NK 603 RVAH‑13
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
MIG'S AAM; North Vietnam   NAA
LCdr A H Agnew
 POW
Lt Mike F Haifley
KIA
 
27th January 1973
USN
F‑4J
Phantom II

Taproom 113

155768. NK 113 VF‑143
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA fire while pulling off target 15 miles northwest of Quang Tri Martin-Baker
Cdr Harley H. Hall
POW / DIC
 LCdr P A Kientzler
 POW / DIC
Martin-Baker
23 November 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157592 VA‑27
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss pilot recovered    
2nd January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 158982
NK 107
VF-1
USS Enterprise
On a training mission from Cubi Point. Control of aircraft lost when fire followed a "loud thump"
[see also 14 January 1975]
Pilot Lt. Cdr. G. S. Giles ejected   Martin-Baker
RIO Lt. Cdr. R. McFillin ejected   Martin-Baker
13th January 1975
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158812 VAQ-137
USS Enterprise
Malacca Strait,  Indian Ocean. Crashed into water 15 seconds after launch when it “flamed out.”
2 OK
1 with back injuries
1 killled
Lt. Cdr. R. Newman   Martin-Baker
Lt. R. A. Kraft   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. B. G. Swanson   Martin-Baker
 Lieutenant Jack L. Pedersen perished in the mishap    
14th January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159001
NK 112
VF-1
USS Enterprise
flamed out while conducting a VFR intercept mission, “a loud bang,” flames.
[see also 2nd January 1975]
Pilot Lieutenant Commander David G. Bjerke   Martin-Baker
RIO Lieutenant Gerald W. Kowlok   Martin-Baker
  cause in both above mishaps: catastrophic failure in the compressor sections of their TF30-P412A engines  
29th April 1975
USN
A-7E Corsair II buno. 157454
NK 405
 VA-27
USS Enterprise
Operation Frequent Wind
Covering the evacuation of S Vietnam - cause was disputed but squadron claimed combat loss - a/c caught on fire after engaging a AAA target on the coast, pilot lost control on return to the ship
Lt. Cdr. Tom Gravely ejected successfully

 

  Escapac
29th October 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159590
NJ 453
 VF‑124
USS Enterprise
 port engine failed and caught fire. Crashedin sea off CA, USA, during night CarQuals Lt.JG Buckley   Martin-Baker
 Lt. Gastrell   Martin-Baker
19th December 1976
USN
F-14 Tomcat   VF-2
Enterprise
Flight control malfunction while attempting to land. Lost at sea three miles ahead of the ship Lt. Cdr. J. B. Yakeley ejected and recovered unharmed by a helo   Martin-Baker GRU-7
Lt.JG D. J. Law ejected and recovered unharmed by a helo   Martin-Baker GRU-7
19th September 1978
USN
A-6E Intruder 155645
NK-
USS Enterprise Caught fire in mid‑air. Crashed off the USS Enterprise Lt. W. Powelson   Martin-Baker
Ens. V. Henley   Martin-Baker
23rd July 1981
USN
 EA‑6B Prowler 158813
NH 606
VAO‑133
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
crashed on take‑off, Indian Ocean LTC. H. Leach ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. W.C. Alpeter ejected   Martin-Baker
Cdr. W. D. Joslin ejected   Martin-Baker
18th January 1984   F‑14A 59840
NH 106
VF‑114
CVW-11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
 lost power during single  engined night approach to the carrier  into Pacific off California     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. T. R. Brown ejected Lt.JG D. P. Rouse ejected Martin-Baker
23rd November  1984 USN A‑7E Corsair II 156848
NH 302
VA‑22
CVW‑11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
crashed into the sea on approach pilot ejected safely   Escapac
13th January 1986   F14 Tomcat 205 VF-213
Blacklions

CVW‑11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
 Inadvertent ejections while leaving aircraft
  Inadvertent ejections
LT Joseph Dwayne "Joe" Durmon
photo via Tom Harten
LTJG Stephen Engeman, RIO
FEEDBACK

"Aboard the USS Enterprise, that day we sailed from Alameda, Ca, to southern California to pick up our air wing to begin WESTPAC'86. The first aircraft on board was Blacklion 205.This Tomcat then parked on elevator #3. The pilot got out of his seat and stood on the step next to the cockpit. The RIO was in his seat unstrapped. The pilot pulled out his flight bag and caught the lower ejection handle firing both seats. The pilot was knocked off the plane and onto the flight deck and killed. The RIO shot up about 35 ft. into the air and landed on the flight deck. He died also. The plane was offloaded onto a barge off Hawaii" [jam]

FEEDBACK

"The crew had placed clothing hanging bags in the void of the canopy behind the rear seat, as was the custom before this event. The F-14 was recovered, taxied to spot and tied down all without incident. The crew safed the seats, unstrapped and opened the canopy. The pilot stood up on the seat as the canopy opened.
What they didn’t know was that one or more of the clothing hangers had become entangled in the rear ejection seat’s face curtain actuating cable. Both seats fired."

FEEDBACK

"I just remember the circumstances because all Tomcat Squadrons had to change their SOP after that to not stuff items in the so-called Turtleback part of the canopy (which I had done routinely)."

FEEDBACK

"Unless a video camera was present and recorded the of events resulting in the ejections of 34 year old Lt. Joseph Dwayne Durmon, pilot, and 28 year old Lt(jg) Stephen P. Engeman, copilot and Radar Intercept Officer, from Black Lion 205, the F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, parked on elevator #3 of USS Enterprise CVN 65 flight deck, my contention is that Lt. Durmon got out of his seat in the cockpit with his flight bag already in hand.  As he stood on the step next to the cockpit, he realized that his copilot and navigator, Lt(jg) Engeman, had encountered some difficulties getting up out of his seat in the cockpit.  Lt. Durmon reached over to prevent the activation of the ejection mechanism, at which point the presumed eyewitness present, upon hearing them talking, then first began to see what was happening, concluded incorrectly that Lt. Durmon had reached back over into the cockpit to get his flight bag and inadvertently pulled on the ejection mechanism. "     
R. F. Berry
MA Ed, RN
i
n email 14th December 2008

   
14th February 1986
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159846
NH 205
VF‑213
USS Enterprise
CVW‑11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Ran out of fuel. Crashed into Philippine Sea nearly 500 NM northwest from the battle group off USS Enterprise found “alive and well” the next morning, returning on board late that afternoon by SH-3s. Pilot Lt. Ross J. Sklenka ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
RIO Lt. Cdr. Thomas Lorenzo ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
8th March 1986
USN
A-7E
Corsair II
159973
NH 410
 VA94
CVW‑11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
On short final to the carrier when his engine quit. He veered right of the ship, slowed his plane ,pulled up and ejected Crashed into Indian Ocean Cmdr Chamberlain CO ejected for the 3rd time and recovered

[see also ??]

Escapac
13th July 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler
VAQ135

CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
      All ejected using Martin-Baker GRU.7A seats
Lt. Cdr. J. R. Powell        Lt. R. E. King          LtJg R. D. Sandlin             LtJg D. J. Shea   
Lost after a catapult launch, following “control malfunction.” commander landed on the flight deck after ejecting
Pilot & one crew member ejected - land back on deck, both injured. Other two crew ejected - landed and recovered from water - can anyone identify who was who
19th January 1988
USN
Corsair II 158664
NH 305
VA‑22
USS Enterprise
 into the sea, lost control during Dissimilar Air Combat Maneuvering pilot ejected and was recovered uninjured   Escapac
8th November 1998
19:20

USN
S‑3B
Viking
159733
AC 706
Sea Control Squadron 22

VS‑22  (Checkmates)(tactical callsign
VIDARs)
USS Enterprise

The S-3B Viking was struck on the deck by an EA‑6B during Practicing night landing aboard USS Enterprise, and all six crew members are believed to have ejected from the planes  

120 M oft coast of VA, USA
    Escapac
Cmdr. James Wallace ejected  slightly injured Lt. j.g. Kirk Schneringer ejected  slightly injured Escapac
8th November 1998
19:20

USN
EA-6B Prowler  503 VAQ-130
(Zappers)
based at Whidbey Island
Lt. Cmdr. Kurt W. Barich
Missing
  Martin-Baker GRU7
Lt. j.g. Meredith Carol Loughran
Missing
  Martin-Baker GRU7
Lt. j.g. Charles E. Woodward
Missing
  Martin-Baker GRU7
Lt. j.g. Brenden J. Duffy
Body recovered
  Martin-Baker GRU7
 
USN
             

 

 

FEEDBACK

 

Hey Mike

 Great website.......I was a yellowshirt aboard USS Enterprise 84-88 and witnessed some crashes that I found on your website.

8Mar86, A7 Corsair.......Cmdr Chamberlain VA94 CO, was on short final to the BigE when his engine quit. He veered right of the ship, slowed his plane ,pulled up and ejected. It was his 3rd ejection in his career.

13Jul86, EA6B Prowler......VAQ135 Prowler was on cat4 and launched. According to pilot, his stick jammed aft , aircraft pulled up to vertical and they ejected. 2 in the water, the other  in the sea. The pilot and other crew landed on flight deck with a 40kt wind over deck. Wind caught their parachutes and slammed them into ground equipment injuring them both.

 

Javier A. Medina

ABH3/ Aircraft Director/FLT DK Safety PO

USS Enterprise CVN65   84-88

in email 22nd February 2007