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Date

Air Force

A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
9‑Jul‑69


RAF

First loss of this type in Service with RAF     Martin-Baker
Phantom FGR2 XV395 6 Sqn Systems failure Horncastle Lincs Flight Lieutenant  Forbes M Pearson ejected Flight Lieutenant  John E Room ejected Martin-Baker
12‑Oct‑71


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV479 54 Sqn engine failure near Karup Denmark     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Northcote ejected Flight Lieutenant Steve B. Cox  ejected Martin-Baker
15‑Oct‑71


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XT904 2280CU  RAF Coningsby loss of control during spin near Cromer     Martin-Baker
Squadron Leader John D. Armstrong ejected Flight Lieutenant Miles ejected Martin-Baker
14‑Feb‑72


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XT913  2280CU  hydraulic failure   North Sea     Martin-Baker
 Flying Officer Jack Stone ejected Flight Lieutenant P Lee Preston ejected Martin-Baker
21‑Nov‑72


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV477 6 Sqn returning to base after a sortie. Near Penrith, visibility deteriorated andthe aircraft carried out the 'low level abort' procedure crashed into rising ground 9m E Penrith

 

  Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Christopher Maurice HAYNES killed
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Martin SMITH killed
Martin-Baker
1st June 1973


RAF

Phantom FGR2  XV397 17 Sqn Instrument failure. Germany     Martin-Baker
 Pilot Squadron Leader George Roberts, ejected Navigator Flight Lieutenant David Nicholas BAKER struck by pilot's canopy as he ejected - killed Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was stationed at Bruggen  Feb 73 to Aug 75 on 17 squadron. Just some additional information for you.
Dave Baker’s ejection sequence was perfect although he was killed. The SOP for ejection was Nav first Pilot second with no command ejection. As Dave initiated the sequence Sqn Ldr George Roberts heard the first bang and pulled his ejection handle. His canopy struck Dave and he was killed instantly. Weather conditions were extremely poor and with total instrument failure and no visibility due to low cloud George had no option but to abandon the aircraft. The SOP remained the same.

in email 15th January 2008

 

I'm an ex-RAF F4 strike/attack and AD pilot and I thought I'd offer a few snippets to some of your Phantom ejection listings.

I was on 17 Sqn when Dave Baker was killed ejecting from XV397 in June 1973 (an unlucky aircraft - I'd had a multiple hydraulic failure in it and crash landed at Ahlhorn a couple of years earlier). What your other correspondent says is true but it may be of interest that the instrument failure was a very insidious one that the Board of Enquiry tried on several of us without warning in the simulator and we all did what Geoff (not George) Roberts did - entered a spiral dive and only realised when it was far too late to recover. The crash resulted in a modification of the standby attitude indicator.

When Keith Spawton and Mike Harris were killed in XV427 in August 1973, they were No. 2 in a pair with me leading. My back seater was John Nunn. I'd flown the same aircraft earlier in the day, flown a check ride on Keith the previous week, and authorised the sortie - try to get more involved with a Board of Enquiry than that!!  The trip was a lead-up to Keith's op check and was specifically to sharpen his battle and fighting wing formation skills as well as some range work. We were flying down a valley to the east of Dusseldorf with Keith in fighting wing right in a slight left-hand turn when he tried to cross to the left in order to close up a bit. He hit my slipstream and got spat out nose low and steeply banked. He nearly recovered but a small knoll got in the way and he just clipped it. Mike Harris, who was an experienced ex-OCU staff back seater, can't have seen it coming. The wreckage went through a German village and I couldn't believe that no-one on the ground was hurt - it looked like carnage.

I was then on 92 Sqn AD when Chris Rounce and Chris Meade were killed in XV483 in July 1978. I'd flown the previous sorte in the aircraft, bringing it back from a detachment at Aalborg with Dave Bennett three days before. They were on a low-level CAP sortie and whilst manoeuvring with some bandits Chris Rounce got into the classic F4 coffin corner - low, slow and descending - with almost inevitable results. 

I hope that the above is of interest. The F4 was criticised by some for poor handling but if you knew what you were doing and took notice of what the aircraft was telling you it was a magnificent piece of kit to fly. I got 2,500 hours in it and loved every one.It was a far more enjoyable mount than the Tornado F3 that I flew later.

Dave Hunt

   in email 23rd April 2008

25‑Jun‑73


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV440 31 Sqn Flew into sea at night   Vliebos Holland     Martin-Baker
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Hugh Peter Calday KENNEDY killed  no ejection
Navigator Squadron Leader David Noel HODGES killed
Martin-Baker
22‑Aug‑73


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV427 17 Sqn West Germany Flew into high ground during manoeuvre     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Keith Alan SPAWTON  killed
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Michael Austin HARRIS  killed
Martin-Baker
9‑Aug‑74


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV493 41 Sqn Mid air collision with crop spraying aircraft Bexwell Norfolk     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Group Captain David Robert Kidgell BLUCKE killed
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Terence Wesley KIRKLAND killed
Martin-Baker
11th October 1974


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV431
31 Sqn 
RAF Bruggen
Crashed on take-off West Germany when
the wings folded after they had been left unlocked
    Martin-Baker
 Flight Lieutenant Ray Pilley
ejected
 Flight Lieutenant Kevin Toal
ejected
Martin-Baker
21st November 1974
RAF
Phantom FGR2 XV441 197421 14 Sqn
Bruggen, West Germany
Crashed at Lang Hent, Netherlands      
Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. A. M "Mike" Keane
ejected
[see FEEDBACK}
Flt. Lt. Ian D. Vacha
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Your entry says "pilot stayed with the aircraft to avoid a built up area and was killed".

What actually happened, as far as I can recall, is that Ian Vacha ejected first, but when the front seater, Mike Keane, pulled the lower handle, nothing happened.  He then tried the top handle, also to no avail. 

It's true that the aircraft was heading towards a Dutch village, and that Mike stayed with the aircraft, but not for lack of trying to get out.  The ac was burning and he was losing control quickly, but fortunately, as the ac rolled and the nose dropped, Mike's seat suddenly fired and he was ejected safely.  The aircraft continued its manoeuvre away from the village, and although there was some damage, nobody was injured.

The theory was, I believe, that the front canopy had been held on by vortices generated by airflow over the empty rear cockpit.  The F4 seat would not fire as long as the canopy was in place.  The changing attitude of the ac as it departed seems to have changed the airflow sufficiently to allow the system to operate.

The nice bit about the story is that the crash investigators could not find several major parts of the ac, including at least one of the seats, and none of the villagers seemed able to help.  Meanwhile, Mike had been hailed as a hero for, as your current report says, staying with the ac to save the village, about which they were not disabused.  When Carnival came round in February, Mike was invited to be the guest of honour in the carnival parade.  When he pitched up at the assembly point to board the main float, he discovered the rest of his ac.  The float was done up as a very realistic F4 and he was back in his own seat!

 

A much happier ending. 

Regards

Al Sawyer
(Nav at Bruggen at the time)
in email 11th November 2007

 

3‑Mar‑75


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV416 111 Sqn engine failure near River Witham     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant  Phil Tolman ejected Flight Lieutenant P Trotter ejected Martin-Baker
18‑Sep‑75


RAF

Phantom FG1  XV580 43 Sqn control lost during aerobatic practice  Near Kirriemuir     Martin-Baker
Flying Officer Wright ejected Flight Lieutenant Jack Hammil ejected Martin-Baker
24‑Nov‑75


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV405 2280CU      RAF Coningsby       Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant  Smith ejected Flight Lieutenant Rob Lunn ejected Martin-Baker
17th December 1975


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV463 41 Sqn Flew into Solway Firth, near Mawbury, Scotland     Martin-Baker
killed killed Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The aircraft crashed at Mawbray Nr Silloth Cumbria. You have it as Mawbury Scotland.
Its actual crash site is between the hamlets of Beckfoot and Mawbray just off the B5300 coast road from Maryport to Silloth.Hope this helps you with the site.
David
in email 17th April 2008

23‑Jul‑76


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV417 29 Sqn Structural failure of the starboard wing, crashed near Mablethorpe     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant Jim W. Jackson ejected
Captain B. A. 'Dave' Newberry CAF ejected
Martin-Baker
17th May 1977
also seen as 13th May 1977
confirm

RN
Phantom FG1 XV588
R004
892 Sqn Engine fire. Abandoned on take off from Leuchars     Martin-Baker
Flg. Off. T. Newby Flt. Lt. Steve Riley Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

 

 

Thanks to Steve Riley for correcting the Phantom Serial number and also providing this photo of the damaged XV588

 

in email 21st February 2008

21st November 1977
RAF
Phantom  
43 Sqn
RAF Leuchars
      Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Steve W. Gyles
ejected
Flt. Lt. Andy Moir
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

RAF Phantom Ejection 21 Nov 77 Gyles/Moyer.

It was a 43 Sqn aircraft that suffered a nose wheel steering hard over on takeoff both crew ejected and the aircraft stopped on the grass. Andy Moir broke his leg. Something similar happened later when I think it was Al Lockwood and Bob Lawley had a similar incident on 43 Sqn, Bob (navigator) ejected Al took the aircraft off on the grass and flew a solo circuit to land. This was the incident of 26 Jan 81

Al Sully
43 Sqn navigator at that time.

n email 10th March 2008

24‑Jul‑78


RAF

 Phantom FGR2 XV483 92 Sqn Flew into ground during practice interception  Drenke West Germany     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Squadron Leader Christopher Ian Cunningham ROUNCE killed
no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Christopher John MEADE killed
Martin-Baker
4‑Aug‑78


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV403 111 Sqn Flew into sea during practice interception 58 miles east of Aberdeen     Martin-Baker

no ejection
Pilot Captain Josh TALLENTYRE USMC killed
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Christopher Charles FERRIS killed
Martin-Baker
23‑Nov‑78


RAF

Phantom FG1 XT598 111 Sqn RAF Leuchars Flew into sea during approach to RAF Leuchars     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Christopher John Jones
killed
no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Michael Hardy Stephenson
killed
Martin-Baker
28th February 1979
RAF
Phantom FG-1 XV578
F
111 Squadron crashed into the North Sea 50 miles east of Montrose     Martin-Baker
Squadron Leader Mal. Gleeve
ejected
Flying Officer Al Lewry
ejected
Martin-Baker

"We'd been doing fighter affilation with another 111 Sqn F-4 and and Vulcan. On returning to Leuchars, we carried out a mutual run against each other when one engine seized and the other followed shortly after. Ejected around 9,000 ft. Other point of note is that we were the first 'live' RAF Sea King rescue - the aircraft was already airborne out of Boulmer when they heard the Mayday."
Al Lewry
in email 5th November 2007

5‑Mar‑80


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV436 29 Sqn  RAF Coningsby       Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant Andy C. Cairncross  ejected Flight Lieutenant Nig B. Randall ejected Martin-Baker
3rd June 1980
RAF
Phantom FG.1   XV589/P 111 Squadron RAF Alconbury crashed on approach to Alconbury, England.
Radome latches failed nose randome opened in flight
Flt. Lt.Pat R. Watling ejected  Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. Steve L. James ejected  Martin-Baker
11‑Jul‑80


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV418 92 Sqn Aircraft dived into the ground during filming sortie near Diepholz Germany     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Richard Andrew John MOTT killed
no ejection
Flight Lieutenant Ian Michael JOHNSON killed
Martin-Baker
12‑Nov‑80


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV413 29 Sqn Crashed into the sea at night 50m off Cromer     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Squadron Leader Stephen GLENCORSE killed
 no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Graham Edward  FINCH killed
Martin-Baker
9‑Dec‑80


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV414 23 Sqn engine fire over sea l0miles off Lowestoft     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant  Steve J Martin ejected   Martin-Baker
26th January 1981
RAF
Phantom FG       Flight Lieutenant  Nick Morgan ejected Flt. Lt. R. J. Lawley ejected Martin-Baker
9th July 1981 RAF Phantom FG1 XT866/O 43 Sqn  RAF Leuchars ADI failed on finals at night Leuchars, Fife. The aircraft cartwheeled across the airfield and burnt out     Martin-Baker
Sqn. Ldr. Ray L. Dixon ejected Flg. Off. att. R. L. Syndercombe ejected Martin-Baker
14‑Apr‑82


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XT912 2280CU  Mid air collision with another Phantom  shortly after take‑off near Walcot Lincolnshire. The other Phantom landed safely     Martin-Baker
Squadron Leader  Dick George ejected Squadron Leader  Guy Slocum ejected Martin-Baker
7‑Jul‑82


RAF

Phantom FGR2  XV491 29 Sqn aircraft crashed into the sea 35 miles off Cromer     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Alan Stewart RILEY killed 
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Marcus Robert HANTON killed
Martin-Baker
17th October 1983


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV484 23 Sqn Flew into high ground in cloud  Mount Usborne East Falkland     Martin-Baker
 no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant John Richard GOSTICK killed
 no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Jeff Kenneth BELL killed
Martin-Baker
6th March 1984
RAF
Phantom
FGR2
 
XT891 29 Sqn
RAF Coningsby
      Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. T. J.  "Zip" Nolan
ejected
Flt. Lt. Roger Newton
ejected
Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

I noticed that the entry for the ejection on 6 Mar 84 lacks any detail.  I was serving on 228 OCU at the time and can add a few details for you

FGR2, XT891 was one of a pair launching from RAF Waddington on Runway 20.  The Phantom OCU was operating on “Bolthole” from RAF Coningsby during runway resurfacing.  During the take off roll the aircraft suffered directional stability problems and left the runway on the Northern side.  Shortly after leaving the runway the crew ejected.  The pilot, Flt Lt “Zip” Nolan left first followed almost immediately by the navigator Flt Lt Roger Newton.  Both ejections were uneventful and they landed on the airfield.  The aircraft travelled across the grass and came to rest just short of the cross runway.  It passed quite close to buildings on the airfield causing a few 29 Sqn aircrew some heart-stopping moments as they were using them as their sqn accommodation at the time.  It was reasonably well embedded in the grass and took a good deal of persuasion from the squadron engineers to emerge from the grass.  The aircraft remained on the ground for some months while it was recovered by a civilian working party and eventually returned to service.  It is now the Gate Guardian at RAF Coningsby.

 

Sunday 19th August 1984
RAF
Phantom FG1 XV569 'Q'
111 Sqn
Suffered a nose wheel steering malfunction and departed the runway. Pilot was able to take off and eventually land at RAF Lyneham.     Martin-Baker Mk.7
Flg Off Dave Harvey
No ejection
Flt Lt Pete Humphreys
43 Sqn
ejected at low level
Martin-Baker
Mk.7
FEEDBACK

 

"I came accross your site recently and found it really interesting since I flew the F4 on 111 Sqn at RAF Leuchars between 1984-7.  You may be interested in the following regarding the take off incident at Bournemouth on 19 August 1984.

I was flying the spare aircraft for the display crew, Sqn Ldr Simon Lloyd-Morrison and Flt Lt Gary Hewitt, that weekend.  

During a pairs take off on the Sunday morning to depart back to Leuchars my aircraft, XV569 'Q', suffered a nose wheel steering malfunction and departed the runway.  Pete ejected in accordance with our pre take off emergencies brief and I took off from the grass, eventually landing into the approach cable at RAF Lyneham.

The attached photo shows the aircraft just getting airborne in a high nose attitude and leaving a trail of burning grass in its wake.  The picture was taken by Bill Turner and should be credited to him if published. "

Regards

Dave Harvey
in email 19th February 2011

 

FEEDBACK

6 Mar 84.
I was a student navigator on 228 OCU at the time. RAF Coningsby’s runway was being resurfaced and all Coningsby F4 squadrons were bolt-holing at RAF Waddington.  The Tim Nolan/Rog Newton accident was a double ejection as their ac left the runway, on landing I believe, but I can’t be sure.  The ac was from 29 Sqn

19 Aug 84.
This should have been me that ejected from this ac. The ac was from 11 Sqn, RAF Leuchars and myself and Fg Off Dave Harvey were to take this aircraft to Bournemouth airshow as the spare ac for the Phantom Display Crew. At the last minute I got the offer of a landaway to Ramstein for the weekend and Pete Humphries of 43 Sqn stepped into Dave Harvey’s back seat at the last minute. On departure from Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon Dave and Pete were No 2 of a pairs take-off. The FG1 was notorious for poor nose-wheel steering and it failed on the take roll causing the ac to leave the runway. SOP was for the Nav to eject; the pilot could make his mind up what to do based on the prevailing circumstances but without having to worry about the nav. Dave got the aircraft airborne and eventually landed at Lyneham after 45 minutes solo F4.

I hope this info is of interest to you

Allan Goodison
Wg Cdr, RAF

in email 10th March 2010

  XT 857  made a very bad landing at Leuchars on the 21/8/85 - it was scrapped. Did the crew eject?
7‑Jan‑86


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV434 29 Sqn Loss of control at low level 20 miles North of Harrogate     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant  Ian K. Ferguson
ejected
Flight Lieutenant  S. C. Williams
ejected
Martin-Baker
3‑Jul‑86


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV471 19 Sqn RAF Wildenrath Major systems failure on approach     Martin-Baker

Flying Officer Russ Walters‑Morgan ejected

Flight Lieutenant Chris Heames ejected Martin-Baker
26‑Aug‑87


RAF

Phantom F4J(UK) ZE358 74 Sqn Flew into ground during low level training flight  Trefenter 10m South‑west Aberystwyth     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Euan Holm MURDOCH killed 
no ejection
Navigator Flying Officer Jeremy Lindsey OGG killed
Martin-Baker
7‑Sep‑87


RAF

Phantom FG1 XT861 43 Sqn Mid air collision in five ship formation North Sea     Martin-Baker
Flying Officer John Hancock ejected Squadron Leader Tommy Riddell ejected Martin-Baker
20‑Apr‑88


RAF

Phantom FG1 XT860 43 Sqn Flew into sea during Exercise Elder Forest  28m E RAF Leuchars     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Philip Donald CLARKE killed 
no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Kevin John POYSDEN killed
Martin-Baker
  RAF XT 860 was lost on the 20/4/88. What was the cause and did the crew eject?
2‑Aug‑88


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV501 56 Sqn Systems failure   Mayenne France F   Martin-Baker
light Lieutenant  D Johnson ejected Flight Lieutenant  Joe (?) N. S.  Hacke ejected Martin-Baker
23‑Sep‑88


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV428 2280CU  RAF Abingdon Crashed during display practice bear Abingdon     Martin-Baker
no ejection
Pilot Flight Lieutenant Christopher Charles Maurice Lackman killed
 no ejection
Navigator Flight Lieutenant William John (Jack) Thompson killed
Martin-Baker
18‑Oct‑88


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV437 92 Sqn Engine problems near Holzminden Germany     Martin-Baker
Flight Lieutenant Pete Lines ejected at approx 2000 feet Flight Lieutenant Colin Fryer ejected at approx 2000 feet Martin-Baker
9‑Jan‑89


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XT908 2280CU
RAF Leuchars
pilot informed the navigator he did not feel well. Shortly afterwards the aircraft dived into the sea 50m E Dundee     Martin-Baker
 no ejection
Squadron Leader John David NELSON
killed
Navigator Flight Lieutenant Gordon Moulds
ejected
picked up by helicopter
Martin-Baker
24‑Apr‑89


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XT893 56 Sqn Systems failure 48m E Flamborough Head     Martin-Baker
Squadron Leader Chris J. Bagnall ejected Flight Lieutenant Richard A. H. Watson ejected Martin-Baker
6-Jul-89    Phantom           Martin-Baker
30-Apr-90    Phantom       Sqn. Ldr. G. Yapp Flt. Lt. S. D. Lungley Martin-Baker
8‑Jan‑91


RAF

Phantom FGR2 XV462 19 Sqn loss of control off Cyprus     Martin-Baker

Flight Lieutenant Graham J. Williams
ejected

Flying officer Gary A. Winwright
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

 

"I came accross your site recently and found it really interesting since I flew the F4 on 111 Sqn at RAF Leuchars between 1984-7.  You may be interested in the following regarding the take off incident at Bournemouth on 19 August 1984.

I was flying the spare aircraft for the display crew, Sqn Ldr Simon Lloyd-Morrison and Flt Lt Gary Hewitt, that weekend.  

During a pairs take off on the Sunday morning to depart back to Leuchars my aircraft, XV569 'Q', suffered a nose wheel steering malfunction and departed the runway.  Pete ejected in accordance with our pre take off emergencies brief and I took off from the grass, eventually landing into the approach cable at RAF Lyneham.

The attached photo shows the aircraft just getting airborne in a high nose attitude and leaving a trail of burning grass in its wake.  The picture was taken by Bill Turner and should be credited to him if published. "

Regards

Dave Harvey
in email 19th February 2011

 

30th October 1991
RAF
Phantom FG1 XV421 1453 Flt
RAF Mount Pleasant
Dived into sea out of cloud during combat practice 50 mls N of Stanley, Falkland Isles     Marin-Baker
 Fg Off Ian "Mongo" Halden
19(F) Squadron
killed
no ejection
Flt Lt Chris 'CJ' Weightman
19(F) Squadron
killed
no ejection
Martin-Baker
 


RAF

            Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker

 

RN FAA Phantom Losses

DRAFT LISTING
still being added to

Date

Air Force

A'cft Unit / Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
10th July 1967


RN FAA

Phantom       Lt. R. B. Jones ejected   Martin-Baker
3rd May 1970
RN FAA
Phantom FG.1
c/n 9320/2896
XV566
('010/R')
892 Sqn

Ark Royal

Crashed into sea, Lyme Bay, Dorset      
no ejection
Lt A. J. Stewart killed

no ejection
Lt. P. J. Coombes killed

 
  767 Sqdn at Yeovilton lost an F-4, XV566, on the 30/5/70 but I can't find any further info. Did the crew eject, and who were they, and the reason for the loss.
19th May 1971


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1 XT862
1 56/VL'
c/n 8697/2426
767 Sqn Yeovilton Both engines flamed out in recovery from steep climb. Crashed in sea 25m f Newquay, Cornwall     Martin-Baker
Cdr W Hawley ejected at 6,OOOft Lt P. S. J. Love ejected at 5,OOOft Martin-Baker
unhurt & injured, both recovered by helicopter and taken to RAF St.Mawgan
28th June 1971


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1 XV565
'001/R'
c/n 9319/2872
892 Sqn Flying from USAFB Cecil Field, low level during air combat manoeuvres. Crashed in sea off Mayport, Florida, USA     Martin-Baker
Lt D. A.  Hill Lt M. J. W.  Grainger‑Holcombe Martin-Baker
picked up by SAR from USNAS Jacksonville
10th January 1972


RN FAA

  XT876 767 Sqn Crashed at sea  near Trevose Head, Cornwall Lt. C. OConnor ejected   Martin-Baker
 ejected   Martin-Baker
10th January 1972


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1

XT876
' 160/VL'
c/n 8711/2856

767 Sqn Yeovilton

Double 'flame-out' while carrying out super-sonic interceptions over the Bristol Channel

Loss of control at altitude, entered spin at 31,OOOft. Crashed 27m NW of St.Mawgan, a/c hit sea off Trevose Head, Cornwall

   

Martin-Baker

Cmdr Simon Idiens
ejected, parachute problems
killed

Lt. 'Rod' O'Connor
ejected safely
d

[see also 17th July 1973]

Martin-Baker

Both crew ejected at 15,OOOft

 

The FG.1 loss on 10/1/72 was one of my squadron's a/c. The pilot was Cmdr Simon Idiens, RN, the Station "Air Boss." He had a double 'flame-out' while carrying out super-sonic interceptions over the Bristol Channel. At 16,000ft his observer Lt. 'Rod' O'Connor ejected safely and was recovered by the Culdrose SAR helo, but Simon was never found. 'Rod' was positive that he saw Simon eject, and the following day a lady who lived near the North Cornish coast swore that she saw a body floating in the sea near the cliffs and it was wearing a white helmet. The CG did a through search but sadly found nothing. Very sadly, his wife who had also been married to another naval aviator, lost her first husband in a Sea Vixen night accident in Lyme bay a few years previously!

17th July 1973


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1 XT871
'007/R'
c/n 8706/2666
892 Sqn
Ark Royal,
Port engine problem on launch. Crashed off bow near Isle of May in Forth of Forth     Martin-Baker
Lt. J. C.  Gunning
ejected
Lt. R. C. O'Connor
ejected

[see also 10th January 1972]

Martin-Baker
picked up safely by SAR Wessex
15th October 1973


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1 XT869
'002/R'
c/n 8704/2623
892 Sqn On approach both engines stopped. Crashed in Tentsmuir Forest near Leuchars     Martin-Baker
(Lt. T. J. I.  Hooton  ejected safely at 400 feet
slightly injured
Lt. D. J. Lortscher USN ejected safely at 400 feet
slightly injured
Martin-Baker
23rd May 1974


RN FAA

Phantom       Flt. Lt. L. Hurst ejected   Martin-Baker
17th May 1977


RN FAA

Phantom FG.1
c/n 9342/3346
XV558
('004/R')
892 Sqn Engine fire on take off crashed near Leuchars. Flg. Off. T. Newby RAF ejected minor injuries   Martin-Baker
Flt. Lt. S. Riley RAF ejected minor injuries

 

 
Martin-Baker
12th May 1978
RN
Phantom FG.1 XT868
R000

c/n 8703/2602
892 Sqn
'008/R'
Leuchars
 starboard wingtip hit the ground , cartwheeled on approach Leuchars during last Naval flight of a Phantom at
Leuchars, Fife. One crew member was killed in the crash
    Martin-Baker
Cdr. Carl C. N. Davies ejected
seriously injured
observer Lt John Gavin
killed
Martin-Baker

"I witnessed this accident, as I was walking between 111Sqn & 892NAS hangers.  The aircraft came across both hangers then turned quickly to the left to get onto the runway he had a high sink rate just missed the oxygen bay and the QRA sheds.  He crashed right wing down onto the approach ejecting horizontally as the wing was about to hit.  The aircraft continued to turn and ended up upside-down the navigator had no chance to get out.
The pilot was the Senior Naval Officer at Leuchars."

in email received 28th June 2006

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