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VA-37
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VA-45
Blackbirds
VA-46
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VA-55
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VA-66
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VA-67
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VA-72
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VA-81
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VA-82
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VA-83
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VA-86
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VA-87
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VA-92
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VA-93
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VA-94
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VA-97
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VA-105
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VA-113
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VA-122
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VA-125
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VA-146
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VA-147
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VA-152
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VA-153
Blue Tail Flies
VA-155
Silver Foxes
VA-174
The Hellrazors
VA-192
Golden Dragons
VA-194
Red Lightning
VA-195
Dambusters
VA-204
River Rattlers
VA-205
Green Falcons
VA-215
Barn Owls
VA-303
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VA-304
Firebirds
VA-305
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[Lobos]
   
VAQ-33
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Naval Strike Warfare Centre
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Date

Air Force

A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
1966                
23rd March 1966 LTV A-7A Corsair II 152580 Dallas BWR 3 miles from China Lake John D. Omvig
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
  Vought test pilot John Omvig was doing touch and goes and on the last one the #1 A-7 began to roll inverted and he ejected just before it rolled 90 deg. Those that saw it from closer up said he was about the height of a telephone pole when the chute deployed. The A-7 impacted on the golf course which was about 3 miles (straight line) SE of the approach end of the primary runway From Dick Atkins, Archives Director of the Vought Aircraft Heritage Museum, the cause was pilot error when the hydraulic system was switched off (flight test configuration) and loss of control resulted. John ejected and barely made it out alive. He was later killed in the XC-142A V/STOL  aircraft crash in May 1967.
18th August 1966 USN ?? A-7A Corsair II   NATC Pax River Cleburne, Texas LT R. Birtwistle
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
Wednesday 7th December 1966   ???   VA-125
NAS Leemore
35 miles from Lemoore at sea off San Diego CDR Albert D. McFall
killed
   
8th December 1966 First Loss of Navy A-7A - Is the previous loss actually that of the 8th ?? - confused Squadron details
USN A-7A Corsair II 152670
NJ-2
VA-122
NAS Leemore
Lost 40 miles northeast of Lemoore   x Douglas Escapac
                 
                 

 

Date

Air Force

A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
1967                
26th January 1967 USN A-7A Corsair II 152672 VA-174 35 miles west of Macon, Ga. LT W. L. Randolph
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
Tuesday 1st August 1967 USN A-7A-3B-CV Corsair II 152674
XE-16
VX-5
China Lake
Crashed [passive Shrike runs] near Owen's Peak, Brown, CA having collided with Cessna 210B (N9771X). 3 in Cessna killed

The pilot's seat also was missing, indicating he could have ejected from the plane before the crash.

LT Thomas "Tom" Ewell
[Ewall sp?]

killed
  Douglas Escapac
2nd August 1967 USN A-7A Corsair II 152652 NATC
Pax River
Crashed near
Tinker AFB
CAPT A. Gillespie
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
26th September 1967 USN A-7A Corsair II 153202 VA-147
CVA-61
x ENS J. E. Lichenwalter ??
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
28th September 1967 USN A-7A Corsair II 153168 VA-147
CVA-61
x CAPT J. M. Alexander
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
15th December 1967 USN A-7A Corsair II   VA-174
Cecil Field
  CDR William F. Sallada
CO VA-174
16/06/67-9/8/68

ejected
x Douglas Escapac
22nd December 1967
USN
A-7A Corsair II
 
153239
NE 313
VA‑147
USS Ranger
SAM exploded beneath his aircraft over North Vietnam 8 miles southwest of Haiphong. Hydarulics failed Capt James M. Hickerson

PoW

Douglas Escapac
                 

 

  1968

22nd January 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 152684
or
152864
VA-174 Cecil Field LT R. E. Otten
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
11th February 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153174 VA-122
USS Constellation
Inadvertent ejection while during launch LT M. G. Cummings
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
Friday 8th March 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153173
or
153137
VA-122 San Joachim Valley LTJG Thomas J. Boyle Jr.
ejected
at low level
Chute did not have time to deploy
killed
x Douglas Escapac
9th March 1968 USN A-7A Corsair II 154343
or
154348
VA-97 San Joachim Valley LCDR R. E. Christopher
[also seen as R. V. Christopher]

ejected
slight back injury
   
9th March 1968 USN A-7A Corsair II 153251 VA-97 San Joachim Valley LTJG P. E. Mullowney
ejected
[see also 16th July 1968]
x Douglas Escapac
27th April 1968
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153259 VA-82
USS America
Lost due to total hydraulic failure resulting in a loss of control during a low altitude air show flyby off the coast of Brazil on the USS America's transit to WESPAC LCDR Fred C. Hueber
VA-82 Maintenance Officer
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
17th May 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 152666 VA-122
NAS Lemoore
31 miles from Lemoore LTJG B. A. Canaday
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
17th May 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153172 VA-122 x LTJG Arthur Staecker
ejected
parachute problem
killed
x Douglas Escapac

31st May 1968


USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153255
AE 304
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
AAA, over Laos Lt Kenny Wayne Fields
recovered
  Douglas Escapac
31st May 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153258 VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Fuel starvation
Operational loss
LTJG Fred C. Lentz Jr,
ejected
[see also
22nd June 1968]
  Douglas Escapac
7th June 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153211 VA-122
USS Hancock
x LTJG J. F. Washbrush
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
10th June 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153210 VA-37 Cecil area LT D. L. Corley
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
10th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153265
AE 404
VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
AAA over North Vietnam Lt Cdr R W Ford
PoW
(died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac
TW

I flew on the 10 June 1968 RESCAP of LCDR Randy Ford. My logbook entry is dated 11 June but it was a middle of the night mission. Early-released POW Mark Gartley reported that Randy died from complications of a severely broken arm while in captivity before he was transported to Hanoi. Randy was shot down near Vinh.

14th June 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153154 VA-122 9 miles from Yuma Tacan LT R. W. Wright
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
21st June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153269
or
153209
CONFIRM ??
VA‑86 America
CVA-66
Hydraulic starvation
Operational loss
LT Jack B. Gillette
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
TW

I am still in touch with some of the VA-86 pilots from 1968 and can get details of the 21 and 25 June and 2 Sept ejections. I believe one of them was Lt. Jack Gillette but will confirm that fact.

22nd June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153257 VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Engine failure just off the catapult
Operational loss
LTJG Fred C. Lentz Jr,
ejected
[see also
31st May 1968]
  Douglas Escapac
25th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153271 VA‑86 America
CVA-66
 Engine failure
Operational loss
LT D. S. Marquis
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
16th July 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153234 VA‑97
USS Constellation
fuel starvation LTJG P. E. Mulowney
ejected
[see also 9th March 1968]
  Douglas Escapac
24th July 1968
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153253
AE 302
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
over North Vietnam LCDR D. S. Greiling

PoW (died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac

LCDR David "Scott" Grieling apparently died in his crash on the night of 24 July 1968. Reports that he was a POW were later proven to be inaccurate.  A few years ago, a team found his crash site and saw that the ejection seat was still in the wreckage.  His 'dog tags' were reported to have been seen by an Eastern European sailor (I believe in a bar near Haiphong) but there is no evidence Scotty survived the crash. 

3rd August 1968 USN A-7A Corsair II 152683 VA-122
NAAS Fallon
x LTJG G. W. Knott
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
24th August 1968
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 154359, NK 613
VA‑27
"Royal Maces"
USS Constellation
Armed recon flight. AAA, over North Vietnam. Gulf of Tonkin Lt James "Jimmy" R. Lee
ejected
recovered
  Douglas Escapac
FEEDBACK

He was hit while bombing a bridge. Immediately, with a flaming plane went for "feet wet", and almost made it. His plane crashed on the beach. He ejected, and floated out about 50 yards in the Bay. He then began SWIMMING. A7's made sure the boats trying to capture him were blown up as quickly as possible, and then finally a HOT DOG Chopper pilot came in under gunfire and rescued him. Helo had a few bullet holes, but my dad got right back out there (after a month of R&R since it was their last day in theater.)

Jimmy Lee (son)
in email 5th June 2012

James R. Lee passed away June 4th, 2012.

2nd September 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153225
AE-4??
 VA‑86 America
CVA-66
hit the water
Operational loss
LT Don M. Bennett
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
TW

The 'ejection' on 2 Sept 1968 was an Air Wing staff officer who accidentally flew into the water on a night visual approach. I'm not positive but I believe his seat fired accidentally as he was cart-wheeling after impact. Most of his injuries were from him skimming the water after ejection. He survived that night but was killed a few years later in a mid-air collision over the bombing target at Vieques, Puerto Rico. I knew him and will recall his name eventually. I think it was Bob but right now I can't come up with it.

 

Also, the name of the pilot who ejected on 2 Sept 1968 after striking the water while on approach to the USS America was Don Bennett. I think he was a LCDR at the time and was the Air Wing LSO flying an A-7A from VA-86.

14th September 1968
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 154344, NK 610 VA‑27 AAA, over North Vietnam. Emergency landing at Da Nang, ran off runway Cdr G T Pappas (squadron CO), recovered Douglas Escapac
18th September 1968
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153214
NK 507
VA-97, Constellation AAA, over North Vietnam. Capt Brian D. Woods Douglas Escapac
24th September 1968
USN
A-7A-CV Corsair II 152671 VA-122
MCAS Yuma
A wing folded during takeoff -mechanical failure Ltjg Leroy (Butch) Bates*
22
killed
x Douglas Escapac
*On a VA-122 weapons deployment and a prospective VA-25 pilot
   
FEEDBACK
 

I was in VA-46 when an A7a aircraft of VA122s  wing folded due to the pin in the wing not engaging to lock it from folding on takeoff.  The pilot ejected, but after the aircraft rolled 90 degrees, causing him to be ejected across the runway at Yuma, Arizona.  VA46 and VA122 were running bombing practice in the dessert with the new A7as they had just been issued.  (The s/n of the A7a was 152671).  This part is exact, but I dont know the name of the pilot, or the exact date and time.  I watched him as he took off.  I wished I could remember more, it was a very eventful day, and I believe his family was there when it happened, but not sure.  The aircraft landed upside down on the runway, he would have been lost if he stayed with the aircraft anyway.  Cockpit was all torn up, a really bad day.

 

3rd October 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 153192 VA-105 Pinecastle Target Range
Cecil Field
CDR R. K. Halverson
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
6th October 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153273, NK 612 VA‑27 SAM, over North Vietnam, Gulf of Tonkin LTJG G. M. Biery ejected
recovered by helicopter
  Douglas Escapac
16th October 1968
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154490 NAVPO
Dallas
Ran off wet runway into lake LCDR R. J. Gage
ejected
   
31st October 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153175 VA‑27
USS Constellation
Engine failure during combat mission LT R. C. Macke
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
Monday 25th November 1968
08:30
USN A-7B Corsair II 154417 VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 5 miles west of Sarasota LTJG Daniel W. Adams
ejected
Rescued by Coast Guard helicopter
x Douglas Escapac
7th December 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II 154459 VA-146
USS Enterprise
x LCDR R. J. Simonic
ejected
drowned
x Douglas Escapac
9th December 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II   VA-25
NAS Lemore
deployed to NAS Miramar to undertake night carrier landing practice
Collided with another A-7 on runway during thick fog      
9th December 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II   VA-25
NAS Lemore
deployed to NAS Miramar to undertake night carrier landing practice
Collided with another A-7 on runway during thick fog       
Sometime between the 10 and 20th December 1968 USN A-7 Corsair II   VA-25
Deployed aboard
USS Ticonderoga
Unknown causes after a night catapult launch. Climbed steeply through the overcast, apparently stalled and came down nearly vertically into the water three miles from the carrier Ltjg William Michael "Mike" Coinman
27
Lemoore
killed
   
   

 

  1969

3rd January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154514 VA-113 x x x Douglas Escapac
Tuesday 7th January 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154510 VA-25
USS Ticonderoga
Taking part in "Exercise Bell Curve" 60 miles northwest of San Diego.

Night, Crashed three miles from carrier

LT William Coinman
killed
  Douglas Escapac
Wednesday 8th January 1969
USN
F-8 Crusader   USS Oriskany Taking part in "Exercise Bell Curve" 60 miles northwest of San Diego.
Night Ramp Strike
LT CMDR Robert R. Pixley
killed
  Martin-Baker
8th January 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153203
XE-
VX-5
MCAS Yuma
Mid-air collision while the squadron was training at MCAS Yuma, AZ. 6 miles from Yuma

6 miles from Yuma

LT E. D. Gilbertson
ejected
   
8th January 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 154347
XE-
VX-5
MCAS Yuma
LT D. W. Parsons
ejected
   
                 
 
   
LOST DURING FIRE ON USS ENTERPRISE 14TH JANUARY 1969
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154426 VA-146 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154429 VA-146 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154444 VA-146 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154446 VA-215 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154457 VA-215 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
14th January 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154461 VA-215 Destroyed in fire No Occupant   Douglas Escapac
16th January 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154494 VA-174
USS America
??? LT J. Finney
ejected
   
21st January 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153165 VA-122
MCAS Yuma
??? CDR T. W. Durant
ejected
   
25th January 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154515 VA-174
USS America
??? LTJG P. L. Pasquarella
ejected
   
14th February 1969 USN A-7A Corsair II 153181
NH-412
VA-105
USS Kitty Hawk
Hit by AAA near Muang Nong. LTJG William Clinton Niedecken
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
23rd February 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153184 VA-105
???
USS Kitty Hawk
  LT G. D. Merriman
ejected
   
7th March 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 153376 VA-122
NAS Lemore
Mid air collision 10 miles from Lemore LT W. I. Catlett
ejected
   
9th March 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154473 VA‑25
USS Ticonderoga
Day CCA. Approach Power Control (APC) malfunction. Engine at full power as it hit the water LCDR Jim M. Scoggin
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
18th March 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 152662 VA-122
NAS Lemore
52 miles from Lemore LTJG R. C. Thompson
ejected
   
3rd April 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154418 VA-122
NAS Lemore
near Lemore LTJG A. E. Junker
ejected
   
10th April 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154483 VA-174
MCAS Yuma
near Yuma LTJG J. H. Oliver
ejected
   
11th April 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154486 VA-46 Glynco
???
LCDR W. W. Backman
ejected
   
12th April 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153222 VA‑147 Engine failure
Vietnam
LT M. A. Bunker
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
16th April 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154499 VA-113
NAS Lemore
??? LTJG H. V. Smith
ejected
   
19th April 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154367 VA-122
NAS Lemore
?? LT D. O. Taylor
ejected
   
28th April 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153164 VA‑37
USS Kitty Hawk
Engine failure CDR J. A. Tappan
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
2nd May 1969 USN A-7A Corsair II 153180
NH-413
VA-105
USS Kitty Hawk
Hit by AAA LCDR W J O'Connor ejected, recovered x Douglas Escapac
6th May 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154387 VA-122 Mid air collision 23 miles from El Centro CDR H. W. Beck ??
ejected
check name
   
6th May 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154378 VA-122 Mid air collision 23 miles from El Centro LTJG S. R. Smiley
ejected
   
6th May 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154522 VA-174
USS Lexington
  LTJG J. E. Brookman
ejected
   
7th May 1969 USN A-7 Corsair II 152664 VA-122
NAS Lemoore
Crashed and burned on the runway Pilot killed x Douglas Escapac
12th May 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154441 VA‑25
CVW‑5
USS Ticonderoga
CVA-14
Operational Loss
Engine failure
LTJG J. C. Antonio
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
20 May 1969
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153180, NH 413 VA‑105 AAA, over Laos LCDR W J O'Conner, recovered   Douglas Escapac
8th June 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154383 VA‑215
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational Loss. Engine failure over Chu Lai LCDR H. B. Giedzinski
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
10th June 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154392 VA-122 RP
USS Constellation
during Carquals off San Clemente Island LTJG Russell G. Pearson
Underwater ejection
Douglas Escapac
  Mike, this was my official Navy picture taken at NAS Meridian, MS just as I started into the Jet Pipeline flying the T-2 Buckeye on 1968... approximately 1 1/2 years prior to my underwater ejection off of Constellation on 10 June 1969
17th June 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 153243
or
153242
VA-147
???
NAS Lemore  Jones ?????    
20th June 1969
LTV
A‑7E Corsair II 156735 LTV Crashed Craig Air Force Base, Alabama N. M. Gillette
civilian
ejected
   
24th June 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154524 VA-113
Cecil Field
  LCDR R. M. Shields
ejected
   
19th or 20th July 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154423 VA‑87
USS Ticonderoga
Engine failure P. R. Gallagher
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
30th July 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153139 VA-174
Temp assignment to MCAS Yuma
12 miles south ofYuma on a practice bombing mission LT David B. Milner
ejected
killed
  Douglas Escapac
1st August 1969 USN A-7A Corsair II 153185
NH-302
VA-37
USS Kitty Hawk
Crashed during GCA approach Gulf of Tonkin x LCDR George Francis Talken (KIA) Douglas Escapac
18th August 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154466 VA-87
CVW 16 aboard CV-14 USS Ticonderoga
Attempted mergency landing at Naha, Guam. CDR Charles "Charlie" W. Cates*
ejected at low level
killed
* rank also seen as Captain
  Douglas Escapac
Charlie Cates, was killed during an ejection at Guam during some training flights. He blew a tire, was running off the runway, headed for an obstacle of some kind, decided to eject and started just as the airplane impacted. From that ejection we got the "breaker bars on the seat rather than having the canopy leave before the seat rocket fired.

 

 

About the 18th August 1969 A-7B 154466 Mishap at Naha, Okinawa, I was in VC-5 stationed at NAF Naha . 

I remember the incident.  The aircraft blew a tire on landing, went off the runway and the pilot ejected.  We heard the seat fire from the hanger.  When we got to the door the aircraft was sitting just off the runway with the engine still running.  One of our people went over and shut off the engine.  The pilot was killed, he never separated from the seat.

            The aircraft was loaded on a trailer and hauled away and repaired and was assigned to VA-93 in the mid-70s when I was on the Midway.  We heard later that the pilot he was the squadron CO or XO and was flying in to catch a flight to the states.

-------------------           

10/05/13         http://www.fisthistory.org/Corsair%20II.pdf

 

18 August Captain Charles W. CATES, CAW-16, died while attempting an emergency landing at Naha, but ejected at too low an altitude.

----------------------------------

The above is an understatement, he was on the runway when he ejected according to the line crew. We always wondered whether the ejection was voluntary or some kind of system failure.

 

Pat Fleming (AMHC ret)
in email 5th October 2013

22nd August 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153246 VA-82
USS Coral Sea
ramp strike off San Diego LT J. J. Ryan
ejected
[see also 1st May 1970]
   
4th September 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154414 VA-15
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
x x x Douglas Escapac
4th September 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154408 VA-15
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
  LTJG M. P. Taylor
ejected
   
1st October 1969
USN
A‑7A 153252, NK 300 VA‑97 AAA, over Laos Lt P. E. Mullowney
ejected
recovered
3rd time ???
  Douglas Escapac
21st October 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154546 VA-93
USS Ranger
  LT J. A. Douglass
ejected
   
                 
   
10th November 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 154511 VA-113
USS Saratoga
crashed into the Mediterranean G. M. Houston
ejected
   
12th November 1969 USN A-7B Corsair II 154403 VA-15 x x x Douglas Escapac
13th November 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 154385 VA-122 12 miles from Monterey LCDR R. W. Hill
ejected
   
15th November 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153156 VA‑27
"Royal Maces"
USS Constellation
Engine failure LTJG Jesse Alvah Dawkins
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
FEEDBACK Above entry amended following information received from Connie Dawkins in email 16th November 2011
15th November 1969
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 152679 VA‑86
USS Coral Sea
Engine failure LTJG J. E. Voshell
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
                 
   
18th December 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154542 VA‑56
USS Ranger

CV-61
Engine failure over Gulf of Tonkin LTJG Jim S. Darke
ejected
pic Douglas Escapac
"Punched out in the grove at ship... Ranger I think... using APC.   After ejection, APC added power and flew down flight deck and continued straight ahead for miles... not sure how they ever shot the plane down"
26th December 1969
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154517 VA‑56
USS Ranger

CV-61
Engine failure LTJG Russ D. Rajani
ejected
pic Douglas Escapac
                 
   
 

  1970

7th January 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153231
NL 414
VA‑86
USS Coral Sea
AAA, over Laos LCDR Michael George Hoff, KIA POSSIBLE Douglas Escapac
4th February 1970 USN A-7 Corsair II 154391 VA-93
USS RANGER
CV-61
Crashed into the sea after launched LT Richard "Rick" C Stephenson
(KIA)
pic Douglas Escapac
26th February 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154364 VA-125
USS Oriskany
CVT-16
Sierra Nevada LT B. L. Knickerbocker
ejected
   
28 February 1970
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153143
NK 411
VA‑27 over Laos Lt R E Karp recovered   Douglas Escapac
1st March 1970 USN A-7 Corsair II 154401 VA-15
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lost on mission from carrier x x Douglas Escapac
4th March 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153136
NL-400
VA-86
CVA-43
USS Coral Sea
Crashed into the sea Atfer launched, Vietnam LT John Jackson Parker
ejected
KIA
   
Flew his plane into the water miles ahead of the ship after a night catapult shot and no one ever knew why. He just accelerated at low altitude after launch and never climbed to altitude even though the Primary Flight Control officer was urgently transmitting for him to climb.
8th March 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154394 VA-125
USS Oriskany
CVT-16
  LT J. P. Snow
ejected
   
16th March 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154504 VA-46 Rodman Target Range LT J. M. Seip
ejected
   
Wednesday 18th March 1970
USN
A-7B Corsair II   NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville Flying in formation with another A-7. In collision with Florida Highway Patrol owned Piper Cub which crashed killed pilot LT John H. Hiltabidle
uninjured
returned safely to air base
  Escapac
23rd March 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154504 VA-46 Cecil Field LTJG R. B. Smith
ejected
   
1st April 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154470 VA-174 Cecil Field LT D. L. McGuire
ejected
   
3 April 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 154358
NK 313
VA‑97
USS Constellation CVA-64
Came off-target with hung ordnance. AAA, over Laos Lt Harry P Hoffman recovered pic Douglas Escapac
   
7 April 1970
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153233
NK 302
VA‑97
USS Constellation CVA-64
AAA, over Laos Lt M P Hamilton recovered   Douglas Escapac
8th April 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153153 VA‑97
USS Constellation CVA-64
Engine failure LT M. P. Bowman
ejected
pic Douglas Escapac
9th April 1970
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154435 VA-155 29 Palms LTJG J. C. Crouse
ejected
   
9th April 1970 USN A-7 Corsair II 154530 x x x x Douglas Escapac
1st May 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 152680 VA‑82
USS Coral Sea
CV-43
Engine failure over Laos LT J. J. Ryan
ejected
[see also 22nd August 1969]
  Douglas Escapac
9th May 1970 Lt. John J. Fleming ejected and survived pic Douglas Escapac

USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154555 VA‑93
USS Ranger
CV-61
Arrestor hook failed on landing
   
29th May 1970
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153146 VA‑82
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
Engine failure Vietnam LT T. L. McClelland
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
1st June 1970
USN
A-7B
Corsair II
154428
or
154420
VA-174
USS Lexington
  LTJG G. I. Debard
ejected
   
4th June 1970
USN
A-7E
Corsair II
157464 VA-81 Cecil Field LT G. D. M. Cunha
ejected
   
9th June 1970
USN
A-7B
Corsair II
154409 VA-125
USS Oriskany
CVT-16
  LTJG A. P. Whitmore
ejected
   
15th June 1970
USN
A-7E
Corsair II
156778 VA-122 Porteville California LTJG W. K. Scholten
ejected
out of envelope
   
Monday 15th June 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 153149 VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Crashed into the Indian River during thunderstorm LT Howard Kelly
killed
x Douglas Escapac
18th June 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 156865 VA-195
??
In departure on off target rendezvous at Chocolate Mountain Range, Fallon LTJG Tom E. Allen
ejected
out of envelope
   
23rd June 1970 USN A-7 Corsair II 152663 VA-174 Cecil Field LT J. R. Watkins
ejected
x Douglas Escapac

In 1970 a Lt. Watkins, instructor in 174 jumped out of a jet on approach to Cecil in a Thunderstorm, I believe it was also an engine failure.  The amazing thing about this one was the aircraft ended up vertical in the pine trees, nose down good shape.

24th June 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 156796 VA-174
MCAS Yuma
x LT C. P. McCullough
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
25th June 1970
USN
A-7B
Corsair II
154525 VA-155
Silver Foxes
CVA-34
lost in a non-combat accident LCDR J. K. Dekker
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
28th June 1970 USN AA-7 Corsair II 153176
NL-303
VA-153
USS Oriskany
Crashed into the ground near the target CDR Donald Deane Aldern
CAG
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
10th July 1970 USN A-7A Corsair II 153198 VF-105
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
  LTJG J. M. Sherm
ejected
pic  
13th July 1970 USN A-7B Corsair II 154420 VF-105
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
Pensacola LTJG L. M. Bader
ejected
   
13th August 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 156758 VA‑25
"Fist"
USS Ranger
CV-61
Deployed at Fallon
Nevada. Lost during bombing run. LT Duane M. Starr
ejected
at high speed in steep bombing run.
"
received multiple leg and shoulder fractures as a result. He was rescued and sent to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego to recuperate."
x Douglas Escapac
                 
13th August 1970 USN A-7 Corsair II 156758 VA-112 6 miles from Petalume, CA LCDR J. A. Pedisich
ejected
   
18th September 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 157521
CVA-63
VA-192 x LT K. E. Wetzel
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
23rd September 1970 USN A-7E Corsair II 156742 NATC
WST
USS Kitty Hawk LCDR S. L. Spear
ejected
   
2nd October 1970 USN A-7A Corsair II 154357 VA-125
NAS Lemoore
6 miles from Lemoore LT G, C. Grubaugh
ejected
   
1st November 1970
CHECK DATE

USN
A‑7E[?] Corsair II   VA‑25
"Fist"
USS Ranger
CV-61
Night time ramp strike returning from beach with port wing. Arrested in wires
USS Ramger's ORE [Operational Readiness Exercise] south of Hawaii.
LT Don Roesh
egressed on deck
NO EJECTION
pic  
12th November 1970
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153232 VA-125
USS Ticonderoga
Ramp strike LT L. R. Brickey
ejected
   
16th November 1970
USN
A-7E Corsair II 157543 VA-82 32 miles from Cecil Field LCDR R. S. Smith
ejected
   
18th November 1970
USN
A-7B Corsair II 154447 VA-216 12 miles from Fallon LT S. E. Jacobson
ejected
   
3rd December 1970
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157483
NE-400
VA‑25
"Fist"
USS Ranger
CV-61
Ferry flight returning from NAS Cubi Point. Fuel exhaustion then flamed out on route to USS Ranger Gulf of Tonkin, Bingoed to Da Nang LT William "Bill" T. Wallace
ejected
near Chu Lai, South Vietnam.
Rescued by HC-7, Big Mother
pic Douglas Escapac
4th December 1970
USN
A-7 Corsair II ?? x
Crashed east of Fresno, near Spanish Peak
LT Geoffrey Arnold Dillon
28
killed
x Douglas Escapac
FEEDBACK Thanks to Fred Whorff for providing the pilots name and photo of the memorial
in email 22nd August 2013
7th December 1970 USN A-7B Corsair II 154422 VA-215
NAS Fallon
South west of air station x x Douglas Escapac
28 December 1970
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157509
NE 406
VA‑25
"Fist"
USS Ranger
CV-61
Lost engine over Laos after being hit by AAA. He flew towards Nakhon Phonom, Thailand Lt Cdr Robert "Bob" W Castle Jnr,
recovered
by Air Force Pedro
Link:
pic Douglas Escapac
                Douglas Escapac

  1971

25th January 1971
USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154495 VA-46
USS John F. Kennedy
  LT H. C. Lankford
ejected
   
29th January 1971
USN
A‑7C Corsair II 156744 NWC Wheel up landing. Later returned to service      
27th February 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157458 VA‑195
USS Kitty Hawk
Engine failure CDR P. F. McCarthy
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
3rd March 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156839 VA-97
USS Enterprise
Crashed 400 yards off port bow LT R. L. Krubsack
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
8th March 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157554 VA-86 3 miles from Cecil Field LT L. H. Borman
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
13th March 1971
USN
A-7E Corsair II 157589
NE315
VA 113
USS RANGER
Struck by AAA during combat mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos
Alive on ground
Did not return
Lt. Barton Sheldon Creed

DIC

Douglas Escapac
17th March 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 156854 VA-122 x x x Douglas Escapac
21st March 1971 USN A-7A Corsair II 153182 VA-37 Cecil Field LTJG J. M. Johnston
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
                 
17th April 1971
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 157511, NE 305 VA‑113 AAA, over Laos Lt R E Forman Jnr
recovered
  Douglas Escapac
18th April 1971
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 156873 VA-94 1 mile from Leemore LTJG Paul C. Campbell
ejected
[see also 18th January 1972]
  Douglas Escapac
3rd May 1971
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153209 VA-37 Off CV-60 LTJG C. Drossel
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
6th May 1971
USN
A-7E Corsair II 157436 VA-27
"Royal Maces"
USS Constellation
On a two man flight over Nevada with LTJG J. A. Dawkins. Crashed 18 miles from Coaldale, Nevada LT D. R. Ball
killed in the crash
  Douglas Escapac
FEEDBACK Above entry amended following information received from Connie Dawkins in email 16th November 2011
4th June 1971
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153247 VA-174 1 mile from OLF Whitehouse LTJG J. H. Saxman
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
9th June 1971
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153205 VA-153 5 miles from Cubi Point LT J. R. Borst
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
Monday 14th June 1971
19:00

USN
A-7 Corsair II   Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno, Calif Crashed into a mountain outside the mining town of Silver Peak in Esmeralda County, Nevada. Lt. William  Bruce DeGroff
killed
Douglas Escapac
15th June 1971
USN
A-7E Corsair II 157498 VA-82 of CVA-66 LT K. S. Webster
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
24th June 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 157588
AG-513
VA-12
USS Independence
into sea ??? x Douglas Escapac
29th June 1971
USN
A-7E Corsair II 156826 VA-147 20 miles from Coaldale Nevada CDR L. F. Eggert
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
28th July 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 157562 VA-66
USS Independence
ramp strike LTJG R. O. "Toby" Buschmann ejected
survived to fly again
x Douglas Escapac
7th September 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 157544 VA-66 x x x Douglas Escapac
8th September 1971
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153223
NM-300
VA‑153
USS Oriskany
Engine failure LT J. J, Broadhead
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
22nd September 1971
also seen as
22nd August 1971

USN
A‑7B Corsair II 154430
NM-411
VA‑215
USS Oriskany
Engine failure LCDR C. E. Gudmunson
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
30th September 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 156843 VA-97 x x x Douglas Escapac
7th October 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 158018 VA-22
NAS Alameda
 On a Norex flyoff after failing to stop on a wet runway at NAS Alameda LCDR Robert "Bob" E. Turgeon
ejected
   
12th October 1971
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156866 VA‑97
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
 landing gear failure LCDR E. G. Carlburg
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
14th October 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 156853 VA-122 5 miles from Lemoore LTJG R. E. Becker
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
19th October 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 154539 VA-56
CVA-41
Mid-air with E-2B LTJG W. C. Hoyt
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
1st November 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 153189 VA-153
USS Oriskany
Nose gear collapsed on launch CDR Thomas Paul Frank
ejected
killed
x Douglas Escapac
 

4th November 1971

CONFIRM DATE

USN A-7E Corsair II 157545 VA-195 23 miles from Fallon LTJG John B. Pianetta
ejected
x Douglas Escapac

Ltjg John Pianetta, on an Instrument Bombing Derby from Lemoore to Fallon.  Thermal Shield down.  Following a level delivery in an A7-E at 10,000', he started to raise the thermal shield to go visual per the chase pilot's instructions and was inadvertently ejected over the EW range.  The aircraft, I believe NH-400, in attitude hold, continued fly  pilotless northward with enough fuel to make it into Canada... I had just taken over as the Dambuster's Safety Officer when the call came in from Fallon that the aircraft had "Crashed" and that the pilot was safely on the ground.... shortly thereafter, it was discovered that the a/c had not crashed and was still airborne.  We went to GQ as the potential was there to become an international incident if it made it into Canada. I quickly brushed up on how to send a "Flash" msg to the White House...LOL 
Because it was in attitude hold, as it passed over various mountain ridges, the a/c was buffeted and did a slight right wing down turn to the right, disappearing in the shadow of a mountain near Provo,Utah where it was assumed it had crashed when it did not reappear to Oakland Center.  A western rescue outfit initiated a search in that area, and even had witness on the mountain who claimed the a/c passed just overhead at a very low, tree-top level... so it must have crashed into the mountain.  The search went on for many days... no crash site. The squadron got a new, replacement aircraft and continued our turnaround training.  When we finally deployed in Kitty Hawk months later the a/c still had not been found; so we went to war with it.

Many months later after an extended deployment we returned to NZC, and shortly thereafter the aircraft was discovered.  It had run out of fuel and landed itself virtually intact in a level mesa... can't remember if it was in Utah or Idaho... I was the lucky Safety Officer who got to write the mishap report for Paul McCarthy. 

Our investigation found a design flaw in the non-telescoping canopy release handle in the cockpit that positioned the pilots elbow immediately above the handle when his hands reached for the thermal shield handles.  Based on the distance on the ground between where the canopy was recovered and where John landed, it was determined that John inadvertently cracked the canopy when his elbow hit the release handle, the wind took it off, the thermal shield imploded on his helmet, pulled the face curtain out of its detente and into the wind, which subsequently came out far enough to fire the seat.  As a result, that apparatus was resigned and refitted on all A-7 aircraft. . 

Later, Circa 1973, [
7th February 1973] just after I departed for Bupers and the Dambusters were training for yet another deployment, that same John Pianetta was the lead of a nite two plane radar round-robin when his first-tour nugget wingman suddenly disappeared from radar and John's wing during a level turn south at altitude over Alameda. 

That plane went straight down into the roof of an apartment building; miraculously, no one was killed except the pilot... most all of the residents were at a nearby carnival and out of the building. . . "

Russ

17th November 1971 USN A-7E Corsair II 156871 VA-22
USS Coral Sea
Ramp strike LTJG Larry C. Waddell
ejected
drowned
x Douglas Escapac
November 1971 A Lemoore based A-7 crashed north of White Canyon, near Monticello, San Juan County after the pilot had accidentally ejected over Western Nevada
CAN ANYONE CONFIRM WHETHER THE LOSS IS LISTED ABOVE ??
Wednesday 1st December 1971 USN A-7E Corsair II 157447 VA-174
NAS Cecil Field
Crashed into Sweet River Swamp, near Palatka, Near Cecil LT Ronnie C. Reinmert
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
Thursday 2nd December 1971 USN A-7E Corsair II 157473 VA-83
NAS Cecil Field
Training flight from Jacksonville. Believed pilot became unconscious and plane crashed into the Atlantic LT Thomas "Ed" Conlon
Lost of the Virginia coast
x Douglas Escapac
Sunday 5th December 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 157448 VA-81
NAS Cecil Field
Crashed in wooded area 6 miles from air base LCDR David A. Culler
killed
x Douglas Escapac
12th December 1971 USN A-7 Corsair II 156865 VA-97 Main gear failed on launch x x Douglas Escapac

 

  1972

on first day of 10 month cruise.

DATE ?? ?? 1972


USN
A-7B
Corsair II
  VA-87
USS Franklin Roosevelt
 Lost lateral control immediately after day cat shot, rolled rapidly inverted at flight deck level.

LT Charlie Nelson ejected out of the seat envelope; fatality

  Douglas Escapac
18th January 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156880
NL-401
VA‑94 landing gear failure LT Paul C. Campbell
ejected

[see also 18th April 1971]
  Douglas Escapac
22nd January 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156849 VA‑146 Engine failure during strike LT C. W. Moore
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
26th January 1972
USN
A-7E Corsair II 157534 VA-195
USS Kitty Hawk
of cat shot LCDR Jim S. Warner
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
30th January 1972
USN
A-7 Corsair II 154419 VA-125
NAS Lemoore
TF-30 P-8 blew apart when he went to full power before starting the takeoff roll. The turbine pieces cut the airplane in two just behind the wing LT Dave A. Killan
(Killian ?)

ejected
x Douglas Escapac
31st January 1972
USN
A-7E Corsair II Buno 157576
AG312
VA-66
USS Independence
Engine failure shortly after take off in Mediterranean LTJG John W. Curtin
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
4th February 1972 USN A-7E Corsair II 156870 VA-22
USS Coral Sea
Pilot disorientaion ?? LT Daniel Dean Cooper
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
10th February 1972 USN A-7 ECorsair II 156850 VA-122
USS Ticonderoga
Ramp strike LTJG J. E. Swanson
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
12th February 1972 USN A-7A Corsair II 153151 VA-125
NAS Miramar
Crashed near Miramar. TF-30 P-6 blew up when the heat shield in front of the turbine detached. The heat shield was intended for the TF-30 P-1 which was a P-6 with afterburner used in the F-111 it was only needed at sea level above Mach 1.2. It was scheduled to be removed from all P-6s during the next engine overhaul. LT Mike C. Crabtree
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
19th February 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154434 VA-87
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
x x x Douglas Escapac
6th March 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 158655 VA-195
USS Kitty Hawk
??? CDR Donald L Hall CO of VA-195 x Douglas Escapac
Tuesday 7th March 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II ?? NAS Cecil Field Tyre blew on landing. Flipped over onto its back LT George R. Tiedman
crawled through the broken canopy
   
19th March 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157529 VA‑192
USS Kitty Hawk
Crashed into the sea engine failure following launch
Vietnam
LT Frederick M. Knee
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
23rd March 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 157520
NH 307
VA‑192 Lost in South Vietnam. It was reported as one of the engine spacer failures but reports were hazy as to whether a chute was ever seen after the seat left the aircraft.over Laos Lt Dennis Stanley Pike
ejected
Was declared MIA
KIA
Douglas Escapac
6th April 1972 USN A-7E Corsair II 157590
NL-300
VA-22
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
Shot down over a remote area of Vietnam CDR Thomas Earl Dunlop
CAG
KIA
x Douglas Escapac
6 April 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 158006
NH 415
VA‑195 SAM, over North Vietnam Cdr M C Gilfry (squadron CO), recovered   Douglas Escapac
14th April 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154528
nm-5??
VA-155 Mechanical problems. 3 miles from China Lake LCDR S. R. Briggs
ejected over the Mojave Desert 15 miles north of NWC China Lake
x Douglas Escapac
16 April 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 156860
NL
VA‑94 SAM, over North Vietnam Cdr D L Moss (squadron CO), recovered   Douglas Escapac
22nd April 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 158654 VA-83 7 miles from Glynco LT J. W. Lyon
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
1st May 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 156888
NL 401
VA‑94
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
SAM, over North Vietnam Lt M G Surdyk, recovered   Douglas Escapac
6th May 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 156879
NL 313
VA‑22
Redcocks
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
Shot down by Surface to Air Missile over North Vietnam Lt Marvin B Wiles, KIA
 EJECTION
POW
CONFIRM
  Douglas Escapac
8th May 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II ?? VA-94 Crashed into sea near Haiphong Pilot ???
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
16th May 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 158656 VA-97 x x x Douglas Escapac
17th May 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 158015
NG 404
VA‑147 AAA, over North Vietnam Cdr T R Wilkinson (squadron CO), recovered   Douglas Escapac
19th May 1972
USN
A-7B Corsair II 154541
NF 411
VA-56, Midway AAA, over North Vietnam Lt. Aubrey A. Nichols

PoW

Douglas Escapac
20th May 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 154386 VA-72
USS John F. Kennedy
Mediterranean LT B. J. Hedger
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
23rd May 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154405
NF-302
VA-93
USS Midway
SAM CDR Charles Edward Barnett*
(KIA)
x 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.

24th May 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 156877
NL 410
VA‑94
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
SAM, over North Vietnam Lt Cdr H A Eikel, recovered   Douglas Escapac
7th June 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 156780 VA-122
NAS Lemoore
x LT O. A. Kollsach
ejected
out of envelope
x Douglas Escapac
13th June 1972 USN A-7A Corsair II 153206
AC-305
VA-37
USS Saratoga
SAM LCDR Francis John Davis
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
15th June 1972 USN A-7A Corsair II 153197 VA-105
USS Saratoga
Crashed into the sea after launched LT John Joseph Cabral
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
17th June 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 153230
AC-406
VA-105
USS Saratoga
Believed shot down LT Larry Ronald Kilpatrick
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
17th June 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157531
NG 304
VA‑192 SAM, over North Vietnam Cdr Darrel D Owens, recovered   Douglas Escapac
17th June 1972
also seen as
23rd June 1972
USN A-7 Corsair II 154432 VA-67
USS Roosevelt
Mediterranean LT Mike J. Duncan
ejected
x Douglas Escapac

LT Mike Duncan, VA 87 A7B/USS Franklin Roosevelt/1972 in the med. Canopy failed during cat shot, struck vertical tail, displacing the fin several degrees and breaking hydraulic lines. Result was loss of pitch control and ejection a mile ahead of the ship; survived

19th June 1972 USN A-7C Corsair II 156749 VA-122 x x x Douglas Escapac
23rd June 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 158007 VA-12 Mid air collision 35 miles from Jax with A-4C 148609 from VC-2 LT R. P. St. Claire
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
25th June 1972 USN A-7E Corsair II 157437
NL-311
VA-22
Redcock
USS Coral Sea
Lost to triple A fire over North Vietnam. Crashed into the ground near target LT Geoffrey Raymond Shumway
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
27th June 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 154534 VA-72
USS John F. Kennedy
Mediterranean LTJG N. R. Gaines
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
10th July 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154384 VA-15
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mediterranean, aircraft pitched down leaving the bow LT Robert "Bob" L. Huggins
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
17th July 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154521
NM-510
VA-155
USS Oriskany
SAM ?? LT Leon Frederick Haas
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
17th July 1972
USN
A‑7C, Corsair II 156792
AJ 405
VA‑86 own bomb burst, over South Vietnam Cdr William D. Yonke
(squadron CO), recovered
  Douglas Escapac
17th July 1972
USN
A‑7C, Corsair II 156771
AJ 401
VA‑86 own bomb burst, over South Vietnam Lt D K Anderson, recovered   Douglas Escapac
23rd July 1972 USN A-7B Corsair II 154531
NF-414
VA-56
USS Midway
AAA LTJG Gary Leslie Shank
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
Sunday 23rd July 1972
USN
A‑7B, Corsair II 154532
NF 400
VA‑56 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt Cdr Clarence Orfield "Smokey" Tolbert recovered
[see also 6th November 1972]
  Douglas Escapac
25th July 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 154435 VA-87
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
x x x Douglas Escapac
31st July 1972
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153244
also seen as
153193
VA-105
USS Saratoga
Engine failure LT J. M. Plant
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
6th August 1972
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153147
AC-407
VA‑105
USS Saratoga
AAA, over North Vietnam Lt Jim R. Lloyd ejected and recovered Douglas Escapac
6th August 1972
US
N
A-7B Corsair II 154508
NF 403
VA-56
Midway
SAM, over North Vietnam Lt(jg) Michael G. Penn

PoW

Douglas Escapac
17th August 1972
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153207
AC 306
VA-37
USS Saratoga
SAM, over North Vietnam Lt Cdr  Dale V. Raebel Douglas Escapac
7th September 1972 USN A-7 Corsair II 154393
NF-307
VA-93
USS Midway
Lightning Strike LCDR Donald Arthur Gerstel
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
10th September 1972 USN A-7C Corsair II 156798
AJ-310
VA-82
USS America
SAM LTJG Stephen Owen Musselman
(KIA)
Douglas Escapac
12 September 1972
USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153213,
AC 312
VA‑37 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt G H Averett, recovered   Douglas Escapac
12th September 1972 USN A-7E Corsair II 157467 VA-81
USS Forrestal
Canopy lost on launch LT A. C. Sewall
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
17th September 1972 USN A-7C Corsair II 156781 VA-82 Da Nang AFB LT R. O. Corey
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
19 September 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 158653
NG 304
VA‑192 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt W A Robb, recovered   Douglas Escapac
September 20, 1972
USN
A-7B
Corsair II
BuNo.
154363
VA-155
Silver Foxes
USS Oriskany
Lost in a non-combat accident. Engine failure
Vietnam
LT S. F. Bloyer
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
24th September 1972
USN
A-7B Corsair  II BuNo  154486
NM-510
or
NM-500
Attack Squadron VA-155 Silver Foxes
USS Oriskany
aircraft was hit by 37mm AAA, over South Vietnam. caught fire, and rolled inverted LT Daniel V. Borah seen to eject and was captured by the North Vietnamese. Died in Captivity Douglas Escapac
29th September 1972 USN or USAF A-7 Corsair II ?? x North of Tonopah x x Douglas Escapac
21st October 1972 USN A-7A Corsair II 153267 VA-304 17 miles from Fallon LT L. M. Lund
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
28th October 1972
USN
A‑7C, Corsair II 156775
AJ-401
VA-86 Believed shot down over the
target area in Nghe An province, North Vietnam, Hall by SAM. No parachute observed
Lcdr. James Wayne Hall

RR 15-3-2000

  Douglas Escapac
29th October 1972
USN
A‑7C, Corsair II 156762, AJ 404 VA‑86 ground fire, over North Vietnam Lt Cdr James  Edward Sullivan, PoW EGRESS-SEEN FACE DOWN IN BOAT WITH CAPTORS (died in captivity)REMAINS RETURNED 08/14/85   Douglas Escapac
2 November 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 157530
NG 300
VA‑192 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt R G Deremer, recovered   Douglas Escapac
6th November 1972
USN
A‑7B, Corsair II 154540
NF 403
VA‑56 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt Cdr Clarence Orfield "Smokey" Tolbert
KIA
[see also 23rd July 1972]
  Douglas Escapac
An article appeared in the November 15, 1972 edition of Nhan Dan newspaper  in Hanoi which stated that the Vietnamese forces had shot down a U.S.  aircraft on that date and that the pilot ejected but the parachute did not  open
FEEDBACK

"I was a member of the Blue Angels maintenance team from January 1967 to September 1969.  During the 1968 show season my pilot was Lt. C.O. "Smokey" Tolbert.  He flew number 6 jet that year. At the end of the season he transferred to a fleet squadron flying the A-7 aircraft. On November 6, 1972 while on a mission over VietNam he was shot down and never recovered."                      

H. E. Smokey Ellefson
Vice President
www.blueangelsalumni.org

9th November 1972 USN A-7C Corsair II 156764 VA-86
USS America
Ejected as aircraft left flight deck LT S. K. Jones
ejected
edge of envelope
x Douglas Escapac

10 November 1972


USN
A‑7B, Corsair II 154506
NF 314
VA‑93 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt M J Cobb, recovered   Douglas Escapac
10 November 1972
USN
A‑7B, Corsair II 154399
NF 401
VA‑56 AAA, over North Vietnam Lt W P Lotsberg, recovered   Douglas Escapac
10th November 1972 USN A-7A Corsair II 153161
AC-300
VA-37
USS Saratoga
Flew into ground during mission south east of Dong Hoi LCDR Frederick Williston
(KIA)
x Douglas Escapac
23rd November 1972
USN
A‑7E Corsair II 157592 VA‑27
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss LCDR Dave R. Edwards
ejected
  Douglas Escapac
27th November 1972 USN A-7E Corsair II 157583 VA-174
USS Lexington
Ramp strike CDR H. P. Kober
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
20th December 1972
USN
A-7C Corsair II 156783
AJ 303
VA-82, America SAM, over North Vietnam Lt.. Carl T. Wieland

PoW

Douglas Escapac
24th December 1972
USN
A‑7E, Corsair II 157503
NE 314
VA‑113
USS Ranger
over North Vietnam Lt Phillip Spratt Clark Jnr, KIA
EJECTED ???
  Douglas Escapac

Low ceilings and reduced visibility necessitated individual attacks into the  heavily defended target area. On making individual runs into the target area  the number three aircraft saw a parachute floating down through the clouds  and heard an emergency radio beeper just prior to bomb release. A momentary  emergency radio transmission was heard saying, "I'm in the water with two  A-6s passing overhead". This was followed by 2-3 unintelligible  transmissions and then then one-way radio contact was lost.

                 

    

  1973

6th January 1973 USN A-7B Corsair II 154543 VA-56
USS Midway
Went into the sea after launch LT John Carl Lindahl
ejected
KIA
x Douglas Escapac
18th January 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 157542 VA-174
USS Constellation
  CDR N. D. Langston
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
29th January 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 156837 VA-174
USS Constellation
. Training flight. Disappeared after being launched 28 miles from Cecil Field CDR T R Wilkinson
(KIA)
CO of VA-147
x Douglas Escapac
  The last U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair lost during the war
7th February 1973
20:13
USN A-7 Corsair II 157539 VA-195
NAS Lemoore
Routine Training mission. Crashed into  the Tahoe apartments 1814 Central Ave at Almeda, CA LT Robert Lee Ward
killed
Douglas Escapac
15th February 1973 USN A-7C Corsair II 156763 VX-5 NAS Alameda LCDR D. L. Van Orden
ejected
   
Tuesday 3rd April 1973 USN A-7 Corsair II 158680 VA-22
USS Coral Sea
NAS Lemoore
Lost power and went into sea during take-off in Pacific Gary B. Simpkins
lost at sea
x Douglas Escapac
6th April 1973 USN A-7 Corsair II 153169 VA-174 7 miles from Yuma LCDR J. E. Gill
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
23rd April 1973 USN A-7 Corsair II 154369 VA-174
USS Lexington
x LT P. S. Blake
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
9th May 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 158681 VA-174 2 miles from Cecil Field LTJG D. E. Sheppard
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
14th May 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 157584 VA-12
NAS Cecil Field
 ejected out of a VA-12 tanker, trying to land at Cecil on runway 9, with a heavy loaded A-7, ran off the runway and ejected. LCDR Shriley  L. Spears
XO of VA-12

ejected
   
 

Ltjg. Charlie Boh,  ejected I believe in Aug 82   after landing in ISO aboard CV66 America. VA-72 aircraft.

There was an ejection at Whitehouse, in the early 70s, Cant remember the guys name and it was a weird circumstance, I want to say wings folded or tried to trap or something like that. E survived the ejection but I think he was boarded out.

I remember a JO jumping out of a jet in the Cecil Landing pattern, the Jet almost landed at Herlong field. This would have y been mid 80s.

I know there is more that I will think of.

Stain.

 

18th May 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 156809 VA-22
USS Coral Sea
Flameout, Gulf of Tonkin CDR Len E. Giuliani
CO of VA-22
x Douglas Escapac
had an aft tank transfer failure in an A-7E, which caused a thermal disconnect and then the flameout.  He ejected safely at 4000' on the starboard side of USS CORAL SEA, CVA-43.  The helo was there just about the time he splashed.  It was quick and became one of a couple of Aft Tank Transfer Failures, which resulted in "the switch" finally being installed in the aircraft to select motive flow! 
28th May 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 156867 VA-25 x LT J. O. Travis
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
8th June 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 157547 VA-122   ENS T. C. Lacefield
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
13th July 1973 USN A-7A Corsair II 153166
or
153167
VA-125 NAS Meridian LT R. W. Ahearn
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
26th July 1973 USN A-7C Corsair II 156760 VA-86 11 miles from Cecil Field LT M. E. Jacobson
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
28th August 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 157462 VA-174 9 miles from Cecil Field LT J. S. Branum
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
CONFIRM LT Jerry Brannam, VA 174 A7C or E impacted outlying field runway during unplanned gear up night FCLP approach. A/C got airborne, was almost immediately on fire. Pilot ejected half a mile upwind, survived. A/C landed in a maintenance wing of a local school.
2nd September 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 156846 VA-22
USS Coral Sea
Landing gear failure on the cat shot LT Glen M. Dail
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
16th September 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 158022 VA-147
USS Constellation
x LTJG D. L. Miller
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
22nd October 1973 USN A-7A Corsair II 153204
NF-412
 VA-56
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid air collision with EA-6A 156980
Western Pacific 127 miles east of Okinawa, Japan
Gene Goodrow
??
killed
  Douglas Escapac
22nd October 1973 USN A-7B Corsair II 154421 VA-87
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
The aircraft pitched down leaving the bow, Mediterranean LTJG J. Dave Phelps
ejected
x Douglas Escapac

FEEDBACK

Thanks to Jim Hamilton Capt, USN, (Ret) for providing further information on several of the above mishaps - in email 8th June 2011

12th November 1973 USN A-7A Corsair II 153256 VA-93 Mount Fuji, Japan Sparky Pierson x Douglas Escapac
14th December 1973 USN A-7B Corsair II 154380 VA-153
USS Oriskany
x LT W. C. Blekicki
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
14th December 1973 USN A-7E Corsair II 157565 VA-81 Chesapeake Bay LCDR W. B. Christie
ejected
x Douglas Escapac
 

 

  1974

29th January 1974 USN A-7A Corsair II 153183
NJ-533
VA-125 x x x Douglas Escapac
19th March 1974 USN A-7B Corsair II 154374 VA-15 x x x Douglas Escapac
19th March 1974 USN A-7B Corsair II 154533 VA-153 x x x Douglas Escapac
19th March 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157515 VA-25 x x x Douglas Escapac
Monday, LT Robert L. Bush ejected from A-7 into the ocean
5 miles south east of NAS Mayport near Jacksonville
which aircraft ???
   
 
Tuesday 16th March 1974 USN A-7 Corsair II   NAS Miramar
USS Ranger
En route back to USS Ranger.
Took off with wings folded.
Crashed into a row of houses in San Diego suburb
LT Robert F. Schreiber
[Schreiver]
29
ejected
   
8th May 1974 USN A-7B Corsair II 154513
AE-306
VA-15 x x x Douglas Escapac
12th May 1974 USN A-7B Corsair II 154518 VA-155 x x x Douglas Escapac
12th May 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 156825 VA-113
USS Ranger
x x x Douglas Escapac
31st May 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157557 VA-105 x x x Douglas Escapac
25th June 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 158023 NWC
China Lake
Crashed while validating a new
computerized weapons delivery system
LT  John P. Esposito
killed
x Douglas Escapac
4th July 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157470
AD-411
VA-174 x x x Douglas Escapac
4th July 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 158668
AD-441
VA-174 x x x Douglas Escapac
 
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
Sunday 14th July 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157535 VA-105 x x x Douglas Escapac
25th July 1974 USN A-7C Corsair II 156759 VA-174 x x x Douglas Escapac
3rd August 1974 USN A-7B Corsair II 154501 NATC
Chesapeake Bay, MD
x x x Douglas Escapac
15th August 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157591
NL-420
VA-94 x x x Douglas Escapac
28th September 1974 USN A-7A Corsair II 154350
ND-40
VA-304 x x x Douglas Escapac
22nd October 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II 157563
AC-606
VA-37 x x x Douglas Escapac
Wednesday 6th November 1974 USN A-7E Corsair II
check type
157513
NH-302
VA-192
NAS Lemoore
Crashed 2 miles short of runway into a
 corn field during practice landings
LTJG Craig MacFarlane
killed
x Douglas Escapac
Monday 2nd December 1974 USN A-7C Corsair II 156755
AJ-303
VA-82
Marauders
NAS Cecil Field
Mid-air with another A-7 off the coast of Florida,
20 miles east of St. Augustine
LTJG Robert E. Besal
24
ejected