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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II

All Losses in USAF, USN & USMC Service (Part 3)
1967
including South East Asia Conflict

(Draft Listing)

4th January 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152974/NE­451 VF‑154
Black Knights

USS Coral Sea
CV-43
downed by AAA over North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. A. M. Van Pelt
ejected
rescued
LTJG R. A. Morris
[also seen as Ensign]
ejected
rescued
Martin-Baker
   
5th January 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 64-0932 4525th FWW, 4538th CCTS
Nellis AFB
Crashed in mountains 7 miles southwest of Caliente, Nevada     Martin-Baker
Capt. Gerald Brantley
31
Body found in aircraft remains
Capt. Peter H. Albrecht
passenger
ejected
recovered by helicopter. Taken to Nellis AFB Hospital
Martin-Baker
   
6th January 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 64-1078 11 TRS
Udorn Thani, Thailand
Shot down in NVN     Martin-Baker
CPT William J. "Jack" Groves
ejected
rescued by Jolly Greens within an hour
Lt. Larry N. Martin
ejected
rescued by Jolly Greens within an hour
Martin-Baker
   
9th January 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 64-0967 36th TFW, 22nd TFS  Bitburg, West Germany     Martin-Baker
Lt. COL R. L. Larsh
ejected
Lt. J. A. Anderson
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
16th January 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 65-0883 11th TRS
432nd TAC RECON WING, 7th AF
 Udorn Airfield, Thailand
Shot down by SA-2 about 35 miles northwest of Hanoi crashing into the side of a mountain near the Song Lo River. On photo reconnaissance mission railway yard at Viet Tri photo needed Martin-Baker
Capt. Michael Scott Kerr
ejected
POW


released 4th
March 1972

Col. Robert John Welch
Believed to have died in aircraft
(KIA)]
Martin-Baker
16th January 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 65-0818 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn hit by AAA 25 miles north of Kep Martin-Baker
Captain Thomas Gordon Storey
ejected
POW

[released on 4th March 1973] 

1 Lt Ronald Lambert "Ron" Mastin
ejected
POW

[released on 4th March 1973] 

Martin-Baker
   
17th January 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 65-0888
"gigilo"
11th TRS 432nd TRW
Udorn
Lost 18 miles SW of Hanoi photo needed Martin-Baker
Colonel Gary Gene Wright
MIA
Major Frederick Joseph "Fred" Wozniak
MIA
Martin-Baker
 

From garyjen@bellsouth.net Tue Feb 17 17:32:50 1998
I am in the process of doing a web site for my father Colonel Gary G. Wright USAF, MIA 1-17-67 NVN case #0570. He was flying an RF4-C, SN# 65-888, call sign "gigilo", with the 11th TRS out of Udorn along with Major Fred Wozniak. They never returned from a mission 18 miles SW of Hanoi and no other information has ever appeared on either.
If anyone reading this knew my father, I would appreciate it if you wrote me. He also was a pilot in the Korean War, flying an F-86. Also, if anyone has any pictures of Vietnam Era RF4-Cs, I would appreciate it if you could send them to me.
Thanks for any help, Gary G. Wright Jr.

   
   
19th January 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153029 VF-114
Aardvarks
CVW-11
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Non‑combat mishap. crashed into South China Sea when one engine failed on launch Martin-Baker
Lt Cdr Donald Roberts Ashby
killed
Lt(jg) Dennis Michael Ehrlich
killed
Martin-Baker
 19th January 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0845
RATTLER flight
390 TFS Da Nang Escorting RF-101C - Shot down, probably by SAM over Kep AFB North Vietnam

Lt. Galand Kramer
POW

 


Captain Julius Skinner Jayroe
POW
 on his 100th mission
Martin-Baker
   
21st January 1967 USAF  F-4C Phantom II 63-7691 15th TFW
Barksdale
Crashed on take off     Martin-Baker
Lt. J. T. English
ejected
Capt. W. T. Saylor
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
22nd January 1967
also seen as 21st January 1967

USAF
F-4C Phantom II  64-0810 480 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang Shot down on a MIG Cap mission over Kep Air
Field, North Vietnam
Martin-Baker
1Lt. Donald Ray Spoon
ejected
POW

[released 4th March 1973]

 William J. Baugh
ejected
[25th combat mission over North Vietnam]

POW

[released 4th March 1973]

Martin-Baker
   
23rd January 1967


USAF

F-4C Phantom II 64-0773 497 TFS Ubon, 8TFW, Ubon CAP mission. Hit by SA-2 Missile, Vietnam Martin-Baker
1Lt David F. Gray Jr.
ejected
POW
Captain Barry B. Bridger
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
27th January 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7709 480 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang Hit by ground fire during recon for North Vietnamese junks and barges about 12 miles from DMZ
Flew feet wet
    Martin-Baker
Major James A Hargrove
ejected
about four miles from coast. Rescued by USAF helicopter
Lt. Lawrence "Larry" D. Peterson
ejected
about four miles from coast. Rescued by USAF helicopter

see also 31st March 1967

Martin-Baker
   
   
                 
   
1st February 1967
USN
F-4 Phantom II 152207
AE-1
VF-102
Diamondbacks
USS America
CV-66
America ??   Martin-Baker
ENS D. Manlove
ejected
Lt. Cdr. J. C. Barenti
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
3rd February 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-0255 15th TFW
McDill AFB
crashed     Martin-Baker
Capt. H. G. Brodsky
Ejected
Capt. R. L. Clamme
Ejected 
Martin-Baker
   
4th February 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153007
NH-102
VF‑213
Black Lions
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Hit by AAA over North Vietnam during an armed coastal reconnaissance just north of Hon Me Island Martin-Baker
Lt Donald Earl Thompson
KIA
Lt Allan Philip Collamore Jr.
KIA
Martin-Baker
 

 

   
7th February 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 65-0787 50th TFW, 81st TFS In flight loss.
Wheelus Air Base, Libya
     
     
   
12th February 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152219 VF‑96
Fighting Falcons
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Non-combat loss. Flew into the sea during an interception training mission over the Gulf of Tonkin Martin-Baker
Lt Cdr Martin Joseph Sullivan
killed
Lt(jg) Paul Victor Carlson
killed
Martin-Baker
   
20th February 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 150413
NG 614
VF‑96
Fighting Falcons
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
shot down by AAA over North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Major Russell Clemensen Goodman
KIA
2.Lt. Gary Lynn Thornton
Ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
21st February 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152320
AB-2
VF-32
Fighting Swordsmen
Virginia Beach, VA, USA     Martin-Baker
Cdr. A. R. Burt
Ejected
LTJG M. Larry
Ejected
Martin-Baker
   
24th February 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0801 391 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Shot down near Vinh Binh, five miles north of Kien Long during fourth strafing run     Martin-Baker
Capt. S. B. Hudson
ejected
rescued by USAF helo
1.Lt. H. G. Floyd
ejected
rescued by USAF helo
Martin-Baker
   
25th February 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152989 VF‑96
Fighting Falcons
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Gulf of Tonkin. Engine failure during launch. Non‑combat mishap Martin-Baker
Lt. D. W. Hoffman
ejected
Lt. JG P. C. Ewing
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
27th February 1967
USN
F-4B-27-MC Phantom II 153042
AA
VF-74
Be-Devilers
CVW-17
USS Forrestal
CVA-59
Crashed on approach

where??

  Martin-Baker
Lt. JG John D. Orsburn
Ejected
??
killed
 
   
28th February 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0764 391 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay

555FS Cam Ran Bay

CONFIRM

Hit by ground fire  near Ban Kale     Martin-Baker
Major J F Clayton
ejected
rescued by HH‑3E
Lt K C Simonin
ejected
rescued by HH‑3E
Martin-Baker
   
                 
   
3rd March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7656
"cOACH"
497th TFS Shot down near Ba Don
in Quang Binh Province by ground fire during weapons delivery in RP-I
    Martin-Baker
Major Floyd Whitley Richardson
Ejected
MIA
(remains returned)

 remains were repatriated on 15 December 1988
LTCOL. Charles Donald Roby
[Robay]

MIA
(remains returned)

 remains were repatriated on 15 December 1988
Martin-Baker
   
7th March 1967
USMC 
F-4B Phantom II 151490
DR
VMFA-312       Martin-Baker
Capt. W. C. Stewart
Ejected
1.Lt. T. L. Jones
Ejected
Martin-Baker
   
8th March 1967
08:30

USN
JF-4B Phantom II 62-12169
[ex buno149406]
McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Center
at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo
Engine exploded and aircraft caught fire Civilian Test Pilot
Mr. Charles "Pete" Garrison

Ejected

see also 27th February 1964

Martin-Baker
   
 
27th February 1964
 
F-4C Phantom 63‑7472 WHO WAS PILOT ??

8 M S of Murphysboro, IL, USA, pilot's ejection seat inadvertently fired under negative G-forces. RIO also ejected as he was unable to fly the aircraft from the rear cockpit

    Martin-Baker
Mr. C. P. Garrison ejected

see also 8th March 1967

Mr. B. A. McIntyre ejected Martin-Baker
   
   
  Pardo's Push
10th March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7653
FP
"Cheetah Four"
433 TFS Ubon 8th TFW Mission to strike Thai Nguyen iron/steel works north of Hanoi. Hit by AAA Fire near Poungthak
Aircraft "pushed" back to South Vietnam before crew ejected
    Martin-Baker
Lt. Robert W. Houghton
ejected
Capt. Earl D. Aman
ejected
Martin-Baker
10th March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0839
FP
"Cheetah Two"
433 TFS Ubon 8th TFW Hit by AAA Fire. "pushed" wingman's aircraft back to South Vietnam before ejecting. Martin-Baker
Capt. John Robert Pardo
ejected
1Lt. Stephen A. Wayne
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

"Major John R. Pardo distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over North Vietnam on 10 March 1967. On that date, Major Pardo was flying as the pilot of the lead element on the return from a 1,000 mile flight in which heavy flak damage was encountered. He noticed that his wingman’s aircraft was in trouble and was advised that the aircraft was extremely low on fuel. Realizing that the wingman’s aircraft would not make it out of North Vietnam, Major Pardo implemented maneuvers to literally push the aircraft across the border. The attempt was successful and consequently allowed the crew to avoid becoming prisoners of war. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Pardo has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."

   
12th March 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 65-0877 11 TRS, 432 TRW, Udorn

12 TRS - 460th TRW Tan Sun Nhut

check

AAA. Lost over hilly terrain seven miles south of Van Yen and about 60 miles west of Hanoi
Binh Province in North Vietnam.
  Martin-Baker
Captain John Walter Clark
ejected
POW
Released: February 18, 1973
Captain Edwin Riley Goodrich Jr.
ejected
KIA
remains returned 18th April 1985
Martin-Baker
   
15th March 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II BuNo 150493
AE-2
VF-33
Starfighters
USS America
CV-66
Lost during training mission near Valencia Martin-Baker
Lt. George Denham Jones III
killed
Ens. D. Jones??
LTJG Joseph Walter "Joe" Duffy
ejected at low level
Martin-Baker
  From Joe Duffy, George's RIO in this mishap:  "I thought I would supplement the entry about George Jones that is on the "Final Flight" page. We were on the #4 cat around 12:30, just underway from a port call in Valencia. The post-mortem on the accident was that the port tow hook pulled out just as the holdback broke. The shuttle took off like gang busters and sheared off the nose gear. In the span if micro-seconds the centreline ruptured as we were careening down the deck with a plume of fireball behind us. Both of us yelled "Eject!" We had no command ejection at the time. I pulled the lower handle and got out just before the F-4 went off the forward of the angle. I caught a glimpse of it going toward the sea, nose down, banked to the left. George's canopy was still intact when it hit the water. My chute candled, but cushioned me enough so that water entry (just off the port bow). A final irony (which I also saw in a deck crash in Vietnam) is that they recovered the helmet and mask.
   
18th March 1967
USMC
F‑4B Phantom II 152271
VW
VMFA‑314, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Lost near Kinh Mon   Martin-Baker
Major David Whittier Morrill
KIA
2Lt Maxim Charles Parker
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
21st March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II  64-0788 433 TFS 8th TFW Ubon Mid Air Collision with 63-7586.     Martin-Baker
MAJ C. W. Hetherington
ejected 
Lt. L. R. Egea
ejected
Martin-Baker
21st March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II  63-7586 433 TFS 8th TFW  Ubon Mid Air Collision with 64-0788     Martin-Baker
?? ?? Martin-Baker
  Other aircraft details ??? CONFIRM "If I remember correctly, they were playing Thunderbirds."
   
26th March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0849
"Nelson"
 433 FS Ubon Strike mission against the Son Tay Army Supply area. Hit by SA-2 Missile Martin-Baker
Col. Frederick Austin Crow Jr.
ejected
POW
Col. Henry Pope "Hank" Fowler Jr.
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
27th March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0769 558 FS Cam Ranh Bay Crashed on take-off     Martin-Baker
??
OK
??
OK
Martin-Baker
   
30th March 1967
USMC
F-4B Phantom II 151512
WH-14
VMFA-542, MAG-13, 1ST MAW, III MAF Hit by ground fire     Martin-Baker
1LT J B Geller
ejected
(SURVIVED)
2LT Edward Joseph Keglovits
(KIA)
Martin-Baker
   
31st March 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0733 480 TFS, 366 TFW
Da Nang
Struck by enemy machine gun fire while in the Da Nang traffic pattern returning from a mission.     Martin-Baker
Major Kenny Cobb
ejected
Lt. Lawrence "Larry" D. Peterson
ejected

see also 27th January 1967

Martin-Baker
   
    
                 
1st April 1967
USAF
F‑4C Phantom II 64‑0746
Sharkbait 51
557 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Mission to attack a suspected munitions depot in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. Believed hit by small arms fire near Phuoc Tuy,15 miles west of Tam Ky. Martin-Baker
Capt George Henry Jourdenais
KIA
1 Lt Robert William Stanley
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
4th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152984
NG-2
VF-92
Silverkings
CVW-9
USS Enterprise
CVN-65
TF 77
7th Fleet
BARCAP mission. Mid Air Collision ? Martin-Baker
Cdr. J. L. Rough
ejected
survived
Lt Edward Philip Szeyller
KIA
Martin-Baker
4th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II

151493
NG-2

VF-92
Silverkings
CVW-9
USS Enterprise
CVN-65
TF 77
7th Fleet

BARCAP mission. Mid Air Collision ?

    Martin-Baker
LTJG C. R. Jones
ejected
survived

Ensign David Earl Martin
KIA

Martin-Baker
 

Plane crashed over the Gulf of Tonkin while returning to the carrier from a raid on highway bridges and railroads.

   
6th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152999
NH-206
VF-114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
Non‑combat incident believed to be in the Gulf of Tonkin. Stalled and entered unrecoverable spin.     Martin-Baker
LTJG F. A. Nutting
ejected
LTJG M. L. Tuft
ejected

see also 8th May 1967

Martin-Baker
   
Friday 7th April 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7526 Macdill AFB Fla Crashed during routine training flight  over Avon Park bombing range Avon Park Florida     Martin-Baker
Major R. E. Ross
ejected
1.Lt. D. M. Melson
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
Saturday 8th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152978
NG-610
VF-96
Fighting Falcons
USS Enterprise
CVN-65
shot down by AAA over North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. J. R. Ritchie
ejected
ENS Frank A. Schumaker
[Schumacher?]

ejected
Martin-Baker
   
Tuesday 11th April 1967
11:25

USAF
F-4D Phantom II  66-7481 47th TFS, Macdill AFB Fla Mid-air collision. Crashed over range. Other aircraft returned to base     Martin-Baker
Capt. Bernard L. Henderson
ejected
suffered back injuries
Lt. Michael Swanik
ejected
suffered back injuries
Martin-Baker
Tuesday 11th April 1967
11:25

USAF
F-4? Phantom II ?? 47th TFS, Macdill AFB Fla Mid-air collision. Returned to base. Other aircraft crashed     Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. Aubrey C. Edinburgh
CO 47th TFS
ground egress
Major Sidney L. McLaurin
ground egress
Martin-Baker
Tuesday 11th April 1967
16:22 ??

USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7429 45th TFS, MacDill AFB Crashed into Tampa Bay while approaching air base     Martin-Baker
Captain John R. Childers
ejected
suffered back injuries
1st Lt. Milton C. Deerr
ejected
suffered back injuries
Martin-Baker
   
14th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II
[F-4A]
148254
254
NATC       Martin-Baker
AN T. C. Sweeney
ejected
Lt. R. F. Herzog
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
18th April 1967
USMC
F-4B Phantom II 151486
WS
VMFA 323
MAG-13
Chu Lai
Complete Electrical failure following take off ejected over South China Sea     Martin-Baker
Lt Col Gordon H Keller Jr.
ejected
[took three attempts to fire seat]
Capt Hugh L Julian
ejected
arm broken
[was not found for nine hours then picked up by shrimp boat]
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Hi Mike,

In the ejection history of F4 Phantoms, during the year 1967, there is an aircraft that crashed into the sea on April 18, 1967 whose crew is not identified. The aircraft is bureau number 151486 and the crew survived, but I do not know if they rode the bird down or ejected. My suspicion is they ejected. The pilot was LtCol Gordon H. Keller (survived) and the RIO was Capt Hugh L. Julian and he also survived.

Deane Taylor
in email 10th January 2014

 

   
20th April 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 65-0656 479th TFW Crashed in the Shadow Mountains, California, about 20 miles from Tecopa      
     
   
21st April 1967
USAF 
F-4D Phantom II 65-0664 33rd TFW 4th TFS
Eglin AFB Florida
crashed near Crestview Fla   Martin-Baker
Capt. L. A. Showalter
ejected
1st Lt. Stephen D. Gulbrandson
ejected
500ft almost inverted
1st ejection
[see also 3rd October 1967
Martin-Baker
   
22nd April 1967 USN F-4B Phantom II 151408
NK-3
VF-143
pUKIN dOGSPukin Dogs
       
     
   
23rd April 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0756 389th TFSth, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang hit by flak caught fire during strike on the Thai Nguyen iron and steel works     Martin-Baker
Captain W. L. Mekkers
ejected
rescued by HH-3 SAR helicopter
1LT J. B. Millhollon
ejected
rescued by HH-3 SAR helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
24th April 1967 USN F-4B Phantom II 150437
AD
VF-101
Grim Reapers
       
     
   
24th April 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153000
NH-210
VF‑114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
hit by AAA over Kep prior to shooting down a MiG. Flew "feet wet" but unable to refuel. Forced to abandon aircraft   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Charles Everett  Southwick
ejected
[ejected
14th May 1967 and became POW]
Ensign James "Jim" W. Laing
ejected

see also 21st May 1967

Martin-Baker

This is the famous photo of an ejecting pilot.

 

"The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander [then Lieutenant Commander] Charles Everett Southwick (NSN: 0-4954681), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 24 April 1967, as a pilot of jet aircraft serving with Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN (VF-114), embarked in U.S.S. KITTY HAWK (CVA-63), during aerial combat operations in Southeast Asia. Assigned as a member of the F-4 Target Combat Air Patrol element in an air strike against the Kep Airfield in North Vietnam, Commander Southwick sighted several enemy MiG-17 fighter aircraft threatening the retiring strike group. Demonstrating exceptional courage, he engaged the numerically superior formation in extremely low-altitude aerial combat, thereby diverting them from the strike group. In spite of the distinct advantage held by the enemy aircraft, Commander Southwick successfully evaded hard-pressed enemy attacks and air-to-air missiles, and then initiated an attack of his own which accounted for a confirmed kill and drove off the remaining MiGs. By daring action, exceptional skill, and resolute determination, Commander Southwick upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

24th April 1967
USAF 
F-4C Phantom II  63-7641
FG
433rd TFS
Satan's Angels

8 TFW, USAF, Ubon
Struck by a flak burst following strike east of Hanoi and disintegrated Martin-Baker
1Lt. Charles David Austin
New Canaan
MIA
Maj. Herman Ludwig Knapp
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
Tuesday 25th April 1967
also seen as 24th
CONFIRM

USAF 
F-4C Phantom II 
F-4D ??
65-0580 36th TFW
Bitburg AFB
Crashed in field near village of Grebenhain, near AFB Germany     Martin-Baker
??
killed
??
killed
Martin-Baker
  JET CRASH GREBENHAIN, Germany (UPI) —A U.S. Air Force F4C Phantom jet crashed in a field near this village Tuesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot. Names of the crew were withheld pending notification of next of kin. An Air Force spokesman said the jet was on a routine flight from nearby Bitburg Air Base when it went down. Cause of the crash was not known.
   
26th April 1967
USAF 
McDonnell-Douglas RF-4C-30-MC Phantom II  66-0411 Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin Texas Routine night mission hit a power line. Crashed into a house during attempted landing.     Martin-Baker
??
killed
??
killed
Martin-Baker
   
28th April 1967

BELIEVED TO BE 1968


USAF 
F-4C Phantom II 64-0720 433rd TFS, 8th TFW, USAF, Ubon Fire and explosion during takeoff roll. Suspect engine failure ruptured fuel cell
 
   
Maj. V. Christian
egressed on ground
Rescued
Capt. Bodahl
egressed on ground
Rescued
 
   
29th April 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0670
389th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Danang AB, RVN. 
A combination of a MiG-17 attack and AAA about 15 miles west of Hanoi
1st Lt. Loren H. Torkelson
ejected at very low altitude
POW
 

 

1st Lt. George John Pollin
ejected out of seat envelope
as aircraft was about to hit the
ground - never left his seat
KIA
RR 1990

Martin-Baker
   
   
29th April 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II 65-0872  11th Tac Recon Squadron from Udorn RTAFB Post-strike night reconnaissance
mission - struck trees while avoiding missile

1st Lt. Gary R. Sigler
Ejected
POW

released 4th March 1973

Pilot Major L. Mark Stephensen
Killed in Action
did not eject
RR April 1988
positive identification
announced on 29 July 1988
Martin-Baker
   
   
1st May 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom 65-0669 50th TFW
Home Base Hahn Germany
Control loss after refueling. Crashed  11 miles east of Koblenz     Martin-Baker
Capt. R. F. Rader
ejected
1.Lt. E. M. Gibbons
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
2nd May 1967 USAF F‑4C 64‑0689 558 TFS, 12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Take off aborted because engine caught fire     Martin-Baker
??
ground egress
??
ground egress
Martin-Baker
   
3rd May 1967 USN F-4B Phantom 152979
AD
VF-101
Grim Reapers
RCVW-4
[Readiness Air Carrier Wing]
Lost during flight 32 miles from Key West     Martin-Baker
Pilot ??
did not eject.
Unable to reach face curtain due to negative "g"
LTJG J. L. K. Corcoran
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
8th May 1967 USN F-4B Phantom II 152997 VF-114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
Non‑combat mishap. Stalled and crashed after catapult launch   Martin-Baker
LTJG M. L. Tuft
ejected

see also 6th April 1967

Lt(jg) Thomas Jack Steimer
ejected
struck pilot's canopy
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
   
9th May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom 63-7652 433 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Crashed on take off running off runway when left main gear tyre disintegrated Acft caught fire     Martin-Baker
Maj. R. B. Wettington
ground egress
OK
Lt. L.W. Crane
ground egress
OK
3rd degree burns
Martin-Baker
   
12th May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7614 390 TFW, 366 TFW, Da Nang Night raid on NVA barracks at Ha Dong Shot down by a MiG-17 near Hoa Lac Air Base Martin-Baker
COL Norman Carl Gaddis
ejected
POW

returned 

LT James Milton Jefferson
ejected - KIA
Martin-Baker
   
14th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153001
also seen as
153004 /NH‑201
VF-114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
Hit by its own ZUNI rockets near Thanh Hoa Bridge

Lt. Cdr. Charles Everett  Southwick
ejected
POW
[also ejected on 24th April 1967]

Lt. D. J. Rollins
ejected
POW

Martin-Baker
   
16th May 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 152266
VW
VMFA‑314, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Hit by 50 Calibre fire near Dong Ha     Martin-Baker
Capt. O. E. Hay
[C. E. Hay?]
ejected
1.Lt. M. Carson
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 18th May 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 65-0668 479th TFW
George AFB
Crashed  23 miles south of Baker, CA at Devil's Playground. Control problems at 12,000ft     Martin-Baker
1/Lt John B. Price
24
Whiteboro, Texaskilled
2.Lt. Kraig W. Cummings
24
Arlington, Va
ejected
injured
taken to Ft. Irwin Army Hospital near Barstow
Martin-Baker
   
19th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152264
SHOWTIME 01
NG-604
VF-96
USS Enterprise
Hit by two SAMs 15 miles south west of Hanoi
CDR Richard Rich,
MIA
no evidence of ejection

LINK

 


Lt. Cdr. William Robert Stark
ejected

LINK

 

Martin-Baker
   
   
19th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153004
NH-204
VF-114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
Hit by SAM 12 miles from Hanoi near Xan La

Capt Joseph Charles Plumb
ejected

LINK

 

LCDR Gareth Laverne Anderson
ejected

LINK

 

Martin-Baker
   
   
20th May 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom II 63-7669 433 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon  

Lost to MiG-17 near Huu Lung

Martin-Baker
Major Jack Linwood VanLoan
ejected
LINK
1.Lt. Joseph Edward  Milligan
ejected

LINK

Released - 18 February 1973

Martin-Baker
   
20th May 1967
USMC 
F-4 Phantom  150409
EC
VMFA-531
Cherry Point
Stalled     Martin-Baker
1Lt. J. E. Hill
ejected
1.Lt. D. W. Gregory
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
21st May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153040
NH-213
VF-114
'Aardvarks'
USS Kitty
Hawk
CVA-63
TARCAP Flight. AAA near Sai Koun, North Vietnam. Tried to make it back to Thailand but crashed in Laos     Martin-Baker
Lt. H. Dennis "Denny" Wisely
ejected
rescued
by a USAF HH‑3
 
Ensign James "Jim" W. Laing 
ejected
rescued by
a USAF HH‑3

see also 24th April 1967

Martin-Baker
   
22nd May 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II

63-7692
FP

497 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon VN 497th TFS, Acft hit by ground fire over RP-6, NVN
 
Martin-Baker
 Major Richard Dale Vogel
ejected
POW
1Lt. David L. Baldwin
ejected
rescued by Navy helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
22nd May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64‑0708
FP
497 TFS
Night Owls, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon
RP-6B. Hit by AAA Fire near the city
of Nam Dinh, and crashed
pic Martin-Baker
1LT Kenneth Frank Backus
ejected
MIA
CAPT Elton Lawrence Perrine
ejected
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
23rd May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II   557 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay   Major Thomas H. Normile
see also 1st December 1967 
   
   
   
24th May 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 151419
NK-2
VF-142
USS Constellation
Lost on this date     Martin-Baker
LTI.JG J. A. Hawley III
ejected
ENS C. R. Golden
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
25th May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64‑0714 557 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay AAA near Xuan Hoa. Flew "Feet Wet" ejecting about ten miles from the coast     Martin-Baker
Major C. C. Rhymes
ejected
rescued by USAF helo
Lt. R. E. Randolph
ejected
rescued by Navy ship
Martin-Baker
   
Friday 23rd June 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 65-0733  81st Tactical Fighter Squadron Hahn Force Base
West Germany
Crashed 7 miles east of Hahn in the final phase of the flight as the flight of two F-4Ds were beginning their approach to Hahn AB     Martin-Baker
Captain George Arthur Catherwood
DFC AM
26
Burliington, NC
killed

buried in Arlington Cemetery

 1st Lt. Oliver Kent Ragland
24
Liberal, KS
ejected
out of seat envelope
killed

buried in his hometown of Liberal, KS

Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

"Lt. Ragland did eject but due to the nearly vertical attitude (nose down) and extremely low altitude at the time of the ejection, he had barely cleared the aircraft at the time of impact."
Jim Peterson
Wichita, KS
former
81st Tactical Fighter Squadron
in email 23rd May 2014
details amended 24th May 2014

My original listing gave incorrect date of the loss. I am very grateful to Jim for correcting the error and also adding further details of the loss. including the names of the crew.

   
30th May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0668 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Armed reconnaissance mission over the southern provinces of North Vietnam. AAA near Tho Ngoa      
Capt T R Macdougall
ejected
15 miles off Dong Hoi
Maj W C Schrupp
ejected
15 miles off Dong Hoi
Martin-Baker
   
31st May 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63‑7603 389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by AAA during attack on barracks at Kep. Flew to the coast. Had to eject about 45 miles off Dong Hoi.     Martin-Baker
Major M. C. Fulcher
ejected
rescued by helicopter
Captain A. E. Wolff
ejected
rescued by a ship
Martin-Baker
                 
   
2nd June 1967 USAF F‑4C Phantom II 63‑7548 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by AAA near Tu Loan   Martin-Baker
Capt Alton Craig Rockett Jr.
KIA
1 Lt Daniel Lewis Carrier
KIA
Martin-Baker
 

           

   
5th June 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II vf-154
USS Coral Sea
No Record of any F4c going down CONFIRMATION OF THIS LOSS APPRECIATED Lt. J. R. Forshey   Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
   
   
6th June 1967 USAF RF‑4C Phantom II 65‑0834
"Keystone 1"
11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Shot down about east of Xiangkhoang, Plain of Jars   Martin-Baker
Major Joy Leonard Owens
KIA
1 Lt Howard Reeves Sale
KIA
Martin-Baker
 

           

   
7th June 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 148366
or
148429

AD

VF-101 involved in a head on collision at NAS Boca Cica.     Martin-Baker
Trainee Pilot
Lt. (jg) William "Bill" Craft Vaughan
U.S.N. (no injury)
instructor (RIO)
Lt. John Charles Postlewaite U.S.N. (no injury)
Martin-Baker
7th June 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom 148366
or
148429
AD
VF-101 involved in a head on collision at NAS Boca Cica.     Martin-Baker
instructor Pilot
Lt William "Bill" Marion McQuigan
U.S.N. (minor injury)
trainee RIO
Ensign Harry Mitchell Austin U.S.N.R. (minor injury)
Martin-Baker
   

Three F-4B fighters from VF-101 manoeuvred in order to carry out a practice head on attack with a single F-4B also from VF-101. The aircraft were flying at Mach 0.9 at 30,000 feet. One aircraft exploded and began tumbling, uncontrolled descent, disintegrating as it fell the other entered a high speed spiral dive enveloped by fire.

 
   
   
8th June 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom 63-7425
Hambone 2
389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Control and hydraulics problems reported. Lost in North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Capt. Victor Joe Apodaca, Jr.
KIA
Capt. Jon T. Busch
KIA
remains returned
Martin-Baker
   
   
9th June 1967
also seen as 8th June
USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0667 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Armed recon mission. Hit by 37mm AAA near Chap Le. Flew to coast     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. D. Franks
ejected
rescued by USAF helicopter
Major C. A. Colton
ejected
rescued by USAF helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
8th June 1967
also seen as 8th August 1967
USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0703 12th TFW Crashed on take off      
     
   
10th June 1967 USAF  F-4D Phantom  66-0236 555 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Fuel Problem. Both engines flamed out on approach     Martin-Baker
Major C. H. Allen
ejected
rescued
Lt. B. Becker
ejected
rescued
Martin-Baker
   
11th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0786 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang MIGCAP mission northeast of Kep.
Midair collision with Klemm and Pearson's F-4

 


Col Hervey Studdie Stockman
CO of 390th
ejected
POW

Col Ronald John Webb
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
11th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7706 389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Some reports indicate that Klemm and Pearson were killed instantly in the collision. Martin-Baker
Major Donald Martin Klemm
KIA
 
1.Lt. Robert Harvey Pearson
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
   
11th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II       Lt. COL L. P. Bates ???  
   
   
11th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7710 555 TFS, 8 TFW
Wolfpack, USAF, Ubon
lost hydraulics after TO.     Martin-Baker
LT T. R. [E.?] Bongartz
ejected
Captain Martin "Marty" G. Slapikas [Slapkais]
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
12th June 1967 USN F-4 Phantom       Lt. J. N. Fendley
ejected
   
   
   
12th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7673 555 TFS, 8 TFW
Wolfpack, USAF, Ubon
hit by AAA near Van Loc,12 miles northwest of Dong Hoi. Makde for Da Nang, lost just short of air base at sea.     Martin-Baker
Major V D Fulgram [Fulcham?]
ejected
rescued by a Marine Corps helicopter.
Capt. William "Bill" K. Harding
ejected

rescued by a Marine Corps helicopter.
Martin-Baker
   
12th June 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0662 555 TFS, 12 TFW, USAF, Cam Rahn Bay Shot down attacking a VC storage complex near Truc Giang in the Mekong Delta     Martin-Baker
Capt Edward Arthur Lapierre
KIA
1/Lt Lawrence Jay Silver
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
   
14th June 1967

also seen as 15th


USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0778
AE
390th TFS
366th TFW
Danang AB
Shot down 30 miles northeast of Hanoi. Martin-Baker
1st Lt. Kevin Joseph McManus
ejected
POW
Lt. Edward John Mechenbier ejected
POW
   
   
19th June 1967 USN F-4B Phantom 150439
NK-207
 VF-142
USS Constellation
Escorting RA-5C photographic mission. Shot down by North Viet­namese AAA     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. F. L. Raines
ejected
ENS C. Lewnes
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
22nd June 1967 USAF  RF-4C Phantom II 65-0861 12 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut mid-air hit L1049G N6936C over Saigon     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. A. J. Lundell
ejected
Capt. A. T. Dardeau
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
26th June 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7577 390 FS Da Nang 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Plane damaged by Chinese aircraft fire  when it strayed into Communist air space on flight from Clark AFB, Manila to Da Nang. Crashed about 30 miles south of Hainan Island     Martin-Baker
MAJ J. C. Blandford
ejected
1.Lt. J. M. Jarvis
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
27th June 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom           Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. J. McDonald  MAJ G. W. D Eavers Martin-Baker
   
   
28th June 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152242
NK-301
VF-143
USS Constellation
downed by AAA northwest of Nam Dinh, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Cdr. William  Porter Lawrence
ejected
POW
Lt.JG James WIlliam "Bill" Bailey
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
                 
1st July 1967 USMC  F-4 Phantom   VMFA-513 Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan

Possibly on take off

    Martin-Baker
2.Lt. H. A. Hill
ejected
Capt. S. P. Huey
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
2nd July 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 151421
WH- 
VMFA‑542, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Ground fire when supporting two Marine companies near Kinh Mon. Flew "Feet West" but crashed off the coast Martin-Baker
MAJ Ray Daniel Pendergraft
KIA
CAPT David Glenn Spearman
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
6th July 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom 63-7698 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by AAA Fire near Huong Vi railway yard, northwest of Kep Martin-Baker
Maj Kenneth Raymond Hughey
ejected
POW
1 Lt Melvin Pollack
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
   
6th July 1967 USN F-4B Phantom II   VF-121 Crashed near North Island     Martin-Baker
Lt. W. R. Moore
ejected
Lt.JG J. C. Tanner
ejected
Martin-Baker
Picked up by civilian boat after 65 minutes
   
   
10th July 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom 65-0675 George AFB Calif crashed     Martin-Baker
 MAJ J. D. Underwood ?? Martin-Baker
   
   
10th July 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom 65-0678 George AFB Calif crashed     Martin-Baker
Thomas ?? Martin-Baker
   
   
                 
10th July 1967 USN
or
USAF
CONFIRM
F-4 Phantom   NAS Miramar Training sortie     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. J. R. Drake
USN / USAF
CONFIRM
ejected
Lt. Robert. B. Hambleton-Jones
RN
ejected
Martin-Baker
 
I would like to confirm a note you have on your list
 
The ejection dated 10 July 1967 in a F4 Phantom piloted by Lt R. B. Jones and Lt J. R. Drake.
 
You have mentioned that was this possibly 2 separate aircraft?
I can confirm that it was not the case and that both were in the same aircraft.
 
Lt. R. B. Jones was a very good friend of mine who stayed in Paisley, Scotland and was known as Bob Jones. His full title was Robert. B. Hambleton-Jones
He was a navy officer and was sent to Miramar to help train the Americans in combat for the Vietnam war.
 
They were on a training sortie and during the take off, the student, Lt J. R. Drake rotated to quickly and smashed the tail plane on the ground. The aircraft became airborne, hpwever it was clear that it was not going to maintain flight, therefore they both ejected.
 
Bob later became captain of Loganair flying the Twin otter out of Glasgow.
 
He later stared on a discovery program about ghosts.
 
 
   
12th July 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0718 391 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay CAS mission hit by groundfire northwest of Bien Hoa x   Martin-Baker
Major James Alvin Rainwater Jr. ejected
did not survive
KIA
1.Lt. T. H. Plank
ejected and recovered
Martin-Baker
   
   
The night of 14th -15th July 1967 Viet Cong mortar attack on airfield 10 aircraft destroyed and 49 damaged, which had 18 of its Phantoms destroyed or badly damaged.
8 men were killed and another 195 wounded.
  USAF     390th TFS
Da Nang
  check for other damaged    
 
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7535        
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7558        
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7573        
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7659        
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0734        
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0762        
   
   
16th July 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 148387 VMFA‑115, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Technical malfunction caused a fire shortly after take off     Martin-Baker
Capt. H. E. Pyle
ejected
Capt. J. A. Gordon
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
18th July 1967
also seen as 17th & 10th

USAF

F-4D Phantom II

66-0248
"Falcon"
555 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Hit by ground fire during weapons delivery over RP-1 near Xom Duong Quan in the Annamite Mountains
 
Martin-Baker
Cpt. R. R. Headley
ejected
rescued by HH-3
1Lt. G. A. Kuehner
ejected
rescued by HH-3
Martin-Baker
   
20th July 1967
USMC
F-4J Phantom 153786
WU
VMFA-334  Both engines flamed during take off at El Toro     Martin-Baker
Student Pilot
landed aircraft
[see Feedback below]
Instructor Pilot
MAJ W. P. Hutchins
ejected thru fireball at 20 ft. 135 knots
Martin-Baker
 

July 20,1967 F-4J VMFA-334
The Phantom began a normal rollout and lifted off but quickly both engines flamed out. The aircraft rotated 180 deg and impacted the runway at which time it was engulfed in flames from the RIO seat back. This I witnessed while on the wing of a C-117 changing a generator. Weeks later it was hauled out the west gate of El Toro on a flatbed. Unverified information is the aircraft's flaps had not been properly set so a high angle of attack flamed the engines. Also unverified, the RIO ejected sustaining a broken limb and the pilot rode it down and walked away. VMFA-334 had just transitioned from F-8 to F-4J.
 

 

Sept 14, 1967 A-7

Within an hour of arriving in country while awaiting orders, I caught quick glimpses of an A-7 from behind a row of hangars. Then the sound of an ejection and what appeared to be a "rag" tossed into the air. The "rag" turned out to be the pilot. Because of the hangars, it wasn't possible to see if his chute opened.

Late summer 67 or early summer 68 F-8 Yuma

I was walking down to the MCAS air terminal at Yuma while watching an F-8 flying low about 5 miles out. It suddenly dropped into the trees and black smoke came up. The SAR chopper crew came running out immediately and launched. Can't seem to find that one in the database.

Wayne Stafford

   
   
20th July 1967 USN F-4J Phantom 153802
NJ
VF-121
NAS Yuma
Lost 10 miles from Yuma     Martin-Baker
Pilot ??
[name needed]

Did not eject
Killed
ENS David J. West
[also seen as Loest]
ejected
10 miles from Yuma
Martin-Baker
   
   
20th July 1967
USMC
RF-4B Phantom II BuNo 153113
CY
VMCJ-2
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
Crashed into trees on take off
Key West, Florida
    Martin-Baker
Pilot – Capt. John W. Manz
USMC
ejected
injured but survived
RSO – 1st Lt. Russell "Russ" Theriault
USMCR
ejected
injured but survived
Martin-Baker
   
   
21st July 1967
also seen as 24th
USAF  RF-4C Phantom II

65-0887

Mountain Home AFB crashed Mt Home AFB Idaho     Martin-Baker
Capt. J. S. Sinclair
ejected
Capt. D. M. O'Hara
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
24th July 1967   F‑4C 63‑7488 390 TFS, 366 TFS, USAF, Da Nang Lost during an night armed reconnaissance mission off the coast of North Vietnam.     Martin-Baker
Maj Herbert Lamar Lunsford
KIA
1 Lt Jeremy Michael Jarvis
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
26th  July 1967
also seen as 27th
USAF F-4C Phantom II 64‑0848
"Buick"
433 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Night armed reconnaissance mission. Exploded in mid‑air while attacking truck convoy  near Xom Duong Quan in the mountains 35 miles west of Mu Ron Ma.

Possible premature bomb detonation

  Martin-Baker
Capt Richard Ames Claflin
KIA
 
1 Lt Richard Brazik
KIA
Martin-Baker
 

FROM: ZEKE1121@JUNO.COM Fri April 10th, 1998   
I am seeking any information about my father, 1/LT Richard Brazik, formerly of the 8th TFW, 433rd TFS; initially MIA on 07-26-67 and presumed KIA on 10-13-73. He may have been posth. promoted to Captain, with date-of-rank from 05-13-67,  I have a photo of him with 'Railroad Tracks' on his flight suit. He may have been flying F-4C #FG-659 at the time. I would be very grateful for any photos, or information at all, no matter how slight, as I never knew my dad.
Sincerely, Richard J. Brazik

   
27th July 1967   RF-4C Phantom II 64‑1042 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tac Recon Wing Returning from photographic reconnaissance. Shot down 5 miles southwest of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Colonel Gilland Wales Corbitt
KIA
Major William Orlan Bare
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
29th July 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 153046 153054
21 Aircraft Lost

Link to The Virtual Wall that contains the names of all those who lost their lives that day.

A ZUNI rocket was inadvertently fired from an F-4 aircraft (#110) and struck the external fuel tank of an A-4 aircraft (#405) of LCDR Fred White. Also attributed to the ZUNI hitting A-4 (#416) of John McCain

153060 153061
153066 153069
153912  
   
30th July 1967   F-4C Phantom II 64-0693 559 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Night time reconnaissance mission along Route Pack 1. Lost near Ba Binh   Martin-Baker
Captain Thomas Ray Allen
MIA
remains identified in 1997
First Lieutenant Ronald Lyle Packard
MIA
remains identified in 1997
Martin-Baker
   
                 
31st July 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom II ??? Spangdalem Crashed in West Germany Major J. M. Foley
ejected
Lt. Colonel Miguel Encinias
ejected

Possibly links to the following losses

[1. shot down in Korean War - check

2. was shot down over northern Italy in WW2 and was held as a POW.]

 
                 
   
2nd August 1967 USAF  RF-4C Phantom II 65‑0848 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Hit by small arms fire during daylight photo-recon mission along Route 15 near Vinh Martin-Baker
Col Wallace Gourley "Wally" Hynds Jr.
KIA
Capt Carey Allen Cunningham
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
 

 

 
New York Times
 - Aug 22, 1967 - Most recently, on June 26,the Pentagon said an F-4 Phantom jet "" had flown into ... and "crashed into the sea after being attacked by Chinese aircraft. ...
3rd August 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0719 558th TFS, 12th TFW, 7th AF
Cam Ranh Bay
Takeoff aborted-crashed onto approach lighting array     Martin-Baker
Major John Albert. De Bock
Beloit, Wisconsin
KIA
Ron Flake
egressed on ground
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was the pilot (RO) in F 4C 64-0719 which crashed at Cam Rahn Bay on Aug 3 1967.  Your info is correct but incomplete.  The abort was because the aircraft failed to achieve nose wheel liftoff at the calculated speed or at takeoff speed.  That was probably due to a forward cg caused by a centerline fuel tank and full bomb loads on all 4 wing stations.  We both decided to ride it out rather than risk ejection at ground level.  The accident investigators never talked to me and listed pilot error as the cause of the crash, citing full flaps as the cause.  The flaps were lowered as part of the abort procedure after we determined the bird would not fly.
Ron Flake
in email 6th November 2013

   
   
6th August 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom 64-0752 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by Automatic Weapons Fire. Pilot said they were ejecting never made it acft crashed in South China Sea   Martin-Baker
Capt Albert Linwood Page
KIA
1 Lt Donald Richard Kemmerer
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
   
6th August 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom 63-7639 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by AAA during second pass over target at night     Martin-Baker
Maj D R Conway
Ejected ok
1 Lt F W Dahl
Ejected ok
Martin-Baker
   
   
7th August 1967
1:30 pm

USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0656 559th TFS 12TFW
Cam Ranh Bay

South Vietnam

Armed reconnaissance north of the DMZShot down over Dong Hoi, 50 miles north of DMZ Martin-Baker
Captain Glenn Hubert Wilson
ejected
POW
1st Lt. Carl Dennis Chambers
ejected
POW
 

 

   
7th August 1967 USAF  RF-4C Phantom II 65-0839 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Returning form reconnaissance mission. Hit by groundfire near Laotian - North Vietnam border. Crossed into Laos and ejected     Martin-Baker
Captain N. J. Otto
ejected
rescued by HH-3E
1st Lt. L. E. Meeks
ejected
rescued by HH-3E
Martin-Baker
   
   
7th August 1967 USAF  F-4 Phantom           Martin-Baker
Capt. B. J. Beets   Martin-Baker
   
   
9th August 1967 USAF  RF-4C Phantom II

64-1059

16 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut

100 MM AA near Dong Hoi, Lost during photo mission over  a railway bridge in North Vietnam

Martin-Baker

Captain Lauren "Laurie" R. Lengyel

ejected
POW
1LT Glenn Leo Myers
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
   
11th August 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7634 389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Returning from a close air support mission over South Vietnam. Crashed during Landing     Martin-Baker
Major Kenneth Richard Hughes
KIA
1 Lt H B Cox
survived
Martin-Baker
   
   
12th August 1967
also seen as 11th August 1967
USAF F-4 Phantom II 63-7593 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by 57mm AAA during attack on a truck convoy near Thanh Lang Xa. Attempted to return to Da Nang. Crew ejected with the aircraft crashing in the sea south of Marble Mountain     Martin-Baker
Major R. Dilger
ejected
saved by rescue helicopter
Lt. G. L. Rawlings
ejected
saved by rescue helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
   
12th August 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II

65-0882

11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn SA‑2 hit about seven miles northeast of Hanoi over Ha Bac Province, North
Vietnam, about 10 miles northeast of the city of Gia Lam,
during post strike reconnaissance mission to obtain  BDA photographs
Martin-Baker
Capt Edwin Lee Atterberry
ejected
POW
Died from torture  in 1969 after making an abortive escape bid
Capt Thomas Vance Parrot
ejected
POW

released on 14 March 1973.

Martin-Baker
   
   
21st August 1967 USN F-4 Phantom II 152247
NK­202
check
VF-142
Ghostriders
USS Constellation
CV-64
Flak suppression near a road bridge at Chap Khe near Uong Bi. Hit by AAA over North Vietnam pic pic Martin-Baker
Cdr. Robin H. McGlohn
ejected
rescued
Lt. JG J. M. McIlrath
ejected
rescued
Martin-Baker
   
   
22nd August 1967 USMC  F-4 Phantom II           Martin-Baker
Capt. W. P. Samora   Martin-Baker
   
22nd August 1967
also seen as 23rd

USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7517
SAPPHIRE 02
 497th TFS
"Night Owls"

435 FS Ubon
555th TFS

CHECK

Rolling Thunder 67 StrikeHit by enemy fire bout 25 miles southwest of Hanoi 5 miles southwest of the city of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province

About 25 miles southwest of Hanoi, the aircraft was struck by hostile fire and disintegrated. Other members of the flight observed the crew to eject and saw two parachutes. One emergency beeper signal was heard.


 
Martin-Baker
1LT. Francis "Frank" Barnes Midnight

MIA

1Lt Albert Mike Silva
ejected
severe injuries through landing in trees
Martin-Baker
crew observed to eject and two parachutes seen. One emergency beeper signal was heard.
 
 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The following is taken from the POW Network:

"When Frank B. Midnight graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1964, he went on to pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas. It was not long before he was assigned to Vietnam as an F-4 pilot.

"On August 23, 1967, 1LT Midnight was assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam. He and his back-seater (name unknown) were about 5 miles southwest of the city of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province when their aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed.

"The ejection procedure in the F4 requires the rear-seater to eject first, followed by the pilot of the aircraft. Thus, it is not uncommon for the two crewmembers to be separated by considerable distances. Apparently, as no second F-4 crewmember is missing in this locality on this date, the rear-seater in Midnight's aircraft was rescued. Midnight was not. He was classified Missing in Action."

Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses concurs with the above account and identifies the aircraft as F-4D tail number 66-7517 and the "guy in back" as 1stLt A. M. Silva.

Captain Midnight's remains have not been repatriated.

 

I was searching for war history on my old US AFROTC (United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps) commander, Colonel Albert M. Silva.  He is listed in your ejections webpage.  He was an Air Force pilot (1LT) in Vietnam and had to punch out.  He broke his back during the ejection/landing (in trees). I believe he was POW/MIA for a while. He continued his career, and eventually became the commander of Detachment 670 at Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
He retired there as a full Colonel, and I believe he still resides nearby.

Most cadets who had the privilege of learning under his command, remember the taps on his shoes, and his fold in the tail of his hat (as
some F4 pilots did).  He goes by Mike Silva, however I still call him Sir, or Colonel.

Darrell Horn
in email 29th October 2012

   
23rd August 1967
16:50

USAF
F-4D Phantom II
FALCON THREE
66-0260 555 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon SARCAP. Ran out of fuel providing CAP for downed flyers following strike on targets in the Hanoi area
VN
    Martin-Baker
Major C. B. Demarque
ejected
near Wanon Niwat
picked up by rescue helicopter in Thailand
1st Lt J. M. Piet
near Wanon Niwat
picked up by rescue helicopter in Thailand
Martin-Baker
   
   
23rd August 1967
USN
F‑4B 149498/NK­205 VF‑142
Ghostriders
USS Constellation
flak suppression mission over North Vietnamese. Hit by  SAM pic pic Martin-Baker
LCdr Thomas Walter Sitek
killed
Ensign Patrick Lawrence Ness
killed
Martin-Baker
   
  23/08/67 149498 is not an F-4B serial
   
23rd August 1967
15:15

USAF
F-4D Phantom II
FORD FOUR
66-0247 555 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon Rolling Thunder Strike. Lost to MiG-21 AAM during strike on  the Yen Vien railway yard in the Hanoi area
VN
  Martin-Baker
Captain Larry Edward Carrigan
ejected
evaded capture for three days
POW
1Lt Charles Lane
ejected
KIA
Martin-Baker
23rd August 1967
15:15

USAF
F-4D Phantom II
FORD ONE
66-0238 555 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon  Rolling Thunder Strike. Lost to MiG-21 during strike on targets in the Hanoi area
VN
Martin-Baker
Captain Charles Robert Tyler
ejected
knocked unconscious
POW
Captain Ronald Nicholas Sittner ejected
KIA
 
23rd August 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II
FALCON ONE
65-0726 555 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon Acft hit by ground fire during strike on targets in the Hanoi area
VN
 
Mr. Gerald Lee Gerndt
[Geradt]
Recovered
Col Robert Ralston Sawhill
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
25th August 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom     CHECK CREW     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. W. Wade
ejected
  Martin-Baker
   
25th August 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom 65-0750 Home Base George AFB Calif crashed near Moffett NAS Calif     Martin-Baker
MAJ G. L. Henry
ejected
  Martin-Baker
   
26th August 1967
USAF
F-4C 64-0692 558th TFS 12TFW
Cam Ranh Bay

South Vietnam

Armed recce hit by AAA along Route Pack 1. Crashed near Xom Quan   Martin-Baker
First Lieutenant Thomas Michael "Tom" Kilcullen
ejected
MIA
Captain  William Otis Fuller
ejected
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
   
                 
   
5th September 1967   F‑4D 65‑0723 555 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Rolling Thunder 57. Night‑time armed reconnaissance mission in North Vietnam. Failed to pull out during rocket run on trucks near Mai Xa Ha.   Martin-Baker
Major Carl Dean Miller
KIA
1 Lt Thomas Patterson Hanson
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
5th September 1967   F-4C 63-7547 557 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Armed recce hit by groundfire while attacking truck park near Thou Cam Son. Route Pack 1 Martin-Baker
First Lieutenant Paul Darwin Raymond
MIA
Captain Donald William Downing
MIA
Martin-Baker
   
5th September 1967 USAF RF‑4C Phantom II 66‑0387 16 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut Aborted take-off leaving runway and catching fire South Vietnam     Martin-Baker
??
no ejection
survived
confirm
??
no ejection
survived
confirm
Martin-Baker
5th Sep-67  USAF F-4 Phantom       Major D. K. Wolf
ejected
OC  
 
 
7th September 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom 66-7654 4th TFW
 
Crashed near Seymour Johnson AFB N Carolina     Martin-Baker
COL J. E. Clarke
ejected
MAJ H. H. Andrews
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
7th September 1967 USN F-4B Phantom 148364 NATC PAX Unrecoverable Flat Spin during Spin Tests  no other crew Martin-Baker
Navy Test Pilot
Lt. Ed W. Clexton

ejected at 10,000 feet
[also ejected 30th March 1966]
Martin-Baker
 

Ed Clexton Ejections

by Ed Clexton

I 'punched out' two times in the mid Sixties. I was a Navy test pilot at NAS Patuxent River, MD. Both were Martin-Baker seats.

The first was in 1966 out of an F8 Crusader. That had a fuel cell implosion as I was doing about 700 knots (Mach 1.1) at very low level over the Atlantic Ocean. This is called a very high q condition - lots of pressure on the aircraft components - and the main fuel cell imploded under the pressure.

I had enough speed and a little fuel to convert the speed into altitude and try to get back to the base, some 40 miles west. But -half way there, the engine quit (fuel exhaustion), so after several attempts at re-lights, the signs were clear - good engine not running, no fuel on the fuel gage, etc, so I punched out at 10K feet.

I experienced the extreme calm during the drop until landing in the top of a pine tree. Luckily a Navy helo from Norfolk was airborne and was sent to my location. They 'picked' me out of the tree as it was moving back and forth quite a bit from the helo downwash. I suffered a major contusion on the back of my left leg (knot still there today) from hitting and breaking a large branch on entry into the tree.

The second was during spin tests in 1967 in the F4 Phantom II. The Phantom had a flat spin mode that was unrecoverable with normal control deflections. A very large 'spin chute' was installed in place of the plane's landing drag chute to recover the aircraft in case of a (rare, but possible) flat spin.

On the first 'practice' spin of the flight, I stalled the aircraft with level wings, put in full cross controls (as intended) and the aircraft stalled and departed flight quite rapidly. The angle of attack rapidly climbed above 60 degrees (normal spin) to 90 + 10 degrees and remained there for the rest of the flight.

I deployed the emergency 'spin' chute, but it didn't deploy (open). It merely flapped along side the aircraft on the side opposite the spin. After lots of radio communications with the chase pilot and the engineers on the ground, and 19 turns later under negative 'g' conditions, I pulled the alternate ejection handle between my legs (the negative 'g's prevented me from being able to sit up straight and pull the overhead handle).

Consequently, three vertebrae were crushed in my lower back on ejection. I was grounded for 30 days while the soreness subsided and lectured on F4 spins to USN, USMC and USAF Phantom pilots throughout the US until I resumed flying.

After each incident, I received a silkworm pin and Martin-Baker tie. After leaving test work, I went on to fly 200 combat mission in Vietnam from the USS Kitty Hawk; commanded a Phantom Squadron; commanded an amphibious cargo ship; the nuclear carrier Eisenhower; a Group of nuclear carriers and their Air Wings; and retired as a Vice Admiral, US Navy.

   
8th September 1967 USMC F-4B Phantom 152238 VMFA‑323, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Hit by Ground Fire near Thon Cam Son. Flew "Feet Wet"     Martin-Baker
Capt. R. L. Drage
ejected safely

rescued by a USAF helicopter.

Capt. J. B. Caskey
ejected safely

rescued by Marine Corps coastal vessel

Martin-Baker
   
9th September 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 66-7516 435 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Double flame out due to faulty fuel line. Lost over Thailand   Martin-Baker
Major Ivan Dale Appleby
ejected safely over Thailand.

see also 7th October 1967

Lt. J. Silliman
ejected safely over Thailand.
Martin-Baker
   
9th September 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II

64-0835

480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang

Crashed on take off veering off the runway when tyre blew out

    Martin-Baker
Escaped
OK
Escaped
OK
Martin-Baker
   
11th September 1967
 
RF-4B
Phantom II
153104 VMCJ‑1, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Uncertain causes. Possibly hot down over South Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Maj Richard William Hawthorne
KIA
Capt Richard Raymond Kane
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
12-Sep-67  USAF RF-4C Phantom II 65‑0857 12 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut Photographic reconnaissance mission along Route 1A. Hit by AAA near Bo Trach. Flew south. Forced to eject about nine miles off coast near Quang Tri.     Martin-Baker
Capt. J. E. Birmingham
ejected
rescued by USAF helicopter
Lt. R. A. Kopp
ejected
rescued by USAF helicopter
Martin-Baker
 

 

12-Sep-67 USAF  F-4 Phantom             
1.Lt. J. F. Pierce Capt. J. T. Kirkby  
13-Sep-67 USAF  F-4 Phantom          EA  
   
16th September 1967   RF‑4C 64‑1037
Nate
16 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut Lost during night mission, possibly to ground fire five miles north of the DMZ   Martin-Baker
Major William Lee Nellans
KIA
1 Lt Peter Arthur Grubb
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
17th September 1967
USAF
RF‑4C 65‑0894 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn damaged by SA‑2 missile near Hoang Lien, 10 miles northeast of Phuc Yen. Flew to about 17 miles south­west of Hanoi and ejected Martin-Baker
Maj John Edward Stavast
ejected
(POW)

released 14th March 1973

Lt Gerald Santo Venanzi
ejected
(POW)

released 14th March 1973

Martin-Baker
   
17th September 1967
also seen as 19th

USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7533
Spitfire"
435th TFS /8th TFWUbon Rolling Thunder strike. Hit by 57mm ground fire ten miles north of Phuc Yen following attack on railway sidings at Thang Quang. Martin-Baker
Maj L. Boothby
ejected over N. Thailand
recovered
1Lt George H. McKinney, Jr.
ejected over N. Thailand
recovered
seen as did not survive the ejection
Martin-Baker
                 
   
25-Sep-67 USMC  F-4 Phantom     EA      
25-Sep-67 USMC  F-4 Phantom     EA      
   
26th September 1967   F-4D Phantom II 66-7534 435 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Loss of electrical power during TO Martin-Baker
Cpt D.J. Ackenny
ejected
recovered
1Lt J.D. Mynar
ejected
recovered
Martin-Baker
26th September 1967   F-4 Phantom II 63-7648.   Avon Park Range in Florida following an aircraft fire     Martin-Baker
 1.Lt. J. W. Beasley
ejected
MAJ R. L. Lewis
ejected
Martin-Baker
26th September 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 148422
WH-
VMFA‑542, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Hit by Ground fire two miles north of DMZ     Martin-Baker
Major P M Cole
ejected
rescued by USN ship
1LT Harold John Moe
ejected
(KIA)
Martin-Baker
  On 26 September the 435 TFS lost F-4D 66-7534 (251 hours) on a Strike mission when the loss of electrical power forced the crew (probably CAPT D.J. Ackenny and LT J.D. Mynar) to eject and were recovered.
   
29th September 1967 USMC F-4B Phantom  151429 VMFA‑115, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Hit by Ground Fire during close support mission one mile north of DMZ. Flew "Feet Wet"     Martin-Baker
Lt Col Kenny C Palmer
[CO of VMFA-115]
ejected
rescued by USAF HH-3
Capt Charles S Cahaskie
ejected
back injury
rescued by USN frigate
Martin-Baker
   
30th September 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom 151020
WS
VMFA-115 Chu Lai Caught Fire in left cockpit console after take off     Martin-Baker
ejected
OK
confirm ejection ??
ejected
OK
confirm ejection ??
Martin-Baker
   
   
2nd October 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II 66-0403 11 TRS Udorn Crashed in Thailand after engine flamed out due to fuel system malfunction.     Martin-Baker
Major L. Browne
ejected
OK
Major D. M. Miller
ejected
OK
Martin-Baker
   
3rd October 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom 66-7564
"Spitfire"
435 TFS Ubon, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Rolling Thunder 57 CAP mission. Enemy action. Hit by Mig 21 Missile over NVN near Cao Bang road bridge about 50 miles southwest of Hanoi. Flew to border with Laos and ejected.
 
Martin-Baker
MAJ Joseph D. Moore
ejected
rescued
1st Lt. Stephen D. Gulbrandson
ejected
rescued

2nd ejection
[see also 21st April 1967]

Martin-Baker
   
6th October 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7612 433 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Loss of power on takeoff.     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. J. L. Fuller
Recovered
1.Lt. J. E. Nicholson
Recovered
Martin-Baker
   
7th October  1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 65-0727
"Falcon"
555th TFS
Triple Nickel
8 TFW, Ubon
Rolling Thunder 57 Photo Escort mission. SA-2 Missile about six miles north of Hanoi, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Major Ivan Dale Appleby
MIA

see also 9th September 1967

Capt. William Renwick Austin
POW
Martin-Baker
   
8th October 1967 USN F-4B Phantom II 150474 VF‑161
USS Coral Sea
CV-43
accident aboard     Martin-Baker
??? LTJG J. J. Dantone Martin-Baker
   

8th October 1967


USAF
F-4C Phantom II F‑4C 63‑7499 557 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay both engines flaming out simultaneously   Martin-Baker
1st Lt. David Eric Wieland
ejected but did not survive
KIA
Lt Col E G Weaver
ejected survived
Martin-Baker
   

8th October 1967
also seen as 9th


USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63-7645 433 FS Ubon Mid Air Collision over Thailand returning from MiG CAP     Martin-Baker
Capt. D. R. Calvert
ejected
OK
Lt. J. V. Macnab
ejected
OK
Martin-Baker
   
12th October 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0710 557 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Believed hit by ground fire along Route 101 near Xuan Hoa Martin-Baker
Capt Thomas Gardner "El Toro" Aseneth Derrickson II
KIA
1 Lt John Kay Hardy Jr.
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
13th October 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 150477 VMFA‑323, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Enemy Action. Hit by 37 MM AAA Fire Martin-Baker
1.Lt. James Howie Warner
ejected
POW
Lt.COL Edison Wainwright Miller
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
15th October 1967 USAF  F-4C Phantom 63-7538 480th TFS
366th Tactical Fighter Wing
Da Nang
Hit by AAA Fire leading an air strike against targets in North Vietnam. Went "feet wet"   Martin-Baker
Capt. W. S. Paul
ejected
COL Robert W. Maloy
suffered severe neck injury
ejected
Martin-Baker
picked up by the crew of a Jolly Green Giant (HH-3E helicopter of the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service)
   
16th October 1967

USAF

RF-4C Phantom II   66-0406 75th TRW Duel engine flameout. Crashed near Ozona, Texas     Martin-Baker
Major W. E. l. Hitchcock
ejected
survived
Lt.COL James P. Mullins
ejected
survived
Martin-Baker
 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel James P. Mullins, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an RF-4C Aircraft Commander in Southeast Asia on 9 September 1968. On that date, Colonel Mullins flew an unarmed and unescorted night reconnaissance mission over hostile territory to obtain vital intelligence data. Despite intense and accurate hostile ground fire, he completed the mission completely disregarding his own personal safety. His courageous actions contributed directly to our mission in Southeast Asia. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Mullins reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

General Orders: Citation Courtesy of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society - www.dfcsociety.org
15th / 16th October 1967

USAF

RF-4C Phantom II   65-0855 12 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut Reconnaissance flight over South Vietnam - Laotian border west of Khe Sanh. Contact lost over Saravane province in Laos Martin-Baker
Captain Richard Duane Appelhans
KIA
Captain George William Clarke
POW
Died later
Martin-Baker
   
19th October 1967 USMC  F-4B Phantom II 151457
WH-2
VMFA‑542, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Crashed taking off due to engine failure from Chu Lai   Martin-Baker
Major Glenn Gates Jacks
KIA
1LT Fred Ernest MacGeary
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 19th October 1967

USAF

RF-4C Phantom II   66-0386 Ogden AMA
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
Training mission. Crashed during test flight. Great Salt Lake, Utah     Martin-Baker
Major William Boyd
39
Fayetteville, N, C

killed
Major Anthony Joseph Toljanic
33
Chicago, Illinois
killed
Martin-Baker
   
   
23rd October 1967 USMC F-4B Phantom II 150469 VMFA‑122, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Ferry flight from Da Nang to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines crashed enroute     Martin-Baker
Capt. W. F. Tremper
ejected
rescued
MAJ J. L. Eddy
ejected
rescued
Martin-Baker
   
 24th October 1967 USN F-4B Phantom 150421 VF‑151
USS Coral Sea
CAP mission. Hit by SA‑2 'Guideline' near Thud Ridge Martin-Baker
LTJG Richard Champ Clark
Tacoma, WA
ejected
POW
KIC
Cdr. Charles Rogers Gillespie, Jr
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
 24th October 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom 150995 VF-151
USS Coral Sea
CAP mission. Hit by SA‑2 'Guideline' near Thud Ridge Martin-Baker
 Lt.JG Robert Franchot Frishman
ejected
POW
Lt.JG Earl Gardner Lewis Jr.
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker
   
 27th October 1967
USAF
F-4D Phantom 66-7513
"Ford"
435 TFS, 8 TFW,  Royal Thai Air Force Base at Ubon, Thailand Rolling Thunder 57 CAP mission. Hit by AAA Fire, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Capt. Jon David Black
ejected
POW
WSO
1Lt. Lorenza Conner
MIA
presumed
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
 29th October 1967 USMC F-4B Phantom II 151423 VMFA‑323, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai Hit by Automatic Weapons and small arms fire near Con Thien. Flew "Feet Wet" ejecting near Da Nang     Martin-Baker
Capt. James J. Hare
ejected
Major Daniel L [I.] Carroll
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
 30th October 1967 USN  F-4B Phantom II 150629
NK-203
VF-142
Ghostriders
USS Constellation
CV-64
Hit by debris from  AIM‑7E Sparrow missile it fired when it exploded in front of acft. Limped to carrier  was unable to land because of undercarriage damage

also seen as downed by a MiG-17. They had just shot down a MiG-17

  pic Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Eugene P. Lund
ejected
LTJG James R. Borst
ejected

Lost in A-7 crash post war

 
Martin-Baker
   
4th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0795 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by Small Arms Fire while providing close air support just south of the DMZ     Martin-Baker
Lt. G. L. Rawlings
ejected
rescued by Army helicopter
Major R. R. Lester
ejected
rescued by Army helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
7th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7600 390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Enemy Action
Hit by 57 MM AAA Fire near Tho Ngoa, 20 miles northwest of Dong Hoi.
Martin-Baker
Capt. Kenneth Fisher
ejected
POW
released on 14 March 1973
1.Lt. Leon Francis Ellis
ejected
POW
released on 14 March 1973
Martin-Baker
   
7th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7673 Davis Monthan Az       Martin-Baker
Capt. F. L. Barrett   Martin-Baker
   
8th November 1967
also seen as 9th

USAF
F-4C Phantom II 66-0250 555 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon Rolling Thunder 57 MIGCAP Mission. Hit by Air to Air Missile from MiG-21 near Lao Phou Van 25 miles from the border with Laos   Martin-Baker
Lt.  Richard Charles Brenneman

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=B097

Dawg

Released: March 14,1973

Capt. William S. Gordon
ejected
rescued by CSAR helo
Martin-Baker
   
9th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0751 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron 366th Tactical Fighter Wing
 DaNang Airbase, South Vietnam  
Lost near Ban Loboy Ford, Laos.

Possibly malfunctioning bomb fuses on own aircraft

Martin-Baker
1.Lt. Lance P. Sijan
Killed in Captivity

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=S135

 Lt. Col.  John William Amstrong
MIA

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=A024

Martin-Baker
   
10th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0669
BAFFLE 01
389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Possibly malfunctioning bomb fuses on own aircraft Martin-Baker
Major James Sheppard Morgan
KIA
1LT Charles Jerome Huneycutt Jr.
[Honeycutt]
KIA
Martin-Baker
10th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0834
BAFFLE 02
389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang SKYSPOT mission over North Vietnam

Shot down about 10 miles southeast of Dong Hoi although its is a Possibly malfunctioning bomb fuses on own aircraft exploded ordnance

 

Martin-Baker
Lt Col Kelly Francis Cook
366th TFW
KIA
1st Lt James Alan Crew
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
15th November 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II 65‑0899 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Hit by SAM when returning from photographic reconnaissance mission to Bac Giang. Flew "Feet Wet" to Gulf of Tonkin before ejecting     Martin-Baker
MAJ R. E. [F?] Ross
ejected
rescued by Navy helicopter
Capt. F. L. Hobbs
ejected
rescued by Navy helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
16th November 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom 152987
NL‑104
VF-151,
USS Coral Sea
SAM over North Vietnam near Vinh Ninh Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Paul Henry Schulz
ejected
POW
http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=S092
Lt. (jg) Timothy Bernard Sullivan [GIB]
ejected
POW

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=S124

Martin-Baker
   
17th November 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 151488
NL‑207

VF-51
Screaming Eagles
USS Coral Sea
CV 43
VF‑161

Combat air patrol mission AAA 18 miles southeast of Hanoi., North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Cdr William Darrell McGrath
KIA
Lt Roger Gene Emrich
26
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
19th November 1967
USAF
RF-4C Phantom 65-0880 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron 432 TRW, Udorn shot down while flying over Hanoi on a reconnaissance mission Martin-Baker
Capt. David E. Ford

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=F024

 Lt.COL Vern P. Ligon Jr.

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=L023

Released: March 14, 1973

Martin-Baker
   
19th November 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 150997
NL‑115
Switchbox 110
VF-151
USS Coral Sea
providing TARCAP cover near Haiphong.

Hit by an air‑to‑air missile and its starboard wing was blown off.

Martin-Baker
 Lt. Cdr. Claude D. Douglas Clower

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=C086

Released

 Lt.JG Walter O. "Walt" Estes II
[RIO]
Killed in Captivity

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=E036

Martin-Baker
   
19th November 1967
USN
F-4B Phantom II 152304 VF-151
USS Coral Sea
providing TARCAP cover near Haiphong.

Shot down by air to air missile from a MiG from Gia Lam

Martin-Baker
Lt. (jg) James Erlan Teague
Killed in Captivity
Jonesboro, Ark

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=T025

 Lt. (jg) Theodore "Ted" Gerhard Stier
[RIO]

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=S116

Released

Martin-Baker
   
19th November 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0696 559 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Aircraft on fire after attacking target east of Dak To, South Vietnam   Martin-Baker
1 Lt Charles Carter Nelson
killed
possible late ejection
1 Lt Steve Marenka
ejected
rescued by Army helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
20th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7680
"Crab 2,"
480TH TFS,
 366TH TFW,
 7TH AF
Da Nang
Struck by AAA during morning forward air controlled strike mission over the southernmost region of North Vietnam, codenamed "Tally Ho."
Martin-Baker
Capt. John Murray Martin
not seen to leave the aircraft
MIA

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=M013

 

1.Lt. James "Jim" Lindsay Badley
ejected
[killed four months later as 2nd  Lieutenant  On 27 March 1968, along with Captain Richard L. Whitteker of the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, departed Danang Air Base on a strike mission into North Vietnam.]
Martin-Baker
   
20th November 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II 66-0394 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Hit by 85 MM AAA near Hanoi. Flew until close to Laotian border when they were forced to eject     Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. John C. Scholtz
ejected
rescued by helicopter
Capt. J. Ciminero
ejected
rescued by helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
24th November 1967 USAF RF-4C Phantom II 65‑0844 11 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Did not return from a night time weather reconnaissance flight over North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Maj Brendan Patrick Foley
KIA
Lt Ronald Michael Mayercik
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
26th November 1967   F‑4C Phantom II 64‑0697
Pinhead 1
390 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Shot down while attaking a bridge about 20 miles west of Dong Hoi along Route 137E. Beeper signal heard after crash. Martin-Baker
Col Herbert Owen Brennan
KIA
1 Lt Douglas Craig Condit
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
29th November 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 64-0701  558 FS Cam Ranh Bay Hit by AAA Fire. Crashed near the town of Sepone   Martin-Baker
Maj Louis Farr Jones
KIA
1 Lt. J. L. Lemoine
ejected
rescued by helicopter
Martin-Baker
                 
 1st December 1967
date suspect
USAF F-4 Phantom   557th TFS
12th FTW
Cam Rahn Bay
Shot down     Martin-Baker
 Major Thomas H. Normile
ejected
personal testimony
WSO Henderson
ejected
confirm
Martin-Baker
   
 

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Thomas H. Normile (AFSN: FR-57870), United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F4C Aircraft Commander and Flight Leader of the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, in action near Hue, Republic of Vietnam, on 15 May 1967. On that date, Major Normile repeatedly attacked a Viet Cong concentration in contact with allied ground forces, in spite of extremely hazardous weather conditions and intense hostile fire. The result of his action was a devastating loss of men and war making material to the hostile forces, and salvation of the allied position. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Normile has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Flying Cross

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Thomas H. Normile (AFSN: FR-57870), United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-4C Aircraft Commander in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam on 27 June 1967. On that date, Major Normile led a flight of F-4Cs from an immediate alert posture against a battalion size opposing force that had a vicious attack massed on three sides against a company size friendly force. Adverse weather, reduced in-flight visibility, hazardous mountain terrain and intense anti-aircraft fire justified mission cancellation. However, Major Normile, realizing the urgency and need for close air support, continued the mission and exposed himself repeatedly to draw fire, deliver his ordnance with devastating accuracy, and direct his wingman against pinpoint targets. Disregarding his own personal safety and even though hit, Major Normile did not depart the target area until the friendly force's safety was assured. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Normile reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

   
3rd December 1967 USMC F4B Phantom II 149440 VMFA-122 MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Tire blew out during take off. Swerved off runway     Martin-Baker
ground egress
survived ok
ground egress
survived ok
Martin-Baker
   
 7th December 1967 USAF F4C Phantom II 64-0768
Hammer 2
391st TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Hit by ground fire during near Ban Talan Nua     Martin-Baker
 Major R. B. Ray
ejected
picked up by USAF helicopter
1.Lt. F. M. Cerrato
ejected
picked up by USAF helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
10th December 1967 USAF F4C Phantom II 64-0807 389 TFS  366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Shot down 15 miles from air base on approach to Da Nang probably from Clark AFB in the Philippines     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. R. R. Riddick
[Richard R. Riddick ??]
CONFIRM

ejected
picked up by Army Helicopter
Major G. L. Nordin
ejected
picked up by Army Helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
 13th December 1967
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64‑0774 558 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Song Co Chien river, a large body of water separating Vinh Binh
and Kien Hoa Provinces on the southern coast of Vietnam
  Martin-Baker
1Lt. Robert Elwood Bennett III
ejected.
Landed in river parachute sank before rescue personnel could
reach him. KIA
http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=B375
BN Capt. W. T. Sakahara
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
 16th December 1967
USAF
F4D Phantom II 66-7631
"Olds"
555 TFS  8 TFW, Ubon Rolling Thunder CAP mission. Lost to Mig 21 air-to-air missile Martin-Baker
Captain Howard John Hill
ejected

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=H087

Released: March 14, 1973

Major James Frederick Low
ejected
released 2nd August 1968

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=L065

Martin-Baker
   
16th December 1967
USN
F‑4B 151492, NE 101 VF‑21
Freelancers
USS Ranger
CVA-61
Hit by AAA on a flak suppression flight.; North Vietnam Martin-Baker
LCdr D E Hernandez
ejected
recovered

[see also 28th April 1968]

Lt (jg) S L VanHorn
ejected
recovered
Martin-Baker
   
17th December 1967 USAF F-4 Phantom 64‑0782 559 TFS,12th TFW, 7th AF, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Shot down by 57mm AAA near Vinh Linh     Martin-Baker
Colonel C. Brett
ejected - rescued by an HH‑3E of the 37th ARRS
1 Lt Myron Francis Smith
(KIA)
Martin-Baker
   
17th December 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 66-7757 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron
8th Tactical Fighter Wing
Ubon, Thailand
Ground fire over NVN while attacking the Hau Hung Ferry.
Ditched at sea
Rescued by navy CSAR
  Martin-Baker
Major Laird  Guttersen
ejected
rescued by helo
see also
23rd February 1968 when Major Laird ejected a second time and captured
Lt. S. P. Sox
ejected
rescued by helo
Martin-Baker
   
 17th December 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II  66-7774
[also seen as 66-7772]
"Hornet"
497 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon Rolling Thunder  CAP mission near the Lang Lau Railroad bridge. Lost in dogfight with MiG-17 over VN Martin-Baker
Captain. T. L. Boyer

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=B044

Released: March 14, 1973

Colonel  K. R. Fleenor

 http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=F020

Released: March 14, 1973

Martin-Baker
   
Monday 18th December 1967 USAF F-4D Phantom II 66-7744 4525th FWW
Nellis AFB
Returning from Davis Monthan Air Base. Crashed shortly after take off. into "The Food Giant"  supermart in Tucson during the evening. Several fatalities. Pilot had tried to fly to nearby golf course to avoid populated area     Martin Baker
Flt. Lt. Jack R. Hamilton
RAF
[confirm as also seen as RCAF]
ejected
Capt. Gary L. Hughes
ejected
 
Martin Baker
  The British Royal Air Force (RAF) was in the process of ramping up for delivery of their F-4M / FGR.2. The initial cadre of Instructor Pilots received their transition training in the U.S. in late 1967 / early 1968.On 19 December F-4D  crashed while taking off from Davis-Monthan AFB.
   
20th December 1967 USAF F-4C Phantom II 63-7461 15th TFW Control loss. Cracked aileron actuator. Crashed near Avon Park Gun Range Fla     Martin Baker
1.Lt. Richard Dennis Massari
ejected
see also 12th June 1970
Flt. Lt. C. P. J. Coulcher 
RAF ??
ejected
Martin Baker
   
22nd December 1967 USMC F-4B Phantom 148388 VMFA-122  striking a target along Route 922 just across the SVN/Laotian   Martin-Baker
Captain Gary Henry Fors
MIA

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=F027

WSO Lt. Guy K. Lashlee
ejected (rescued)
Martin-Baker
   
25th December 1967 USMC  RF-4B Phantom 153114 VMCJ-1, MAG-11, 1ST MAW, III MAF Crashed during landing at Da Nang, S. Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Major Daniel C. Escalera
low level ejection
received multiple injuries. Transferred to a hospital in Japan.
First Lieutenant Thomas Anthony Grud
low level ejection
striking the ground before parachute had fully deployed
suffered fatal injuries
Martin-Baker
  On December 25,1967 at Danang, Quang Nam Province, Repuplic of Vietnam, as a result of his aircraft going into an uncontrolled flight, Lieutenant Grud ejected at an altitude of 200 to 300 feet above the ground. He suffered fatal injuries when he contacted the ground, prior to the full deployment of his parachute.

One witness said it was early when the plane  He was waiting for the plane to land in order to change the film for development. He observed the Phantom coming in too fast, in his opinion. It touched down far down the runway with tailhook down. The afterburners lit up after a short time, indicating an attempt to abort the landing. However, it was too late as the hook snapped the cable forcing the plane to lift back into the air, roll leftward, straighten up, and crash onto the runway, tailhook still down. The observer was too far away to see the two men eject. Neither ejection could avoid injury to the pilot and Grud.
 
   
27th December 1967 USN F-4B Phantom 1153005
NH‑205
VF‑114
CVW‑11
USS Kitty Hawk
CVA-63
Shot down over North Vietnam and crashed in a bay   Martin-Baker
LCdr Leonard Murray Lee
MIA
Later changed to KIA
LTJG Robert Burns Innes
MIA
Later changed to KIA
Martin-Baker
   
27th December 1967 USAF  F-4C Phantom 63-7489 390 FS Da Nang, South Vietnam night strike over North Viet Nam.
hit by a SAM in Quang Binh Province and flew Feet Wet thirty miles out to the South China Sea.
  Martin-Baker
Major H. W. "Whitey" Miller
ejected
rescued by Jolly Green.
WSO 1.Lt. Sammy Arthur Martin
ejected
Picked up by Jolly Green but fell out of harness. Lost drowned

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=M368

 

Martin-Baker
   
28th December 1967 USAF  F-4C Phantom 63-7682   near Yokota Japan     Martin-Baker
1.Lt. J. Wadsworth 1.Lt. R. E. Geiger Martin-Baker
   
29th December 1967 USN  F-4B Phantom 150449
NL‑203
VF-161
Chargers
USS Coral Sea
CV-43
Routine weather reconnaissance mission. AAA hit near a small island east of Haiphong, North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
Lt. J. F. Dowd
recovered
rescued by Navy Helicopter
Lt.JG G. K. Flint
recovered
rescued by Navy Helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
28/29th December 1967 USAF  F-4D Phantom 66-7521
"
Advanc 1"
435th TFS 8th TFW
Ubon
Hit by 37 MM AAA Fire over Laos attacking nine trucks along Route 911     Martin-Baker
Capt. R. W. Coburn
ejected
recovered
Capt. H. Altman
ejected
recovered
Martin-Baker
   
   
30th December 1967   F-4C
Phantom II
63-7658
Flamingo 02
480th Tactical Fighter Squadron departed Danang Air Base

480th Tactical Fighter Squadron 
Da Nang Airbase, South Vietnam 

"Steel Tiger" interdiction mission against the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. Impacted ground about 25 miles southwest of the Ban Karai Pass Martin-Baker
pilot
Major Smith J. Swords
KIA
co-pilot
1st Lt Murray Lamar Wortham
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
31st December 1967 USAF  F-4C Phantom II 63-7621 390 FS Da Nang during an escort mission for a Ranch Hand defoliation flight of C‑123s.     Martin-Baker
Major J. L. Sorensen
survived
1.Lt. J. C. Aarni
survived
Martin-Baker
   
 

 

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