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USS Midway
CVA-41
Ejections & Losses

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Looking for other ejections from the USS Midway

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
   
Saturday 2nd March 1946
USN
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver 89283 VB-74
CVB-41 USS Midway
Spun-into the sea during landing off Greenland. USS Midway was participating in “Operation Frostbite.” 
 
   
Ensign William Anton Conrad, Jr
USNR
Bryan Texas
killed
ARM2c H. D. Brumbaugh
USNR
Northfolk, California
radioman
recovered
   
Monday 4th March 1946
USN
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver 89295
need confirmation
VB-74
CVB-41 USS Midway
Ditched by the destroyer Stormes      
   
   
Ensign Thomas D. Keller
Long Beach, California
recovered
[problems getting into the new type rescue basket and crane device - 12 attempts before successfully getting in]
ARM2c William D. Patzwaldt
Saginam, Michigan

radioman

recovered
   
5th March 1946
??

USN
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver 89288
need confirmation
VB-74
CVB-41 USS Midway
Take-off ditched      
Is this the loss for the 4th or did the Midway lose another Helldiver?
   
Wednesday 6th March 1946
USN
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver   VB-74
CVB-41 USS Midway
Crashed into the sea ahead of the carrier after catapult cable snapped before take off speed could be achieved      
 
   
Lt. Warren Paris
Philadelphia
recovered
ARM2c John P. Thomas
Wilkesbarre, Pa

radioman

recovered
   
Wednesday 24th April 1946
USN
Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver 89293 VT-74
CVB-41 USS Midway
Engine failure, ditched      
   
?? ?? 1946
USN
F4U-5 Corsair ??
69
CVB-41 USS Midway        
   
Monday 29th December 1947
also seen as 19th

USN
Helicopter   CVB-41 USS Midway Helicopter lost its rotor and crashed in the port of Naples      
 
     
LT James W. Lamm*
Lakehurst. N.J
killed

*[seen in newspapers as Robert Lamm]

LTJG Jack Jeter
Kilgore, Texas
killed
MM2-C** Glenn Paul Buter
Caseville, N. J.
died from injuries
**aviation machinist mate, 2nd class
   
29th October 1948
USN
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat 121612 VF-62 ditched 14 mi from Guantanamo Bay Pilot
rescued
   
   
22nd November 1948
USN
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat 121567 VF-61
CVB-41 USS Midway
engine failure during catapult shot
Crashed and sank
Lt. R. G. Lemire
 killed
   
1947-48 Laird B. Darling]
   
1st June 1949
USN
Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat 122696 VF-92
USS Midway CVB-41
Ditched off carrier 233 miles from Nassau Pilot rescued    
   
31st August 1949
USN
Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat 95371 VF-12
USS Midway CVB-41
Hit barrier when landing Pilot OK    
   
20th March 1950
USN
AD-1 Skyraider   VA-45
Black Knight
USS Midway CVB-41
Mediterranean Sea Ensign William R. Dinsmore
killed
   
   
18th July 1950
USN
F9F-2 Panther 123397 VF-71
USS Midway
(CVB-41)
Ramp strike on landing
[overshot the deck, missed the tail hook and went off the side of the carrier. His body was not recovered]
Ensign Frank Joseph "Frankie" Roehrenbeck Jr.
24
killed

photo via Chris Stout - Find a Grave Contributor
 
Ramp Strike - USS Midway


                                                                               all photos USN
Miraculously Lt Duncan walked away from this Ramp Strike about the USS Midway in 1951
23rd June 1951
also seen as 23rd July 1951

US
F9F 125228 USS Midway
(CVB-41)
Ramp strike
in the Atlantic of the Virginia Capes
Lt. George Chamberlain Duncan
survived
Grumman
11th November 1951
USN
F9F-2 Panther 123494
C
115
(VF-21)
USS Midway

(CVB-41)
Came in high missing the arresting wires ramming others parked on the deck and then going overboard went over the side Lt. E. W. Keegan, Jr.
picked up by Helicopter #67
   
11th November 1951
USN
F9F-2 123557 USS Midway
(CVB-41)
went into water –  Lt. G. W. Laughlin
pilot picked up by Helicopter #65
   
11th November 1951
USN
F9F-2 123482 USS Midway
(CVB-41)
major damage      
11th November 1951
USN
F9F-2 123080 USS Midway
(CVB-41)
went over the side and was lost      
?? November 1951
USN
F9F-2 Panther ???
C
116
USS Midway
(CVB-41)
Struck by 115 and sent overboard

THIS ONE OF THE ABOVE 3 listed in grey

not occupied    
12th November 1951
USN
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat 121758 VC-62
CVB-41 USS Midway
ditched off carrier Pilot rescued    
29th January 1952   F4U Corsair I 81648 VF-41
USS Midway

(CVB-41)
crashed into the water and sank in 260 fathoms of water – search concluded, results negative Ltjg Charles Roger Babcock
presumed dead
   
?? 1952
USN
Skyraider
[CONFIRM TYPE]
  USS Midway
(CVB-41)
Crashed on landing went overboard into the ocean ?? Hackett    
  Karl George Wenzel ??
  http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=NEYzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=mu4HAAAAIBAJ&pg=4864,5506953&dq=carrier+crash&hl=en check
  LCDR Hubert Laurence Worrell - 26th August 1954
LTJG Roger W. Tillson - 26th August 1954
 
 
On 8/26/54, two AD-6 Skyraiders from the Attack Squadron 195 took off from Moffett Field Naval Air Station, California at 9:07am on the routine training flight. The lead plane BuNo 133254 was piloted by Lieutenant Commander Hubert L. Worrell followed by BuNo 135264 flown by Lieutenant (junior grade) Roger W. Tillson Jr. The purpose of the flight was long range low level navigation from Moffett Field seaward west of San Francisco, then to a point near Fallon, Nevada and return to Moffett. After taking off, the flight headed west for 35 miles then north for 32 miles. On the third leg of the flight they turn east, heading back towards land on course towards Fallon, Nevada. They encountered scattered clouds near Santa Rosa. As the flight continued at an estimated altitude between 1500 and 2000 feet, they entered an overcast three to five miles from the impact point. The two aircraft were in formation at an estimated 140 knots, in a climbing, slight right wing down attitude as they collided with the mountain. Both aircraft disintegrated on impact, killing the pilots instantly.

 

                 
23rd November 1953
USN
F9F 127306 VF-33
USS Midway
Guantanamo Bay area.
lost engine  during the cat shot
Ens. John Edward De Valk
killed
   
31st January 1953
USN
??     Wing tank fell off during a catapault launch off the carrier LT James W. Ferguson
reconnaissance pilot
killed
   
 
Dear Sir or Madam,
I was reading your website and wanted to add the plane crash of my grandfather, James Ferguson, who died on the Midway in a catapault/launch incident on January 31, 1953.
He was a reconnaissance pilot and died when the wing tank fell off during a catapault launch off the carrier. Do you any information on this?

Thank you
Paul Burch
Nashville, TN
1952-1953
LTJG William J. Leonard
LTJG Guy T. Thrower [VF-61 Jolly Rogers - to check ?? Did he crash land a F9F Panther at Nassau, Bahamas earlier serving on the FDR? was the fdr commissioned then?]
LTJG Hugh C. Hayworth
1952-1953  
6th January 1954
USN
F9F 131000 VF-33
USS Midway
       
31st March 1954
USN
F2H-3 126427 USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into aircraft parked forward on the flight deck while attempting to land
plane scuttled over side to permit other planes to land
Lt. W. H. Paulsen
killed
   
31st March 1954
USN
F2H-3 126407 USS Midway
CVA-41
Struck by the pilot attempting to land. Plane started to burn--scuttled over side to permit other planes to land Ltjg G. L. Gleason    
31st March 1954
USN

F2H-3

126423

USS Midway
CVA-41
Major damage caused by F2H-3 126427 crashing into parked aircraft      

F2H-3

126440

F9F-6

131004

F9F-6

130985

F9F-6

128257

F9F-6

128212

26th March 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   VF-64
Freelancers
USS Midway
CVA-41
  LTJG Albert J. Delano, Jr
ejected at 10,000 ft 240 kt
see also 7th September 1958
  McDonnell Seat
21st July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon  BuNo. 5205   caught fire, but minor damage to plane LTJG M. R. Varhaller
not inured
   
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 145207 VF-64
USS Midway
CV-41
Flameout passing through bad weather
[see FEEDBACK below]
crashed in sea
LTJG Armond Gary Bergevin
USNR
24
killed
no ejection
   
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
LTJG J. Brender
killed
no ejection
   
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
???
killed
no ejection
   
24th July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
Flameout
Ditched in sea  Iwakuni
LT John C. Tibbs
Blew canopy and swam from aircraft
 
FEEDBACK

". . . . the Midway was going to go into port in Yokosuka, Japan, The Air Wing flew off the day before to Atsugi Naval Air Station. During the flyoff, three of the Demons suffered flameouts passing thru bad weather and crashed at sea, killing all three pilots. the rest of the Demons made an emergency landing at Iwakuni due to weather.

The next morning they were going to fly to Atsugi. Tibbs was first off, and had just gotten airborne when his plane flamed out. being way too low to eject, he ditched it in the bay. He said it sank almost immediately, he un-strapped, blew the canopy and swam out.

All the rest of the planes were grounded at Iwakuni. They pulled his plane out of the bay, removed the engine and inspected it. They discovered that the compressor case was shrinking in cold weather and binding the compressor blades, effectively stalling the engine. Brender and Bergevin were two of the pilots killed on the flyoff, I don't remember the third, but Winchester would know.

The midair between Winchester and Ralston was with the first two "up" birds after having their engines pulled and modified. " 

FEEDBACK

Responding to your request for information .   .   .  I thought I would pass on, for what it's worth, a report of an ejection perhaps not on your web site. 

.   .   .   .I was the one who "landed" the Demon at Nice in May 1960 ---- but I only know for sure that afterward it was sealed up and barged back to the states. "Bravo" damage in the criteria of the times.

However, some years later I was told by a friend that when the Navy was creating more Air Groups "my" particular Demon  was put through Overhaul at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, and on its very first test flight the engine failed and the USMC test pilot ejected over Chesapeake Bay.  (MCAS Overhaul and Repair refurbished Demons, and USMC enlisted pilots flew the first test flights before we went up to retrieve them.)

I have no way of knowing if they are one and the same Demons ---  mine was Buno 145291 --- or  who would know  these 40+ years later.  My guess is that while the aircraft was destined for some east coast squadron, it would not yet have been formally assigned to one.  Trust that helps, and hopefully not confuses.

Again, great site.

 

Bob Fair, VF-14

 

A Postscript: I was astounded to see just how many ejections there were while the Demon was in the Fleet.  My perspective is obviously very limited, but it seems that a number even a fraction of that today would have our Congress investigating and screaming for explanations, and the Navy "standing down" to regroup.  Yet those numbers apparently were acceptable at the time.  Add the non-ejection accidents and the numbers become even more remarkable. 
in email 1st December 2007

ANYONE WHO CAN ADD INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BuNo  145291 PLEASE CONTACT mbenshar@aol.com
   
24th July 1958
USN
RF-8A Crusader  145605 VFP-61 Det. Alpha
USS Midway
CVA-41

or

VF-211

Over water off West Coast returning to Midway from Alameda

also seen as

VF-211
 lost port landing gear in contact with flight deck while  attempting to land - lost at sea

LCDR Len G. Derse
OINC of  VFP-61 Det. Alpha
ejected.
First
 (F8U‑1P) crash ejection
Vought
25th July 1958
USN
AD6  139611 VA-65  lost at sea LTJG James D. Rivers
killed
   
25th July 1958
USN
AD6 137540 VA-65 lost at sea LTJG Tommy L. Williams
killed
   
28th July 1959
USN
 F8U‑1
 Crusader
145390 VF-24
USS Midway
CVA-41
Off the coast of California during a missile
  shoot exercise
LTJG Henry H. "Hank" Smith
egressed under water following three unsuccessful ejection attempts
Vought
  Hank tried to eject unsuccessfully under water from his sinking F8 and had to get out manually. He was the first pilot to survive a cold cat shot from an F8. He will give you the BuNo of the F8 when he returns from the present trip to the East Coast. The ejection seat was the Vought which had an envelope of 200 feet 90 knots. The catapult broke half way thru the stroke on the sponson deck and went over the side of the ship at approximately 110 knots but not have enough altitude. ( either 63 or 163 feet). The aircraft exploded on impact with the water, ( wings came off, engine came apart blowing turbine blades upon to the flight deck, the windscreen failed filling the cockpit with water with such force that the oxygen mask of the pilot was pulled to one side forcing water down the throat of the pilot.

145390 (VF-24) went over the side of USS Midway after bad catapult shot Jul 28, 1959. Pilot was able to jettison canopy and get out of the plane before it sank.

5th September 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon   VF-64
Freelancers

USS Midway
CVA-41
Landing gear damaged LT William "Bill" D. Dittmar
ejected while climbing
McDonnell Seat
7th September 1958
USN
F3H2N 145210 VF-64 crashed at sea LTJG Albert J. Delano, Jr.
killed
see also
26th March 1958
   
10th September 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-2 Demon 145203 VF-64
Freelancers
USS Midway
CVA-41
Patrol operations in the Philippines.

Off Formosa in support of Quemoy-Matsu crisis (aka Second Taiwan Strait Crisis)

crashed over flight deck and sank

On a CAVU [Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited] day, Cdr Heider caught the # 3 wire, got caught in throttle surged over Starboard side near Flight Deck

Cdr. Walter Hugh Heider, Jr.
died
   

 

 

 

 

OWN AIRCRAFT Disposition Lieut, Walter H. HEIDER, Jr., USNR, returning from routine patrol was Altitudes Speeds flying at 100 feet in poor visibility, observed ...

 

I have made some progress on your entry 1958-59 with , LTJGs J.D. Rivers, T. L. Williams, and R. T. Johnson.

 

Date of crash – 10 September 1958

Plane – F3H-2 Demon

Squadron – VF-64

Location –

Cause –  Control : http://www.investorvillage.com/mbthread.asp?mb=1266&tid=8599527&showall=1 and this website said the same “died when his throttle apparently stuck after landing and his plane plunged overboard out of control.” http://www.wordola.com/wusage/f3h/all.html

 

Here is a copy of CDR Heider’s gravestone:  http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=22568778

1958-1959 CDR W. H. Heider, Jr.
LTJG J. D. Rivers
LTJG T. L. Williams
LTJG R. T. Johnston
26th September 1958
USN
 F8U‑1
 Crusader
 143805
VF-211
"Checkertails"
 from carrier USS Midway (CVA-41)
Over water in Formosa or Okinawa area LTJG D. R. McKee ejected about 5,000 ft after losing main mounts in pitching sea recovery. Recovered by helo. Vought
Regretfully, DR was later killed in 1959 flying with the Blues
6th January 1960
4th November 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid - air over Iwakuni, Japan LTJG Richard "Dick" L. Ralston
ejected 2500 ft
McDonnell seat
4th November 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid - air over Iwakuni, Japan LT Morton "Windy" S. Winchester
no ejection
McDonnell seat

Winchester landed his Demon after the midair with half his starboard wing gone.....He ended up with the plane straddling a benjo ditch past the end of the runway

   
Monday 7th October 1959
USN
F-3H-2 Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into sea following engine failure 200 miles south of Nagoya, Japan.
See FEEDBACK
LTJG James Richard Ward
[also seen as Richard James Ward]

Brockton, Mass.
ejected
never found

Should this be
James D. Ward ???

 

  

Monday 7th October 1959
USN
F-3H-2 Demon  
VF-21
USS Midway
CVA-41
  LTJG Douglas A. "Doug" Blank
ejected
never found
   

 

".   .   .   A flight of 4 VF-21 Demons launched from Midway with NAS Atsugi as their destination. They encountered heavy weather enroute and one by one each experienced what they thought was an engine flame-out. In fact none of those J71 engines actually flamed out. The problem was that in heavy cloud or precipitation at high cold altitudes the engine turbine case would contract to the point where turbine blades would impinge on the case causing an almost complete loss of power. Two pilots, Doug Blank and Jim Ward ejected and were never found. The other two Demons descended out of weather and regained enough power to continue on to Atsugi. The subsequent investigation revealed the vulnerability of the engine compressor to the intake of cold humid air and all J71 engines underwent refitting that solved the problem but with a consequential lowering of total engine thrust."

Cdr. John Newlin, USN (Ret)
USS Midway Veterans Association
in email 29th July 2013

 

The dates for that crash are earlier than 1960.  I found this article from the Oakland Tribune dated October 7, 1959.  It lists Richard James Ward of Brockton, Mass and Douglas A. Blank of Hayward, CA as lost at sea.  Title of the article is Hayward Jet Pilot Lost at Sea.

http://newspaperarchive.com/oakland-tribune/1959-10-07/page-21

 

The newspaper article that I just sent, lists the name as Richard James Ward, but the USS Midway cruise book lists the name as James R. Ward.  We will order the deck logs for October 5 (the Monday they went down) and hope to get the name correctly.  http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/cv41-60/000.htm

 

The 1959/60 cruise book shows USS Midway stopping at Cubi Point in the Philippines and then moving up to the vicinity of Okinawa in company with USS Kearsarge (CVS-33). Typhoons Charlotte and Vera came north, holding them off Okinawa and Typhoon Vera made landfall in Japan on 26 September, 1959. The ships then made for Yokosuka with a probable fly off to NAS Atsugi on Sunday or Monday, 4 or 5 October, 1959. The carriers tied up in Yokosuka on Wednesday, 7 October, 1959.

 

The newspaper article says that the mission took place on Monday (due to the time difference and the international date line, this could have been Sunday or Monday in Japanese waters), which would have been 5 October, 1959. Coming from Okinawa to Yokosuka, the location of the crash 236 miles south of Nagoya certainly fits the time and place for a fly off to Atsugi. The paper mentions that the ships spent three days in the vicinity searching for the two pilots. Counting the day of the crash, this could have been the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October and still allow the ships to arrive on 7 October in Yokosuka. The cruisebook shows USS Midway making Piedmont Pier around mid-day in sunlight, though subsequent pictures indicate a cloudy or rainy day.

 

My opinion of the date of the crash of the two F3H-2s from VF-21 is on 4 or 5 October, 1959.

31st December 1959 USN North American FJ-4B Fury 141482 VA-22
USS Midway
Over water LT C. R. Snow
ejected
PIC NAA Seat
                 
1960
USN
AD-7 Skyraider   VA-25
USS Midway
CVA-41
  LT John J. Hale
killed
   
28th January 1960
11:05

USN
FJ-4B Fury ??? VA-23
Black Knights
USS Midway
CVA-41
Pilot radioed that he was low on fuel. The flight deck was cleared for his recovery. Plane nosedived into the ocean about 200 yards off the fantail. LTJG Noel J. Stace
killed
   
 

Reese F Lukei Jr was on the staff of Adm Welsh and Adm Heyward, COMCARDIV-5. His duty station was on the bridge and witnessed the loss of Stace's aircraft.
Stace had radioed that he was low on fuel. The flight deck was cleared for his recovery.
Reese recalls - "I stepped outside just as the plane nosedived into the ocean about 200 yards off the fantail. The USS Midway and our destroyers circled for at least a day, but no sign of the plane or pilot were ever found."
Later that day in a letter to his wife Reese wrote

"At 0700 this morning a Midway motor whale boat overturned with 9 men on board. Only 8 were found and one of them was dead. The other one has been presumed dead.

That isn't all. At 1105 a FJ4B jet made a pass over the ship, started to make a turn to the left and his plane went in the water. It sank the instant it hit. The pilot is believed to have gotten out, but he can't be found.

That makes 4 planes and 7 men that have died since we left the States."

In emails November 2013

   
Wednesday 3rd May 1960       VMA-311
USS Midway
CVA-41
crash nearLos Angeles. Routine flight from El Toro MCAS, One leg amputated.      
 

First

Lieutenant Dadurka was killed in California, the

May 3, 1960:
1st Lt Neal Charles Dadurka was pulled from his burning A4D-2 BuNo 142947. He died in the base hospital May 5, 1960. His Skyhawk landed short of a civilian airport near Lake Elsinore runway after engine failure

 
3rd May 1961
Just before dusk

USMC
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142839
WL
VMA-311
USS Midway
CVA-41
South China Sea

catapulted off the

deck for a routine flight

flew into

the water about a mile off the bow

1st LT Jerome S. Andre
also seen as LT Joseph S. Andre

killed
  Douglas
Saturday 3rd June 1961
USMC
A4D-2 Skyhawk 142938
WL
VMA-311
USS Midway
CVA-41
Aircraft on fire during training flight about 25 miles from the ship in the western Pacific Ocean

incident reported by the Great Lales Naval Training Station

Second

Lieutenant Harold L. Frohriep
Sturgis, Michigan
ejected safely at 2000 ft
 

destroyer USS

Chevalier (DD 805) picked him up from his liferaft about one hour later and returned him to the carrier by highline

Douglas
   
   
   
27th April 1961
USMC
Crusader F-8B
[F8U-1
Crusader]
 145428 VMF-312
Ckeckerboards
CVA-41, USS Midway
hitting round down on USS Midway CAPT M. P. Cady
ejected
  Vought
Low Level
30th June 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133561
"NE"

VF-21
USS Midway
Low fuel approach, porpoised while attempting to land at NAS Atsugi, Japan LTJG Robert "Bob" J. Hendershott Jr.
ejected at low level - landed in seat - died of injuries
Martin-Baker

Ltjg. Robert G. Hendershott ejected from a VF-21 F3H Demon July 1, 1961 while attempting to land at NAS Atsugi, Japan. He panicked while making a low fuel approach and got into a nasty porpoise. Even though he was in a Martin-Baker seat, the ejection was unsuccessful most probably due to his attempt coming as the aircraft was about to strike the runway on a down cycle.

 in email 25th November 2007

10th August 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133585
"NE"

VF-21
USS Midway
Engine failure just after cat launch. Crashed off the coast of Japan LCDR Hank L Halleland
ejected at 2-300 ft 165 kt thru canopy
rescued by helo
back injury -
  Martin-Baker
12th November 1961   A4D-2 Skyhawk 142852 USS Midway Lost at sea off the Monterey Peninsula during night carrier operations Lt(jg) Robert Anthony Huff
26
killed
   
8th May 1962
USN
F-8C Crusader  147013 VF-24
(Red) Checkertails
USS Midway
CVA-41
  LTJG Barry E. Kunkel
ejected
[personal testimony]
Martin-Baker
?? ?? 1962
Date needed

USN
F-8 Crusader   VF-24
(Red) Checkertails
USS Midway
CVA-41
Night Flight Ramp strike Lt. George Clark
ejection mechanism failed
  Martin-Baker

 

You have a F-3H Demon ramp strike aboard Midway in 1962 ascribed to VF-21 pilot George Clark. I made the ‘61 and ‘62 Midway deployments in VF-21 and George Clark was not a member of that squadron. But there was a Lt. George Clark in VF-24 flying the F-8 who struck the ramp and then was unable to eject because of seat failure. However he got safely airborne and made and a successful barricade landing. I was the tower observer that night and witnessed the entire event.

And then there is the odd case of  VF-24 F-8 pilot Ltjg. Barry Kunkel on the same Midway CVW-2 deployment and is on your F-8 list. On the night of May 8, 1962 I was taxied to the port bow after landing and parked angle-out style. VF-24 C.O. D. Henderson landed behind me and had just taxied into place alongside me when I opened my canopy. Suddenly I heard a popping sound and seconds later was hit by a shower of plexiglass. Barry Kunkel, Henderson’s wingman, had struck the ramp and ejected immediately He separated from the Martin-Baker seat and his chute deployed just before he landed on the flight deck. His seat then struck and shattered Henderson’s canopy. Henderson escaped injury because he was bending over to pick his kneeboard which he had dropped. Kunkel landed on the flight deck immediately in front of Henderson’s F-8 which was still powered up. Kunkel’s chute was sucked into the F-8 intake and as Kunkel was being pulled toward a gruesome death, two flight deck personnel grabbed him and one cut the shroud lines with his knife thus freeing a shaken Kunkel. Kunkel broke his hip and that ended his deployment. He was taken to sick bay and the senior medical officer had to go to the bridge to convince Midway’s captain that Kunkel was indeed aboard and not in the water.

Cdr. John Newlin, USN (Ret)
in email 28th July 2013

Saturday 11th August 1962   A4D-2 Skyhawk 142904 VA-23
NAS Atsugi, Japan
USS Midway
Crashed shortly after take off a quarter of a mile from the  runway Lt(jg) Andrew F. Cianciotto
ejected
broke his houlder
   
Tuesday 18th September 1962   A4D-2 Skyhawk 145055 USS Midway Crashed soon after launch  Cdr. George M. Veling
CO
killed
   
24th September 1962
lso seen as
February 1963
 
  A3D-2
(A-3B)
Skywarrior
142402
[142403?]
NE-602
VAH-8
Fireballers
USS Midway
CV-41
Ditched into the Pacific Ocean while attempting to land after number 4 cable broke All 3 crew escaped, rescued by helicopters    
     
Frank S. Haak
Sqn CO
pilot
?? ??
8th July 1963

USMC
F-4B Phantom II 150471
VW4
VMFA-314
USS Midway
MCAS El Toro, California
Carrier Quals on USS Midway The aircraft was in a nose down attitude after cat shot into Pacific Ocean off of North Island, San Diego, California pic   Martin-Baker
1Lt Duane W. Watson
killed
WO-1 William J. Patterson
killed
Martin-Baker
   
11th September 1963
also seen as 12th


USN

 

F-4B Phantom II 148375
NE
    Martin-Baker
VF-21
Freelancers
USS Midway
CVA-41
Went over the side of the carrier during night launch from starboard catapult. It has been stated that Canopy detached during launch.  Also seen as the aircraft dropped into the water and was run across by the carrier

FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED

Ensign Joe Eddie Crosswhite Jr
killed
Some eye witnesses
state that his ejection
seat had begun to ride up
the rails during launch
and the drogue chute deployed
RIO
LTJG Richard "Dick" Leo Karns
killed

also seen as LTJG Leo Richard Karns with date of death 15th September 1965 buried at sea

Martin-Baker
   
18th September 1963
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150461
NE
VF‑21
Freelancers
USS Midway

Part of wing broke off and landing gear was damaged during bolter on Midway. Aircraft diverted to Miramar but could not land safely. Crashed  in Pacific off NAS Miramar, CA. USA

Martin-Baker
Lt. James W. Ryan
30
ejected over the sea
Lt. (jg) B. R. Scott
33
jected inverted over the sea
Martin-Baker
First ejection for this crew
see also 16th March 1965
   
10th October 1963
USN
A-4E Skyhawk 149662 VA-23
Black Knights
routine training flight 55 miles west of the Golden Gate. Lt(jg) Francis J. Davis
ejected
 
   
18th November 1963

USN
F-4B Phantom II
 
148394
NE
VF-21
Freelancers
USS Midway
CVA-41

Struck ramp and exploded on landing

    Martin-Baker
Lt Ronald Samuel Sterrett
killed
CDR Richard McKenzie Tucker Jr.
killed
Martin-Baker
   
   
12th December 1963
USN
A-3B
Skywarrior
 
147654 VAH-8
Fireballers
USS Midway
CVA-41
Routine flight Returning to Cubi Point. GCA approach waved off. The plane crashed flying into Mount Silanguin near Cubi Point, Philippines      
     
CDR Charles Edward Guthrie
Sqn CO
killed
Lt. Ray Gordon English
27
USNR
Stanford
ATCS Russell J. Marshall Jr
killed
20th February 1964
USN
F-4B Phantom II 150647
NE 1
VF‑21
"Freelancers"
USS Midway
CVA-41

 in sea off Japan, crew abandoned aircraft, which was almost out of fuel,  following six abortive attempts to land on carrier

Martin-Baker
Lt. F. O. Boone
ejected
Lt. D. V. Hanna
ejected
Martin-Baker
13th April 1964
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 149533
NE-2??
VA-22
Fighting Redcocks
USS Midway
over water LT Charles R. Mandley
[Mandly]

ejected
Douglas 
   
  Ted Hartley
In May 1964, while he was a United States Navy Lt. Commander, his fighter jet crashed near Corpus Christi, Texas, after contact with his wingman [off Formosa]
This loss is believed to be from the USS Hornet CV-12 and not the Midway
   
6th October 1964
07:14

USN
A-4C Skyhawk   VA-22
NAS Alameda, CA
Struck sea wall in landing accident at NAS Alameda, CA Cmdr. Claude E. Dechow
[Duchow ??]
CO
Douglas
17th October 1964
USN
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 149494
[confirm]
VA-22
Fighting Redcocks
Collided on the deck of the Midway off Hawaii when landing Lt. Paul M. Grafton
ejected
did not survive
Douglas
17th October 1964
USN
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk 148576
[This aircraft was still operational in 1973]
VA-22
[CONFIRM]
Aircraft was struck by landing aircraft Lt. Warner F. Lee
not injured
xxxxx Douglas
 
Airman George W. Lipe Jr. was killed on the deck
   
   

4th November 1964

 

Vought F8 Crusader

148704

x

x

x

x

x

  1964: VF-111 as "NH-110". 
 D.N. "Nick" Norris
 
I believe the F-8 listed as lost on 4 NOV 1964 may have been piloted by LTjg “Nick” Norris who graduated from the U-W NROTC program.  We give an award annually on behalf of his family.  I spoke with his brother, Davudm who said that the date he was officially listed missing was 04 NOV, although the incident happened about a week earlier they did not notify and set official date as 04 NOV.  Said he was trying to land on the USS Midway and the jet was destroyed.
24th February 1966   A-4E Skyhawk 151104 or 151174 MCAS El Toro, CA Mid-air collision a mile south of MCAS El Toro, CA while making a practice GCA. Crashed near Camp Pendleton. Cdr. Robert R. King Jr.
ejected safely
 
Thursday 26th February 1965
USN
A-4E Skyhawk 151146 VA-23
Black Knights
Taking part in Operation Silver Lance. Hit by a Terrier missile strike when he strayed into a restricted air space and was mistaken for a target drone. Lt(jg) Larry J. Cooper
25
Valvosta, Georgia
killed
   
  On February 27, 1965, an aircraft from the Midway was inadvertently shot down by a USS Preble (DLG-15) missile when it over flew a missile range during southern California maneuvers for the SILVER LANCE exercise. The pilot was killed.
  A-4E VA-164 151171 AH-4??

Description: Lt. J. L. Burton ejected from A-4E BuNo 151171 following a mid-air collision with a F-8E off USS Oriskany during exercise Silver Lance, 230 southwest of San Diego. Burton was rescued uninjured

 
February 28th, 1965   A-4E Skyhawk 151153
NE-???
VA-23
Black Knights
Taking part in Operation Silver Lance. Cockpit filled with smoke after in flight explosion during refuelling. Crashed about 150 miles SW of San Diego Lt (jg). James W. Sloat Jr.
ejected
rescued by helicopter
Douglas
24th February 1966   A-4E Skyhawk 151104 or 151174 MCAS El Toro, CA Mid-air collision a mile south of MCAS El Toro, CA while making a practice GCA. Crashed about six miles south LCdr. Stewart Blair
ejected safely
   
   
16th  March 1965
USN
F-4 Phantom II 151481
NE 1
VF‑21
"Freelancers"
USS Midway
CVA-41

Loss of control caused by external centerline tank that was jettisoned and struck horizontal stabilizer, crashed off Honolulu

Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. James W. Ryan
32
ejected
LT B. R. Scott
34
ejected
Martin-Baker
 Second ejection for this crew
see also 18th September 1963
20th April 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 149507 

NE 204


VA-22

Fighting Redcocks
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Just north of Vinh. Attacking trucks near Nghia Hung "My Mk 81 bombs malfunctioned on a night bombing mission."
Lt. Phillip Neal Butler
POW

released on 12 February 1973
Douglas Rapec seat
8th May 1965
USN
F‑8D Crusader 148637, NE 4?? VF‑111
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
First raid against a North Viet­namese airfield. Hit by AAA; crashed into the sea a few miles offshore near the island of Hon Nieu, North Vietnam Cdr James David La Haye,
CO of VF‑111
KIA
No ejection recorded
8th May 1965
USN
RF‑8A Crusader 145628, PP 9'?? VFP‑63
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Damaged by AAA while on post-strike reconnaissance on Vinh airfield; North Vietnam. Flew to coast, refuelled, soon after two explosions.  Crashed about 30 miles off Dong Hoi Lt (jg) W. B. Wilson
ejected and recovered
by a USAF Albatross
 
Tuesday 11th May 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148489
NE-

VA-22

Fighting Redcocks
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Non combat, collided in mid‑air with another aircraft and crashed into the sea, Vietnam ENS D. D. Gregory
ejected
recovered
  Douglas
  May 11, 1965:
Ens. D.D. Gregory ejected safely when his A-4C BuNo 148489 went into the water 250˚ relative 4,000 yards ships position Lat. 14-35N and Long. 1116-47.4E. Midway released USS Hoel (DDG-13) to proceed to area of crash. The Midway helicopter recovered te pilot and returned him aboard uninjured at 1747. 
At 1756 an A-4C (Unknown BuNo)landed and caught fire on the flight deck. 
USS Midway deck log - Tuesday, 11 May 1965.

27th May 1965


USN

F-8D Crusader

148706
NE-

F‑111
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41

strike against the railway yards at Vinh. AAA; North Vietnam

CDR Doyle Wilmer Lynn
CO (KIA)

Martin-Baker Mk.5
CDR Lynn had earlier ejected on 7th June 1964 having been shot down by ground fire when he flew with VF-111 aboard USS Kitty Hawk]
1st June 1965
USN
RF-8A Crusader 146881

PP 9??

Detachment A
VFP-63
USS Midway
CVA-41
Damaged by AAA at 500 feet  while on post-strike reconnaissance on the railway yards at Vinh. North Vietnam. Flew towards coast. Crashed over 30 miles from the coastline Lt (jg) M. R. Fields ejected, recovered by a USAF Albatross. Martin Baker
2nd June 1965
USN
A-4E Skyhawk 151144
NE 348
VA-23
Black Knight

USS Midway
CVA-41
Raid on a radar site a few miles south of Thanh Hoa. Hit by small arms fire; North Vietnam;

engine flamed

out

Lt. (jg) David Marion Christian
seen to eject over sea - no parachute
KIA
Douglas
 

Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade David Marion Christian, United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as Pilot of a jet aircraft in Attack Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VA-23) aboard U.S.S. MIDWAY (CVA-41). During a combat strike against heavily defended radar installation 10 miles south of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam, on 2 June 1965, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Christian pressed home successive attacks against the target in the face of intense, hostile anti-aircraft fire, scoring direct hits which destroyed the radar site. When his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire as he climbed off target, he stayed with his burning plane and established a glide toward the safety of the sea five miles away. However, he apparently was unable to escape the burning craft before it crashed into the water.
 (April 1966)

thirty  minutes later

2nd June 1965


USN
EA‑1F
Skyraider
SPAD
132540

VR 70?

VAW-13 Detachment A
[
Electronic Attack Squadron 13 ]
"Zappers"
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41

Coordinating a SAR effort for Lt Christian [see previous entry]. Hit by ground fire and crashed on coast.

no ejection seats fitted to EA-1F
 
pic pic  
Lt(jg) M D McMican
24
pilot
(KIA)
Lt(jg) Gerald Michael Romano
navigation officer
(KIA)
P03 William "Billy" Harry Amspacher Jr
Electronic Countermeasures Operator
(KIA)
ATN3 Thomas Lee Plants (KIA)
Possibly parachuted from stricken aircraft. Body washed ashore a week after loss
remains returned 13 July 1988 remains returned 6 March 1991
five hours later
2nd June 1965
USN
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo. 151161
NE 349
VA-24
Black Knight

USS Miday
CVA-41
Shot down by North Vietnamese gun fire while on low level armed reconnaissance mission northwest of Vinh searching for a ferry. Aircraft caught fire and flamed out Lt.  John Bryan McKamey
ejected successfully, was captured by the North Vietnamese
(POW)

released on 12th February 1973

Douglas
3rd June 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148577

NE 2??

VA-22
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41

Shot down AAA while on an armed road reconnaissance mission over Route 65 near Ban Nakay Neua,10 miles east of Sam Neua, northern Laos.

Lt. Raymond P. Ilg
ejected successfully and, following three days of evading capture deep inside enemy territory, was rescued by a helicopter flown by
Capt Julian Kanach with flight mechanic, Luis Moser on cable.
Douglas
10th June 1965
USN
A‑1H Skyraider 137521
NE 5??

VA‑25
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Rolling Thunder strike on the Co Dinh power plant about 10 miles southwest of Thanh Hoa. AAA believed to have wounded pilot.  North Vietnam Lt (jg) Carl Louis  Doughtie
KIA
 
24th June 1965
USN
A‑1H 137523 VA‑25
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Technical fault Following a strike mission. Emergency landing pilot recovered    
28th July 1965
USN
A-4E Skyhawk BuNo149962

NE 341

VA-23
Black Knights
CVA-41 USS Midway
Part of flak suppression formation that was attacking an AAA site in a karst region 50 miles south of Vinh.Damaged by own Mk-82 bomb, North Vietnam Lt. (jg) Grant R. Townsend Jr.
injured by bomb-blast, ejected
 successfully
Rescued by helicopter
Douglas
28th July 1965
USN
F-4B Phantom II 150646
NE 101
VF-21
CVA-41 USS Midway
Combat air patrol due to a double flameout and complete electrical failure at 6500
feet while on combat air patrol off the USS Midway (CVA-41)
in the Tonkin Gulf off Vietnam.
  Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. E. W. Fitzsimmons ejected picked out of the gulf by a USS Midway helicopter Lt. (jg) Ronald L. Griffith
ejected picked out of the gulf by a USS Midway helicopter
Martin-Baker
7th August 1965
USN
A‑1H 135329, NE 5?? VA‑25
"Fist of the Fleet"
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Lost in the target area to 37mm AAA during attack on army barracks at Dong Hoi  North Vietnam Lt. Cdr.  Harold Edwin Gray, Jr,
34
KIA
   
11th August 1965
USN
A‑4E Skyhawk 151185
NE 345
??
VA‑23
Black Knights

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
SAM while flying road reconnaissance mission about 30 miles northwest of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam Lt (jg)  Donald Hubert Brown, Jr,
KIA
Douglas
11th August 1965
USN
A‑4E 151185
NE 345
??
VA‑23
"Black Knights"

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Hit by SAM while flying road reconnaissance mission about 30 miles northwest of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam. Returned to land on carrier heavily damdged Lt Cdr F. Dee  Roberge
OK
no ejection
12th August 1965
USN
F‑8D Crusader 147911,
NE 4??
VF‑111
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
search the area north of Thanh Hoa for SAM sites. AAA about 20 miles almost due north of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam LTJG Gene Raymond Gollahon
(KIA)
Martin-Baker
13th August 1965
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148564

NE 2??

VA-22
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Search for SAM sites north of Vinh in North Vietnam. AAA blew away nose cone of A-4, flew five miles off-shore near Sam Son  North Vietnam Lt. W. E. Newman ejected near a

waiting US Navy destroyer on SAR watch

Douglas
24th August 1965
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 149490, NE 2?? VA‑22
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
On armed reconnaissance mission attacked a road bridge near Phong Bai, 30 miles south of Thanh Hoa.At low level hit ground on pull up, North Vietnam Lt (jg)  Richard Marvin  Brunhaver,
POW

released on 12th February 1973

Douglas
24th August 1965
USN
F-4B Phantom 152215

NE-21

VF-21
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Strike against the Dragon's Jaw Bridge at Thanh Hoa. SA-2 at about 11,000 feet  near the village of Phu Ban, north of Thanh Hoa,  North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Cdr. Frederick Augustus  W. Franke ejected
POW

released on 12th February 1973

Lt. Cdr. Robert Bartsch Doremus ejected
POW

released on 12th February 1973

Martin-Baker
   
28th October 1965
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 148596
[or
146596]
VA‑22
"Redcocks"

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
crashed inverted while attempting to land on the carrier LTJG T. E. Murray
ejected inverted
killed
 
3rd November 1965
USN
F-8D Crusader 148635 VF-111
CVA-41 USS Midway
Non combat control systems failure LTJG V. A. Riley
ejected
recovered
Martin Baker
20th January 1966
USN
Crusader F-8E  150884 VF-124
Midway
CVA-41
Ramp strike during night qualifications off the coast of California. The aircraft slid along the deck taking at least one crewman overboard LCDR Richard H. Richardson
ejected on deck
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
   
11th June 1971
USN
E‑2B Hawkeye AEW 151719 VAW‑115
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Disappeared during a ferry flight

CREW NAMES CONFIRMATION  APPRECIATED

All five crew missing    
 

 

LCDR K. L. Rasmussen

LT N. J. Tucker

LT. D. H. Von Pritchyns

LT. E. B. Pearlman

AT2 Roger Poe

12th August 1971
USN
KA‑6D 152598 VA‑115
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41

Non combat. Fire started in the refuelling unit

   
Lt Cdr B S Wade member recovered Lt J S McMahon  recovered Martin-Baker
2nd May 1972
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 152597 VA‑115
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Fire in the cockpit while on a tanker mission,    Gulf of Tonkin off NVN   Martin-Baker
Lt R K A Bendel
ejected, recovered
Lt. (jg) Houser
ejected, recovered
Martin-Baker
19th May 1972
USN
A-7B Corsair II 154541
NF 411
VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Iron Hand flight attacked an anti‑aircraft gun position near the town of Ha Tinh, 25 miles south of Vinh. AAA at 6,000 feet hit tail, attempted Feet Wet.  North Vietnam Lt. Aubrey  Allen Nichols ejected. Facial burn injuries due to fire in cockpit
POW

released on 28 March 1973

Escapac
21st May 1972
USN
F-4B
Phantom II
 
153032
NF 2
VA‑151
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed during launch from USS Midway Martin-Baker
 Lt. Cdr. Harry Sampson ejected - rescued by SH‑3G Lt (jg) Richard "Dick" G Daggett [Draggett?] ejected - rescued by SH‑3G Martin-Baker
23rd May 1972
USN
A-7B Corsair II 154405
NF-302
VA‑93
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41

alpha strike on thermal
power plant at Nam Dinh
 to the southwest of Haiphong.

P
robably SAM
while leaving target

about 15 miles to the
southeast of Nam Dinh

North Vietnam

 
CDR Charles Edward Barnett*
(KIA) 

[see also
13th December 1966
ejected flying a
Skyhawk from the
USS
Ticonderoga]

Douglas Escapac
*Lt Cdr Barnett ejected from VA‑195 A‑4C 14781 USS Ticonderoga
during an attack on a SAM site near  the Xuan Mai Bridge,
15 miles southwest of Hanoi in December 1966.
16th June 1972
USN
RF‑8G Crusader 145613
NF 601
Detachment 3
VFP‑63

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Reconnaissance of the Thanh Hoa Bridge AAA caused aircraft fire, Feet Wet about 10 miles off the coast North Vietnam Lt Paul Ringwood
ejected recovered by a Navy SH‑3 SAR helicopter
Martin-Baker Mk.7
19th July 1972
US
N
A-6A Intruder ?? VA-115
USS Midway
CVA-41

Aircraft damaged by ground fire. On this mission Lieutenant Donnelly was seriously injured. Lt. McCormick flew the Intruder 100 miles back to the carrier but  unable to revive his bombardier navigator. He continued to try to revive him once landed.
Aircraft not lost

Martin-Baker
Lieutenant Michael Timothy McCormick
flew aircraft back to carrier
see also
9th / 10th January 1973
LT Raymond Peter Donnelly
Fatally injured on mission despite efforts to revive him
Martin-Baker
22nd July 1972
US
N
RF-8G Crusader 146873
NF 601
VFP‑63, Detachment 3
Eyes of the Fleet

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Photographic reconnaissance mission along Route 116 south of Thanh Hoa.

AAA;  4,500 feet, North Vietnam

Lt. Cdr. Gordon Curtis Paige
ejected
(fired by hit on aircraft)
captured near Phong Bai, about 35 miles south of Thanh Hoa
POW

released on 29 March 1973

Martin-Baker
23rd July 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154531
NF 414
VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
armed reconnaissance mission in the Ho Doi military area about 15 miles south south of Haiphong.AAA; dived into the sea just off the coast. North Vietnam Lt. (jg) Gary Leslie Shank
KIA
no ejection
23rd July 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154532
 NF 400
VA‑56
" Champions"
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Night‑time armed reconnais­sance mission during which a POL storage site was attacked at Da Thit. Hit in the port wing by AAA 35 miles southwest of Thanh Hoa North Vietnam. About 40 miles from the the engine flamed out. Lt. Cdr. Clarence Orfield Tolbert ejected and was recovered by a US Navy helicopter

[see also 5th November 1972 when KIA]

Douglas Escapac
6th August 1972
US
N
A-7B Corsair II 154508
NF 403
VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Iron Hand flight. Strike on a transhipment point at Loi Dong in North Vietnam SAM at about 8,000 feet. Crashed just south of Uong Bi, about 10 miles northeast of Haiphong Lt(jg) Michael  Gene Penn ejected
POW

released 29 March 1973

Escapac
8th August 1972
USN
Grumman
E-2B
Hawkeye
151705 VAW-115
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into the Pacific 80km south east of Miyazaki, Japan LCDR James L. Anderson
killed

AZ1 Bobby Don Cobb
killed

Crew Details needed?
pics
 
25th August 1972

dusk

USN
F-4B Phantom II
 
153020
NF-100
VF-161
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
strike against a military storage area near Nam Dinh. SA‑2 missile hit at 3,500 feet about 20 miles northeast of Nam Dinh, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Capt John Clyde Ensch
ejected,
broken arm and other injuries.
POW

released 29th March 1973

LCDR Michael William Doyle
(KIA)
Martin-Baker
27th August 1972
USN
F-4B Phantom II
 
151013
NF-210
VF-151
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
escorting a photographic reconnaissance aircraft along Route 1A near Phu Ly in North Vietnam. SA‑2 struck the rear fuselage.Crashed near Phu Nho Quan, about 40 miles south of Hanoi. Martin-Baker
Lt. (jg) David A. Everett
ejected
POW

released 29th March 1973

Lt. Theodore W. Triebel
ejected
POW

released 29th March 1973

Martin-Baker
7th September 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154393, NF 307 VA‑93
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Night armed reconnaissance mission against enemy shipping. cause believed to be a lightning strike; crashed into the sea near Hon Nieu Island, North Vietnam Lt. Cdr. Donald Arthur  Gerstel
MIA
 
24th October 1972
USN
A-6A Intruder 155705 VA‑115
"Eagles"
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Returning to the carrier a night low-level bombing mission over North Vietnam. Starboard axle sheared upon contact with the flight deck during night landing on carrier aircraft sliding across deck crashing into  F-4B Phantom II. Four deck crew killed.* Martin-Baker
Bruce D. Kallsen
did not eject, remained in aircraft. Survived
LTJG Michael Sargent "Bix" Bixel
ejected
killed
Pacific     Crash landing of an A-6 assigned to VA-115. The aircraft run into a group of parked aircraft and destroyed eight of them, killed 5 crewmen and injured 23 others.
  *
AO2 Clayton M. Blankenship
VA-56
AMSAN Daniel P. Cherry
VA-93
AA Robert W. Haakenson, JR.
V-1 Div.
AA Robert A. Yankoski
V-4 Div.
24th October 1972
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153031
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Hit by A‑6A Intruder on deck     no ejection
   
5th November 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154540, NF 403 VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Armed reconnaissance mission were looking for a suspected SAM site near Route IA, about 35 miles north of Vinh. AAA; North Vietnam Lt. Cdr. Clarence Orfield Tolbert
Some NV media reports at that time suggest he ejected but pasrachute did not open
 MIA


[see also 23 July 1972]

Escapac
10th November 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154506, NF 314 VA‑93
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
AAA during armed reconnaissance mission located two trucks on a road about 15 miles south of Thanh Hoa North Vietnam. Feet Wet about 10 miles off the coast res­cued by a Navy HH‑3A SAR helicopter. Lt M J Cobb
ejected
recovered
Escapac
10th November 1972
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154399, NF 401 VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Hit by 23mm AAA during armed reconnaissance mission along Route 1A south of Vinh, North Vietnam located a truck about seven miles southeast of Ha Tinh. Feet Wet off coast  Lt W P Lotsberg
ejected at 15,000 feet recovered by a Navy helicopter
Escapac
6th January 1973
USN
A-7B Corsair II 154543 VA‑56
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Went into the sea after launch LT John Carl Lindahl
ejected
KIA
Douglas Escapac
9 January 1973
USN
A‑6A Intruder 155693, NF 511
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
SAM; North Vietnam  
Lt (jg) Robert Alan Clark
MIA
Lt Michael Timothy McCormick
KIA
see also
19th July 1972
 
LINK
14th January 1973
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153068
NF-110
VF‑161
'Chargers'

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Hit by 85mm 10 miles southwest of Thanh Hoa, North Vietnam causing fuel leak.
Flew feet wet. Engine failed
  Martin-Baker
Mk.H-7
Lt Victor T Kovaleski
ejected
rescued by a Navy HH‑3A SAR helicopter
Ens D H Plautz
ejected
rescued by a Navy HH‑3A SAR helicopter
Martin-Baker
Mk.H-7
               

 

 

The former air boss on the Midway, Vern Jumper, told me of a terrible day 22 October 1973.  The Midway lost 3 aircraft and 6 men within 30 minutes.

 

 

There is an explanation of the crashes at this web site:  http://cv41.org/EA6A.html.  I have copied the paragraphs for you.

 

The third EA-6A loss was in October 1973 ( 22nd ?) off coast of Okinawa while VMCJ-1 Det 101 was working up for a carrier deployment on the USS Midway. The Mishap A/C was flown by Lt Jot Eve and the right seater was Lt Dave Moody. They impacted water on initial night qual 11 miles aft of ship - NORDO / NONAV- on the wing of an A-7 driver who had heard the EA-6A radio transmissions, realized the situation, found them, and took them on his wing for the approach back to ship. They shot a teardrop pattern directly over the carrier and had turned inbound to the ship on ships course. The A-7and pilot were lost that night at same instant. No ejections or radio transmissions. We assume they flew into water and / or collided and flew into the water at about the time they would have slowed for flaps / slats /gear. The A-7 has a much different speed brake and I think the aysmetircal differences between the two dirty A/C was the problem. The H-3 "Angel" launched forward of the island. This was against NATOPS as you have no point of reference in dark. They launched at high power to replace the low fuel plane guard on station and went straight into the water. Three of Four crew lost. They didn't take time to respot as they wanted to get on scene as soon as possible. The other H-3 had an oil slick in water.

Hugh Carter was on flight schedule and should have been in that plane with Jot. He had flown with him earlier that day for his initial day qual on Midway. During that flight, they had also gone NORDO /NONAV in same A/C, but as it was day VFR they recovered on wing of A-6 tanker they had just topped off from with without incident. Later that day at time of brief for JOT's night qual Bob Cave and Hugh Carter were briefing ADM MacDonald in War Room on upcoming Gulf of Tonkin OPS. Dave, who had flown with Jot quite a bit at Cherry Point, jumped into death sled with Jot. Not a good night.....3 A/C and six men lost that night.

That's as we remember it! Of course we're probably wrong, so let's hear from the rest of you so we can correct this!

David L. Montigny reports the loss of an additional EA-6A that was serving with VAQ-33 in 1990 or 1991 over the Atlantic off of Jacksonville FL after all the EA-6A's were retired from the active Marine Corps.

 

Monday 22nd October 1973
evening

USMC
EA-6A Intruder 156980
RM-611
VMCJ-1
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid air collision with A-7A 153204
Western Pacific 127 miles east of Okinawa, Japan

Also seen as

Impacted the water on initial night qua 11 miles afte of the carrier

    Martin-Baker
1st Lt Jot Eve
killed
Lt Dave Moody
killed
Martin-Baker
 
Monday 22nd October 1973
evening

 
A-7A Corsair II 153204
NF-412
 VA-56
Champions
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid air collision with EA-6A 156980
Western Pacific 127 miles east of Okinawa, Japan
LTJG Everett E. Gene Goodrow
[Eugene?]
??
killed
Douglas Escapac
 
Monday 22nd October 1973
evening

 
SH-3G helicopter
"Angel"
149893
NF-006
HC-1
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashes off  bow on take-off en route for an SAR mission for above two aircraft
Western Pacific east of Okinawa, japan
All three crew killed    
x    
LTJG William J. Bates
USNR
killed
LTJG George A. Wildridge
USNR
killed
ADJ1 Richard H. Hall
USN
killed
 

also seen as survivor rescued

 
12th November 1973 USN A-7A Corsair II 153256 VA-93 Mount Fuji, Japan LT Richard L. "Sparky" Pierson
killed
x Douglas Escapac
19th April 1974 USN A-7A Corsair II   VA-93   LCDR George P. Kryoer
killed
   
                 
Thursday 11th July 1974 USN A-7A Corsair II 153160
NF-304
VA-93
NAS Atsugi, Japan
Normal training mission. Crashed in the Pacific 75
miles south east of air base when returning to USS Midway
LT James L. Feenev
27
Panama City, Florida
missing
Partly inflated life raft found
x Douglas Escapac
3rd November 1974
USMC
RF-4B
Phantom II
153111 VMCJ-1Det.101
Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5)
USS Midway
CV-41
Crashed into the Pacific Ocean on approach to carrier 90 km south-west of Cubi Point, Philippines     Martin-Baker
1st Lt R. W. Reno
ejected
Lt. Paul V. Duncan
killed
body not found
Martin-Baker
9th July 1975 USN A-7A Corsair II 154353
NF-415
VA-93 Damaged x x Douglas Escapac
               
Monday 6th October 1975 USN A-7A Corsair II 153178
NF-315
VA-93 Routine training mission. Engine failure on simulated strafing run. Crashed into the sea 660 miles southwest of Yokosuka. Japan Ensign Michael Brady
25
Danville, Ill.
ejected
rescued by helicopter
[CONFIRM PILOT]
x Douglas Escapac
 
20th August 1975
also seen as 20th July

USN
KA-6D Intruder 151824
NE-523
VA-115
USS Midway
Lost on training mission. Western Pacific      
CDR Denny Weeks LT G. T. Wyckoff
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The ??? in that ejection report was Cdr. Denny Weeks, I'm fairly sure. A portion of the B/N's seat mechanism structurally failed when the catapult fired on a night launch. [ inadvertently fires during a cat shot and the pilot follows seconds later believing that his navigator ejected because of a problem with the plane. The KA-6D crashed into the sea. The pilot is killed in the incident. He was the squadron's XO.]
The failure initiated the ejection sequence for the B/N, who found himself pushing off the side of the ship as it went by. Flash from ejection probably disoriented the pilot severely.
in email 18th August 2010

 
25th November 1975   ??     Post-"Midlink" exercises. During landing attempt made a ramp strike, bolts, impacted the barracad. Struck another aircraft Indian Ocean Two crewmen injured.    
 
13th January 1977 USN A-7A Corsair II 152665
NF-4??
 VA-56
"Champions"
USS Midway
Lost over the fantail in bad weather during repositioning
250 miles north of Okinawa
Plane Captain
Ed Moore
was in the cockpit and went down with the aircraft
  Douglas Escapac
30th March 1977 USN A-7A Corsair II
Tanker
153191
NF-311
VA-93
USS Midway
Crashed shortly after catapult launch into the Philippine Sea off Japan, Western pacific Pilot
ejected after launch.
It is stated in some sources that the pilot / seat separation did not work correctly.
killed
  Douglas Escapac
 

Hi Mike-

 

I didn’t see this on your ejection history site for the Midway, but the name we have for the 30 March 1977 crash is LCDR William A. Counts:

 

USS Midway (CV-41)  March 30, 1977 western Pacific.  The pilot )LCDR Bill Counts) of an A-7A assigned to VA-93 ejects after a catapult failure, however, the seat/man separation of the ejection seat does not work properly and the pilot is killed on impact.

 

And this is from Comadore Perry:

As I said I was attached to V-2 Division as Catapult and

> Arresting Gear Officer

> 1976 to 1979.

Concerning the Catapult failure of 30 March, 1977, The

> pilot killed was LCDR. William Counts.  CSV (capacity selector valve)

> for the starboard cat attained an actual mismatch with a matching

> indication at the catapult's console from a diode failure in a circuit

> board.

 

Bonnie

 

25th August 1977
USN 
Grumman C-1A Trader 146035
600
CV-41 Crashed on launch from carrier. Near Atsugi?      
27th September 1977
USMC  
RF-4B Phantom II 157344
RF-611
VMFP-3
based at Iwakuni AB, Yamaguchi
 Japan
 
Left engine caught fire on take-off from NAS Atsugi, en route to USS Midway in Sagami Bay. Crashed crashed in Eda Chou, Midori Ku
Civilian casualties
    Martin-Baker
CAPT J. E. Miller
27
Mendota, Ill
ejected
1/LT D. R. Durbin
29
Natchitoches, La
ejected
Martin-Baker
7th December 1977
USN 
KA-6D Intruder 151795
NF 522
VA-115
USS Midway
Ramp strike on approach     Martin-Baker
Lt. Turner Lt. Burbrink or Burbank ??? Martin-Baker
   
15th March 1978 USN A-7E Corsair II 159982 VA-56
USS Midway
Crashed near Taegu, 170 miles from Seoul CDR D. H. Finney
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
   
16th April 1979   F-4   Complete hydraulic failure. After ejection aircraft turns towards carrier. Crashed 1 mile from carrier. Indian Ocean crew is ordered perform a controlled ejection 5 miles from the MIDWAY     Martin-Baker
??
ejected
??
ejected
Martin-Baker
Monday 7th January 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158371
NF

VF‑151
"Vigilantes"
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into Pacific, on take‑off from USS Midwayduring catapult launch.   
via Ken McClellan
 Martin-Baker
Lt. T. R. Brown
ejected  
LTJG F. T. McClellan
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   

Monday 7th January 1980


USN
F-4J Phantom II 158346
VF‑151
"Vigilantes"
USS Midway
CVA-41
       Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
  Needs confirmation  - is this the loss listed above?
29th July 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II ??
NF 2??
VF-151
Vigilantes
Damaged when carrier collided with Panamian freighter CACTUS, Palawan Straits near the Philippines not occupied    
29th July 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158377
NF 206
VF-151
Vigilantes
not occupied    
29th July 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158371
NF 2??
or
NF 200
VF-151
Vigilantes
not occupied    
Tuesday 5th August 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom 158349
NF 207
VF 151
 USS Midway
Crashed into the China Sea between Phillipines and
Borneo following a routine night launch
also seen as
Loss of control during a toich and go
     Martin-Baker
Pilot was ejected. RIO initiated successful command ejection at 200 ft. AGL Martin-Baker
  LTJG Karl B. Fischer - Benning, California
LTJG Alan R. Clever - Mansfield, Ohio
who was the pilot?
2nd October 1980
USN
A‑6E Intruder 159185 NF 512 VA‑115
USS Midway
Lost control following single‑engined wave‑off. Crashed into Pacific
also seen as
Lost during night approach following engine failure. Indian Ocean
    Martin-Baker
LT W. E. McCole ejected LTJG M. D. Anderson ejected Martin-Baker
4th November 1980       VA-56 Catapult launch accident. Indian Ocean LCDR H. Meyers
killed
   
7th January 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom 158371
NF
VF‑151
USS Midway
Crashed into Pacific, on take‑off from USS Midway

 


via Ken McClellan
 Martin-Baker

Lt. T. R. Brown
ejected  

Lt. (jg) F. T. McClellan
ejected
 Martin-Baker

Monday 7th January 1980


USN
F-4J Phantom II 158346
VF‑151
"Vigilantes"
USS Midway
CVA-41
       Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
Needs confirmation  - is this the loss listed above?
29th July 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158377
VF‑151
"Vigilantes"
USS Midway
CVA-41

mid-air?

     Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
Needs confirmation 
Tuesday 5th August 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom 158349
NF 207
VF 151
 USS Midway
Crashed into the China Sea between Phillipines and
Borneo following a routine  night launch
     Martin-Baker
Pilot was ejected. RIO initiated successful command ejection at 200 ft. AGL
LTJG Karl B. Fischer - Benning, California
LTJG Alan R. Clever - Mansfield, Ohio
who was the pilot?
2nd October 1980
USN
A‑6E Intruder 159185 NF 512 VA‑115
USS Midway
Lost control following single‑engined wave‑off. Crashed into Pacific     Martin-Baker
Lt. W. E. McCole ejected Lt. (jg) M. D. Anderson ejected
17th December 1980
USN
A-7E Corsair II 158828
NF
VA‑56 lost power during take‑off 124 miles off the east coast of Japan Pilot applied full back stick (against the stops) and simultaneously attempted to eject using the lower handle. Successful ejection accomplished on second attempt   Douglas Escapac
29th August 1981 USN A-7 Corsair II 157438 VA-56 Rolled on take off landing inverted on runway Pilot
killed
x Douglas Escapac
4th November 1981 USN A-7E Corsair II 158832 VA-56
USS Midway
Crashed into the Pacific 56 miles from Okinawa, Japan x x Douglas Escapac
                 
22nd January 1982
USN
EA-6B Prowler 160708
NF 604

VAQ‑136
USS MIDWAY (CV 41) and CVW 5 operating out of NAS Cubi Point
The A/C was lost about 10 NM
 off of Clark AB, Philippines,
 in the jungle due to an aft fuel cell fire,
Philippines during COPE THUNDER
jamming exercises in the
CROW VALLEY EW Range. 
    Martin-Baker
       
LT Thomas "T" P. Wood Jr.
Pilot
ejected safely
LCDR Robert "Bob" Pinnell
ECMO-1
ejected safely
Lt. M. R
ECMO-2
ejected safely
LCDR James R. "Jim Bob" Powell
ECMO-3
ejected safely

FEEDBACK

The 22 Jan 82 Prowler loss I think was the training squadron VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey approach to RWY 13 during night carrier landing practice. Pilot was replacement pilot Ltjg Bill Readman who did not survive. He was scheduled to go to VAQ-130 to replace me on rotation. I do not recall at the moment the fate of the other crew members.
CDR Eric Wiseman USN-Ret

in email 19th February 2010
entry amended

FEEDBACK

 

Additional details CAPT Jim Bob Powell, USN (Ret)

18th March 1982 USN A-7E Corsair II 160734 VA-93
Ravens
USS Midway
Lost power on launch. Went into the sea x x Douglas Escapac
 October 1982
USN
F-4S Phantom II 153835
NF-200
VF-151
Vigilantes
USS Midway
Damaged beyond repair during hard landing, wing broke     Martin-Baker
??
OK
OK
??
Martin-Baker
 4th June 1983
USN
F-4S Phantom II 153869
NF 104
VF-161
Chargers

USS Midway
 Struck ramp while trying to land aboard carrier, crashed into Pacific 90 M E of Nyutabaru, Japan
one killed
Lt. Cdr. R. Johnson
ejected

see also 20th November 1983

  Martin-Baker
23rd August 1983 USN A-7 Corsair II 160868
NF-313
VA-93
Ravens
Crashed NAS Atsugi, Japan x x Douglas Escapac
20th November 1983
USN
F-4S Phantom II 153840
NF 102
VF-161
Chargers

USS Midway
into sea off Philippines     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. R. W. Johnson
ejected

see also 4th June 1983

 

Lt. T. G. Allen
ejected
Martin-Baker
pilot became incapacitated, RIO initiated ejection
who was the Pilot / RIO
               

 

25th January 1984
USMC
RF-4B Phantom II 151979
NF-116
VMFP-3 Det Alfa
USS Midway
Nose gear failed to lower on approach. Barrier landed was opted for but the aircraft was structurally damaged beyond repair due to nose gear failure to extend . Northern Arabian Sea     Martin-Baker
??
OK
no ejection
??
OK
no ejection
Martin-Baker
Friday 15th March 1984
also seen as 18th

USN
A-7E Corsair II 160880
NF-315
VA-93
Ravens
USS Midway

USS Midway
CVA-41
Slow speed launch off USS Midway.
Crashed northern Arabian Sea after launch
LT Richard M. Styczynski
ejected
minor back injuries
x Douglas Escapac
2nd April 1984
USN
F-4S Phantom II 155757
NF 112
VF‑161
"Chargers"

CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Northern Arabian Sea during take‑off from carrier following an abnormal catapult launch. The catapult broke sending debris into the jet's engines.

 

 
   
LCDR Timothy K. Murphy
[Murphey?]

killed
[some sources say he ejected but died later from injuries]
RIO Lt. (jg) G. G. Sigler
ejected
Martin-Baker
Monday 16th July 1984
USN
KA-6D Intruder 152894
NF-513
VA-115
"Eagles"
USS Midway CV-41
Atsugi AFB
Japan  
Failed to return from training mission at Pil Song range in South Korea. crashed into mountain while clearing range near Pusan, Republic of Korea     Martin-Baker
LT R. J. MacFarlane Jr
[Mac Farlane ?]
[Macfarland ?]

killed
LTJG David Michael "Mickey" Sperling
26
killed
Martin-Baker
 
   
21st August 1984 USN A-7E Corsair II 157495
NF-404
VA-56
"Champs"
USS Midway
Ramp strike 240 miles southwest of Tokyo LT Thomas R. Doyle
killed
Douglas Escapac
   
   
   
13th July 1985
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 159990
NF 404
VA‑56
USS Midway
Engine failure, crashed in sea off USS Midway LCDR J. "Mike" Twiss
ejected safely
[3rd ejection]
Escapac
   
Saturday 17th August 1985
night

USN
Grumman
E-2C
Hawkeye
161094
NF-603

VAW-115

USS Midway
based in Yokosuka, Japan
on manoeuvres in the Arabian Sea
Conducting flight operations aboard MIDWAY.
Missed wires while landing and went overboard into northern Arabian Sea
[Indian Ocean ?]
USS COCHRANE DDG-21 saved 2 Naval Aviators
   
         
LT Kevin Ross Kuhnigk
27
Overland Park, Kansas
killed
ENS Christopher Mims
24
New York
killed
D. K. Miller ???
rescued
???
rescued
???
rescued
   
   
18th November 1985
USN
SH-3H helicopter   HS-12 Crashed into the sea just forward of the angled deck during attempted emergency landing. Western Pacific All crew recovered safely    
12th February 1986
USN 
Sikorsky SSH-3H Sea King 152136
NF-610
HS-12 Struck water and crashed off California coast      
Monday 7th April 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler 160789
NF 604

VAQ-136
Gauntlets

USS Midway
CVN-41
Engine fire and hydraulics failure. Crashed into Pacific 97 NM S of Tokyo,  about 20 km east of Miyake Island, Izu
Islands.
Japan
    Martin-Baker
 
LCDR R. H. Millar
ejected
LT A. J. Wineland
ejected
LTJG K. F. Hancock
ejected
9th November 1987
USN 
Sikorsky SSH-3H Sea King 149931
NF-???
HS-12 Control problems on plane guard duties. Crashed in the Philippine Sea 80 nautical miles south west of Subic Bay 1 killed, 3 injured    
19th November 1987


USN

EA-6B Prowler 162226
NF-606

VAQ-136
Gauntlets

USS Midway
CVN-41

Loss occurred  during a night Emcon departure from the USS Midway while rounding the tip of India heading into the North Arabian Sea. Cause of the  accident was unknown.  Search by helicopters that night and fixed wing aircraft  the next day found no wreckage. The landing was to be CDR Greene's   1000th trap, so there was cake awaiting in the ready room.

LT John Carter
(pilot)
lost at sea
CDR Justin (Noel) Greene
Commanding Officer of VAQ-136
lost at sea
LT Doug Hora
lost at sea
LT Dave Gibson
lost at sea
Further information provided by Capt. Steve Westover*, USN (ret) in email 25th November 2008

Note - *Captain Steve Westover ejected on 13th December 1984

23rd June 1989
USN
F/A-18A Hornet 162908/NF-207 VFA-151
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into the sea soon after take-off from the aircraft carrier 90 miles west of Luzon Island, Philippines Lt. Cdr. D. C. Conrad
ejected safely and was
picked up by a helicopter from the carrier
Martin-Baker

 

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

 

Members & Volunteers at the USS Midway Museum
The NAM-POW community

Jack Ensch  Captain, USN (Ret.)

The webmasters of
                                 "The Virtual Wall"
                                 "Task Force Omega"
                                 "The Skyhawk Organisation"
                                 "Last Call"
 

Pilots and Crews from the A-7, F-4, A-6 communities

If I have inadvertantly omitted to include your name please contact me so that I can add it to the acknowledgements

REFERENCES

To Be Added

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

Bail-out details needed