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McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
All Losses in USAF, USN & USMC Service (Part 9)
1980
including South East Asia Conflict

(Draft Listing)

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
   
Wednesday 2nd January 1980
20:00

USMC
F-4 Phantom II   MAG-31
"Shamrocks"
MCAS Beaufort
Routine night patrol. Missing over the Atlantic Ocean      
MAJ D. S. Jones 1/LT S. A. Kapitan  
   
Wednesday 2nd January 1980
20:00

USMC
F-4 Phantom II   MAG-31
"Shamrocks"
MCAS Beaufort
Routine night patrol. Missing over the Atlantic Ocean      
LTCOL F. J. Schrober
exec officer MAG-31
MAJ W. J. Simpson  
   
Monday 7th January 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158371
NF

VF‑151
"Vigilantes"
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into Pacific, on take‑off from USS Midwayduring catapult launch.   
via Ken McClellan
 Martin-Baker
Lt. T. R. Brown
ejected  
LTJG F. T. McClellan
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
19th February 1980
15:00

USAF
RF-4C Phantom II   363rd TRW
Shaw AFB
Instructor Pilot transition mission
Crashed near Boykin on farmland about six miles south of Camden near the intersection of  U.S. 521 and S.C. 262
     Martin-Baker
Captain Tom Carl
32
Elysburg, Pa
ejected
1/LT Stephen Fowler
27
Winfield, Ala
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 14th March 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom II   52nd TFW
Spangdahlen, West Germany
Crashed in the Moncayo Sierra, northeastern Spain      Martin-Baker
Major George M. Bourque
37
Biddeford, Maine
killed
Captain Brand [Brad?] A. Logan
26
Newfoundland, Pa
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
Monday 24th March 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom II   52nd TFW
Spagndaheim Air Force Base
Crashed near Sembach  Air Base      Martin-Baker
??
killed
??
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
Wednesday 26th March 1980
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II   117th TRW
186th TRG Mississippi Air National Guard
Routine training flight. Crashed near Marion in Swampy area in Perry County, west Alabama      Martin-Baker
Captain James H. Wells
36
Meridan, Miss
killed
Gary A. Mullins
33
Meridan, Miss
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
29th March 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
   
Saturday 6th April 1980
USN
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
Lt.JG K. B. Fischer
ejected
Lt.JG A. R.Clever
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
Sunday 13th April 1980
USN
F‑4J Phantom II 157275
AC
 VF‑103 into Mediterranean off USS Saratoga     Martin-Baker
Lt. J. G.Carlton
ejected
Lt. (jg) R. Ritorto
ejected
Martin-Baker

Bridle failed two-thirds of length from starboard aircraft attachment point. Both aircrew felt aircraft decelerate and immediately initiated ejection at the bow while the pilot maintained full control.

   
25th April 1980
USMC
RF-4B
Phantom II
151975
RF01
VMFP-3
MCAS El Toro, CA
On flight to Homestead AFB, Florida from NAS Dallas, Texas. Mid air collision with another RF-4B Mesquite, Texas
One crew ejected, the other landed safely
    Martin-Baker
Lt.Col Burton P. Sperry III
ejected
(initiated the rear seater ejection)
Capt. Michael S. Fagan
ejected
(NOT through canopy as earlier shown)
Martin-Baker
25th April 1980
USMC
RF-4B
Phantom II
153103 VMFP-3
MCAS El Toro, CA
    Martin-Baker
Capt. John E. Hill
landed with aircraft
normal egress
 
1Lt. William D. Lauerman
landed with aircraft
normal egress
Martin-Baker
  Thanks to Michael Fagan for clarifying details of the ejection that have now been amended.
10th August 2012
   
Friday 2nd May 1980
USAF
F-4E Phantom II 68-0505
MY
437th TFW Near Cold Lake at Lac la Biche forest near Primrose Lake air weapons range 250 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, Canada. International simulated combat exercise      Martin-Baker
??
killed
??
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
Sunday 4th May 1980
USN
F-4
Phantom II
           Martin-Baker
LTJG K. B. Fischer
ejected
LTJG A. R. Clever
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
15th May 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
   
2nd June 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom             Martin-Baker
   
10th June 1980
USN 
F-4 Phantom             Martin-Baker
Lt. S. R. Perco ejected Lt. J. L. Schram ejected  Martin-Baker
   
Friday 16th July 1980
USAF
F-4D Phantom II   56th TFW
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa
Taking part in four ship exercise. Crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near Sarasota      Martin-Baker
SP Captain Tom Perry
27
ejected
IP Colonel Bruce McLennan
45
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
23rd July 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 31st July 1980
USMC
F-4J Phantom II     RIO successfully initiated command ejection at approx. 3,000 ft. MSL (1,700 ft AGL) when he noticed ground rush.      Martin-Baker
Major J. A. Mitchell
ejected
1.Lt. H. D. Vaught
ejected
 Martin-Baker
RIO successfully initiated command ejection at approx. 3,000 ft. MSL (1,700 ft AGL) when he noticed ground rush.
   
Tuesday 5th August 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II 158349
NF 207
VF 151
 USS Midway
crashed into the sea between Phillipines and
Borneo following a night launch
     Martin-Baker
Pilot was ejected RIO initiated successful command ejection at 200 ft. AGL. Martin-Baker
   
Tuesday 12th August 1980
USN
 F‑4N Phantom 152225
AD 256
VF‑171 control lost during ACM at 10,000 ft, during flight from NAS Key West, FL, USA      Martin-Baker
Lt. J. P. Hampton
ejected
Lt.JG W. E. Tillerson
ejected
 Martin-Baker
Pilot said he did not have control. RIO initiated successful command ejection using the lower handle at 6,500 ft., 250 KIAS.
   
Saturday 16th August 1980
11:13

see also C-141 crash in October


USAF
F-4 Phantom   347th TFW
Cairo West Airport
[based at Moody AFB, Georgia
90 days training with Egyptian pilots]
Crashed during return flight  to Cairo in the desert southwest of Cairo while taking part in manoeuvres with Egyptian Air Force      Martin-Baker
Major Gordon L. Essinger
36
Afton, Tennessee
killed
Captain Jimmy D. Wetherington
33
Valdosta, Gergia
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
Wednesday 27th August 1980
USAF
F-4E Phantom II   915th TFG
Homestead Air Force Base
Combat training flight
about 43 miles south east of Homestead, 22,000 ft altitude
     Martin-Baker
Captain Russell R. Hammer
landed the aircraft back at the base at 18:44
Res. Captain Ryan Cole Cobb
915th TFG
inadvertent ejection over Atlantic
missing presumed dead
 Martin-Baker
31st August 1980 search called off
   
Wednesday 3rd September 1980
USAF
F-4E Phantom II   334th TFS 4th TFW
Seymour Johnson
North Carolina
Taking part in NATO "Crested Cap" autumn maneouvres. Crashed in woodlands near Crailshelm, 15 miles north east of Schwaebisch Hall, and 60 miles north east of Stuttgart, in southern Germany      Martin-Baker
1st Lt. Robin E. Gueths
25
killed
Captain Donald R. Roberts
32
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
29th October 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom       is this the above aircraft???    Martin-Baker
     Martin-Baker
   
Monday 3rd November 1980
USN
F-4J Phantom II     Dual ejection. One parachute observed 2 - 4 seconds prior to water impact      Martin-Baker
     
   
12th November 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom II 68-0491
RS
512 TFS
86 TFW
Crashed in a field in Caseda on mission to Bardenas Ralias Bombing Range In Zaragoza Spain      Martin-Baker
Capt. Mike A. "Bison" Beason
ejected
Capt. James  H. "Baby-Mac" McCormick
ejected
 Martin-Baker
   
13th November 1980

USAF
F-4E Phantom II 68-0475
RS
512 TFS
86 TFW
Bird strike - Turkey Buzzard - crashed near Caseda, on mission to Bardenas Ralias Bombing Range In Zaragoza Spain     Martin-Baker
Pilot, LtC. Gail Walston
[commander of the 526th TFS (Black Knights) at Ramstein]
killed
IP Capt. Tom Poole
526th TFS
ejected
 Martin-Baker
  Nov 14, 1980
A United States Air Force Phantom jet crashed in a field today in the nearby town of Caseda while on a practice fight killing the pilot and seriously .
FEEDBACK

 Addidtional material and corrections for the two 512 TFS 86th TFW F-4 losses provided by Si Davis in email 2nd December 2007

FEEDBACK

13 November 1980, Lt Col Gail Walston was the pilot killed in the accident.  He was the squadron CC of the 526 TFS of the 86TFW (Ramstein AB, GE) flying a WTD range mission out of Zaragoza AB Spain.  Accident board determined the turkey buzzard that shattered the windscreen of the F-4 most likely killed Col Walston but he maintained consciousness long enough to eject IP in pit and himself.

12 November 1980, change 52TFW to 86TFW.

 Thanks

David Wells
Lt Col (ret)
F4 C/D/E and F15E WSO

in email 4th January 2008

FEEDBACK

Regarding the crash of two F-4s from Ramstein AB, Germany, November 12 and 13 in Spain.

 I was the flight lead for the flight of 12 November.  Beason was my #2 in a flight of 4.  He lost all flight controls ( hydraulic failure) during the rejoin coming off the range and we think he took a took a round from his last strafe pass,  i.e.,  he shot himself down (this was never confirmed).

Correction is for the crash on November 13.  The pilot killed that day was Lt Col Gail Walston (not Gain).  He was a good friend of mine.  Although he was flying a 512th jet, he was the commander of the 526th TFS (Black Knights) at Ramstein.  The 512th was in the final week of a Weapons Training Deployment  (WTD) and the 526th was deploying the next week to ZAB for their WTD.  Gail and Tom Poole were in the 526th advance party and were flying with us that day.

Also of note - the back seater in the lead aircraft both days was Eddie Mallo (RIP).  He saw both aircraft impacts.

Don Bean
Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
in email 22nd January 2009

 

   
Saturday 15th November 1980
USN
F-4N Phantom II     Rear canopy was lowered with residual pneumatic pressure. Rear seat ejection sequence was initiated      Martin-Baker
   
21st November 1980
USAF
RF-4C Phantom 64-1003          Martin-Baker
L. Black
ejected
   Martin-Baker
   
Monday 8th December 1980
USMC
F-4S Phantom II            Martin-Baker
1/LT C. Johnson ejected Capt. J. Casey
ejected
 Martin-Baker
Pilot initiated successful command ejection
   
Wednesday 10th December 1980
11:21

USAF
RF-4C Phantom 67-0430
JO
33rd TRTS
363rd TRW
Shaw Air Force Base
Training mission. Crashed in a swampy area near Beech Creek, west of the base      Martin-Baker
Captain Wayne A Gordon
28
ejected
Captain Joe Weiss
29
ejected
 Martin-Baker
Rescued by CH-3 helicopter piloted by Captain Barry Gottshall
   
16th December 1980
USN
F-4 Phantom   NAS Oceana Crashed short of the runway during touch and go landings and take-offs at Fentress Field      Martin-Baker
??
killed
??
killed
 Martin-Baker
   
17th December 1980
USAF
F-4 Phantom            Martin-Baker
Lt.COL R. Ayres
ejected
Capt. J. Jordan
ejected
 Martin-Baker

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