HomeAbout the SiteContentsEjection ListsEjection StatisticsSite NewsAcknowledgementscontactFeedbackDisclaimer

<<< 1953

1954

1955 >>>

January

february

march

april

May

June

     

 

 

July

August

September

October

November

december

 

 

 

   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
20th January 1954
RN
Sea Hawk       Pilot K. Gregson ejected   Martin-Baker

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd February 1954
USAF
F-80 Shooting Star     Crashed into a boat factory, Grand Prairie, Texas, USA and exploded Captain James C. Smith ejected   Lockheed
7th February 1954
RN
Sea Hawk       Lt. Monsell ejected   Martin-Baker
12th February 1954 USAF F-86   McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washingto crashed on Grouse Mountain.,
North Vancouver, BC
2nd Lt. Lamar Barlow
killed in aircraft

no ejection

 
                 

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd March 1954
USAF
  F‑86F 49th FIS 10 M NW of Bangor, ME, USA pilot ejected safely   NAA
23rd March 1954
RAF
Venom Mk.1 WE368 2 T.A.F Loss of control and fire near Fasberg in Germany Flg. Off. Sam H.R.L. D'Arcy ejected without injury   Martin-Baker Mk. 1F

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd April 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WL128   suffered structural failure following mid-air collision with Meteor T.7
WL462 / Y?? of 604 Sqn near North Weald
P/O W.J. Ellis-Hill ejected at 6,000ft., 230kts. Slight
injuries.
  Martin-Baker Mk.1E
3rd April 1954
Dutch AF
Meteor Mk.8     crashed at Zoutcamp, Holland, following collision Sgt. J. Vegtel ejected at
2,500ft., 300kts. Leg straps were two loose and the pilot suffered injuries between the legs
  Martin-Baker Mk.1E manual]
7th April 1954
RN
Wyvern     following fire in air near Stretton Lt. J.D. Newman ejected at 7,000ft., 200kts   Martin-Baker Mk.1B
7th April 1954
USAF
F7U  Vought,     entered post stall gyration and crashed pilot ejected safely   Vought

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd May 1954
RN
Attacker WK340   HMS Eagle exploded after a catapult launch from H.M.S. Eagle Pilot Lt. Barry ejected
but was killed when his chute failed to open
  Martin-Baker
7th May 1954
RAF
Supermarine Swift F.1 WK209 56 Sqn a spin 4 miles south of West Raynham Sqn. Ldr. G. J. Storey ejected at 10,000ft, approx.
200kts
This was the first ejection from a Swift with
  Martin-Baker Mk.2G
31st May 1954
RAAF
Meteor Mk.8 77 Sqn   collided with another Meteor and lost tail Sgt D. A.
Oswald ejected from the spinning aircraft at 15,000ft. - 12,000ft at near stall. Slight facial
injuries from loss of oxygen mask on parachute deployment
  Martin-Baker Mk2E

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
3rd June 1954
RN
Attacker       G. K. Gorton ejected   Martin-Baker
3rd June 1954           see note at end of month    
10th June 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.10 VS973 541 PR Sqn
2 T.A.F
oss of control after
collision
F/O. D.J.R. Beard ejected over Germany at 30,000ft., 350kts   Martin-Baker Mk.1
16th June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB884 112 Sqn Suffered an electrical failure shortly after take-off from Bruggen,
West Germany. While making an emergency landing back at the base the flight control system went
u/s and put the aircraft into a steep climb
Fg Off Roger Mansfield ejected NAA
16th June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD711 66 Sqn collision with XD716 and
crashed near Hornsea, Yorkshire
Flg. Off. J. Sweet   NAA
June 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD716 66 Sqn collision with XD711 and
crashed 4 miles WNW of  Hornsea, Yorkshire
Flg. Off. J. Rumbleow   NAA

 

 

3-6-1954
RAF Canberra PR3 WF928 of Bomber Command. Crew ejected ???
[Martin-Baker Mk.1C]

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd July 1954
USAF
F‑94C   27th FIS
Griffiss AFB, New York
engine caught fire. , Walesville, 6 M SE of Rome, NY, USA
4 on ground killed

UFO theory
Pilot ejected safely   Northrop
RIO ejected safely   Northrop
17th July 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WA852     Sgt. M. Forster ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.2E
15th July 1954
RAF
Venom Mk.1 WK491 2 T.A.F spin following collision in Germany F/O. R.T.
Stock ejected at 6,000ft using automatic seat
  Martin-Baker Mk.2F
22nd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD758 66 Sqn    Flg. Off. G. Owen ejected at 10,000ft    
22nd July 1954
RN
Sea Hawk     suffered engine failure near Lossiemouth Lt. Grahame Foster ejected at 1,500ft,
300kts
  Martin-Baker Mk.2D
23rd July 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB865 26 Sqn 2 T.A.F During a tail chase the pilot overstressed the airframe, engine flamed out and then caught fire a/c
exploded and crashed four miles from Hede, West Germany
Flg. Off. P. Stewart ejected but did not undo the seat straps before pulling the ripcord for his parachute and was killed   NAA
24th July 1954 or 26-7-1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WL114   loss of control after
collision near Leuchars
F/O. F.R. Bennet ejected through the canopy at 1,000ft   Martin-Baker
24th July 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WE897     Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker

 

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th August 1954
US
A2D‑ 125480   Gearbox failure. Lake Los Angeles, CA. USA pilot ejected safely    
5th August 1954
RAF
Sabre XB638 20 Sqn carrying out a roller landing in the dark, hit tress, struck the ground throwing the
pilot clear still strapped in his seat at Oldenberg, West
Germany
Pilot killed   NAA
14th August 1954
Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Limited
Hunter F.2 WN905   Lost part of stbd undercarriage during high speed run. Aircraft crashed near East Langton, Market Harborough, Leics Sqn.
Ldr. M. Walton, A.W.A. Ltd. Test Pilot ejected at 8,000ft.  4,000ft

First ejection from a Hunter

  Martin-Baker Mk.2H
23rd August 1954
A.V.Roe (Canada)
C.F.100 Mk.4     suffered loss of control following fire in Canada CTP Sqn. Ldr. J.
Zurakowski ejected at 2,000ft., 250-300kts
Martin-Baker Mk.1 manual
Observer did not eject and was killed
25th August 1954
RAF
Supermarine Swift F.1 WK213 (coded 'M' ??) 56 Sqn nosewheel couldn't be lowered. Pilot ejected. Plane crashed
Hemstead Wood, Thaxted, Suffolk
F/O. J. Hobbs,
ejected safely at 8,000ft., 250kts.!
  Martin-Baker Mk.2G
25th August 1954
USAF
North American
F-86H Sabre
52-1981 Edwards AFB Evaluation of  F-86H. Left ejection too late as he attempted to save the aircraft. Crashed Mojave Desert, California Capt. Joseph "Mac" McConnell, Jr ejected at low level, parachute did not have time to deploy.
Killed
NAA
27th August 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XD776 66 Sqn Fire in the port ammunition bay due to heat control failure. a/c crashed twelve miles southwest of North Luffenham, Rutland Jed
Gray ejected
[personal testimony of Jed Gray]

 

  Martin-Baker
                 

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew   seat
9th September 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WF704 or WA983   suffered structural failure after collision near Duxford F/O. R.P. Deas ejected at 10,000ft photo Martin-Baker Mk.2E
9th September 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WF704 or WA983   suffered structural failure after collision near Duxford F/O. J.N.M. Pickersgill ejected at 10,000ft   Martin-Baker Mk.2E
14th September 1954
RAF
Venom Mk.1 WE425 2 T.A.F   F/O E.J. Cross ejected at ground level   Martin-Baker
28th September 1954
RN
Sea Hawk WF223 or WM909   RN Sea Hawks WF223 and WM909 collided in mid air over Easter Ross crashed near
Eileanach Lodge, Glen Galss - other a/c imped back to Lossiemouth and crashed on landing. The pilot was killed
Lt. Cdr. N.J.P. Mills ejected 20,000 ft   Martin-Baker

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
October 1954 USN Banshee       pilot Joe Meder ejected at night at 40,00 feet  and rescued by CAP    

October 1954, Navy pilot Joe Meder became one of the many crash survivors who owe their lives to CAP. Flying at night at 40,00 feet in stormy skies, he was forced to ejected from his burning Banshee jet fighter. Falling almost 30,000 feet as he wrestled with his ejection seat, he was able to separate from it and get his parachute open, only to have it rip and begin to lose air. He slammed into the ground, breaking both ankles and numerous other bones, and puncturing a lung. He crawled 150 feet before collapsing in a rain drenched bean field. Nearing death, Meder was spotted at first light by CAP pilots Vince Causmaker and John Zonge who were part of a two-state air and ground search team.

ref: LINK TO WEBSITE

4th October 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WH400 or VZ522   structural failure after collision near Stradishall P/O D. P. J.  Melaniphy ejected through canopy  at 30,000ft., 250kts suffering slight
injuries
  Martin-Baker Mk.2E
4th October 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WH400 or VZ522   suffered structural failure after collision near Stradishall P/O B. W. Buchanan ejected through canopy  at 30,000ft., 250kts suffering slight
injuries
  Martin-Baker Mk.2E
12th October 1954
RAF
Vampire FB.5 VZ309 233 OCU Ran out of fuel and abandoned 6nm NNW of Carmarthen any    
12th October 1954
RN
Sea Hawk     structural failure following collision near Lossiemouth Lt. Mills
ejected at 18,000ft., 250kts`
  Martin-Baker Mk.2D
12th October 1954
NAA
F-100A AF52-5764     NAA test pilot George Welch was seen hanging from his parachute. It is unclear whether he actually ejected NAA
 

Test Flight that included a maximum G symmetrical pullup at 23,000ft. Took off from Palmdale AFB. Aircraft reached 45,000ft and began dive towards Rosamond Dry Lake in the Mojave desert. Aircraft either exploded or broke up

 
13th October 1954
RN
Wyvern   H.M.S. Albion Mediterranean Lt. Bruce D. Macfarlane went into the sea following
catapult launch. He ejected under the water suffering slight injuries

 [personal testimony from Bruce Macfarlane] & [conversations with
Surg. Cmdr. Sir John Rawlings]

photo via Bruce MacFarlane
Martin-Baker Mk.2B
19th October 1954 or more likely 23-10-1954
RAF
Venom WR307 M.E.A.F after spinning out of control, Amman, Jordan F/O
P.G. Cook ejected at 3,000ft., 170kts
  Martin-Baker Mk.2F
20th October 1954
De Havilland
Venom De Havilland , Hawarden crashed out of control following instrument failure near Chester   Mr. Malcolm
C. Muir, De Havilland, Chester, ejected at 1,500ft., 400kts. sustaining injury to left leg and broken
left arm due to ejection at high speed causing flailing limbs
[personal testimony from Mr. Muir]
  Martin-Baker Mk.2F
26th October 1954
RAF
Sabre XB729 71 Sqn. 2. T.A.F pilot of XB729 carried out an
unauthorised attack on XB628 but collided with it. Crashed ten miles from Kronfeld, West
Germany
Flg. Off. A. J. Chalkley was  thrown from his aircraft and after releasing himself from his
seat, made a normal parachute descent.
  NAA
26th October 1954
RAF
Sabre  XB628/V 71 Sqn. 2. T.A.F
 
In collision with XB729 Crashed ten miles from Kronfeld, West
Germany
Flg. Off. Jones was  thrown from his aircraft and after releasing himself from his
seat, made a normal parachute descent.
  NAA
29th October 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB860/B 234 Sqn. 2 T.A.F
Geilenkirchen
Exploded over Wintraal, Netherlands Flg. Off. Underdown was thrown out of the aircraft still in his ejection seat. He landed in an apple tree, still attached to the seat. Suffered serious injuries NAA

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
9th or 10th November 1954
USAF
F-100A Super Sabre 52-5771 or 53-5771   crashed in Nevada, Nellis ranges during gunnery practice, part of Phase IV
testing
-caused grounding of F‑100 fleet
Major F. Emory ejected safely   NAA
16th November 1954
RAF
Hunter F.1 WT589 43 Squadron Engine flamed out at 1,500' after pilot  completed a QGH approach to Leuchars. aircraft crashed into St.
Andrew's Bay 6 and a half miles east of the airfield
Sgt. Pilot Walter Alfred
Wilding

ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.2H
26th November 1954
RN
Hawker Sea Hawk ST/124 767 Squadron hit the ground in a dive near Manchester Ship Canal at
West Arberton.
Pilot ejected too late and was killed   Martin-Baker
26th November 1954
USAF
????     Inadvertent ejection through canopy while on ground. Col. Glenn E. Davis
killed
   
29th November 1954
RAF
Sabre F4 XB772/H or XD772 66 Sqn. Engine failure. Crashed 5 miles east of Kelstern Flg. Off. G. Owen ejected   NAA

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th December 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WH408 604 Sqn crashed after it went into a steep, spiral dive near North Weald . Landed in Thames Estuary. Flying
Officer Brian Cross ejected at 12,000ft., 550kts. suffering slight injuries due to
high speed ejection
Martin-Baker Mk.2E
10th December 1954
USAF
B‑47B 51‑2100 321st BW Pilot was unable to find the base. Ran out of fuel. 50 M S of Sidi Slimane AB, French Morocco ejected    
ejected    
ejected    
Monday, 20th December 1954
 approx 19:15-19:30hrs

RAF
Canberra Mk.B2 WE119 Bassingbourn crashed out of control in steep spiral nearat St Margaretsbury, Herts just North of Hoddesdon, F/O C. B. Crombie, ejected at 10,000ft., over 500kts. First ejection through the canopy of RAF Canberra.   Martin-Baker Mk.1C manual
Other crew did not eject and were killed
21st December 1954
RAF
Meteor Mk.8 WH299   steep spiral out of control near Wattisham F/O J. G. H. "Nick" Carter ejected at 4,000ft., 550kts. Sustained injury to right foot that hit structure on way out and fracture of forearm due to right arm flailing
[personal testimony from Nick Carter]
  Martin-Baker Mk.2E
23rd December 1954

Four RAF Venom F.B. Mk.1's WK490; WR274; WE480; WE315 of 73 Sqn were caught in extreme bad weather and due to lack of fuel were abandoned by their pilots when they ejected at 10,000ft., 180kts., Habbaniya, Iraq - NEED to match pilot with aircraft

23rd December 1954
RAF
Venom F.B. Mk.1   73 Sqn Caught in extreme bad weather and due to lack of fuel was abandoned by its pilot Habbaniya, Iraq F/O D. Wyborn  ejected at 10,000ft., 180kts   Martin-Baker Mk.2F
23rd December 1954
RAF
Venom F.B. Mk.1   73 Sqn Caught in extreme bad weather and due to lack of fuel was abandoned by its pilot Habbaniya, Iraq F/O G. C. Taylor  ejected at 10,000ft., 180kts   Martin-Baker Mk.2F
23rd December 1954
RAF
Venom F.B. Mk.1   73 Sqn Caught in extreme bad weather and due to lack of fuel was abandoned by its pilot Habbaniya, Iraq F/O J.M.P. Annand ejected at 10,000ft., 180kts   Martin-Baker Mk.2F
23rd December 1954
RAF
Venom F.B. Mk.1   73 Sqn Caught in extreme bad weather and due to lack of fuel was abandoned by its pilot Habbaniya, Iraq F/O J.S. Crane ejected at 10,000ft., 180kts   Martin-Baker Mk.2F
31st December 1954
RCAF
CF-100       F/O F. Pickles ejected   Martin-Baker

 

FEEDBACK

A minor correction
Canberra B2 WE119 was lost approx 19:15-19:30hrs Monday 20th December 1954 at St Margaretsbury, Herts just North of Hoddesdon, and not at Bassingbourne, its home base.
I actually witnessed it demise...I was eight at the time.


All the best...

John Beales

in email 13th February 2006


Thanks John - I've now amended the details