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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
12th October 1959
Blackburn
Buccaneer (P)5 XK490 "C" Squadron
A&AEE Boscombe Down
Evaluation flight from Boscombe Down, stalled at low speed at 10,000ft Crashed into the New Forest, UK. Aircraft inverted
        via Skip Gibbs
Martin-Baker
Mr. William L. 'Bill' Alford (NACA) - ejected inverted - killed Blackburn Test Observer Mr. John G. Joyce - ejected inverted - killed Martin-Baker
 

NA.39 Lost

A BLACKBURN NA.39 was destroyed in a crash near Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, last Monday. William Alford, a civilian test pilot attached to the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and John Joyce, a Blackburn flight-test observer, were killed.
The aircraft, which was on test from Boscombe Down, was one of the first seven now flying from the development batch of 20 (on September 20 it was announced that this order had been followed by "a substantial production contract"). The manufacturers have been authorized to seek American orders.

FLIGHT - 16th October 1959 page 391

 

5th October 1960
Blackburn
NA.39 Pre-Production
Buccaneer
XK486
 B3-01-58
 
HOSM Aircraft roll while flying on 'Auto Pilot'  trials.  'Artificial Horizon' failure, aircraft stalled crashing at Low Hunsley Farm near Little Weighton, E.Yorks.   Martin-Baker
Test Pilot Mr. G.R.I (Sailor) Parker** Mr. Dave Nightingale Martin-Baker
  [**later killed with Mr. G. R. C.  Copeman while testing Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN952 on 19th February 1963]
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I stumbled across your website and would like to correct details regarding my late father, GRI ‘Sailor’ Parker.

 On 5-10-60 Sailor and his observer, David Nightingale were obliged to eject from XK486 when the artificial horizon (AHI) went u/s in cloud. The mission was auto-pilot testing although Sailor was flying manually when the AHI packed up. Ejection was a problem for the observer due to the airflow through the cockpit after the canopy was jettisoned. Fortunately Sailor had closed the throttles prior to ejecting and Dave Nightingale was able to reach the alternative handle between his knees once the aircraft had slowed sufficiently. Following this incident back-up AHI’s were fitted to all Buccs and blast screens installed between the pilot’s and observer’s seats. The aircraft crashed at Low Hunsley Farm near Little Weighton, E.Yorks.

Best regards,

John Parker
in email 24th February 2009

also see FEEDBACK for 19th February 1963

 

31st August 1961 Buccaneer XK 529 "C" Squadron
A&AEE
[HMS Hermes]
Loss of control due to partial loss of BLC port wing during launch from HMS Hermes, Lyme Bay   Martin-Baker
Mr Ozzie Brown
killed
Mr Terry Dunn
killed
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

  came across another Buccaneer accident whilst doing some research. dont think you have it Aug 1961 HMS Hermes XK 529 Mr Ozzie Brown and MR Terry Dunn who both perished. best regards David Parry FAA retd.
{in emal 16th November 2007]

Have found 2 more Bucc ejections for your web page if it is of any help  L/T Gwyn Jones/ Mr P Wright AEE 61 and L/T W Foote USN /L/T M Day 7OOO/Z 62 
best wishes


Dave
in email 8th January 2008

FEEDBACK

Regarding the Buccaneer lost on HMS Hermes August 1961 ------------confirmed as lost during deck trials
Catapult launched  off and aircraft landed in the sea both civilian crew members died.
Part of on going manufacturers  testing -----Trials were conducted in Lyme bay .
Hope it helps  

Fred Rowe
In email 9th March 2008

   
18th August 1962
RN
Buccaneer
S.Mk.1
XK535
684/LM
700Z
Flight
Lost control during single engine approach to Lossiemounth. Aircraft stalled.   Martin-Baker
Lt. William Winfield Foote
USN
ejected
killed
Lt Maurice J. Day
ejected
killed
Martin-Baker
19th February 1963 Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN952 Loss of control due to roll-inertia coupling

LABS manoeuvre demonstration [toss‑bomb run] over HoSM airfield

H.SM

Aircraft went into upright spin
[see FEEDBACK below]
Martin-Baker
Mr G. R. I. "Sailor" Parker
ejected as a/c hit the ground killed
Mr Gordon R. C.  Copeman ejected at 300 feet but landed in wreckage of a/c, killed Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

On 19-2-63 Sailor and his observer, Gordon Copeman, lost their lives when XN952 suffered ‘roll-inertia coupling’ when rolling off the top of the half-loop during a LABS (bomb toss) manoeuvre over the test airfield at Holme-on-Spalding Moor. The aircraft went into an upright spin and crashed approximately 40 yards from the control tower. Gordon Copeman ejected at about 300 feet and fell onto the wreckage. Sailor ejected as the aircraft hit the ground. Both were decapitated. Following this incident, rolling out from LABS manoeuvres was limited to half stick. NB. Sailor did not black out as stated;  although he was not wearing a ‘g’ suit. Examination of the hydraulic systems and flight recorders showed that he had done everything he could to regain control of the situation.

 Sailor was a civilian test pilot with Blackburns/Hawker Siddeley and previously saw service with the RAF, not the RN. However, he was seconded to a FAA squadron during WW2 and this later led to him gaining his nickname.

 I have attached a photo of Sailor but I don’t have one of David Nightingale. I have also attached a photo taken at HOSM of the test pilots (standing) and the observers (kneeling). Gordon Copeman is on the right, Terry Dunn (killed in XK529) is third from left.

Best regards,

John Parker
in email 24th February 2009

also see FEEDBACK for 5th October 1960

21st October 1963
RN
Buccaneer XK 533
229?LM
809 Sqdn
RNAS Lossiemouth
double engine failure due to fuel starvation about 3 nmls from Lossie over the sea     Martin-Baker
Lt. David P. Mears ejected without injury

[personal testimony]

Lt. Cdr. Arthur J. White ejected without injury

[see also 26th November 1964]

Martin-Baker
24-Jan-64
RN
Buccaneer
S.Mk.1
XN966'
226/LM'
809 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
Engine flame-out on final approach. Crashed on to runway     Martin-Baker
Lt. A J. .Goodenough ejected, injured Lt. M. J. Howitt ejected, injured Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Re the buccaneer crash 24 Jan 1964. I was a new naval airman to the squadron so was put on 229's (XN 966) crew Not 226 As 2+2+9 = 13 which is consisered an unlucky number in the Fleet Air Arm, (There was no number 13 aeroplane when we first formed before the first world war), I was boned off with it.

A few days before I had carried out a main-check 2 on her and thought I had found cracks in the jet pipe of the Starboard engine  and duly reported it to the chief,'Banzai' Whiffing(?)who double checked and said it was just soot.on January 24, 13 days after I joined 809, she ploughed in on the short runway at Lossiemouth when landing. The Leading edge blow failed as she crossed the threshold at about 50 feet and rolled to Stbd. The Stbd mainplane hit the runway and she cartwheeled down the runway. The crew Grabbed some MB and the driver's seat turned 180 deg's to the right and his head collided with the legs of the obs, before they both crashed to the ground. The SAR chopper picked them up and flew them to Aberdeen City Hospital, and after a lot of surgery and convalescencs both returned to duty. I hope this helps you to up-date your site.

Regards

Brian Johnston
in email 24th June 2009

25-Mar-64
RN
Buccaneer
S.Mk.1
 
XN927  / '223/LM'
 B3-07-61
809 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
Crashed near to Elgin, Moray, Scotland
- False engine fire warning after take-off from port engine due to fuel leak, attempted single-engined landing failed, due to rapid loss of airspeed
    Martin-Baker
Lt. E. K. Somerville- Jones
ejected at 400ft injured
Lt. R. G. Richens
ejected at 400ft unhurt
Martin-Baker
19-Aug-64
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN935 / '124/V'
 
B3-02-62
801 NAS
HMS Victorious
hydraulic failure, undercarriage collapsed during 'Deck Landing Practice' (DLP) crashed into the sea off Singapore
 ejected safely
    Martin-Baker
Lt. I. M. E. B. Aichison ejected safely Lt. R. G. Evans
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
15th November 1964
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN931
122/V
801 Sqn Lossiemouth Pitched up a/c spun and crashed into Johore Strait, 4m N of Tengah     Martin-Baker
Lt.  N. M. Tristram ejected through canopy Lt.  P. I. Mathews ejected through canopy Martin-Baker
26th November 1964
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN948 / '119/'V'
B3-03-62
801 NAS
HMS Victorious
Crashed after take-off  from RAF Tengah
On an engine test flight
. Aircraft ditched off Changi, Singapore near to carrier
    Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Paul H. Perks (Squadron CO) (RN) killed Lt. Cdr. Arthur J. White (Senior Observer of 801 Squadron) ejected safely, minor injuries

[see also 21st October 1963

 
13-May-65
Blackburn
NA.39 Pre-Production
Buccaneer
XK524
B3-01-59
HOSM tailplane stall during 'High-Lift' trials, crashed at Laverack's Field, nr. Land of Nod in the Holme-on-Spalding Moor circuit   Martin-Baker
Lt.  Cdr.  P. Millet ejected through canopy Mr. J. R. Harris ejected through canopy
This was the first ever crew ejection through the cockpit canopy
Martin-Baker
25th June 1965
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN961
634/LM
736 NAS
Lossiemouth
Flew into hillside in cloud, Creag a Riasgain, 5m W of Helmsdale. Target exercise NE coast between Lossiemouth & Wick  at Tain Range.      
L/C W. H. C. Watson killed Lt.  Alan J. Hulme killed  
09-Oct-65

 


RN

XN969
 

Buccaneer S.Mk.1
'106/E'

800 Sqn
HMS Eagle

Double engine failure after hydraulic access door came off, double fuel proportioner failure. Crashed into sea 40 miles SW of Khormaksar     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr.  H. B. Chase (USN)
ejected at 2,OOOft near ship, injured, recovered by helicopter
Lt. W. E. Markley (USN)
ejected at 2,OOOft near ship, recovered by helicopter
Martin-Baker
30th October 1965
SAAF
Buccaneer S. Mk50 417 24 Sqn Double flame-out, Atlantic Ocean 500 miles south of Canary Islands     Martin-Baker
Pilot Capt Christiaan Maartin Jooste ejected Navigator Lt Johannes Jurgens Antonie de Klerk ejected          Martin-Baker
20-Nov-65
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN958
'111/E'
 B3-13-62
800 NAS, HMS Eagle Re‑embarking Eagle from Changi. Crashed into the sea off Singapore     Martin-Baker
Lt. A. R. Gleadow ejected through canopy, slightly injured. Rescued by SAR helicopter Lt. P. J. King ejected through canopy, slightly injured. Rescued by SAR helicopter Martin-Baker
25-Mar-66
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.1
 
XN970 / '106/E'
 B3-25-62
800 NAS
HMS Eagle
Port engine lost power on approach. Crashed a/c crashed on port beam of ship then into the sea off Beira, Mozambique - during a sortie from HMS Eagle     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. G. A. Smart ejected through canopy at 150ft Lt. N. F. Rawbone ejected through canopy at 100ft Martin-Baker
28-Mar-66
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.1
 
XN950 / '635/LM' 736 NAS, RNAS Crashed following an overshoot at RNAS Lossiemouth - Sweet Hillock Farm Lossiemouth     Martin-Baker
Sub. Lt. C. D. C.  Councell
(RN) killed
Lt. D. W. Brierley
ejected
[see also 8th August 1968]
Martin-Baker
9th June 1966
RN
Buccaneer S2 XN979
232/V
815 Sqn off HMS Victorious Aircraft pitched up on take-off. Crew forced to eject. Crashed into the sea near the Lizard     Martin-Baker
Lt. A. R. Gamley
ejected
Lt. H. P. Elliss
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was in HMS Reclaim 1965/66, during which time, we assisted with the lift of the Buccaneer that fell off the Victorious in June 1966.  After location, 'Reclaim' anchored over the site and used a diving bell for the dive team to secure the wreckage

Regards,
Peter Swift
Ex. RN

in emails from 20/03/2008 - 03/04/2008

HMS Reclaim HMS Reclaim "Diving Bell" Marine Auxiliary Service Vessel Pintail Remains of XN 979 XN 979 Tail
All photos via Peter Swift
 
FEEDBACK

Having served in HMS Victorious as a member of 801 NAS I was interested in your web site and believe that I can shed a little light on two of the ejection incidents.

Buccaneer S2 XN 979 was from 801 NAS not 815 and crashed when the pilot remained “Hands Off” during catapult launch. It was common practice to ignore the launch procedure when the aircraft was fitted with empty slipper tanks but on this occasion the pilot adopted the SOP. My recollection is that it was Lt Gamley in the front seat on that occasion.

 Boscombe Down did not believe that empty slipper tanks contributed to the accident and Johnny Eagles came out to the ship to disprove the theory that the C of G moved aft under this configuration. The result was that he also landed in the drink after ejecting through the canopy as the aircraft stalled on launch. Unfortunately I can not recall the name of the observer but I do recollect an ironic round of applause from squadron maintainers as the pilot was carried from the Plane Guard to the Sickbay

 I hope that this is of some interest.
Regards

Keith Bell
in email 2nd April 2008

 

8th August 1966
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN949
641/LM
736 Sqn
Lossiemouth
Engine IGV failure on final approach, a/c pitched up and spun in on turn. Crashed into Moray Firth     Martin-Baker
Lt. G. Heron
ejected,
injured
Lt. J. E. Eatwell
ejected,
injured
Martin-Baker
6th October 1966
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2
 
XV153 / '232/'V'
 B3-19-65
 
801 NAS
HMS Victorious
Crashed in Subic Bay on catapult take off take off.   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. D. "Dave" Eagles Flt. Lt. C. C. Scriven Martin-Baker
20th May 1968
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2
 
XV158 / '655/LM'
 B3-24-65
 
736 NAS, RNAS Lossiemouth Premeditated ejection into Moray Firth following undercarriage malfunction
- ditched in 25 fathoms
Martin-Baker
Sub Lt. A. C. A. "Pony" Moore
RN
ejected
[see also 29th January 1970]
Flg. Off. Norman J. Roberson
RAF
ejected
Martin-Baker
1st July 1968
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV335
656/LM
736 NAS
Lossiemouth
control lost  during ACT, entered spin at 10,000ft in a std break at 300knots, spun into the North Minch 200yds offshore, 2m N of Point of Stoer, NW of Lochinver,     Martin-Baker
Lt.  A. F.  Hutchison ejected through canopy at 8,OOOft, picked up unhurt by local fishing boats and then by SAR helicopter Lt. R. P.  Turnbull  ejected through canopy at 8,OOOft, picked up unhurt by local fishing boats and then by SAR helicopter Martin-Baker
8th August 1968
RN
Buccaneer
S.Mk.2
XV163
110/E
800 NAS Tailplane flap failure during a night GCA approach to Lossiemouth     Martin-Baker
Lt Tony Ogilivy
Landed safely
Lt D. W. Brierley
ejected near Alves, Grampian
[see also 28th March 1966]
Martin-Baker
3rd March 1969
RN
Buccaneer
 
XN980 / '652/LM'
B3-07-63
736 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
collision with XV159, Crashed into the North Sea, 10 miles South of Wick   ???????? Martin-Baker
Sub. Lt. W. A. Craig Lt. A. S. Park Martin-Baker
3rd March 1969
RN
Buccaneer
 
XV159 / '641/LM'
 B3-25-65
 
736 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
collision with XN980. Crashed into the North Sea, 10 miles East of Wick     Martin-Baker

Flt. Lt. J. M. Yates

Flg. Off. B. A. J. Chown Martin-Baker
13th Feb-69
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV346 '656/LM' B3-24-66 736 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
Aircraft struck sea ??? Range.
Dornoch Firth,
near Tarbat, Ness Scotland
    Martin-Baker
Sub. Lt. J. Kershaw Lt. Cdr. P. H. Cummuskey Martin-Baker
16-Sep-69
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV164
 
B3-05-66
235/H
 
801 NAS
RNAS Lossiemouth
Loss of control during ACT.
Crashed at Beinn Ruadh, five miles south of Strathy Point, Sutherland
     
S.Lt. R. S. G. Kent ejected through canopy at 250ft in level flight S.Lt. R.Croston ejected through canopy at 250ft in level flight
Martin-Baker (First live Buccaneer 'Rocket Seat' ejection)
Martin-Baker
29th January 1970
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2
 
XV167 / '236/H'
 B3-08-66
801 NAS
HMS Hermes
Launch problems. Hold back failure during launch,
catapult accidentally fired before the aircraft's engines had developed full power. Mediterranean
 aircraft sank in 630 fathoms off port bow of
carrier
  Martin-Baker
Lt. A. C. A. "Pony" Moore
ejected safely
landing back onto the deck
[see also 20th May 1968]
Lt. Michael J. "Mike" Cunningham ejected into the
sea sustained a fairly serious back injury
Martin-Baker
16-Feb-70
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XT272
657/LM
736 NAS
Lossiemouth
Stalled tailplane on finals during FAM 3 at Lossiemouth. Aircraft struck thr runway and pitched up after becoming airborne.     Martin-Baker
Pilot landed safely Lt. Cdr. Cole
ejected
 
31st August 1970
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XT282 / '102/E'
 B3-04-65
800 NAS, HMS Eagle complete hydraulic failure, Crashed into the Moray Firth Martin-Baker
S. Lt. A. S. Leeming
ejected
Flg. Off. J. Derek Walmsley
ejected
[was killed 13th June 1972 in loss of XV162]
Martin-Baker

I've attached a higher resolution image of my Uncle cropped out of a group shot taken while they were somewhere in the Indian Ocean on board HMS Eagle during 1971.

Thanks,

Sean Walmsley
 

14th October 1970
SAAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.50 418 24 sqn fell on "Dennegeur" Farm near De Wet bombing range near Bloemfontein     Martin-Baker
Maj J. F. "Adoons" van Heerden Capt G. M. "Deon" Joubert  

 "The Buccaneer crashed on the weapons range to the west of Bloemfontein, the name escapes me at this moment. If I'm not mistaken the pilot was Maj/Capt (?) "Doons" van Heerden and the navigator Capt G. M. "Deon" Joubert. It happened during a low level 'retarded bomb' sortie, Deon Joubert survived, skidding on his side still in his seat for a considerable distance, sadly he passed away a few years ago. Doons van Heerden was killed, as by the time his seat functioned, the aircraft was virtually inverted and he was fired straight into the ground. Once again I stand to be corrected."
Vic Swanepoel

9th November 1970

RN
Buccaneer S.Mk2 XV358 800 NAS serious bird strike at low level (250' )and high speed (580 kt + ).     Martin-Baker
Lt Mike Blissett
ejected
Flg. Off. Mike R. Lythgoe
[RAF Navigator]
ejected Seriously injured
Martin-Baker
1st December 1970
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN951
'633/LM'

 B3-06-62
 
736 NAS, RNAS Lossiemouth  Port engine failed to accelerate from high approachon overshoot - Crashed RNAS Lossiemouth Martin-Baker
Flg. Off. Ivor Evans (RAF)
pilot student
ejected
Flt. Lt. Tom Eeles
Qualified Flying Instructor
ejected
suffered 3 crushed vertebrae and spent a month in hospital and 3 months off flying whilst recovering
personal testimony
Martin-Baker
08-Dec-70
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.1 XN968 736 NAS
Lossiemouth
Starboard engine exploded and aircraft caught fire 2,OOOft after take off. Crashed on wooded slope 5m from Lossiemouth     Martin-Baker
Flg. Off. P. J. Warren ejected through canopy Plt. Off. PJ Paines (RAF) ejected through canopy, seat did not operate killed Martin-Baker
12-May-71
RAF
Buccaneer XV351 12th Squadron RAF
Honington
Tyre burst on take off from Karup, Denmark     Martin-Baker
  Flt. Lt. R. Holland Martin-Baker
05-Jun-71
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XN978
 B3-05-63
 
12 Sqn., RAF Honington Crashed - near Creil, Northern France en-route to Paris Air Show     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. A. W. Marrs Flt. Lt. M. R. G. Kemp Martin-Baker
 

Andy Marrs (pilot) and Bob Kemp (Nav) were demonstrating air-to-air refueling behind a Victor tanker at low level at the Paris Air Show!  The effect of being ‘plugged in’ at low level in the turbulence that existed and vulnerable to the jet wake from the Victor meant that the Bucc was bumping around and eventually bounced one too many times for the pilot and crashed.  Both ejected. Andy Marrs came down in his parachute into the fireball but, thankfully, the heat raised him up and the wind carried him clear – he had significant singeing!  Bob Kemp walked away and was last seen climbing on board a C-130 to bring him home with a ‘bottle and 200’ which he had managed to acquire albeit he had never been intended to set foot in France on that sortie (or so the story goes)!  We were never allowed to do low level tanking demonstrations whilst ‘plugged in’ ever again.

 

13th June 1972
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV162 12 Sqn., RAF Honington Crashed Bridlington (in North Sea)    
Capt. G Vipond (USAF)
killed
Flt. Lt. J. Derek Walmsley
killed
[Had ejected from XT282 on 31st August 1970]
 
06-Oct-72
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV339
 B3-17-66
RNAY Sydenham, Belfast Ran out of fuel. Crashed at Castlereagh, Northern Ireland during test flight     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. G. R. Blundell Lt. R. J. Allan Martin-Baker
                 
4th January 1973
SAAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.50 411 24 sqn A/c stalled, irrecoverable spin, fell to earth 17km south of Sheepmoor near Ermelo      Martin-Baker
Lt. Trevor J. Schroeder Lt. Sandy R. I. Roy Martin-Baker
24-Jan-73
RAF
Buccaneer XW535 16 Sqn Lubeck RAFG Laarbruch, west Germany Crashed at Minden, 11 miles east of Gutersloh, West Germany due to loss of control     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. J. A. N. McEvoy Flg. Off. Wood Martin-Baker
  This was a 16 Sqn crew in a Buccaneer based at Laarbruch.  The circumstances, as I recall them (I was on XV Sqn – never written as 15 Sqn – at the time), were that the pilot simply lost control at the first turning point on his low level navex; I don’t think any other aircraft was involved.  That sounds a bit damning but Norman will be able to provide any further info.  Flying Officer is abbreviated to Fg Off.
 
The details about the loss of XW535 on 24 January 1973 are not correct, and there were extenuating circumstances why it was lost.
 
16 Squadron crews formed at Laarbruch, and initially flew in XV Squadron Buccaneers when they could spare any.  Robin McEvoy & Mike Wood had not flown a Buccaneer for some months after their conversion course at Lossiemouth, and there no RAF Buccaneer Simulators had yet been built.  Therefore, although Robin McEvoy would have had a Hunter refresher flight, his flight in XW535 was some considerable time after his last Buccaneer flight.
 
During his flight with Mike Wood, a XV Squadron Buccaneer crew spotted them, and decided to attack them.  As soon as Robin saw the "Enemy" he tried to avoid it, and unfortunately lost control and had to eject, which the crew did successfully.
 
After this incident, until 16 Sqn had started to receive its own aircraft, those 16 Sqn crews who were about to have their first flights in Germany had to return to the UK and have some refresher flights before returning to Germany.

 

12-Apr-73
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV343
 B3-21-66

 
809 NAS
(RN Unit) RAF Honington
Loss of control due to tail plane flap malfunction. Crashed near RAF Honington     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Anthony "Fred" M. D. De La Billiere
ejected
Flt. Lt. D. J. E. Mann (RN) killed Martin-Baker
24th November 1973 SAAF Buccaneer 419   Mid-air
collision in the Walker Bay area
[see note below]
Major J. J. S. Steinberg
[was the only body recovered. It is probable he ejected but drowned]

Captain H. du Preez

Major C. R. Vice

Captain B. M. Antonis

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
24th November 1973 SAAF Buccaneer 420       Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
 

All four were killed. Who was in which aircraft ?
From SAAF Forum
"It appears that they were due to attack HMS Tiger during a Capex exercise. They were given 20 minutes to hold before the attack during which the two aircraft entered mist and cloud over Walker Bay, opened thier formation but then collided in midair. This was the last Capex Exercise before the arms embargo, the Simonstown Agreement was still in place at the time."

11-Nov-74
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
 
XV351 / '030/R'
 
B3-01-67
809 NAS
RAF Honington
Crashed into the Wash on Wainfleet Range     Martin-Baker
Lt. S. J. Kershaw (RN) killed Lt. D. J. Thomson Martin-Baker
Seats fired on impact. Not crew initiated
29th January 1975
 

RN
Buccaneer
S Mk. 2
XN982  '033/R' 809 Naval Air Squadron
HMS Ark Royal
On landing the port main wheel collapsed.  As the aircraft swung off the runway the observer ejected     Martin-Baker
Lieutenant Commander A. Morton
pilot
 remained with aircraft
unhurt
Lieutenant Commander  M. Bickley
observer
ejected
injured
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The aircraft was diverted from HMS ARK ROYAL to US Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, with hydraulic problems.  On selecting undercarriage down the nosewheel and port main wheel indicated unlocked.  An in-flight check indicated that the nose wheel was half down and that both main wheels appeared down. 

M. Bickley
in email 18th June 2009

15th May 1975
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 426 24 sqn Reported mid-air with second Buccaneer near Grootfontein, SWA     Martin-Baker
Capt. Matthew G. F. Morton 2.Lt. A. P. Rousseau Martin-Baker
 
16-Jun-75
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
 
XW536 / 'E'
 B3-05-70
 
15 Sqn., RAFG Laarbruch, West Germany Crashed in North Sea following collision with XW528 Flt. Lt. R. G. Haynes   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. A. Shaw   Martin-Baker
29th July 1975
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XV360
 B3-10-67
237 OCU, RAF Honington Crashed into the sea off Covehithe, Norfolk     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. M. Patterson
student pilot
ejected
Flt. Lt. John Lillis
navigator (staff)
ejected
Martin-Baker
4th March 1976
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2
 
XV166 / 'F'
 
B3-07-66
 
15 Sqn., RAFG Laarbruch, West Germany Crashed on approach to RAF Honington Flg. Off. G. Bowerman    Martin-Baker
Flt. LT C. Davies    Martin-Baker
29-Oct-76
RAF
Buccaneer XW531 12 Sqn Bodo, Norway Flt. Lt. Terry Easterbrook   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Steve Parkinson   Martin-Baker
12 Squadron were on detachment at Bodo but Terry Easterbrook and Steve Parkinson were doing a Practice Diversion to Andoya where they crashed on long finals following (I think but Norman will confirm) an engine failure
XW531's incident on 29 October 1976 -  12 Squadron were on a detachment to Norway, and the crew were flying near Bodo when it caught fire.  The aircraft was diverted to Andoya, and whilst on a GCA (Ground Controlled Approach - radar approach), the fire became so bad that the crew were forced to eject.
17th January 1977
RAF
Buccaneer  
XV Squadron
RAF Laarbruch
Ejection over Isselmeer in Holland. Aircraft landed safely - see FEEDBACK below     Martin-Baker
Pilot
??
Sqn. Ldr. Ray L. Hollett
ejected
Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

I wanted to add the following to Buccaneer ejections: 17th Jan 1977. Sqn Ldr R Hollett, was actually the navigator. Descending through low cloud over the Isselmeer in Holland, the pilot realised that they were too low. Sqn Ldr Hollett grabbed his seat-pan handle, as the pilot levelled the wings, and pulled back on the stick. Ray Hollett felt the positive 'G' come on, then the pilot, to avoid a stall, pushed the stick forward... Ray felt the negative 'g', and, fearing that they were about to hit the sea, pulled his handle! A slightly confused & perturbed pilot put out a call, as he watched his nav 'hit the silk'. Feeling that the aircraft was ok, he circled his descending navigator, staying on station until the arrival of a (possible Dutch) SAR helicopter. So, a single seat Buccaneer returned to base!

 I was the groundcrew, responsible for strapping in the crew.

Regards

Mal Siddle
in email 25th April 2014

03-Feb-77
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
 
XW548 / 'S'
 B3-09-71
16 Sqn., RAFG Laarbruch, West Germany Crashed near Volkel, Netherlands following in-flight fire Flt. Lt. M. W. Brown   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. R. P. Kemp   Martin-Baker
4th April 1977
RAF
Buccaneer XW525
 
B3-01-69
208 Sqn., RAF Honington Structural failure following violent move to avoid collision with two Hunters during a practice bombing run on the Claerwen Reservoir Dam,
west of Rhyader, Powys
.  losing its tail section, Crashed into Claerwen Reservoir near Rhayader, Radnor aircraft and
Flt. Lt. Summers   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. P. J. R. Hill   Martin-Baker
18-Aug-77
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
 
XX890 / 'K'
 
B3-06-73
15 Sqn., RAFG Laarbruch, West Germany   Flt. Lt. K.I.Mackenzie   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. R.A.Pittaway   Martin-Baker
31-Oct-77
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B
XV348
B3-26-66
237 OCU, RAF Honington Written-off after striking power cables in GlomFjord, Norway Flt. Lt. P. D. Locke    Martin-Baker
Lt. D. H. J. Owen (RN) Killed xxx Martin-Baker
1st March 1978
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 425 24 sqn. A/c stalled, hit ground 30km north-west of Lydenburg
via André Kritzinger

via André Kritzinger
Martin-Baker
Major  Abel J. Grobbelaar Major J. J. "Koos" Botha
14th June 1978
RAF
Buccaneer S.2 (mod) XN975 RAE Farnborough, although previously had been prepared for its trial activities at RAE Bedford Crashed at Oelde near Bruggen, West Germany,
after a near miss with a German Civilian helicopter
Sqn. Ldr. Terry Adcock   Martin-Baker Mk4 [with rocket pack]
Flt. Lt. Mo Hammond   Martin-Baker Mk4 [with rocket pack]
 
14. June 1978: After a almost collision with the Christian OF 8-Rettungshubschrauber falls a RAF bomber Buccaneer XN975 of the RAF over approx. 14:30 clock on a practice flight in the high Hagen with Neubeckum into a Kornfeld and burns out. The two crew members S. as per Adcock and Flt. As per Hammond save themselves with the ejection seat.
3rd August 1978
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 423 24 sqn Night bombing exercise, hit sea 28 miles off Green Point, near Scottburgh. Double flame-out during night exercise off Scottburgh Captain A. "Dries" Marais Martin-Baker
     
09-Jun-81
RAF
Buccaneer           Martin-Baker
  Flt. Lt. Ed J. Whitaker  Martin-Baker

This ejection happened on 237 OCU.  Ed Whitaker was a student navigator sitting behind his student pilot, Paul Revell.  The aircraft left the runway on take-off and Ed Whitaker decided to eject.  Paul, ever afterwards referred to as Skids, chose not to eject and walked away from the aircraft when it stopped on the grass (get Norman to confirm).

The incident on 9 June 1981 involved XV154.  The aircraft left the runway during the take-off from Honington, and the navigator, Flt Lt E J Whittaker, ejected successfully.  The pilot, Flt Lt Paul Revell, remained with the aircraft, which he stopped successfully.

The details about the crash of XV160 on 20 September 1982 are correct, but I do not know where the aircraft impacted.  I have just emailed Ed Whittaker to ask him where the aircraft landed after he had abandoned it.  I will let you know if he replies.
 

 

23-Sep-81
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XW537
 B3-06-70
237 OCU, RAF Honington Crashed on approached to RAF Wattisham Flt. Lt. S. T. Logan   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Southwold   Martin-Baker
17-Jun-82
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XX898
 B3-03-75
12 Sqn
RAF Lossiemouth
Crashed on approach to RAF Lossiemouth - Easter Unthank Farm, Duffus near Lossiemouth Flt. Lt. J. Jolly   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. N. Maddox   Martin-Baker
20-Sep-82
RAF
Buccaneer
S.Mk.2
XV160 / 'X'
B3-01-66
16 Sqn., RAFG Laarbruch, West Germany stalled during an attack manoeuvre, Crashed off Sardinia     Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Pete Branthwaite Flt. Lt. Dave R. Major Martin-Baker

They were tasked to carry out practice Toss bombing on Frasca Range, Sardinia during the 16 Squadron annual Armament Practice Camp in 1982.  Unfortunately, Pete lost control of the aircraft by failing to execute the correct escape manouevre and the aircraft crashed (Norman will confirm the facts and whether the Bucc hit the land or the sea).  Dave Major was quite badly injured when he landed as he fell down the cliff side at Frasca – grit and rubbish was pushed up underneath his helmet visor and into his eyes!  However, both survived.

 

There is a verse about the Branthwaite crash in a song that I wrote at the time and subsequently published in The Buccaneer Songbook last year.  If you want to plug that book on your website I would be most grateful.  I have attached a Flyer with all the details that you might require plus a raw JPEG of the book.

 

11th August 1983
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2B XX891
 
B3-07-73
 
16 Sqn
RAFG Laarbruch
Stalled on approach at low altitude. Crashed 4 miles from RAFG Laarbruch near Kervenheim     Martin-Baker
Flt Lt Mark Evans
ejected
Flt. Lt Anthony Stewart Dakin
ejected out of seat envelope
killed
Martin-Baker
17-Nov-83
RAF
Buccaneer       Flt. Lt. R. Poots   Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
14th June 1985
RAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.2A
 
XV341 / 'RF'
 B3-19-66

 
12 Sqn.
RAF Lossiemouth
Excessive tailplane movement due to an improperly secured nut and bolt. Crashed after loss of control on approach to RAF Lossiemouth, Grampian Flt. Lt. M. D. Hayter
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. William "Willie" Steele (RAF) killed   Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

64 LT Mathews /LT Tristram
68 LT Hutchinson/LT Turnbull


". . . the above named ejected from Buccaneers also their was a fatal
crash 63/64 not sure of the year at Tain range LT/CDR Watson/LT/CDR Hulme/ 
S/Pilot and S/Observer of 809 SQDN  i attended the funeral both Buzz 
Skordski and the last two named are buried in Lossiemouth Cemetry hope the
above info can be of help to anyone   sure would love to see any photos of
the pilots/observer   

all the best David Parry FAA ret


In email date 13th February 2007

 

Acknowledgements

 

Ian Black
Wg. Cdr. Derek Collier-Webb RAF (retd) +

Michael J. Doust
P. Doyle (899 Sqn HMS Eagle 1964-66)
David Parry FAA ret

SAAF Forum members

 

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(if I inadvertently omit your name from this listing PLEASE let me know to amend the listing)

References

  "More details to follow"

BARG
Air Britain
 

to be added

 

Have found 2 more Bucc ejections for your web page if it is of any help  L/T Gwyn Jones/ Mr P Wright AEE 61

and L/T W Foote USN /L/T M Day 7OOO/Z 62  best wishes Dave

 

found a few more incidents for your site dont think you have them Nov 65xn967 L/T Rice L/T ling undercarriage collapse escaped without injury also65 xn 928 same problem L/T Allsop L/T Hazelton escaped without injury June 66 xk 528 F/LT Mackinson F/LT Pridmore exploded mid air perished July66xn930 RAAF Buterwoth 800 sqdn belly landing crew unknown to me both unhurt May 64 xn934 L/T Wilkinson L/T Cummuskey barrier landing no nose wheel crew unhurt finally XN948 L/T Dobbie L/T Young Victorious stbd leg collapse crew unhurt regards / David Parry
 

Mike just had a flashback brainwave i actually saw all the Buccaneer SQDN
diaries and personnel photos  at RAF Lossiemouth at weekend 26/27 MARCH 94
at a display called Farwell the Buccanner the daries were black A4 size
leather bound Usually compieled by the midshipman of each SQDN  the project
officer was SQDN/LDR John Fraser of 208 sqdn by kind permission of GROUP/CPT
N.J.Day the diaries have everything you need to  know for your project to be
complete just need to track them down what wonderfull web pages they would
make for everyone to view loads of memories for families and friends and all
other intrested parties forgive me for romancing  cheers Dave P.S. R.A.F.
news/ news centre Hilsea Portsmouth PO2 9SX/ Might be a contact or Navy
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