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  USS Carriers



USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Ejections & Losses

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
7th June 1964
USN
F‑8D Crusader 147064 VF‑111
CVW‑2
USS Kitty Hawk
 AAA, crashed over the Plain of Jars Central Laos Cdr Doyle Wilmer Lynn,
ejected,rescued following day by an Air America helicopter
[see also 27 May 1965]
xxxx  
2 December 1965
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152220, NH 412 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
cause unknown; North Vietnam      
Cdr C B Austin KIA Lt (jg) J B Logan KIA  
17th December 1965
USN
A‑4C
Skyhawk
148510 VA‑113
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
returning from an armed reconnaissance mission crashed on the carrier's deck  Lt David Wallace Wickham
(KIA)
   
20th December 1965


USN

RA-5C Vigilante 151624
NH 604
RVAH-13
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
cause unknown; North Vietnam      
Lt. Cdr. Guy D. Johnson
MIA - ejection not confirmed
Lt. (jg) Lee E. Nordhal
KIA - ejection not confirmed
21st December 1965
USN
A‑6A Intruder 151781, NH 801 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
SAM; North Vietnam      
Cdr B J Cartwright KIA Lt E F Gold MIA  
22nd December 1965


USN

RA-5C Vigilante 151632
NH 603
RVAH-13
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63

 
AAA
North Vietnam
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. Cdr. M. D. Lukenbach (Sukenbach ??)
KIA - ejection not confirmed
Lt. (jg) G. H. Daigle
POW
31 January 1966
USN
F‑4B 152233, NH 402 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; Laos      
Lt W F Klumpp, II recovered Lt (jg) J N Stineman recovered  
1 February 1966
USN
A‑1J 142038, NH 513 VA‑115
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; Laos Lt (jg) B S Eakin, recovered    
3rd February 1966


USN

RA-5C Vigilante 151625
NH 605
RVAH-13
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63

 
Downed by enemy fire off the NVN coast just south of Cape Bouton North Vietnam   North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. G. L. Coffee
POW
Lt. (jg) Robert Taft Hanson, Jr,
died in captivity
18 February 1966
USN
A‑6A 151797, NH 812 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
cause unknown; North Vietnam      
Lt (jg) J V Murray KIA Lt (jg) T A Schroeffel KIA  
5 March 1966
USN
F‑4B 152224, NH 413 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
hit by target debris; South Vietnam      
LCdr M N Guess recovered Lt R E Pile recovered  
11 March 1966
USN
A‑1J 142071 VA‑115
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
12 April 1966
USN
A‑3B 142653, ZB 3 VAH‑4
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
MiG; South China Sea LCdr W A Glasson KIA    
Lt (jg) L M Jordan KIA    
???  KIA    
17 April 1966
USN
A‑6A 151794, NH 814 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam      
LCdr S L Sayers recovered LCdr C D Hawkins, Jr recovered  
17 April 1966
USN
A‑1 H 135398, NH 511 VA‑115
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
cause unknown; North Vietnam Lt (jg) W L Tromp, died in captivity    
17 April 1966
USN
A‑4C 148583 VA‑113
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
20 April 1966
USN
A‑4C 148512, NH 314 VA‑113
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam Cdr J Abbott, died in captivity  
20 April 1966
USN
A‑4C 149495, NH 303 VA‑113
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam Lt (jg) H G Welch, recovered    
21 April 1966
USN
A‑6A 151798, NH 805 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam      
Cdr J E Keller  KIA LCdr E E Austin KIA  
22 April 1966
USN
A‑6A 151785, NH 805) VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam      
LCdr R F Weimorts KIA Lt (jg) W B Nickerson KIA  
26 April 1966
USN
F‑4B 152255, NH 414 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
hit by target debris; North Vietnam      
Lt (jg) W W Smith recovered Lt (jg) R Blake recovered  
27 April 1966
USN
A‑6A 151788, NH 811 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam      
Lt W R Westerman recovered Lt (jg) B E Weston recovered  
28 April 1966
USN
F‑4G 150645, NH 111 VF‑213
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam      
Lt R A Schiltz Lt (jg) D C Lewis  
15 May 1966
USN
A‑6A 151800 VA‑85
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
 recovered  recovered  
18 May 1966
USN
F‑4B 152257, NH 113 VF‑213
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; Laos      
LCdr C N Sommers II LCdr W K Sullivan  
19 May 1966
USN
A‑1J 142051 VA‑115
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
                 
19th October 1966
USN
F-4 Phantom II   VF-114
"Aardvarks"
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Hit by A-4 following  KA-3 refueling - port wing sliced off. A-4 pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Lt. H. Dennis "Denny" Wisely Lt. Gary L. Anderson
21st December 1966
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148507
NH 303
VA-144, CVW11, Kitty Hawk Combat loss North Vietnam Dan Glenn Douglas
19 January 1967
USN
F‑4B 153029 VF‑114 Operational losses      
crew member killed crew member killed  
19th January 1967 USN A-6A Intruder 151590
NH 510
VA-85,  Kitty Hawk AAA
North Vietnam
 

   
Cdr Allen C. Brady
POW
Lt. Cdr. Wm. Yarbrough (NR)
KIA
Martin-Baker
20 January 1967
USN
A‑4C 145144
NH 415
 VA‑112 cause unknown; North Vietnam Lt (jg) J F Hogan, MIA    
4 February 1967
USN
F‑4B 153007
NH 102
VF‑213 AAA; North Vietnam      
Lt D E Thompson, MIA Lt A P Collamore, KIA  
8 March 1967
USN
A‑3B 144627
 ZB 5
VAH‑4 North Vietnam LCdr C O Crain
KIA
   
Lt (jg) G F Pawlish
KIA
   
???
KIA
   
9 March 1967
USN
RA‑5C 151627
 NH 605
RVAH‑13 AAA; North Vietnam      
Cdr C L Putnam, POW Lt (jg) F S Prendergast, recovered  
24 March 1967
USN
A‑6A 151587
NH 511
VA‑85 AAA; North Vietnam      
LCdr J C Ellison
KIA
Lt (jg) J E Plowman
KIA
 
27 March 1967
USN
A‑4C 148519, NH 415 VA‑112 North Vietnam Lt A J Palenscar, KIA    
6 April  1967
USN
F‑4B 152990 VF‑114 Operational losses      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
24th April 1967  
photo by Gary Anderson
  Martin-Baker

USN
F-4 Phantom II
Linfield 210
  VF-114
"Aardvarks"
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA
North Vietnam
Lt. Cdr. C. Southwick ejected, recovered
see 14th may
ENS James "Jim" W. Laing ejected, recovered 
24 April 1967
USN

A‑6A

152589
NH 512
VA‑85 AAA
North Vietnam
     
Lt (jg) L I Williams, Jr, ejected, recovered Lt (jg) M D Christian ejected, recovered  
8th May  1967
17:29

USN
F‑4B Phantom II 152997 VF‑114 Operational loss. Night catapult launch. Engine failure as it went off the catapult    
LTJG L. M. Tuft, ejected,
recovered
 LTJG Thomas Jack Steimer ejected,
 killed
 
   
                 
14th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153001 NH 201 VF-114
"Aardvarks"
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
own Zuni rockets; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. C. E. Southwick
POW
Lt. D. J. Rollins
POW
19th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153004
NH 204
VF-114, Kitty hawk SAM; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Capt J. Charles Plumb LCdr Gareth Laverne Anderson Martin-Baker
19th May 1967
USN
RA-5C   RVAH-13, CVW-11, USS KITTY HAWK AAA; North Vietnam. Over-the-beach mission in the Haiphong/Hanoi area. While overhead Hanoi the aircraft was hit by enemy fire and both crewmen ejected. A radio broadcast from Hanoi announced that both men had been captured    
Lt. Cdr. James Lloyd Griffin 
POW
Died in Captivity
Recon Attack Navigator (RAN) Jack Walters
POW
Died in Captivity
 
21st May 1967
USN
F-4 Phantom II   VF-114
"Aardvarks"
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
    Martin-Baker
Lt. H. Dennis "Denny" Wisely ENS James "Jim" W. Laing 
27 December 1967
USN
 F‑4B 153005, NH 205 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
North Vietnam      
LCdr L M Lee
MIA
Lt (jg) R B Innes
MIA
 
31 December 1967
USN
A‑6A 152917, NH 501 VA‑75
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
SAM; North Vietnam      
LCdr J D Peace
MIA
Lt G S Perisho
MIA
 
3rd January 1968
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148486
NH 405
VA‑112
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
SAM; North Vietnam Lt. Cdr. Edward Dale Estes
POW
 
5th January 1968
USN
A-4E 152074
NH 304
VA-144
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA: North Vietnam Cdr. Robert James Schweitzer
POW
 
10 January 1968
USN
F‑4B 153063 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
recovered recovered  
16 January 1968
USN
C‑1A 146054
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss seven crew members and passengers recovered

three killed

   
18 January 1968
USN
F‑4B 153055 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member killed crew member killed  
29 January 1968
USN
A‑4E 151055 VA‑144
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
6 March 1968
USN
A‑6A 152922
NH 511
VA-75
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
North Vietnam      
Lt R C Nelson, MIA Lt G L Mitchell, KIA  
13 March 1968
USN
A‑4E 152088
NH 300
VA‑144
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; Laos  Lt R E Curtis, recovered    
15 April 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153002 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
15 April 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153043 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
20 April 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153003 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
27 April 1968
USN
A‑4E 151070, NH 303 VA‑144
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam LCdr R Saavedra, KIA    
18th May 1968
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 149283
NH 606
RVAH-11
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
AAA; North Vietnam    
Capt Charlie N. James Vincent Monroe  
14th February 1969
USN
A‑7A 153181, NH 412 VA‑105
Gunslingers
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss gunfire; Laos Lt (jg) William Clinton Niedecken
KIA
   
13 March 1969
USN
F‑4B 153018 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
3 April 1969
USN
A‑6A 155587, N H 507 VA‑65
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; Laos      
LCdr E G Redden recovered Lt J F Ricci recovered  
28 April 1969
USN
A‑7A 153164 VA‑37
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss crew member recovered    
2 May 1969
USN
A‑7A 153180, NH 413 VA‑105
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; Laos LCdr W J O'Connor, recovered    
3 July 1969
USN
F‑4B 153015 VF‑213
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss      
crew member recovered crew member recovered  
1 August 1969
USN
A‑7A 153185 VA‑37
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot killed    
27 February 1971
USN
A‑7E 157458 VA‑195
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
6 March 1972
USN
A‑7E 158655 VA‑195
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot killed    
19 March 1972
USN
A‑7E 157529 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot recovered    
23 March 1972
USN
A‑7E 157520 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Operational loss pilot killed    
23 March 1972
USN
A‑7E 157520, NH 307 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss
Laos
Lt D S Pike, MIA    
6 April 1972
USN
A‑7E 158006, NH 415 VA‑195
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss
SAM; North Vietnam
Cdr M C Gilfry, recovered    
14 April 1972
USN
F‑4J 157252, NH 203 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; South Vietnam      
Lt J G Greenleaf
KIA
Lt C McKinney
KIA
 
7th May 1972
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 151618
NH 604
RVAH-7
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat lossAAA
North Vietnam
North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Mr. Joseph E. Kernan
POW
Capt C. Ronald Polfer
POW
North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
17 June 1972
USN
A‑7E 157531, NH 304 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss SAM; North Vietnam Cdr D D Owens, recovered    
18 June 1972
USN
F‑4J 157273, NH 107 VF‑213
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; North Vietnam      
LCdr R Cash, Jr ejected, recovered Lt R J Laib ejected, recovered  
16 August 1972
USN
F‑4J 157262, NH 211 VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss SAM; North Vietnam      
Cdr J R Pitzen
MIA
Lt O J Pender, Jr
MIA
 
19 August 1972
USN
A‑6A 157018, NH 502 VA‑52
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss North Vietnam      
Lt R B Lester, MIA Lt H S Mossman, KIA  
19 September 1972
USN
A‑7E 158653, NH 304 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; North Vietnam Lt W A Robb, recovered    
2 November 1972
USN
A‑7E 157530, NH 300 VA‑192
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Combat loss AAA; North Vietnam Lt R G Deremer, recovered    
7th September 1981
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160677
NL106
VF-51
USS Kitty Hawk
Lost over the side of the carrier whn an A-7E collided with it during landing     Martin-Baker
Lt. W. R. Mnich
ejected
LTC. E. Nangle
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

"I'd like to add a pertinent fact to one of the listed ejections on your site, that of an F-14 (Bu.# 160677) from VF-51, while embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk on 7 September, 1981.
While the pilot and RIO did, indeed, eject safely from the aircraft, another squadron member, AE2 Garrell Powers was killed by debris, blown by the exhaust. It is an incident which, if I live to be 150 years old, I will never forget   .  .   ."

M. V. Dickson
in email 21st February 2008

                 
11th July 1994
USN
F-14A Tomcat 162602
NIL 102
VF‑51
USS Kitty Hawk
crashed on flight deck during night landing in Sea of Japan     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D. Jennings ejected, injured  Lt. R. Arnold ejected, injured Martin-Baker
18th November 1994
USN
 F/A‑18A Hornet 162827
N‑I
 VFA‑97
USS Kitty Hawk
 lost thrust upon launch and crashed into the sea Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
Wednesday, 1st April 2003
USN
 Pilot "Vinny," ejected safely "Gordo" ejected safely with only scrapes on his wrists Martin-Baker
NACES
F-14A Tomcat 158620
NF-104
VF-154
USS Kitty Hawk
CV 63
Engine failure, not hostile fire. Tomcat suffered a mechanical failure crashed in southern  Iraq Martin-Baker
NACES
Thursday, 2nd April 2003
3:45 p.m. EST

USN
F/A-18 Hornet 164974
NF-405
VFA 195
based in Atsugi, Japan
deployed with Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63)
Operation Iraqi Freedom -
hit by two U.S. Patriot Missiles in a "friendly fire" accident
in the area near Kerbala,  Iraq
Lt. Nathan Dennis White ejected but found dead on ground on Saturday Martin-Baker
29th January 2005
6:30 p.m., Japan Standard Time

USN
F/A-18F   (VFA) 102
USS Kitty Hawk
(CV 63)
Atsugi, Japan
in an accident on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, approximately 100 miles southeast of Yokosuka, Japan
Pilot, Lt. j.g. Jon Vanbragt

Lt. Cmdr. Markus Gudmundsson
Martin-Baker NACES
Monday night 30th July 2007
USN
F/A-18C Hornet  
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195
 USS Kitty Hawk
Carrier Air Wing 5
Crashed at sea during a night training mission,  about 400 miles southeast of Guam Pilot Lt. Chris Williams ejected safely and recovered by USN helo   Martin-Baker NACES
                 
                 

REQUEST

 Ron R. Goehring is trying to find out details about USS Kitty Hawk crew member
BTFN George W. Graves III
Nashville, TN who died on 20th February 1968 [South China Sea]
If anyone can help Ron either contact him direct at
ron.goehring@gmail.com or via this site mbenshar@aol.com