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   January  

                 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st January 1974
USAF 
F-4 Phantom       O.Lt. H. Genditzki   Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
1st January 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
23rd January 1974
evening
USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7675 58th TFW
Luke Air Force Base
Crashed on the Gila Bend Gunnery Range     Martin-Baker
Major Jerry D. Whitlock (34)
killed
2nd Lt. Jerry W. Smith (23)
killed
Martin-Baker
 
9th January 1974
USAF
F‑4E 67‑0284 388th TFW
Korat RTAFB, Thailand
115 km N of airbase Capt. W. A. Hill   Martin-Baker
 Capt. T. P. Mahan   Martin-Baker
9th January 1974
Sing
S.Mas       Lt. M.Tio   Martin-Baker
11 January 1974
Philippine Air Force
F-86F Sabre ?????

9th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 5th Fighter Wing

Hit by ground fire during fighter strike against Muslim rebels in Parang. Attempted to return to Jolo Island airport and eject because of undercarriage failure. Strong winds blew the aircraft towards enemy positions. Lieutenant Colonel Col Antonio M. Bautista ejected,  landed safely between coconut trees, killed on ground by enemy forces. Body recovered several days later.

[Posthumously awarded Distinguished Conduct Star on April 29, 1974. Bautista Air Base, PALAWAN. named after him]


                   photo PAF
NAA
18th January 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom       ejected   Martin-Baker
ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd January 1974
USA
Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 69-17015   crashed in Germany. During approach for landing in IMC instruments indicated failure of both No. 1 and No. 2 inverter, unable to correct the situation Pilot Capt. W. Spencer ejected   Martin-Baker
T.O. SP4 G. Phillips ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd January 1974
USMC 
        1.Lt. D. Mozingo   Martin-Baker
24th January 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV797/H 4 Sqn Crashed at Vredepeel, Netherlands after fuel pump failure pilot ejected but was killed when his parachute harness failed.   Martin-Baker
28th January 1974
USAF
RF‑4C 65‑0919 AR 10th TRW
RAF Upper Heyford
on approach to airbase Stoke Lyne, Oxon, UK MAJ D. M. Stewart   Martin-Baker
Capt. L. B. Speckman   Martin-Baker
31st January 1974
Port 
F.G91       TEN PIL V. M. F. Gil   Martin-Baker

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st February 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom II   George AFB, CA inflight fire, crashed in Death Valley Capt. Brewster  Shaw  (USAF)   Martin-Baker
OLt Heinz Genditzki (German Air Force)   Martin-Baker
13th February 1974
RAF
Lightning F.3 XR715
95198 'R'
29 Sqn engine fire, crashed at Blyford Green, Souuthwold, Suffolk Flt. Lt. T. Butcher ejected safely   Martin-Baker
13th February 1974
Col
        Capt. R.Santamaria   Martin-Baker
15th February 1974
USAF
RF‑4C 66‑0451 Udom RTAFB, Thailand Crashed 16 km NE of airbase Christenberry   Martin-Baker
Children   Martin-Baker
19th February 1974
GerN
F-104       KAP B. Tengler   Martin-Baker
27th February 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. Bradley   Martin-Baker
Captain Pettit   Martin-Baker

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th March 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom       MAJ G. E. Kreig

MAJ D. C. Cartwright

2.Lt. R. L. Westfall

WHO WAS IN WHICH AIRCRAFT ???

  Martin-Baker
5th March 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom         Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
8th March 1974
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. D. A. Babboni   Martin-Baker
Lt. D. A. Woxland ejected   Martin-Baker
11th March 1974
GerAF 
F-104        IM H. Bohnke   Martin-Baker
12th March 1974
GerAF 
F-104       O.Lt. H. Martin   Martin-Baker
12th March 1974
GerAF 
F-104       O.Lt. W. Baltes   Martin-Baker
13th March 1974
Fr AF
Mystere       Lt. Lafferre   Martin-Baker
21st March 1974
Fr AF
Mirage       Lt. Porchier   Martin-Baker
25th March1974


DDR

MIG‑21 PFM

760603
818
1./JG‑2 Technical problem, defective fuel pump. Crashed Trollenhagen, Germany Hpt Dieter Bittkau ejected   SK-1

1298   56IC77 Ejection et sea Key West, FL RVAH‑3; Lt. Carson, 5 Mar 1974

   Ledr. Comstock

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st April 1974
RAAF
Mirage A3-18   Following engine failure. crashed in Butterworth, or Malaya Flt. Lt. L. Bell D. Boyd ejected   Martin-Baker
1st April 1974
Belg
Mirage       2.Lt. P. Vantieghem   Martin-Baker
1st April 1974
Italy
F.G91       Sgt. N.Costa   Martin-Baker
8th April 1974 Classified NFD           Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
16th April 1974
Braz 
MB326        ASP IAV X. A. Eder   Martin-Baker
17th April 1974
GerAF
F-104       HPT V. Ding   Martin-Baker
23rd April 1974
GerAF
F-104        O.Lt. M. Murmurachi   Martin-Baker
27th April 1974
Italy
F.G91       Capt. C. Livoni   Martin-Baker
April 19th 1974
  IAF jets attack Syrian SA-6 missile sites north of the Hermon. Two Syrian MiGs are shot down in air combat. An IAF Phantom and an IAF Skyhawk are shot down by SAMs, and their pilots - Cpt. Yigal Stavi and Lt. Aryeh Dubnov - are killed. The Phantom’s navigator, Lt. Benny Kiryati, bails out and is taken prisoner.

 

 

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st May 1974
USAF 
F-4 Phantom       Capt. Miller   Martin-Baker
2nd May 1974
USAF
U‑2C 56‑6714 100th SRW nr Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, USA pilot ejected safely   Lockheed
4th May 1974
Gree
F-104        Lt. P. Tsolis   Martin-Baker
6th May 1974
USAF
T‑38A   12th FTW   ejected safely   Weber
ejected safely   Weber
6th May 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Capt. F. N. Markette   Martin-Baker
Capt. J. T. Sornberger   Martin-Baker
7th May 1974
Pak
F-86 Sabre       Flg. Off. Sikandar   Martin-Baker
10th May 1974
USAF
 T-38   Vance Crashed into Woodlands near Enid, Garfield County pilot safely ejected    
pilot safely ejected    
10th May 1974
USN
F-4 Phantom       Lt. T. J. Terrill   Martin-Baker
ENS J. A. Wilcox   Martin-Baker
12th May 1974
USN
KA-6 Intruder tanker 152637 VA-196
CVA-61 "USS Ranger"
refuelling F-4 Phantoms collided with F-4J Phantom II BuNo 158357.
Vietnam
Lt.
John Adams
  Martin-Baker
navigator- bombardier Lt. Robert V. McHale [VA-145 "Swordsmen"]   Martin-Baker
12th May 1974
USN
F-4J Phantom 158357   ENS R. G. Armisted   Martin-Baker
Lt. R. L. Lyman   Martin-Baker
13th May 1974
Italy
F-104        Capt. R. Favaro   Martin-Baker
13th May 1974
Iran
F-4 Phantom           Martin-Baker
16th May 1974

RAF
Harrier GR3 XV800 4 Sqn Birdstrike. Crashed near RAF Wildenrath, West Germany Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
23rd May 1974
RN
F-4 Phantom       Flt. Lt. L. Hurst   Martin-Baker

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
 2nd June 1974
Iran
F-4 Phantom       Capt. Saboonchi   Martin-Baker
 4th June 1974
USMC 
F-4 Phantom        Capt. L. J. Bucko   Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. L. Stockus   Martin-Baker
 5th June 1974
Fr AF
Mirage       A. Lely   Martin-Baker
 5th June 1974
USMC
AV‑8A 158948
WH 12
VMA‑542 Crashed into a wooded area near Camp LeJeune, NC, USA CAPT. Richard H. Briggs ejected but was killed Stencel

or

Martin-Baker
????

 9th June 1974
JASDF
F-4EJ Phantom II 17-8307 Chitose AB "Collision with aircraft or object unknown."

UFO theory

Lt. Colonel Toshio Nakamura, died in the ejection   Martin-Baker
RIO Major Shiro Kubota survived   Martin-Baker
16th June 1974
Iraq Air Force
Hunter       Flt. Lt. Jawad   Martin-Baker
 17th June 1974
RAF
Hunter       Flt. Lt. I. Firth   Martin-Baker
 17th June 1974
Fr AF
Mystere       Sgt. Bonin   Martin-Baker
20th June 1974


DDR

MiG‑21U

662516
263
JAG‑15 Crashed, Germany Olt Falko Rose ejected   SK-1
OS Wolfgang Kilian ejected   SK-1
 23rd June 1974
Italy
F.G91       GEN F. Ristory   Martin-Baker
 24th June 1974
Iran
F-4 Phantom       MAJ Afshar   Martin-Baker
Capt. Seyedreza   Martin-Baker
24th June 1974
RAF
Lightning F.3 XR748
C/n 95215 'M'
111 Sqn
RAF Coltishall
crashed near Coltishall, into the sea off Great
Yarmouth, Norfolk due to hydraulic failure
Flg. Off. K. Mason ejected   Martin-Baker
 24th June 1974
Fr AF
Mirage       Lt. Werne   Martin-Baker
28th  June 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom       Capt. J. W. Cizek   Martin-Baker
Capt. D. E. Healy   Martin-Baker

5th June 1974 USMC AV-8A Harrier  159234/CG-.. CHECK DETAILS

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd July 1974
Fr AF
Mirage       Lt. F. Bourdin   Martin-Baker
11th July 1974
USN
RA‑5C 156614
AA 603
RVAH‑6
USS Forrestal
 fire warning light illuminated 4 min. after launch. Engine was shut down but fire did not extinguish and control was lost in Mediterranean Sea ejected safely   Martin-Baker
ejected safely   Martin-Baker
11th July 1974
USMC
TA‑4J Skyhawk 154615
KD 14
VMAT‑203 entered spin at 19,000 ft after it stalled during ACM pilot ejected safely at 8000 ft   Escapac
22nd July 1974
Grec
F-4 Phantom       Lt. K. Papadoulis   Martin-Baker
Capt. E. Papadopoulo   Martin-Baker
22nd July 1974
GerAF
F.G91       MAJ B. Willigmann   Martin-Baker
23rd July 1974
USN
A-4C
Skyhawk
Buno 147680 Naval Air Development Center
Warminster, PA
Engine seized on short final to the NADC Kenneth "Kenny" Wetzel
ejected
  Douglas
The ejection was successful, however the wind blew him and his parachute  back into the fiery wreckage where he perished. 
FEEDBACK

Additions and amendments from
John Chesire
in email 16th December 2009
LINK

http://flitetime.net/

27th July 1974
USMC 
AV-8A 158971/WF VMA-513   Capt. S. C. Torrent   Martin-Baker
27th July 1974
Pak
Mirage       G.Capt. W. Azim   Martin-Baker

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
10th August 1974
Iran
F-5       Capt. Toussi   Martin-Baker
13th August 1974
FrAF
Etendard       Lt. X. Lizee      Martin-Baker
18th August 1974
USMC
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. J. Smolak    Martin-Baker
Capt. W.Lounsburry   Martin-Baker
20th August 1974
Ind N
Kiran         Lt. Cdr. T.H.Chowfin   Martin-Baker
S.Lt. Y. Choudhri     Martin-Baker
19th August 1974
Dutch
F-104G D-6682 312th squadron of Volkel
Leeuwarden airbase
Dusk flying. Hit the water during a bomb ru Pilot ejected. Recovered from "local pub"   Lockheed

A-5 151630 13/8/74 off Florida coast.  ???

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
5th September 1974
IndAF 
Kiran       Flt. Lt. N.M.Gupte   Martin-Baker
A.Raha   Martin-Baker
5th September 1974
Braz 
Mirage            Martin-Baker
9th September 1974
GerAF 
F-104       HPT J. Imhof     Martin-Baker
19th September 1974
Italy
F-104       Capt. L. Abbate     Martin-Baker
20th September 1974
USAF 
F-4 Phantom 68-0489 526th TFS, 86th TFW
Ramstein AB, Germany
 Crashed on final approach      Martin-Baker
MAJ J. D. Cutter
ejected
Capt. R. F. Henley
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK 1

"I was stationed at Ramstein when the F-4E went down on final approach 20 September 1974.
It was 68-0489 of the 526th TFS, 86th TFW at Ramstein AB, Germany.
I talked to the pilot later about the incindent.  
His wingman radioed, "Hey, you're on fire!" after seeing flames around the engine bay.
He radioed back after checking his warning lights, "No I'm not."
Just then his fire warning light came on, and he radioed back "Yes I am!"
They maneuvered away from the base and ejected in the woods over a classified Army installation east of Ramstein.  
I heard it was a Pershing missile battery area.  The plane crashed a mile or so away in the woods.
They were apprehended at gunpoint by Army MPs (and German guards?) while trying to walk out of the area.
The MPs actually asked two Air Force officers in flight suits how they got in the area. He said
he pointed up and the MP looked up where his finger was pointing.
That is the story as much as I can remember.
It turned out to be a big joke later.  Luckily they ditched the F-4E far away from any populated area
and nobody was hurt. "

Jim

in email 8th January 2008

FEEDBACK 2

"I just remember we had another ejection at Ramstein AB,  probably early in 1975.

The F-4E had just landed and was taxiing back to the 526th TFS area when the WSO bent
down to unload the radar film casette (it was a periscope-type mod mounted on the side of the rear
radar scope that allowed the back seater to record radar video when necessary).  When he
straightened back up, something snagged the d-ring between his legs.

He ejected on the ground at about 60 mph.  Luckily he had the Command Select Valve set to
back seat only.  The parachute opened just before impact, but I think all he did was sprain his ankle.
Good reason not to unstrap until in the chocks.

The pilot continued on the taxiway several hundred yards before he realized his back seater was gone.

The incident made the TAC Attack magazine with all of the markings blacked out on the pictures.

The rear canopy hit the right stabilator on the way down.  Other than that, no big damage was done.

I can't remember the aircraft tail number. "

Jim

in email 8th January 2008

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
 2nd October 1974
RAF 
        Flt. Lt. J.E.Downey   Martin-Baker
 7th October 1974
USAF
F-4 Phantom     Crashed at Bielefeld, West Germany. Civilian fatalities  1.Lt. R. H. Oelfke   Martin-Baker
MAJ R. A. Zang   Martin-Baker
 9th October 1974
USN
A-6 Intruder       Lt. D. L. Boyle ejected   Martin-Baker
9th October 1974
USMC
AV-8A Harrier 159245
CG

Shank 47
 VMA-231
Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C
landing gear collapsed on touchdown, skidded off the runway into a drainage ditch and burst into flames Captain. Roy R. Dougherty was ejected still strapped into seat Stencel
or
Martin-Baker
???????
11th October 1974


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV431
31 Sqn 
RAF Bruggen
Crashed on take-off West Germany when
the wings folded after they had been left unlocked
    Martin-Baker
 Flight Lieutenant Ray Pilley
ejected
 Flight Lieutenant Kevin Toal
ejected
Martin-Baker
19th October 1974
USMC
F-4 Phantom        Capt. R. R. Faucher   Martin-Baker
MAJ J. E. May   Martin-Baker
20th October 1974
RAF
Harrier GR3 XV758 3 Sqn
RAF Wildenrath, West Germany
Crashed at RAF Wildenrath following loss of
power on take off
pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
22nd October 1974
Switz
Mirage       Capt. P. Hulliger   Martin-Baker
 23rd October 1974
USN
 F‑4J 157303
AC 205
VF‑103 ran out of fuel due to bad weather at Grazzanise, Punta Stendardo, Italy over the sea Lt.JG J.Turnbull

ENS G. Willkinson

Lt. J.Saumdres

Lt. R. Plutt

ejected safely 

CAN ANYONE MATCH CREWS TO AIRCRAFT ??

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
 23rd October 1974
USN
F‑4J Phantom II 155516
AC 213
VF‑103 ran out of fuel after it got lost diverting to Grazzanise near Sepino, 30 km w of Campobasso, Italy   Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
 28th October 1974
IndAF
Marut       Flg. Off. U. N. Ganguly   Martin-Baker
 29th October 1974
RAF
Lightning F6 XR768/P 5 Sqn Reheat fire in the No. 2 engine. Crashed into the North Sea 13nm East Saltfleet, off
Mablethorpe, Lincs
pilot Flt. Lt. T. W. Jones ejected

CHECK DETAILS 
but the ejection
sequence was unsuccessful and he was killed IS THIS CORRECT

  Martin-Baker

   November   

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
3rd November 1974
USMC
F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. R. W. Reno   Martin-Baker
9th November 1974
USN
F-8J Crusader 149195 VF-211 in US Lt. R. A. Smith   Martin-Baker
11th November 1974
RN
Buccaneer S.2D XV351 'R/030' 809 Squadron crashed into The Wash Lt. D. Thomson ejected   Martin-Baker
observer ejected but was killed   Martin-Baker
12th November 1974
Gree
F-104       P. Tzouros   Martin-Baker
12th November 1974
USAF
F‑4E 67‑0393 432nd TRW Korat RTAFB, Thailand 90 km W of airbase nr Phetchabun Lt. T. Albin ejected safely   Martin-Baker

1 crewmember killed

  Martin-Baker
19th November 1974
USN
F-4 Phantom       CW02 R. E. Staples   Martin-Baker
Lt. R. C. Olson   Martin-Baker
21st November 1974
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV441 197421 14 Sqn
Bruggen, West Germany
Crashed at Lang Hent, Netherlands pilot stayed with the aircraft to avoid a built up area and was killed    
Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. A. M "Mike" Keane
ejected
[see FEEDBACK}
Flt. Lt. Ian D. Vacha
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Your entry says "pilot stayed with the aircraft to avoid a built up area and was killed".

What actually happened, as far as I can recall, is that Ian Vacha ejected first, but when the front seater, Mike Keane, pulled the lower handle, nothing happened.  He then tried the top handle, also to no avail. 

It's true that the aircraft was heading towards a Dutch village, and that Mike stayed with the aircraft, but not for lack of trying to get out.  The ac was burning and he was losing control quickly, but fortunately, as the ac rolled and the nose dropped, Mike's seat suddenly fired and he was ejected safely.  The aircraft continued its manoeuvre away from the village, and although there was some damage, nobody was injured.

The theory was, I believe, that the front canopy had been held on by vortices generated by airflow over the empty rear cockpit.  The F4 seat would not fire as long as the canopy was in place.  The changing attitude of the ac as it departed seems to have changed the airflow sufficiently to allow the system to operate.

The nice bit about the story is that the crash investigators could not find several major parts of the ac, including at least one of the seats, and none of the villagers seemed able to help.  Meanwhile, Mike had been hailed as a hero for, as your current report says, staying with the ac to save the village, about which they were not disabused.  When Carnival came round in February, Mike was invited to be the guest of honour in the carnival parade.  When he pitched up at the assembly point to board the main float, he discovered the rest of his ac.  The float was done up as a very realistic F4 and he was back in his own seat!

 

A much happier ending. 

Regards

Al Sawyer
(Nav at Bruggen at the time)
in email 11th November 2007

 

22nd November 1974
RAF
Jaguar 2 XX136    

Flt Lt. C. J. Cruickshanks

  Martin-Baker
Wg Cdr. C.C. Rustin   Martin-Baker

A&AEE . Trial to extend the flight clearance which included wind up turns with a range of rudder trim settings. During the final wind up turn a sudden and uncommanded pitch-up occurred followed by roll yaw turbulence, subsequently inertia coupled rolling developed with roll rates oscillating between 50o and 330o per sec, yaw at above 20o per sec and pitch from between 8o nose up to greater than 20o per sec nose down and control was lost. As the a/c passed through the critical height for a successful ejection both crew ejected. The a/c crashed between Wimborne St. Giles and Gussage St. Michael.
2 minor inj

   December     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
4th December 1974
GerAF 
L.T33       OTL H. Merkel   Martin-Baker
7th December 1974
USA
Grumman OV-1C Mohawk Sn. 62-05849   crashed in Georgia, USA pilot ejectedt landed in pasture with minimal injuries.   Martin-Baker
T/O ejected suffered minimal injuries on landing on road   Martin-Baker

Aircraft entered clouds after take-off and pilot experienced buffets on climbout. Primary attitude indicator indicated wings level and buffeting continued. Pilot was unable to recover from buffeting condition and aircrat began to rapidly lose altitude.

10th December 1974
WGAF
F-104G Starfighter       O.Lt. R. Chur
ejected
  Martin-Baker
16th December 1974
RJAF
F-104     Training Pilot ejected OK   Martin-Baker
17th December 1974
Ind N
Sea Hawk       Lt. S. Singh   Martin-Baker
21st December 1974
Pak
Mirage       Flt. Lt. S.Arshad   Martin-Baker
28th December 1974
USAF 
 F‑4E 67‑0287 Udorn RTAFB, Thailand collided with 71‑0241 75 M W of airbase MAJ C.F. Jewett

 1.Lt. D. L. Poling

1.Lt. M. J. Govednik

Capt. J. P. Fair

WHO WAS IN WHICH AIRCRAFT ???

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
28th December 1974
USAF 
F‑4E 71‑0241 Udorn RTAFB, Thailand collided with 67‑0287 75 M W of airbase   Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker

??-??-1974

Jastreb of Yugoslavian Air Force. Pilot Captain Tomislav Poziac ejected.
[sj]
 

21st March 1974 LTT PORCHIER (Now 5 stars), Mirage IIIE, spin.

24th June 1974 LTT WERNE; Mirage IIIE, midair. The pilot of the other
aricraft did not ejected.
 

THANKS TO

Jean Vincent Brisset (AF Brigadier, ret,) for information on the Mirage III crashes on 21st March & 24th June 1974