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Douglas AD-4
Skyraider

The A-4 Skyraider had a long service career with variants being active from the Korean War through to and beyond Vietnam. Initially egress methods were parachute bail-outs, ditching or crash landing. By the Vietnam War a parachute extraction systems designed by Bob Stanley was being incorporated into the Skyraider.

Preliminary Listing

Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed
1st April 1951 Lt. Jg.W. C. Windson pilot Rescued by helo from the USS Princeton Rescued
USN
AD-4Q ??? VA-702 USS Boxer (CV-21)   Hit by AAA 15 mi NW of Kilchu, Korea
10th June 1951 Cdr. Charles R. Stapler   probably died in aircraft MIA
USN
AD-4Q 124058 VC-35, CAG-19 USS Princeton (CV-37)   Hit by enemy fire N of Kumsong, Korea
AT1 Raymond L. Blazevic     POW
26th October 1951 LTJG William L Burgess Pilot Rescued by the USS Conway (DDE-507) OK
USN
A-4D Skyraider buno. 123921 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Conducted bomb run against a bridge, hit by AAA while conducting photo run to assess damage, engine damaged, ditched at sea DITCHED
9th December 1951 LT. P. J. O'Malley Pilot Rescued by the USS Evansville (PF-70) OK
USN
AD-4 Skyraider 122342 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Hit by AAA while conducting rail cutting runs near Hungnam, ignited 20-mm ammunition, severely damaged the wing, DITCHED in Wonsan Harbor
9th December 1951
Lt. Francis J. Prendergast
Pilot rescued by USS McGinty (DE-365) OK
USN
AD-4 Skyraider 122325 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Hit in engine near Hungnam, engine seized due to oil starvation bailed out over Wonsan Harbor -
 

FEEDBACK

 

Hi,
I was searching the web for articles about the Destroyer Escort my father sailed on during the Korean War and came across your web site.  The entry regarding the USS McGinty, DE-365 had a statement before it saying that there were conflicting reports regarding the type of aircraft that went down.  My father, John F. Porterfield was a medical corpsman on the McGinty and was in fact the person who rescued the pilot.  I remember Dad talking about the incident on several occasions and each time he recounted the story he referred to the aircraft as being a Panther.  He seemed to be pretty clear about the whole thing, even remembering how horribly cold the water was (he had to go in the drink after the pilot who had been overcome by hyperthermia and was drowning).  The pilot stayed aboard for a few days until they were able to transfer him to another ship, and during that time he bunked and messed with my Dad.  Dad recounted to me the conversations he and the pilot shared during the pilotís time on the ship, and it was apparently the pilot himself who told dad that the aircraft was a Panther. Unfortunately I cannot get you a first hand account, as my father died in 2003.

I hope this has been useful in clarifying which type of aircraft was involved in this incident.
Regards,
Katherine Porterfield

in email 14th February 2007

 

 

 

FEEDBACK

 

Sir:

    Regarding your entry dated 9 December 1951 concerning Lt. Frances J. .Prendergast bailing out of an F9F Panther. Joe was a colorful character in VF-54 "Hell's Angels. We called him "Dad P." Photo taken on that cruise is attached. He was flying an AD-4 Skyraider, NOT a Panther. Joe was my squadron mate, and this incident occurred shortly after I was shot down and recovered on 26 October 1951.

    Joe was hit in the hand by flak on another flight and received the Purple Heart.

Sincerely,

W.L. Burgess Jr.

CDR. USN (Ret)

in email 27th February, 2007

 

 

NOTES

 

Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed
4th July 1950 Ens. Gerald E. Covington Pilot   Rescued, uninjured
USN
AD-4 123804 VA-55
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  Hit by AAA over Pyongyang crashed on flight deck
4th July 1950 Ens. Don R. Stevens

[see next entry]

Pilot KIA on 22nd July 1950 Rescued, uninjured
USN
AD-4 123814 VA-55
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  Damaged flying through debris, AAA damage near Pyongyang  
22nd July 1950 Ens. Don R. Stevens Pilot   KIA
USN
AD-4 123844 VA-55
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  Struck ground during low-level strafing run near Kangnyong-ni  
25th July 1950 Ens. David A. Blalock     Rescued, uninjured
USN
AD-4 123815 VA-55
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
  Hit by its own bomb blast  
                       
 
 

 

                       
Aircraft Type: AD-4
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
122325 511209 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
122342 511209 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123784 510331 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-195 Details
123799 500917 USS Boxer (CV-21) VA-65 Details
123802 530110 MAG-12 VMA-121 Details
123803 500920 USS Boxer (CV-21) VA-65 Details
123804 500704 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123808 501025 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123812 511222 USS Antietam (CV-36) VA-728 Details
123813 521020 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
123814 500704 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123815 500725 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123818 510507 USS Boxer (CV-21) VA-702 Details
123825 511214 USS Antietam (CV-36) VA-728 Details
123829 501216 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123833 501209 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123835 501209 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123838 530323 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123840 500923 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123841 510220 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123844 500722 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123845 500829 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-55 Details
123855 510628 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-55 Details
123859 530404 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123863 530517 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123871 530208 USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) VA-145 Details
123883 501212 USS Leyte (CV-32) VA-35 Details
123902 530224 USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) VF-54 Details
123915 501219 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123916 510211 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-195 Details
123917 501127 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123921 511026 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123922 521017 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
123923 511117 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123924 530321 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123925 510518 USS Princeton (CV-37) CVG-19 Details
123927 510128 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-195 Details
123931 510606 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-55 Details
123932 510621 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-55 Details
123932 530212 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123933 520221 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123937 510210 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-195 Details
123938 520617 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VA-65 Details
123945 511006 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123947 520222 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123951 520529 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
126904 530716 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-155 Details
126922 530725 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-155 Details
127862 521204 USS Oriskany (CVA-34) VA-923 Details
127863 520410 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
127867 520207 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
127875 521015 USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) VA-75 Details
127876 520704 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
128917 520604 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
128919 520309 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
128927 521018 MAG-12 VMA-121 Details
128947 520609 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
128953 520418 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VA-65 Details
128958 521029 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
128961 520617 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VA-65 Details
128964 521221 MAG-12 VMA-121 Details
128965 521205 USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) VA-75 Details
128969 520709 USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) VA-75 Details
128983 520612 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
128985 530607 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
128986 520606 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
128993 530304 USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) VF-54 Details
129011 520802 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
129012 521123 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
129014 530313 USS Oriskany (CVA-34) VA-125 Details
UNK 510124 USS Princeton (CV-37) VC-35 Details
UNK 510625 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-55 Details
UNK 520616 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
UNK 520711 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
UNK 520801 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-195 Details
UNK 530210 USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) VF-54 Details
UNK 530503 USS Princeton (CVA-37)   Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4B
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
127868 530726 USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39)   Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4L
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
123949 510908 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123962 521016 USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) VA-702 Details
123967 510903 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123973 530301 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
123974 511127 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123984 520403 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123987 510824 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123990 510907 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123991 510919 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
123993 521007 USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) VA-702 Details
123995 520519 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123996 520516 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
123997-511 511016 USS Antietam (CV-36) VA-728 Details
12399E 511205 USS Essex (CV-9) VF-54 Details
124002 511206 USS Antietam (CV-36) VA-728 Details
124004 511206 USS Antietam (CV-36) VA-728 Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4N
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
124135 510511 USS Princeton (CV-37) VC-35 Details
124137 510711 USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) VC-35 Details
124138 510213 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VC-110 Details
124146 501209 USS Princeton (CV-37) VC-190 Details
124748 530128 USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) VC-35 Det F Details
125710 520808 USS Essex (CVA-9) VC-35 Details
125712 521005 USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) VC-35 Det F Details
125738 530714 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VC-35 Details
125757 530712 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VA-155 Details
126926 530501 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VC-35 Details
126937 530625 USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) VA-45 Details
126944 530705 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VC-35 Det H Details
132263 530619 USS Lake Champlain (CVA-39) VA-45 Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4NA
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
125742 530603 USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) VF-54 Details
125754 530615 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details
125756 530517 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details
125759 530226 USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) VA-95 Details
126919 530523 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details
126927 521209 USS Essex (CVA-9) VA-55 Details
126950 530611 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details
127005 530520 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4NL
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
124731 511104 USS Antietam (CV-36) VC-35 Details
124743 511213 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VC-35 Det Details
124744 520608 USS Princeton (CVA-37) VC-35 Details
UNK 520427 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VC-35 Det H Details
UNK 521213 USS Antietam (CV-36) VC-35 Details

 
Aircraft Type: AD-4Q
Tail
Number
Date
of Loss
Group or Wing Squadron Circumstances
of Loss
120455 530705 USS Boxer (CVA-21) VF-194 Details
124045 510303 USS Princeton (CV-37) VC-190 Details
124049 501209 USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) VA-115 Details
124051 510826 USS Essex (CV-9) VC-35 Details
124058 510610 USS Princeton (CV-37) VC-35, CAG-19 Details
124066 510321 USS Valley Forge (CV-45) VA-65 Details
124068 501209 USS Princeton (CV-37) VA-195 Details
UNK 510401 USS Boxer (CV-21) VA-702 Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Tail
Number
124084
 
Date of Loss: 510113
Tail Number: 124084
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Squadron: VC-110
Circumstances of Loss: Engine failure on takeoff, ditched

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
CUNDIEFF, John D. AT2 USN RSC Uninjured, rescued by the USS Stickell (DD-888)
FREES, JR., Norman W. LT USN RSC Uninjured, helo rescue
PARSONS, Jack ADC USN RSC Uninjured, rescued by the USS Stickell (DD-888)

 

 

Date of Loss: 501022
Tail Number: 124089
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Squadron: VA-55
Circumstances of Loss: Struck barrier during night landing

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
CONDOR, Bernard LTJG USN NIJ Uninjured
HOKKANEN, Robert N. AT2 USN NIJ Uninjured
JACOBS, Larry M. ATC USN NIJ Uninjured

 

 

Date of Loss: 510307
Tail Number: 124097
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Princeton (CV-37)
Squadron: VC-190
Circumstances of Loss: Takeoff accident from flight deck of USS Princeton

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
BICKNELL, JR., John R. LT USN NIJ Uninjured
CLEMENTSON, Robert M. LTJG USN NIJ Uninjured

 

 

 

 

Date of Loss: 510914
Tail Number: 124762
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Essex (CV-9)
Squadron: VF-54
Circumstances of Loss: Malfunction on catapult launch, aircraft damaged, empennage damage caused vibration and loss of control, ditched inside screen

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
CLIFT, Jessie C. AT2 USN RSC Rescued by helo and destroyer
FOSTER, Darell W. AT1 USN RSC Rescued by helo and destroyer
O'BRIEN, Billie E. LT USN RSC Rescued by helo and destroyer

 

 

 

Date of Loss: 511022
Tail Number: 124773
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Antietam (CV-36)
Squadron: VC-11
Circumstances of Loss: Lost power after receiving wave off, crashed into the sea

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
HARBOUR, G. L. AT2 USN RSC Rescued by the USS Hansen (DD-832)
MASEK, F. E. LTJG USN RSC Rescued by the USS Hansen (DD-832)
MOREAU, W. T. AL1 USN RSC Rescued by the USS Hansen (DD-832)

 

 

 

 

Date of Loss: 530607
Tail Number: 125873
Aircraft Type: AD-4W
Wing or Group: USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Squadron: VC-11
Circumstances of Loss: Fuel exhaustion, ditched enroute to K-50

 

Crewmembers Associated With This Loss
Name
(Last, First Middle)
Rank Service Status Comments
KUEHLER, R. J. LT USN RSC He and two crew members, uninjured, rescued by South Korean fishing boat