Aircraft by type

Grumman F9F Panther
F9F-2 to F9F-5 = Panther - straight-wing jet fighter
&
Cougar
in the Trainer version - student in front, instructor in rear

Major update in process

The majority of Panther pilots preferred to ditch their aircraft rather than resort to the then new ejection seat. Bail-out was a term used to denote a parachute descent. In the majority of cases when pilots in ejection seat fitted aircraft referred to bail-out they in fact meant an ejection. Unless specifically stated in the reports that the pilot "ejected" the term "bail-out" is accepted to mean using the ejection seat.

Preliminary Listing

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
28 October 1948   XF9F-2 2nd Prototype   crashed during carrier trials      
                 

1950

February 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 122584 VF-51
NAS San Diego, CA
Ditched on Take off     Ditched
8th February 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123449 VR-31
NAS Floyd Field
Stalled during landing turn, Jamaica Bay Pilot killed    
24th February 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123060 VMF-115
NAS Roosevelt Roads, PR, USA
Stalled on take off      
31st March 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123481 VF-21
NAS Oceana, VA
Crashed into woods after wave-off Pilot killed    
1st April 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123462 NAS San Diego, CA        
12th April 1950
US
F9F-3 Panther 122566 NAS Paxutent River, MD Overshot runway      
11th May 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123406 VF-71
NAS Quonset Point, RI
Tailhook failed on landing on USS Saipan (CVL-48), went over the side into the Atlantic      
11th May 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123531 VR-31 Crashed into hill in overcast near Scott AFB      
21st May 1950
USN
F9F-2 Panther 122580 VF-51
USS Valley Forge
Ditched on take-off, Korea     Ditched
21st May 1950
USMC
F9F-2 Panther 123063 VMF-115
MCAS Cherry Point
Crashed into the Atlantic Pilot killed    
25th May 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123478 VX-3
NAS Atlantic City, NJ
Crashed during landing Pilot killed    
29th May 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123424 VF-71 Engine failure. Crashed near Alligator Lake LT A Pierpoint
ejected
  Ejection
Grumman
6th June 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123414 VF-71
USS Wright (CVL-49)
Hard landing on carrier off Jacksonville      
25th June 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123028 VF-52
USS Valley Forge
Crashed during take off      
3rd July 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123415 VF-71
NAS Quonset Point, RI
Spun in on wave off      
10th July 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123437 VF-111
USS Philippine Sea
Cold cat shot, Korea LTJG K.A. Wade    
   
16th July 1950
also seen as
18th July 1950

USN
F9F-3 Panther 122575 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Lost power on takeoff due to faulty catapult shot LT M. P. SOUTH
Rescued, uninjured
  Ditched
18th July 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123397 VF-71
USS Midway
Ramp strike on landing Pilot killed    
22nd July 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 122577 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Ditched on take off     Ditched
7th August 1950
USN
F9F-2B Panther 123443 VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Ditched on take-off in the Mokpo-Kwang-Ju area CDR R WEYMOUTH
CO of VF-112
Rescued
  Ditched
12th August 1950
US
F9F-3 Panther 123068 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
AAA fire - near Kumchon strafing attack on NK train ENS John H. NYHUIS
MIA
   
20th August 1950
US
F9F Panther 123447 VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Crashed and burned during combat mission near Sariwon, Korea ENS Curtis L. SMITH
KIA
   
20th August 1950
USMC
F9F-2B Panther buno  VMF-312 Korea Pilot killed    
22nd August 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123403 FASRON-11
Kisarazu Air Base, Japan
Flew into sea wall on take off Pilot killed    
29th August 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123444 VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Bad catapult shot, ditched ENS R. M. KILLINGSWORTH, uninjured, rescued by helo   Ditched
11th September 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123501 VX-3
NAS Atlantic City, NJ
Missing      
18th September 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123441
"V"
VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Ditched due to fuel exhaustion ENS Earl R REIMERS
Rescued
[see also 3rd January 1952]
  Ditched
19th September 1950
US
F9F-3 Panther 122574
also seen as
BuNo
122581
VF-52
Sea Lancers
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Lost power, possibly due to AAA, ditched ENS David F. TATUM
Rescued by a cruiser
[see also 28th December 1951
and KIA on 19th February 1952)
  Ditched
Note: Hit by ground fire over Pyongtaek , causing a main fuelsystem failure. He coasted all the way back to the Yellow Sea, ditching alongside HMS Jamaica
23rd September 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123599 VF-191
NAS El Centro
Pulled up too late from strafing run Pilot killed    
24th September 1950
USN
F9F-2B Panther 123445
"V"
VF-111
Sundowners
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Hit by AAA Lt. C. C. Dace ejected out successfully over the Yellow Sea near Chorwon, Korea. Rescued by the USS Chevalier (DDR-805)   Ejection
Grumman
25th September 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123485 VF-21
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Went over the side during wave off      
29th September 1950
USN
F9F-2 Panther 123432 VF-111
Sundowners
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
crashed through all of the barriers and hit 11 parked aircraft On landing     Crash Landed
18th October 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123598 VF-191
USS Princeton
Crashed on take off Pilot killed    
18th October 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123620 VF-191
USS Princeton
Hit by landing aircraft      
19th October 1950
US
F9F-2B Panther 123514 VF-31
USS Leyte (CV-32)
Ditched after bad take-off LT Donald C. DAVIS
Rescued
  Ditched
9th November 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123076 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit barrier during landing, Korea      
27th November 1950
US
F9F-2
Panther
123446
"V"
VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Lost power, ditched LT Douglas R. HAGOOD, Injured, helo rescue   Ditched
28th November 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123427 VMF-115
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hard landing, jumped barrier hit other aircraft, and damaged 4 others      
28th November 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123429 VMF-115
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
Hit by 124427
see previous entry
     
30th November 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123506 VF-31
USS Leyte (CV-32)
Flew into water after wave off Pilot recovered    
9th December 1950
US
F9F-2B Panther 123499 VF-31
USS Leyte (CV-32)
Bad landing ENS Lawrence I. SEIM, Uninjured   Bad landing
11th December 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 22581 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Ramp strike, Korea      
17th December 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123446 VF-111 or VF-112 ??
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Crashed into the sea on take off      
19th December 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123433 VF-112
USS Philippine Sea (CV-47)
Flame out 4 mi from formation ENS John E. NICKLIN
Rescued by helo
  Ditched
20th December 1950
US
F9F-2B Panther 123528 VF-31
USS Leyte (CV-32)
Bad takeoff ENS Richard J. OWENS
uninjured
  Ditched
26th December 1950
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123533
"WL"
VMF-311
MAG-12
crashed into small hill after attacking a highway bridge near Kangjon.

Possible AAA hit

CAPT Jerry E. A. MILLER
KIA
   
29th December 1950
US
F9F-2 Panther 123526 VF-31
USS Leyte (CV-32)
Crashed following launch ENS Omvig    
   

1951

2nd January 1951
USMC
F9F-2B 123543 VMF-311
MAG-12
Failed to pull out of strafing run, crashed into hill near Kaesong 1LT Marshal E. SIMONSON
KIA
   
8th January 1951
US
F9F-2B 123463 VMF-311
MAG-12
Crashed into ditch on takeoff, mechanical problems at Pusan Airfield (K-9), total loss CAPT Richard A. FLANAGAN
Remains recovered
   
27th January 1951
US
F9F 123581 VF-61
Franklin D. Roosevelt
       
22nd February 1951
US
F9F-2 123549 VF-71        
26th February 1951
USMC
F9F-2B 123525 VMF-311
MAG-33
Partial loss of power on landing at K-3, crashed, total loss 1LT Merle E. DAVIS
Uninjured
   
8th March 1951

Combat Loss


USN
F9F-2B [Blue Angel]

123621


VF 191
USS Princeton (CV-37)
AAA during strafing run, Korea Crashed off Korean east coast near Tanchon Lt. Cdr. John "Johnny" F. Magda
CO of VF-191
KIA
Remains recovered
 
12th March 1951
US
F9F 123648 VF-721        
18th March 1951
USMC
F9F-2B 123537 VMF-311
MAG-33
Disappeared after climbing through overcast, large fire seen 5 miles W of Ungye-Ri CAPT Robert D. HAYES
Remains recovered
   
19th March 1951
US
F9F 123039 VF-52        
5th April 1951
US
F9F-2B 123657 VF-721
USS Boxer (CV-21)
Failed to pull out of practice strafing run and hit tree W. of Wonsan LCDR Chester W. GATES
uninjured
   
6th April 1951
US
F9F-5       Civilian P. Berk ejected   Grumman
11th April 1951
US
F9F-2 125086 VF-23   ENS D. Musetti
ejected
   
11th April 1951
US
F9F 125111 VF-23   Pilot killed    
16th April 1951
US
F9F 123654 VF-721        
Ramp Strike - USS Midway


                                                                               all photos USN
Miraculously Lt Duncan walked away from this Ramp Strike about the USS Midway in 1951
[exact date appreciated - also photo of Lt. Duncan]
18th April 1951
US
F9F 125140 VF-51        
18th April 1951
US
F9F 127086 VF-72        
26th April 1951
US
F9F 123684 VF-71        
1st May 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123590 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, caught fire & crashed after pilot bailed out, SAR effort negative Captain Mercer R. Smith
RMC Big Switch
  Grumman
4th May 1951
also seen as 6th May 1951

US
F9F-2B 123601 VF-191 Hit by AAA at Koto-ri, exploded in mid-air near Hongmun, Ni, Korea ENS Gerald J. SULLIVAN
ejected
MIA
   
7th May 1951
US
F9F-2B 123633 VF-191
USS Princeton (CV-37)
Hit by enemy fire while conducting strafing run in the vicinity of Ichon ENS Lowell R. BREWER
KIA
   
23rd May 1951
US
F9F 123582          
30th May 1951
US
F9F-2B 123640 VF-721
USS Boxer (CV-21)
Partial power failure during catapult launch, settled into water LTJG Warren O. NELSON
Helo rescue
   
31st May 1951
US
F9F-2B 123670 VF-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Failed to remain airborne after catapult shot LT T. S. CHUHAK, Injured, helo rescue    
5th June 1951
US
F9F-2B 123618 VF-23
USS Princeton (CV-37)
Crashed into flight deck, caught fire, exploded, SAR effort negative ENS Philip S. RANDOLPH, JR
KIA
   
6th June 1951
US
F9F 127131 VF-51        
10th June 1951
US
F9F 123550 VMF-223        
12th June 1951
US
F9F-2 127138 VF-52   2/LT R. K. Childress
ejected
  Grumman
18th June 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123602 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by gnd fire near Hyon-ni, Captain Jack Eugene Perry bailed out over enemy territory, alive on the ground
RMC Big Switch
  Grumman
 
English: Two Grumman F9F-2B Panthers (BuNo. 123602 in the foreground) of Marine fighter squadron VMF-311 Tomcats being refueled at K-3 (Pohang) airbase during the Korean War. The F9F-2B 123602 was shot down by ground fire near Hyon-ni on 18 June 1951. The pilot, Captain (USMC) Jack E. Perry, ejected successfully.

Jack Eugene Perry

Born February 5, 1917 in Algonac, Michigan, passed away peacefully on May
3, 2003 in Tacoma, WA. He is survived by his wife, N. Loraine (Lorry) Perry,
his daughter Loralyn Rae Perry, his son Dana Perry Betzer and his grandson
Jordan Perry Betzer. Jack served proudly as a USMC pilot for 26 years,
retiring from the Corps in 1968. During the Korean Conflict he was a F9F
Panther fighter pilot, attached to the VMF-311. He was shot down over Korea
and imprisoned for 27 months in Camp 2. During his military career he was
awarded the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.
Jack E. Perry will be inurned at the New Tacoma Cemetery on May 30, 2003.
A memorial service will be held on May 31, 2003 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Andrews
Episcopal Ch,urch in Tacoma. In lieu of flowers the family re-quests
donations be made to the Humane Society. Pub Date: 5/25/2003
 
Tacoma News Tribune
 

23rd June 1951
US
F9F 123503 VF-21        
3rd July 1951
US
F9F-2B 123677 VF-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Fuel exhaustion, ditched LTJG Willard R. WAMPLER
injured, helo rescue
  Ditched
20th July 1951
US
F9F 125418 VF-72        
21st July 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123464 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Flight jumped by MIGs, last seen heading for cloud cover 1st Lt. Richard W. Bell
RMC Big Switch
  Grumman
22nd July 1951
US
F9F-3   VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Equipment failure during catapult shot, ditched LTJG R. HEIDERER
Helo rescue
  Ditched
23rd July 1951
US
F9F 125228 USS Midway        
24th July 1951
US
F9F 123428 VF-71        
27th July 1951
US
F9F-2B 123700 VF-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Failed to remain airborne after catapult shot, ditched LTJG Donald J. BRODHAG
Rescued
  Ditched
28th July 1951
US
F9F buno VF-191        
28th July 1951
US
F9F-2B buno VF-23
USS Princeton (CV-37)
Hit by AAA, crashed and burned 1 mi S of KORIAT, SAR effort negative LTJG Bruce B. LLOYD
MIA
   
30th July 1951
US
F9F-2B 123520 VMF-212
MAG-33
Destroyed by fire from other aircraft at K-3      
31st July 1951
US
F9F 125133 VF-31        
31st July 1951
US
F9F 127108 VMF-115        
6th August 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123466 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, forced to bail out, SA-16 rescue 2nd Lt. C. M. Maloy bailed out, injured, SA-16 rescue   Grumman
8th August 1951
US
F9F 127120 VMF223        
10th August 1951
US
F9F buno VMF-311        

 

 

 

F9F Belonging to VMF-311

 
12th August 1951
USMC
F9F-2B 125107 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by AAA while on napalm run, crashed & burned, no egress noted MAJ Frank S. HOFFECKER, JR
KIA
   
14th August 1951
US
F9F-2 123660 VF-721
USS Boxer (CV-21)
Unsuccessful catapult launch, ditched LT Robert W. DUNCAN
Injured, helo rescue
  Ditched
21st August 1951
US
F9F 127164 VF-837        
22nd August 1951
US
F9F 123041 VC-61        
24th August 1951
US
F9F-2B 123667 VF-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31)
Hit by gnd fire, fuel exhaustion, forced to ditch LT Robert G. HUGHES
Rescued by the USS Hopewell (DD-681)
  Ditched
3rd September 1951
USN
F9F-2 Panther 125122 VF-51
Screaming Eagles
USS Essex (CV-9)
Damaged by AAA, on mission against freight yards at Wonsan lost elevator control  Ensign Neil A. Armstrong ejected near K-3 uninjured Grumman
4th September 1951
US
F9F-2 125102 VF-51
USS Essex (CV-9)
Caught fire, probably due to AAA, crashed/exploded near Haengsan LTJG Ross K. BRAMWELL
KIA
   
4th September 1951
US
F9F-2 127136 VF-51
USS Essex (CV-9)
Hit by AAA during rocket run against a truck, crashed near Haengsan LTJG James J. ASHFORD
Remains recovered Operation Glory
   
5th September 1951
US
F9F 125146 VF-51        
5th September 1951
US
F9F 127122 VF-31        
14th September 1951
US
F9F 127145 VF-831        
16th September 1951
US
F9F 125128 USS Essex (CV-9) destroyed by fire after F2H crashed into it Unmanned    
16th September 1951
US
F9F 125131 USS Essex (CV-9) destroyed by fire after F2H crashed into it Unmanned    
18th September 1951
US
F9F 127183 VF-112        
3rd October 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123593 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by AAA fire & crashed 35 mi N of Pyongyang. Possible unsuccessful low-altitude bailout 2nd Lt. Edward L. Frakes - possible bail-out
MIA
  Grumman
16th October 1951
USMC
F9F-2B 125106 VMF-311
MAG-33
Flame out/engine failure and crashed on runway at K-3 2LT Charles A. SEWELL   Crash landed
21st October 1951
US
F9F-2P buno VC-61 Det D
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Hit by AAA during photo run, severely damaged, recovered at K-18 LT A. S. "Stan" KALAS, JR.
Wounded in Action
   
25th October 1951
US
F9F 123056 VMF-115        
4th November 1951
US
F9F-2 125090 VF-831
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Hard landing, did not engage barriers,crashed into parked aircraft on deck, jettisoned LT George S. BRAINARD
Remains recovered
   
4th November 1951
US
F9F-2 127144 VF-831
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Jettisoned following flight deck crash      
13th November 1951
US
F9F-2B 123671 VF-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Fuel exhaustion after returning from recce mission over North Korea LTJG  Burdett L. IVES
[see also
2nd February 1953]
   
17th November 1951
US
F9F-2B 123625 F-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Lost power after catapult launch, crashed into sea ahead of carrier LTJG Robert L. SCULLY
Helo rescue
   
Refuelling an F9F


[can anyone identify
the Unit and Carrier ??]

21st November 1951
US
F9F-2B 123664 F-781
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Unsuccessful catapult launch, ditched LT Richard D. ECCLES
Uninjured, helo rescue
  Ditched
                 
10th December 1951
US
F9F 125578 Grumman Aircraft
Bethpage
Flame Out. Ditched into Long Island Sound Grumman Test Pilot Bruce N. Tuttle
egressed OK
  Ditched
Is the next entry correct - conflicting information - Ginter's book quotes it is a Panther- Korwald suggests that the aircraft was an A4D - ???
18th December 1951
USMC
F9F-2B Panther 123642 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, crashed 8 mi N of Pyongyang 2nd Lt. Charles A. Sewell bailout, uninjured, Successful  rescue at sea AF SAR helo rescue   Grumman
24th December 1951
US
F9F-2 127211 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit ramp, crashed and burned on deck LCDR Herbert L. BASLEE, JR
Uninjured (KIA on 520317)
   
28th December 1951
US
F9F-2 125121 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Flame out on landing approach, ditched LTJG David F. TATUM
Valley Forge helo rescue

[see also 19th September 1950
and KIA on 19th February 1952)

   
http://www.midwaysailor.com/midway1950/duncancrash.html
http://www.midwaysailor.com/midway1950/keegancrash.html 

1952

3rd January 1952
US
F9F-2B 123713 VMF-311
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, crashed and burned. No egress noted MAJ George MAJOR
MIA
   
3rd January 1952
US
F9F-2 127132 VF-111
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA, serious fuel leak, ditched in Songjin Harbor ENS Earl R. REIMERS
Minor injuries, rescued by the USS Endicott (DMS-35)
[
may have been in VF-112 on 18 Sep 50]
   
   Earl Reimers  but definitely was in 111 on 3 Jan 1952.  Odd that he seems to have remained an ensign after 2 years.
 
I suspect that the reason behind so many confusing entries for squadrons was due to pilots flying other units' airplanes.  It seems fairly typical throughout the Korean War.
5th January 1952
US
F9F 125129   Hit by AAA, hydraulic failure, large hole in port wing stub LTJG Francis N JONES
uninjured
   
6th January 1952
US
F9F-2 123632 VF-51
USS Essex (CV-9)
Hit by AAA while conducting rail cut/recon mission, crashed into hillside and exploded on impact 7 mi N of Kowan  ENS Glen H. RICKELTON
Recovered
   
8th January 1952
US
F9F-2 125112 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Rolled into water when ship hit swell during tiedown      
11th January 1952
US
F9F 125112 VF-52        
17th January 1952
US
F9F-2 125094 VF-837
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Unable to maintain aileron control after catapult lanch, ditched LT A. MODANSKY
Helo rescue
   
26th January 1952
USN
F9F-2 Panther 127166
"S103"
VF-51
Screaming Eagles
USS Essex (CV-9)
Hit by AAA during strafing run against camouflaged locomotive LTJG Leonard R. Chesire unsuccessful low altitude bailout over Wonsan Harbor. KIA   Grumman
29th January 1952
US
F9F-2P 123705 VC-61 Det D
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Hit ramp on the aft end of the carrier and skidded over the port side into the water LT A. S. "Stan" KALAS, JR.
Helo rescue
   
4th February 1952
US
F9F 123669 VMF-311        
4th February 1952
USN
F9FF-2 125096 VF-837
USS Antietam (CV-36)
Flame out while returning from CAP mission, ditched near carrier LTJG R. E. WILSON
Injured, USS Antietam helo rescue (HU-1)
  Ditched
19th February 1952
USN
F9F-2 127165 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA, crashed into mountain, exploded on impact, Side Nr. 102, no egress noted LTJG David F. TATUM
KIA
   
19th February 1952
USN
F9F-2 127203 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Flame out, ditched LT Walter P. JOHNSON
Uninjured, rescued by helo from the USS Valley Forge
  Ditched
21st February 1952
USMC
F9F-2   VMF-311
MAG-33
Flame out, crashed and burned while making a dead stick landing 1/LT Robert G. SCRIBNER
injured
   
4th March 1952
USMC
F9F-2 123669 VMF-311
MAG-33
Hit by ground fire, crash landed 40 mi S of Pyongyang, captured CAPT Roy C. GRAY, JR
POW
RMC Big Switch
   
11th March 1952
USN
F9F-2P   VC-61 Det H
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA, exploded on impact 13 mi W of Yangdok, Side Nr. PP73 LTJG Alan HOFF
KIA
   
17th March 1952
US
F9F-2 125110 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA, crashed into hillside, exploded on impact, no egress noted LCDR Herbert L  BASLEE, JR
CO of VF-52
Remains recovered Operation Glory
   
21st March 1952
USN
F9F-2 Panther 127178
"
110"
VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA near Hungnam bailed out over water on a bearing of 135 degrees, 10 mi from Hungnam Lt. jg.  Charles G. Strahley bailed out - Monte Carlo helo conducted unsuccessful SAR effort   Grumman
26th March 1952
USMC
F9F-4 125203 VMF-115
MAG-33
Mid-air collision with another F9F-4 near Yongwol (Sinchon-ni) CAPT Harry O. Taylor
ejected
injured
  Grumman
26th March 1952
USMC
F9F-4 125215 VMF-115
MAG-33
Mid-air collision with another F9F-4. Wreckage found near Yongwol (Sinchon-ni) 2LT Gordon M. HUGHES
Remains recovered
   
20th April 1952
US
F9F-4 125189 VMF-115
MAG-33
Downed during napalam run 2LT John D. MORGAN
MIA
   
23rd April 1952
US
F9F-4 125193 VMF-115
MAG-33
Engine explosion, crashed during emergency landing attempt at K-3 CAPT Robert W. SHIRLEY
Remains recovered
   
2nd May 1952
US
F9F-2 123666 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Ditched due to fuel exhaustion approx. 35 mi from K-18, Side Nr. 112 LTJG Warren S. PARR, JR
Uninjured, rescued by a crash boat from K-18
  Ditched
2nd May 1952
US
F9F-2 125104 VF-52
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Hit by AAA, crashed into a hill top near Chosin Reservoir, Side Nr. 206 LT John Z. CARROS
KIA
   
2nd May 1952
US
F9F-2 127191 VF-111
USS Valley Forge (CV-45)
Tail hook malfunction, diverted to K-18, ditched due to fuel exhaustion, Side Nr. 112, rescued by Cherry Tree helo LTJG Russell J. LEAR
Injured, rescued by a helo from the USS Valley Forge (KIA on 530428)
   
9th May 1952
US
F9F     Crashed between San Juan Capistrano and Elsinore, San Diego LTJG Edgar A. Cruise
killed
   
10th May 1952
US
F9F-2 123617 VMF-311
MAG-33
Hit by gnd fire, rolled over, crashed and burned CAPT John S. BOSTWICK
KIA
   
11th May 1952
USMC
F9F-2 125087 VMF-311
MAG-33
Mid-air collision with Air Force L-19 in cloudcover, lost right wing, no egress noted CAPT Malcolm C. HAGAN
MIA
   
13th May 1952
US
F9F-2 Panther   VMF-311   ENS L. E. Moore
ejected
  Grumman
13th May 1952
USMC
F9F-2 Panther 123597 VMF-311
MAG-33
Hit by gnd fire, forced landing on salt flats, pilot captured, aircraft destroyed 1LT Milton H. BAUGH
POW
RMC Big Switch
   
18th May 1952
USMC
F9F-2 125115 VMF-311
MAG-33
Crashed on take off COL Martin A. SEVERSON
injured
   

LT Paul A. Hayek aboard USS Boxer (CVA-21) examining the damage to his F9F caused by 37mm AAA over Korea

REQUEST Information appreciated on the above AAA hit
25th May 1952
USN
F9F-2 123037 VF-24
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Catapult launch, could not remain airborne, ditched, USS Boxer helo rescue ENS David E. LEUE
Uninjured, rescued by a helo from the USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  Ditched
4th June 1952
US
F9F-5 Panther       LT J. C. Sloan RCAF
ejected
  Grumman
14th June 1952
USMC
F9F-2 Panther 127157 VMF-115
MAG-33
Damaged when adjacent ordnance on adjacent aircraft detonated 1/LT L. C. Pulsipher
ejected
injured
  Grumman
14th June 1952
US
F9F-2 127154 VMF-115
MAG-33
Exploded in mid-air enroute to target. VT fuse bomb probably detonated CAPT Howard D. CAMPBELL, JR
Remains recovered by 77th Army MP Battalion
   
14th June 1952
US
F9F buno  VF-191
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA during rail interdiction mission, exploded on impact, Side Nr. 109B LTJG Ralph CROSS
KIA
   
15th June 1952
US
F9F buno VMF-115   Pilot bailed out    
15th June 1952
US
F9F buno VMF-115   Pilot killed    
20th June 1952
US
F9F-2 127140 VF-191
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Mechanical malfunction on take off, ditched CDR J. SWEENY
Rescued USS Princeton helo rescue
  Ditched
20th June 1952
US
F9F 127170 VMF-115        
4th July 1952
US
F9F-2 123030 VF-24
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Escorting photo recon aircraft, crashed and exploded on impact S of Wonsan on Green 3 LT Jack W. GRIFFTH
(pilot assigned to CVG-2)
MIA
   
11th July 1952
US
F9F-2 123398 VF-72
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Lost power after catapult launch, ditched LTJG Eugene B. CONRAD
Navy helo rescue
  Ditched
7th July 1952
USN
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Blue Angel
 
  Two aircraft in Low level mid-air collision during a demonstration in Corpus Christi, Texas Pilot survived    
7th July 1952
USN
Grumman F9F-5 Panther Blue Angel
(Grumman4)

125286 

NAS Corpus Christi, TX LTJG D. E. "Bud" Wood ejected but did not leave the seat. Died of injuries   Early Grumman seat
21st July 1952
USMC
F9F-2 123649 VMF-311
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, made wheels up landing at K-14 CAPT Edward SHAMIS
Injured
  Crash Landed
22nd July 1952
US
F9F-2 127117 VF-72
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
After photo-escort mission, fuel exhaustion, ditched 1 mi aft of ship LCDR Gordon C. BUHRER
Uninjured, Navy helo rescue
  Ditched
27Th July 1952
US
F9F-2 120827 VF-191
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
On CAP flight, mid air collision, crashed at sea ENS Forrest D. SWISHER
MIA
   
31st July 1952
US
F9F-2 127091 VF-71
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Crashed forward of the ship following catapult take-off ENS Bryant L. MCBRIDE
Navy helo rescue
   
6th August 1952
US
F9F 123025 VF-24        
6th August 1952
US
F9F 123069 VF-24        
6th August 1952
US
F9F 127163 VF-24        
6th August 1952
US
F9F 127188 VF-24        
  September 1952   F9F-4 125173 VMF-115
MAG-33
Operational loss      
2nd  September 1952
US
F9F-5 Panther       LT J. Molony
ejected
  Grumman
  First Marine Air Wing - Six Marine Pilots died in Korea when their Jets, returning from a mission in fog, flew into a mountain side. They had been part of a twenty one plane mission over enemy lines.
10th September 1952
USMC
F9F-4 125168 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 MAJ Raymond E. DE MERS
Remains recovered
   
10th September 1952
USMC
F9F-4 125170 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 2LT Richard L. ROTH
Remains recovered
   
10th September 1952
US
F9F-4 125178 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 MAJ Donald F. GIVENS
Remains recovered
   
10th September 1952
US
F9F-4 125173 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 2LT Carl R. LA FLEUR
Remains recovered
   
10th September 1952
US
F9F-4 125181 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 THIS LOSS APPEARS TO BE A DUPLICATE FOR TH EONE GIVEN BELOW
?????????
   
10th September 1952
US
F9F-4 125182 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 1LT Alvin R. BOURGEOIS
Remains recovered
   
10th September 1952
US
F9F-4 125223 VMF-115
MAG-33
Bad wx diversion from K-3 to K-2 after combat mission, crashed into Unmun-san 23 nm SE K-2 2LT John W. HILL, JR
Remains recovered
   
 
My first jet flight was in a Panther. No pre-experience in a T-33 or other dual jet trainer... just get in and go !!!
I have about 50-75 hours in the Panther.
I think I sent you a list of what I flew .... SNJ  Hellcat  Skyraider F4U-4 Corsair Panther Cougar Banshee Fury F8E Crusader TV-2 T2V and 3 helicopters.
Corporate:  GII, Sabreliners, Learjets and Citations.
Stopped flying for a living when I was 66.
Had a great exciting and interesting life.
Wanted to fly since I was about 5-6 years old.
fx
 

Hey Mike ... I was at K-6 when this happened and I will brief you on what happened when I check with a fellow pilot who may have been on this raid or a member of the squadron.

At K-6 ( about 50 miles south of Seoul, Korea, our air group was composed of 2 F4U-4 Corsair squadrons and 1 AD Skyraider squadron.

I flew 53 missions as an AD pilot and at the time of this raid I had finished my combat tour and was one of the air group's debriefing officers.

Our jet air group was at K-3 in the southern part of Korea. It was composed of 2 Panther squadrons and 1 Banshee photo squadron.

Here is part of the story and will try to get details as I get them.

The squadron was on a big raid in North Korea and on the way home the weather at K-3 was deteriorating and they figured that they would not have enough fuel to make ADF approaches to K-3 with all of the returning aircraft so they diverted some of them to K-2 in the middle of South Korea.

Well... the weather there was also bad and they had to make a formation ADF approach. The flight  leader thought he had a malfunctioning ADF so passed on the lead to his section leader La Fleur.

I think the original flight of 4 got 2 more aircraft attached for the approach to K-2. I will try to find out how many Panther aircraft were diverted to K-2. 

So many stories and so many sad stories.

fx

 

 
Yeh ....  I recognize some of the names of friends and celebrities.
Did you see the one of Ted Williams a famous baseball player and Neil Armstrong ( there is a picture of him ), the first man on the moon.
From what I heard, Ted Williams (there is a picture of him ) 1952 Korea was about 6 feet 4 inches tall and did not want to eject because he thought he may lose both of his lower legs on the instrument panel when he ejected.
My friend Charlie Sewell went on to be a test pilot and after he retired was a test pilot for Grumman in the F-14. He died in a crash ferrying a TBM ( for a friend ) from Long Island to Connecticut or from Connecticut to Long Island. He had engine failure shortly after take-off. Charlie would fly anything.
Hope you get some feedback from my friends.
FX

 

 
Thanks for the reply Mike. You are doing such a fantastic job putting all of this together for now and the future. I will also forward this to all my aviation friends.
The Sept.10,1952 tragedy:
The lead pilot passed the lead to his section leader LaFleur who had made an instrument penetration at K-2 returning from one of his previous missions.
For some reason, misread his altimeter or what ever, the wreckages showed that he pulled up and still hit the mountain and Tail-end Charlie also pulled up and hit the mountain and the middle four hit the mountain in formation.
Bad  bad day.
Will keep passing on all the info that I can get.
Thanks for the toast .. and I return it to you.
Peace    fx  

 

14th September 1952
[also given as 19th September 1952]


USMC

F9F-4
also given as
F9F-2

127192

VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33

Hit by machine gun fire, 45 mi NE of Seoul (N of bombline)

Captain Edward H.P. LYNK ejected
having sustained bullet injury and ejection related back and leg damage

Grumman

22nd September 1952
US
F9F-2 127212 VMF-311
MAG-33
Accident on takeoff at K-3 due to nose wheel collapse 2LT Glenn A. STEPHENS
injured
   
30th September 1952
US
F9F-2 125083 VMF-311
MAG-33
Crashed 2 mi NW of K-3, short of runway due to flameout 2LT Odyce W. LIVINGSTON
Died of injuries, remains recovered
   
16th October 1952
US
F9F-2 123423 VF-72
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
Hit by AAA, ditched in Wonsan Harbor LTJG  William G. MOORE, JR
Rescued
  Ditched
17th October 1952
US
F9F-2 122585 VF-23
USS Essex (CVA-9)
Hit by AAA, crash landed, successful egress, Side Nr. 108, SAR helo driven off by AAA CDR Maury F. YERGER, JR
POW
RMC Big Switch
   
25th October 1952
US
F9F       LCDR G. E. Miller
ejected
  Grumman
29th October 1952
US
F9F     San Diego ENS L. E. Fredericks
ejected
parachute did not deploy
killed
  Grumman
1st November 1952
US
F9F-2 123586 VF-721
USS Kearsarge (CVA-33)
Engine trouble, presumed crashed at sea near K-50 10 mi offshore LT Charles O. GLISSON, JR
MIA
   
21st November 1952
US
F9F-2 125145 VF-721
USS Kearsarge (CVA-33)
Hit by AAA, crashed 5 mi W of Yangdok, Side Nr 106A LCDR  Robert C. HOPPING
XO of VF-721
MIA
   
21st November 1952
US
F9F-2 127201 VF-23
USS Essex (CVA-9)
On take-off, crashed into water 250 yds ahead of carrier, disintegrated LTJG Leo T. FREITAS
KIA
   
22nd November 1952
US
F9F-2 123033 VF-23
USS Essex (CVA-9)
Last seen before commencing strafing run, Side Nr M114 LTJG Daniel L. MUSETTI
MIA
   
23rd November 1952
US
F9F-2 127175 VF-721
USS Kearsarge (CVA-33)
Caught fire during catapult launch, ditched CDR D. W. DAVIS
Injured, helo rescue
   
29th November 1952
US
F9F-2 123046 VMF-311
MAG-33
Operational mission, crash landed at K-3     Crash Landed
3rd December 1952
USMC
F9F 125219 VMF-115
MAG-33
On road cut mission, last seen in steep dive at low altitude, SAR effort negative 2LT Donald F. COTTLE, SR
MIA
   
5th December 1952
USMC
F9F-2 127215 VMF-311
MAG-33
Moderate AAA, explosion seen after dive on target CAPT Donald H. CLARK
MIA
   
10th December 1952
US
F9F-5 Panther       LT D. Danielson
ejected
  Grumman
21st December 1952
US
F9F 127201          
28th December 1952
US
F9F-2 123435 VF-23
USS Essex (CVA-9)
Flame out, ditched LTJG L. T. O'TOOLE
Uninjured
  Ditched
28th December 1952
US
F9F-2 123636 VF-721
USS Kearsarge (CVA-33)
Flame out, ditched near formation LTJG F. J. PESTER
Uninjured, helo rescue
  Ditched
                 
  MY father crashed landed on her on 4-4-45 in his f4f wildcat. Later became a MIA in the other war on 12-31-52 in his f9f panther. one month after to the of my birth. long may he fly and his family of pilots.
paul milligan (209.240.200.62) <paul_usa@webtv.net>
calimesa, ca USA - Monday, February 21, 2000 at 00:33:11 (EST)

1953

The F9F-8T participated in the first demonstration of the Martin-Baker zero-zero ejection seat when RAF Flight Lt Sydney Hughes ejected from the aft cockpit of an F9F-8T on August 28, 1957, flying at ground level and 120 mph. F9F-8Ts were later flown by the Naval Parachute Facility at NAS El Centro for ejection seat tests, during which they flew with the rear section of the canopy removed.
                 
20th ???1953
US
F9F 125312     CHECK DATE    
3rd January 1953
US
F9F buno VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)
Explosion occurred when landing, ditched LT G. E. RUSSELL
USS Valley Forge helo rescue
  Ditched
15th January 1953
US
F9F 127195 VMF-115
MAG-33
Hit by AAA, ditched near Sinanju, 3 mi N of Sok-do, 15 mi NE of Cho-do, SAR effort neg CAPT William A. HIGGINS
KIA
  Ditched
18th January 1953
US
F9F-5 125967 VF-783 (VA-121)USS Oriskany (CVA-34) Hit by AAA and ditched in Wonsan Harbor ENS Leo D. LINHARD
Helo rescue
  Ditched
19th January 1953
US
F9F-4 125211 VMF-115
MAG-33
On supply area strike mission, right wing lost to AAA, last seen in a dive CAPT Hershel F. HERBERT, JR
MIA
   
22nd January 1953
US
F9F-5 BuNo VF-53
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)
Power failure just after takeoff, ditched LCDR C. E. MULLIGAN
XO of VF-53
Rescued by a helo from the USS Valley Forge,
  Ditched
2nd February 1953
US
F9F-5 126152 VF-781 (VA-121)USS Oriskany (CVA-34) Hit by AAA and ditched in Wonsan Harbor LTJG Burdett L. IVES
Rescued by the USS Hailey (DD-556)

[see also 13th November 1951]

  Ditched
16th February 1953
US
F9F-2 123440 VF-93
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Crashed into water while landing LTJG Hubert T. EVANS
MIA
   
16th February 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126109 VMF-311
MAG-33
Raid against troop and supply centre 20 miles southwest of Pyongyang, North Korea. Hit by small arms fire, landed at K-13 in flames, aircraft total loss CAPT Theodore "Ted" S. WILLIAMS
Uninjured

[Boston Red Sox Outfielder]

 
18th February 1953
US
F9F-2 127123 VF-93
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
On combat patrol, ditched LT R. B. STAMATIS
Rescued by the HMCS Athabaskan (DDE-219)
  Ditched
24th February 1953
US
F9F-5 125975 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)
Power failure on take-off, ditched LTJG T. B. HAYWARD
Rescued by helo from the USS Los Angeles (CA-135)
  Ditched
1st March 1953
US
F9FF-2  127196 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Hit by AAA and crashed while pulling out of bombing run ENS Edwin A. NIXON
POW
   
9th March 1953
US
F9F-4 buno VMF-223
USS Bennington
       
9th March 1953
US
F9F-4 buno VMF-223
USS Bennington
       
9th March 1953
US
F9F-5 126099 VF-51
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)
Crashed while on bomb run, possibly due to AAA, just S of Wonsan LTJG Kendall C. GEDNEY
KIA
   
13th March 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126032 VMF-311
MAG-33
Operational accident, total loss      
17th March 1953
USN
F9F-5 125495 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Downed by AAA, crashed N of Tanchon (10 mi SW of Songjon), SAR effort negative ENS Joseph S. HALL
KIA
   
20th March 1953
USN
F9F-5 125312 VF-122
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Fell overboard due to rough seas      
21st March 1953
US
F9F-5P Panther buno     M/SGT L. L. Truex
ejected
  Grumman
22nd March 1953
US
F9F-5 126219 VF-122
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Crashed on take-off, hit water and exploded, SAR effort negative LTJG Ralph N. MEW
MIA
   
23rd March 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126081 VMF-311
MAG-33
Crash landed due to battle damage, total loss 1LT Rylen B RUDY
Uninjured
  Crash Landed
27th March 1953
US
F9F-2 123544 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Bounced over barrier, crashed into parked aircraft ENS Donald R. QUINN
Remains recovered
   
1st April 1953
USN
F9F-5 Panther 126190 VF-51
Screaming Eagles
USS Valley Forge (CVA-45)
Hit by 37 mm AAA near Kowon Lt. E. J. Thabet Jr. ejected over sea, suffered back injuries   Grumman
13th April 1953
US
F9F-5 125963 VF-122
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Flame out, ditched, extensive SAR effort negative LTJG Roy TAYLOR
MIA
  Ditched
19th April 1953
US
F9F-5 buno USS Princeton (CVA-37) Ditched on take-off ENS B. SUTHERLIN
Rescued by helo from the USS Princeton (CVA-37)
  Ditched
20th April 1953
US
F9F-5 125461 VF-121
USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Hit by AAA, crashed at sea 10 mi E. Hodo-Pando Peninsula ENS Randolph T. SCOGGAN
MIA
   
21st April 1953
US
F9F-5 buno  VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA, ditched in Wonsan Harbor LTJG C. J. CLARKSON
Rescued by LST-735 helo
  Ditched
23rd April 1953
US
F9F-5 buno VF-154
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Poss hit by AAA, crashed into side of mountain S of Tanchon after bombing run LTJG Anderson M. CLEMMONS, JR
KIA
   
25th April 1953
US
F9F-5 126124 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Catapult shot, crashed into ocean on take-off, sank LTJG Lawrence L. QUIEL
MIA
   
28th April 1953
US
F9F-5 buno VF-154
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA, aircraft exploded and burned over Hodo Pan-do LTJG Russell J. LEAR
KIA
   
1st May 1953
US
F9F       ENS H. N. Jevas
ejected
  Grumman
6th May 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126002 VMF-311
MAG-33
Fuel starvation due to bad weather, crashed near K-3 (Pohang) CAPT Joe D.BAILES
Remains recovered
   
6th May 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126189 VMF-311
MAG-33
Fuel starvation due to bad weather, ditched at sea 10 mi E of grid, rescued CAPT Joseph N. CARRUTHERS
Helo rescue
   
6th May 1953
US
F9F 126203 VF-153        
6th May 1953
US
F9F 126213 VF-153        
13th May 1953
USN
F9F-5 Panther ??? VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA LTJG Richard C Clinite bailed out over Wonsan Harbor
Remains recovered
  Grumman
19th May 1953
USN
F9F-6 Panther ???     LTJG H. L. Clark
ejected
  Grumman
2nd June 1953
US
F9F-2 123489 VF-52
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Hit by AAA and crash landed at K-18 LTJG G. F. CHAMBERS   Crash Landed
6th June 1953
US
F9F-5 126203 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA N of Tanchon, ditched in Sea of Japan, disintegrated on impact ENS Francis E. PAINTER
KIA
  Ditched
13th June 1953
US
F9F   VF-153   2/LT A. F. Brady
ejected
  Grumman
13th June 1953
US
F9F-5 125573 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Ditched due to low fuel LT J. F. LASSETER
Uninjured, rescued by K-18 helo
  Ditched
19th June 1953
US
F9F 126204 VF-111 Ditched due to low fuel     Ditched
19th June 1953
US
F9F-2 ????? VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Fuel exhaustion, ditched off Wonsan, rescued LT H. L. FOSHEE
Rescued by a minesweeper, the USS Symbol (AM 123)
  Ditched
19th June 1953
US
F9F-5 125534 VF-111
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
While flying photo escort mission, fuel exhaustion, ditched LT D. H. OPSAHL
Helo rescue
  Ditched
25th June 1953
US
F9F-2 123017 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Hit by AAA, cockpit fire, ditched ENS M. W. WAKELAND
Rescued by ROK frigate
  Ditched
26th June 1953
US
F9F buno  VF-91        
26th June 1953
US
F9F-2 123421 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Fuel exhaustion, ditched LTJG C. D. MACDONALD
Rescued by South Korean fishing boat
  Ditched
July 1953
US
F9F buno          
1st July 1953
US
F9F-2 123045 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Hit by AAA and crash landed at K-18 LT H. L. FOSHEE
Uninjured
  Crash landed
8th July 1953
USN
F9F-2 122579 VF-151
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Engine flare back, ditched at sea LT T. F. O'CONNOR
Rescued by the USS Smalley (DD-565)
   
10th July 1953
USMC
F9F-5 126073 VMF-311
MAG-33
Munitions on nearby aircraft caught fire, caused serious damage to thi aircraft total loss CAPT William B. CLEM
Uninjured
   
9th July 1953
USN
F9F-5 125462 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Ditched due to flame out LTJG W. H. JONES
Rescued by K-18 helo
  Ditched
13th July 1953
US
F9F buno VMF-235
USS Kearsage
       
17th July 1953
USMC
F9F-5 125544 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Hit by small arms fire, caught fire, ditched near friendly territory, rescued CAPT Harold F. HAGANS
Minor injuries, rescued
  Ditched
17th July 1953
USMC
F9F-5 Panther 126006 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Bailed out over Sea of Japan near Pusan, extensive SAR effort negative Captain Robert I. Nordell   Grumman
17th July 1953
USMC
F9F-5 Panther 126041 VMF-311
Tomcats
MAG-33
Bailed out over Sea of Japan near Pusan, extensive SAR effort negative 1st Lt. Frank L. Keck Jr
KIA
  Grumman
17th July 1953
US
F9F 126073 VMF-311        
19th July 1953
US
F9F     Crashed during cross country flight in wooded area near Jacksonville, Florida ENS Charles James Beal
killed
   
20th July 1953
US
F9F-5 125557 VF-153
USS Princeton (CVA-37)
Hit by AAA, crashed into hillside LCDR Charles M. JONES
Ops Officer of the CVG-15 staff
KIA
   
20th July 1953
US
F9F-2 127150 VF-93
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Catapult shot, ditched on take-off ENS V. R. CHAPMAN
Helo rescue
  Ditched
23rd July 1953
US
F9F 125257 VF-43
USS Wasp
       
24th July 1953
US
F9F-2 123672 VF-52
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Damaged by own bomb blast, crash landed in friendly area LCDR J. J. KINSELLA,
Rescued
   
25th July 1953
US
F9F-2 123619 VF-151
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Hit by AAA, ditched 4 mi S of Tanchon LTJG Jack W. INGRAM
Remains recovered
  Ditched
25th July 1953
USN
F9F-6       LT W. D. Horn
ejected
   
26th July 1953
USN
F9F-2 Panther 123422 VF-91
USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47)
Engine fire, fire in cockpit, LTJG M. W. Wakeland bailed out over friendly territory. Rescued by friendly forces   Grumman
26th July 1953
US
F9F-2 Panther 127210 VF-151
USS Boxer (CVA-21)
Ditched forward of the ship, SAR effort negative ENS Thomas F. LEDFORD
KIA
  Ditched
29th July 1953
US
F9F 128074 VF-173        

4th August 1953

USN
Grumman F9F-6 Cougar Blue Angel
(Grumman1)

128129 

NAS Corpus Christi, Texas
Blue Angels

Pickens, MS 
Runaway trim failure. Flying from N.Y. factory  Bethpage to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas as part of Blue Angels formation. Horizontal stabiliser actuator failure led to uncontrollable supersonic dive Lt Cmdr . Ray Hawkins became the first USN pilot to eject through the canopy. He ejected at 40,000ft in supersonic dive due to loss of control. Pulled away from his manual seat at 29,000ft. Grumman

5th August 1953

USN
F9F-6       LT F. J. Pittelli
ejected
   
18th August 1953
US
F9F 127427 VF-24
USS Yorktown
  ENS C. A. Merriman
ejected
   
8th September 1953
US
F9F buno ATU-101        
12th October 1953
US
F9F-5 79811 NAS Kingsville        
15th October 1953
US
F9F-6       LT R. J. Peterson
ejected
   
15th October 1953
US
F9F-6       LCDR A. J. Knudson
ejected
   
20th October 1953
US
F9F 128183 VF-9??        
20th November 1953
US
F9F 123678 VMF-232        
23rd November 1953
US
F9F 127306 VF-33
USS Midway
       
11th December 1953
US
F9F-6       ENS D. L. McConnell
ejected
   
11th December 1953
US
F9F-6       LT J. E. Krimmel
ejected
   
WAS THIS A TWO SEAT VERSION OR A MID-AIR COLLISION
16th December 1953
US
F9F-6       ENS B. R. Cameron
ejected
   
22nd December 1953
US
F9F-5 126228 VMF-311   2/LT C. H. Bishop
ejected
   

1954

6th January 1954
US
F9F 131000 VF-33
USS Midway
       
13th January 1954
US
F9F-2       LTJG B. J. Taylor
ejected
  Grumman
26th January 1954
US
F9F 123408 VMF-323        
19th February 1954
USN
F9F-2       Lt. F. Anchors
ejected
  Grumman
23rd February 1954
USN
F9F-2       LTJG W. A. Cody
ejected
  Grumman
11th March 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG J. A. Osterreicher
ejected
  Grumman
16th March 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG C. D. Larson
ejected
  Grumman
17th March 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG H. G. Durham
ejected
  Grumman
22nd March 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG K. W. Bray
ejected
  Grumman
26th March 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG J. R. Maccoun
ejected
  Grumman
12th April 1954
USN
F9F-6       LT A. W. Howe III
ejected
  Grumman
27th April 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG W. H. Pussey
ejected
  Grumman
30th April 1954
USN
F9F-6       ENS G. R. Rudd
ejected
  Grumman
30th April 1954
USN
F9F-7       LT T. Turnbull
ejected
  Grumman
5th May 1954
US
F9F-SP     Crashed in swamp near Brunswick, GA MAJOR Frank M. Hepler
ejected
  Grumman
17th May 1954
US
F9F-5 buno  VMF-311        
Saturday 14th June 1954
USN
F9F-6 Panther   Biggs AFB
El Paso, Texas
Crashed on take off LT Edward Hamilton Morgan
Naval Experimental Squadron
Atlantic City
killed
   
FEEDBACK

I was a 9 year old boy, standing in my front yard when the F9F flown by USN Lt. Edward Hamilton Morgan flamed out over our housing development in El Paso Texas on June 14, 1954 upon take-off from Biggs AFB. Lt. Morgan somehow managed to manoeuvre the plane so that it went down a deserted alleyway and parking area at the far western end of the development, and, in so doing, prevented crashing the aircraft in a densely populated area. I can still remember seeing that jet directly overhead during takeoff and hearing the awful explosion seconds later.
The plane crashed perhaps 200 yards from the apartment my family was living in at the time - it could have just as well pancaked into the playground that we young fellows played in on any other lazy Saturday afternoon. Lt. Morgan was a hero as a result of his actions and there are likely several thousand (when you count progeny) people that are alive today because of his act of diligence. I had long forgotten about this incident until I saw a film recently that showed an F9F and it all came back to me.

I would love to be able to find out more information regarding this.

Anyway, thought I would throw this bit of information your way.

Mike Muterspaw
in email 19th July 2011

17th June 1954
USN
F9F-6       ENS L. T. Sharp
ejected
  Grumman
30th June 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG Timoney
ejected
  Grumman
1st July1954
USN
F9F-5       LTJG R. G. Jackson
ejected
  Grumman
23rd July1954
USN
F9F-5       1/LT S. L. Zedekar
ejected
  Grumman
19th August 1954
USN
F9F-2       Nav. Cad.  R. E. McClane
ejected
  Grumman
23rd August 1954
USN
F9F-6       LT G. S. Jeffers
ejected
  Grumman
6th September 1954
USN
F9F-6       LT R. R. Miears
ejected
  Grumman
10th September 1954
USN
F9F-6P       LTJG S. C. Bugber
ejected
  Grumman
13th September 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG J. C. Glore
ejected
  Grumman
17th September 1954
USN
F9F-2       2/LT P. F. Meyer
ejected
  Grumman
21st September 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG James A. Brown Jr
ejected
  Grumman
 
1st October 1954
USN
F9F-2       ENS D. M. Herriott
ejected
  Grumman
20th October 1954
US
XF9F-9 138604 Grumman Flame out near Calverton Pilot survived    
7th November 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG C. P. Baker
ejected
  Grumman
10th November 1954
USN
F9F-5       2/LT J. E. Sande [Sands ??]
ejected
  Grumman
22nd November 1954
USN
F9F-6       LTJG G. R. Radcliff
ejected
  Grumman
Monday 27th December 1954
US
F9F-4(5?) buno Alameda Naval Air Station Mid air head on collision north of McKee Road Alum Rock Area of Santa Clara Valley Navy AP Chief Air Controlman Willard D. Rease
killed
   
Monday 27th December 1954
US
F9F-4(5?) buno Alameda Naval Air Station Navy AP Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Robert E.  Messer
killed
   
 

1955

12th January 1955
USN
F9F-6       LT L. Russo
ejected
  Grumman
21st January 1955
USN
F9F-5       ENS R. H. Butts
ejected
  Grumman
1st February 1955
USN
F9F-5           Grumman
1/LT R. E. Commer
ejected
2/LT C. D. Webster
ejected
Grumman
2nd February 1955
USN
F9F-6       LT L. W. Adkins
ejected
  Grumman
                 
  Feb 15, 1955
R. J. Cox, 29, of 1502 Elder Ave., Santa Ana, yes- terday was identified as the pilot who was killed Satur- day when his F9F jet fighter failed to come out ...
2nd March 1955
USMC
F9F-5       CAPT J. C. Gardiner
ejected
  Grumman
17th March 1955
USN
F9F-8       LTJG G. I. Garrett
ejected
  Grumman
23rd March 1955
USN
F9F-6       LTJG E. R. Genter
ejected
  Grumman
24th March 1955
USMC
F9F-8 Cougar Blue Angel
(Grumman6)

131213

NAS Corpus Cristi, TX  Flew into sand dune during solo practice. Captain Martin Pete Olsen killed Grumman
29th March 1955
USN
F9F-6       ENS R. L. Read
ejected
  Grumman
22nd April 1955
USN
F9F-6       ENS W. L. Underhill
ejected
  Grumman
25th April 1955
USN
F9F   VU-7
Brown's Field
Four miles off the coast at La Jolla Lt. David W. Barnes
ejected
   
14th June 1955
USN
F9F-6       LT J. H. Underwood
ejected
  Grumman
15th June 1955
USN
F9F-8       LTJG S. Gregory
ejected
  Grumman
23rd June 1955
USMC
F9F-5       CAPT F. H. Seitz
ejected
  Grumman
25th June 1955
USN
F9F-6           Grumman
LTJG K. A. King
ejected
LTJG L. D. Clapsaddle
ejected
Grumman
1st July 1955
USN
F9F-5P       1/LT B. W. McCauley
ejected
  Grumman
22nd July 1955
USMC
F9F-5       CAPT W. H. Booth
ejected
  Grumman
26th July 1955
USN
F9F-2       LT S. G. Cooper
ejected
  Grumman
22nd  August 1955
USN
F9F-5       LTJG W. L. Bristow
ejected
  Grumman
24th August 1955
USMC
F9F-6       CAPT N. C. Christensen
ejected
  Grumman
  BuNo of the following two losses needs clarifying
26th August 1955
US
F9F-7 134455     MAJOR T. E. Benton
ejected
  Grumman
26th August 1955
US
F9F-2 134455     Nav. Cad.  E. K. Spaulding
ejected
  Grumman
2nd September 1955
US
F9F     apparent flame- out plunged into the sea four miles northwest of San Clemente ??
did not eject
   
10th October 1955
US
F9F 134237     LT M. G. Rook
ejected
  Grumman
21st October 1955
US
F9F-6       ENS F. J. Kirby
ejected
  Grumman
27th  October 1955
US
F9F-2            
4th November 1955
US
F9F buno          
8th November 1955
US
F9F-5       2/LT C. B. Lawrence
ejected
  Grumman
10th November 1955
US
F9F-6       LTJG R. H. Person
ejected
  Grumman
13th December 1955
US
F9F-5       2/LT JU. M. Sitler
ejected
  Grumman
18th December 1955
US
F9F-5P       2/LT D. F. Frantz
ejected
  Grumman

1956

1st January 1956
US
F9F buno          
7th January 1956
US
F9F 141043          
9th January 1956
US
F9F-8       LT R. K. McNeil
ejected
  Grumman
17th January 1956
US
F9F-6           Grumman
LTJG T. R. Richards
ejected
LTJG W. E. Nelson
ejected
Grumman
25th January 1956
US
F9F-8       LTJG W. H. Beck
ejected
  Grumman
13th February 1956
US
F9F-6       CDR J. H. Rockwell
ejected
  Grumman
16th February 1956
US
F9F-8       LTJG S. E. Brown
ejected
  Grumman
2nd March 1956
US
F9F-8       LTJG Paluso
ejected
  Grumman
13th April 1956
US
F9F-6       1LT G. L. Roblee
ejected
  Grumman
19th April 1956
US
F9F-6       LCDR G. A. Stanley
ejected
  Grumman
28th April 1956
US
F9F-8       2LT J. P. Dawson
ejected
  Grumman
8th May 1956
US
F9F-2       Nav. Cad.  J. D. Heintz
ejected
  Grumman
21st May 1956
US
F9F-8 138864     LCDR T. H. Moore
ejected
  Grumman
22nd May 1956
US
F9F-2       Nav. Cad.  M. Tubella
ejected
  Grumman
23rd June 1956
US
F9F-6       LTJG H. R. Lake
ejected
  Grumman
xx June 1956? 
USN
F9F-8 Cougar  131212    Class A accident. Unknown unhurt    Grumman
5/6 th July 1956
USMC
F9F Panther   Kingsville NAAS Part of four aircraft formation when third and fourth collided and exploded 1LT William M. Hickey
killed
  Grumman
5/6 th July 1956
US
F9F Panther     ENS Robert A. Eggers   Grumman
6th July 1956
US
F9F-6       ENS J. W. Trewyn
ejected
  Grumman
7th July 1956
US
F9F-6       1LT G. W. Crane
ejected
  Grumman
19th July 1956
USMC
F9F-7       CAPT D. T. Curtis
ejected
  Grumman
21st July 1956
US
F9F-6       LT D. R. Davidson
ejected
  Grumman
23rd July 1956
USMC
F9F-7       LT. B. P. Burkett
ejected
  Grumman
26th July 1956   F9F Cougar     Alameda NAS Gordon R. Bennett
killed
   
4th August 1956
US
F9F-6       LTJG B. J. Benge
ejected
  Grumman
6th August 1956
US
F9F-2       LT R. S. Atkins
ejected
  Grumman
6th August 1956
US
F9F-2       Nav. Cad.  D. E. Warner
ejected
  Grumman
9th August 1956
US
F9F-6       LTJG T. D. Rogers
ejected
  Grumman
9th August 1956
US
F9F-5       LTJG J. C. Anderson
ejected
[see also 25th October 1956]
  Grumman
17th August 1956
US
F9F 141144 FASRON-3        
18th August 1956
US
F9F Panther   3rd Marine Air Wing, El Toro
Fallon NAAS
Crashed on take off near Fallon 1LT Thomas F. Teague
killed
  Grumman
28th August 1956
US
F9F-6       LTJG W. J. Gooding
ejected
  Grumman
8th September 1956
US
F9F-7       LT A. E. Chapman ejected   Grumman
19th September 1956
US
F9F-5       LT H. A. Lackey
ejected
  Grumman
26th September 1956
US
F9F buno VMF-311        
4th October 1956
US
F9F 141154     LT Cmdr Harold L. Powell
killed
   
8th October 1956
US
F9F-2       Nav. Cad.  T. P. Van Leunen
ejected
  Grumman
Tuesday 9th October 1956
USAF
    85th FIS
Scott AFB
Engine flame out. Crashed into two house on a vacant lot in Mascoutah LT Roger Linden
ejected
   
Tuesday 9th October 1956
USAF
F-100D     in Morocco pilot
ejected
   
18th October 1956 
USN
F9F-8 Cougar Blue Angel
(Grumman2)

131208

NAS  Pensacola, FL

Flew into ground during rejoin.

Capt Charles Hollaway killed    Grumman
25th October 1956
US
F9F-5       LTJG J. C. Anderson
ejected
[see also 9th August 1956]
  Grumman
30th October 1956
US
F9F-6       LT J. E. Greeley
ejected
  Grumman
November 1956
US
F9F buno          
2nd November 1956
US
F9F 141135 VA-106        
8th November 1956
US
F9F-6       1/LT J. Hubner
ejected
  Grumman
8th November 1956
US
F9F-5       Nav. Cad.  L. D. Guidi
ejected
  Grumman
23rd November 1956
US
F9F-8B 141124 VA-76   LTJG R. P. Schroats
ejected
  Grumman
26th November 1956
US
F9F-5       ENS H. Sarajian
ejected
  Grumman
26th November 1956
US
F9F-5       LTJG R. L. Seymour
ejected
  Grumman
6th December 1956
USMC
F9F Panther     Crashed onto USMC Base at Horno Summit, CA during maneuvers killing two marines Pilot killed    
7th December 1956
US
F9F-8B           Grumman
1/LT W. A. Allanson
ejected
1/LT B. Ortiz
ejected
Grumman
20th December 1956
US
F9F-8B       LTJG W. O. Herring
ejected
  Grumman
23rd December 1956
US
F9F-6P       LTJG F. R. Robson
ejected
  Grumman

1957

January 1957
US
F9F buno   Collided near Kirtland

is this the same loss as recorded on 20th ??

pilot killed    
January 1957
US
F9F buno   pilot killed    
9th January 1957
US
F9F-6       CDR J. C. Campbell
ejected
  Grumman
20th January 1957
US
F9F-6       LCDR C. R. Walton
ejected
  Grumman
20th January 1957
US
F9F-6       LT J. H. Fiskel
ejected
  Grumman
26th January 1957
US
F9F 141038 VF-81        
2nd February 1957
US
F9F 125557 El Toro        
2nd February 1957
US
F9F-5 Bu No 125539   Crashed near Blue Ridge and the town of Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains Pilot killed    
   
13th February 1957
US
F9F 141040 VF-81        
25th March 1957
US
F9F 138896 VF-32   LTJG J. A. Brown
ejected
  Grumman
5th April 1957
US
F9F-8       LT W. M. Riggs
ejected
  Grumman
7th April 1957
US
F9F-8       LT F. W. Antower
ejected
  Grumman
9th April 1957
US
F9F 141051 VF-81        
16th April 1957
USN
F9F-8   VA-151
Alameda, California
In the area of Hollister, California Lt. (jg) Lew Meyer ejected Grumman
26th April 1957
US
F9F 141069 VA-192        
Thursday 30th May 1957
USN
F9F-5   Wold Chamberlain NAS, Minneapolis Collision flying aerial salute on Memorial Day northeast Minneapolis CDR Newell F. Olson
ejected
killed
pic Grumman
Thursday 30th May 1957
US
F9F-5   Wold Chamberlain NAS, Minneapolis Collision flying aerial salute on Memorial Day northeast Minneapolis LTJG J. A. Forsmark
ejected
pic Grumman
10th June 1957
US
F9F 141118 VF-94   LTJG R. R. Briggs
ejected
  Grumman
 
$3.95 - New York Times - Jun 11, 1957
b ALLON, Nev., ,June 10 IfP)- A Navy jet pilot fell to his death today when his parachute failed to open after he--ejected himself from his F-9-F Cougar jet ...

 

26th June 1957
US
F9F-8B 141041     LCDR E. F. Wolf
ejected
  Grumman
8th July 1957
US
F9F-5       ENS R. J. Fusch
ejected
  Grumman
9th July 1957
US
F9F-6       LTJG R. F. Reitano
ejected
  Grumman
10th July 1957
USMC
Grumman F9F-6 Cougar  BuNo.130994 Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment
NAS Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn, N.Y
hydraulic fluid under pressure  in the flying tail hydraulic mechanism leak caused fire Captain Francis Xavier Rozinski
[personal testimony]
Grumman
19th July 1957
US
F9F 141075          
24th July 1957
US
F9F-6       MAJOR F. H. Zebley   Grumman
August 1957
Martin-Baker / USN
 
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar   U.S. Naval Air Test Centre, Patuxent River piloted by
Grumman test pilot Ernie Von der Heyden
Flying Officer Sid Hughes demonstrated the runway ejection capability of the Martin-Baker Mk.5
ejection seat when he ejected at 120kts
Martin-Baker Mk.5
13th August 1957
US
F9F 138858          
14th August 1957
US
F9F-6 141068 Dallas NAS Crashed onto a farm near Grand Prairie, Texas 1/LT Robert P. Stuart
ejected
  Grumman
21st August 1957
US
F9F-5       LT P. J. Letourneau
ejected
  Grumman
6th September 1957
US
F9F-8       1/LT C. R. Ensley
ejected
  Grumman
11th September 1957
US
F9F-2       LCDR C. E. Guthrie
ejected
  Grumman
12th September 1957
US
F9F-8P       LT C. Erkelens
ejected
  Grumman
19th September 1957
US
F9F-5       LT R. J. Berthiaume
ejected
  Grumman
27th September 1957
US
F9F-8       LT R. J. Rutledge
ejected
  Grumman
1st October 1957
US
F9F-8       LTJG M. R. Seibert
ejected
  Grumman
3rd October 1957
US
F9F-8       1/LT R. P. Speier
ejected
  Grumman
14th October 1957
US
F9F 138841          
18th October 1957
US
F9F 141110          
21st October 1957
US
F9F-8       2/LT R. J. Quain
ejected
  Grumman
31st October 1957
US
F9F-8P       LCDR H. M. Hudspeth
ejected
  Grumman
6th November 1957
US
F9F 141071          
23rd November 1957
US
F9F 141059     IS THIS THE LOSS FOR THE 24th ???    
24th November 1957
USMC
F9F-6   Marine Reserve Squadron
Memphis NAS
  1/LT Joe Daniel Skinner
ejected
parachute did not deploy.
Body recovered from the Brandywine Island in the MississippiRiver
  Grumman
6th December 1957
US
F9F-8       LTJG P. J. S. McKenney
ejected
  Grumman
27th December 1957
US
F9F-8B       LTCOL Charles Kunz
ejected
  Grumman
More ejections to add from this point on - CHECK FILES
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HANDWRITING ON THE 1958 RECORDS IS PROVING VERY DIFFICULT TO READ - THEREFORE SPELLING ERRORS OF NAMES MAY OCCUR. HELP IN CONFIRMING THEM WILL BE APPRECIATED

1958

10th January 1958
US
F9F-8 141112 NAATC
Chase Field
  ENS G. D. Patchen
ejected
   
3rd February 1958
US
F9F-5       LTJG T. J. Hall
ejected
   
3rd March 1958
US
F9F 141048          
15th March 1958
USN
Grumman
F9F-6
Cougar
BuNo 130937 NAS Olathe NAS Olanthe, Kansas Edward L. Bethel

1st Ejection

Grumman
17th March 1958
USN
Grumman
F9F-8B
Cougar
  Memphis NAS Stall and spin LCDR Bruce W. Fransisco
ejected
injured
   
   
9th April 1958
US
F9F 141094   Vibration and fire warning light LTJG P. B. Easton
ejected
  Grumman
14th April 1958
US
Grumman
F9F-8T
Cougar
    Unable to recover from spin     Grumman
LTJG M. C. Gilbry
ejected
LT J. L. Ellis
ejected
Grumman
16th May 1958
US
F9F-8     Mid-air collision LTJG D. K. MacCullery
ejected
  Grumman
17th May 1958
US
F9F-6       LCDR Carl Thomsen
ejected
  Grumman
19th May 1958
US
F9F-6       LT S. E. Barber
ejected
  Grumman
27th May 1958
US
F9F-5       LTJG D. Logan
ejected
  Grumman
31st May 1958
US
F9F-8       LTJG C. E. Platt
ejected
  Grumman
1st June 1958
US
F9F-8       1/LT C. F. Lundy
ejected
  Grumman
4th June 1958
US
F9F 141093          
5th June 1958
US
F9F-8       LTJG E. C. Morris
ejected
  Grumman
8th June 1958
US
F9F-6     Loss of power, fuel exhaustion 1/LT B. D. Jensen
ejected
  Grumman
11th June 1958
US
F9F 141171          
22nd June 1958
US
F9F-5       New Cad J. C. Sharpe
ejected
  Grumman
24th June 1958
US
F9F-5       Nav. Cad.  A. J. Mikols
ejected
  Grumman
29th June 1958
USMC
F9F-6       CAPT V. L. Mash
ejected
  Grumman
4th July 1958
US
F9F-8       Nav. Cad.  P. E. Frederick
ejected
  Grumman
7th July 1958
US
F9F 141104          
11th July 1958
US
F9F-8     Spin LTJG G. N. Blake
ejected
  Grumman
17th July 1958
US
F9F 141169          
18th July 1958
US
F9F-8T           Grumman
ENS D. A. Gaouette
ejected
LT W. J. Buc
ejected
Grumman
Friday 19th July 1958
US
F9F
Cougar
    Routine flight. Flame Out. Crashed nine miles east of Beirut, Lenanon Pilot killed.
Too low to parachute
  Grumman
25th July 1958
US
F9F-6       LT G. J. Peart
ejected
  Grumman
30th July 1958
US
F9F-8       LTJG T. E Sullivan
ejected
  Grumman
4th August 1958
US
F9F-8B       Nav. Cad W. J. Madden
ejected
  Grumman
6th August 1958
USN
F9F-6
Cougar
BuNo 13004 NAS Glenview, IL At Waterford,WI USA 1/LT Phil Neubig ejected Grumman
6th August 1958
US
F9F 141172     WAS A SECOND F9F LOST ON THE 6th ??    
12th September 1958
US
F9F-8B 141106     Nav. Cad. D. H. Henkel
ejected
  Grumman
25th September 1958
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker Mk 5
ENS R. Farkas
ejected
fatal ???
2/LT W. J. O'Connor
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk 5
7th October 1958
US
F9F-8       LT R. C. Snyder
ejected
  Grumman
31st October 1958
US
F9F buno          
17th November 1958
USN
F9F-8P Cougar       LT R. E. Lynn
ejected
  Grumman
25th November 1958
USN
F9F-5 Cougar     Flameout ENS C. C. Cromer
ejected
 
Martin-Baker Mk 5
29th December 1958
USN
F9F Cougar     Collision with tow target 1/LT J. C. Brokaw
ejected
  Grumman

1959

10th Jan 1959
USN
F9F-6 Cougar       LTJG K. E. Brooke
ejected
  Grumman
14th Jan 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar       LCDR R. H. Fielding
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk 5
19th January 1959
US
F9F 138849          
5th February 1959
USMC
F9F-6       CAPT F. B. Rogers
ejected
  Grumman
5th February 1959
US
N
F9F-8B       Nav. Cad. E. B. Omholt
ejected
  Grumman
19th February 1959
US
F9F-8B 141053     N/A P. D. Wells
ejected
  Grumman
24th February 1959
US
F9F-6       1/LT E. V. Condon
ejected
  Grumman
4th April 1959
US
F9F-6       LT. E. A. Holmes
ejected
  Grumman
20th April 1959
US
F9F 141055          
Saturday
 25th April 1959


USNR
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar BuNo 142960
VT-23

NAAS Chase Field in Beeville, Texas
Bird strike., low level navigation flight--500 feet over water and 1000 ft over land      
  Grumman
Pilot ENS Felix Hugh Sherry, Jr ejected Pilot Instructor LTJG J. T.  O'Dell ejected Grumman
30th April 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker Mk 5
CAPT J. S. Ratslaff
ejected
LTJG B. B. Woodworth Martin-Baker Mk 5
5th May 1959
USN
F9F-5       1/LT H. F. Bolin
ejected
  Grumman
7th May 1959
US
F9F 141150          
24th May 1959
US
F9F-6       1/LT G. P. Queen
ejected
   
30th May 1959
USN
F9F            
2nd June 1959
US
F9F 138831     1/LT J. L. Scheidemantel
ejected
   
3rd June 1959
US
F9F-8B            
1st July 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar       1/LT C. M. Stephens
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk 5
2nd July 1959
USN
F9F-8B Cougar       LT R. Y. Coppess
ejected
   
8th July 1959
US
F9F 144365          
13th July 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk 5
LCDR R. P. Taylor
ejected
2/LT J. J. Klinges
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk 5
26th August 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar       LT J. A. Rutzler
ejected
   
23rd September 1959
USN
F9F-8T Cougar       LTJG D. G. MacIntyre
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Mk 5
25th September 1959
USN
F9F-8B Cougar       2/LT Bledsoe
ejected
  Grumman
28th September 1959
US
F9F 141076          
12th November 1959
US
F9F 138867          
22nd December 1959
US
F9F 141092          

1960

2nd Feb.60
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk 5
pilot LT A. L. Alexander
ejected
passenger AMS 3 J. A. Osbourn
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
11th February 1960
US
F9F-8B 141103     1/LT J. H. Newlin
ejected
   
17th February 1960
US
F9F 138823          
11th Mar 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LT Gene Cliff
ejected
CDR R. P. Cougan
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
18th Mar 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
1/LT R. J. Moreno
ejected
MAJ G. B. Parker
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
21st March 1960
US
F9F 141087   On flight from California to Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont.Crashed into  Flathead Lake Capt. John Eaheart
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Unsuccessful ejection at low level
   
30th Mar 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
CAPT W. J. Akitt
USAF
ejected
Nav / Cad. P. C. Dewitt
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
  POLSON, Mont. -- One March evening in 1960,  of the  set off from an Air Force base in Montana in a Grumman F9F Cougar fighter jet. Zooming low across, where his fiancee's parents lived in a small house, he plunged into the frigid water and disappeared.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06143/692450-84.stm#ixzz0RxemAH9Z
 
6th Apr 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LT J. B. Davis
ejected
LCDR R. A. Corey
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
10th April 1960
USN
F9F Cougar   Blue Angels
NAS Pensacola
Sudden nose dive into ground, exploded on landing
Colorado Springs, Colorado
     
LT W. F. Sherwood
[Public Information Officer]
killed
Aviation Mechanic J. R. McCay
killed
 
5th May 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LTJG C. L. Syres
ejected
student
LTJG R. M. Byrne
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
20th May 1960
US
F9F 141083          
20th June 1960
US
F9F 138839          
21st June 1960
US
F9F 141036          
27th June 1960
US
F9F 138850          
6th July 1960
USN
F9F-8T Cougar            
1/LT H. G. Haffner
ejected
1/LT D. B. Grimes
ejected
 
20th July 1960
US
F9F 141111          
2nd August 1960
USMC
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
CAPT W. R. Riddell
ejected
student
Nav. Cad. R. E. Jacobs
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
5th August 1960
US
N
F9F-8T Cougar            
1/LT J. S. Griego
ejected
student
J. A. Battenburg
ejected
 
14th August 1960
USMC
F9F-8T Cougar       CAPT C. C. Chisholm
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Mk.5
24th August 1960
US
F9F-8B 138835     1/LT R. E. Shipard
ejected
   
25th August 1960
US
F9F 141107          
29th September 1960
US
F9F 138883          
30th September 1960
US
F9F-8B
Cougar
    Crashed on approach to Chase Field LT John H. Bowden Jr.
killed
   
Other records show the pilot as LT J. H. Brown Jr. - Can anyone confirm ???
1st October 1960
US
F9F 141133          
16th November 1960
US
MC
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
MAJ K. E. Huntington
ejected
MAJ J. L. Shearer
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
                 

1961

1961
USN
Grumman F9F-8T Cougar CHECK ???? Blue Angels #7

Walla Walla, WA

 FOD in engine on TO during press ride. Engine fire consumed aircraft during aborted TO   ?????
Lt Duke Ventimiglia
unhurt
 Passenger on board A/C Mr. Jim Shick
[a reporter and later an editor for the local newspaper, the Union Bulletin.
]
unhurt
 
17th January 1961
US
F9F-8T            
  student
ENS D. R. Cubbison
ejected
 
29th January 1961
US
F9F 141080          
15th April 1961
USMC
F9F Cougar     Crashed into swampy area near Sherman Field, an auxiliary of Pensacola NAS      
CAPT Robert W. Whaling
killed
CAPT James J. Brennan
killed
 
17th April 1961
USN
F9F-8B Cougar       LCDR R. L. McGonagil
ejected
   
2nd May 1961
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
1/LT R. S. Moore
ejected
LTJG W. S. Kelly
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
3rd May 1961
USMC
F9F Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
1/LT W. J. Smith
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Mk.5
7th June 1961
US
F9F 138848          
11th June 1961
US
F9F 141171          
12th June 1961
US
F9F-8B 138874     LT H. F. Herndon
ejected
   
23rd June 1961
USN
F9F-8T Cougar 147380
Royal Blue 941
VCP-63
Miramar Naval Air Station
San Diego
Crashed on steep ridge in the Little San Bernardino Mountains about 10 miles north of Indio     Martin-Baker
Mk.5
Lt. David E. Blackwood of Burlington, Iowa, did not eject. LTJG Edward Shokes US Navy Reserves
ejected but did not survive
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
   
15th July 1961
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LT F. J. Almberg
ejected
LT L. E. Richards
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
24th July 1961
USN
F9-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LT R. V. Dean
ejected
LT W. N. Elder
ejected
Martin-Baker
Mk.5
29th August 1961
USMC
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
CAPT M. R. Green
ejected
LT R. E. Saville ejected Martin-Baker
Mk.5
7th Sep 1961
USMCR
F9F-8 Cougar       CAPT R. A. Newenfeldt
ejected
   
28th Sep 1961
USN
F9F Cougar       Ejected   Martin-Baker
Mk.5
17th September 1961
USN
F9F-8B Cougar       ENS R. G. Bruswitz
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Mk.5
22nd Nov 1961
USN
F9F-8B Cougar       LT C. E. Campbell
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Mk.5
30th Nov 1961
USN
F9F-8T Cougar           Martin-Baker
Mk.5
LT G. O. Lundeen
ejected

 
Martin-Baker
Mk.5

1962

5th March 1962
US
F9F-8B       LCDR R. M. Ellis
ejected
   
28th June 1962
USMC
F9F-8T            
MAJ P. B. Montague
ejected
LTJG A. L. Hall
ejected
ejected
 
11th July 1962
15:43

US
F9F-6K
                     via Frank Ellis
It was from a jet similar to this that Frank Ellis ejected
128229   FURTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY NOTES TO BE ADDED LT Frank K. Ellis
ejected
Grumman
Friday 13th July 1962
US
F9F-8T
Cougar
    Upside down inverted spin Martin-Baker Mk 5
LCDR W. "Bill" H. Blackwood
ejected 10,000ft
LT Neil R. Dahlstrohm
ejected at 10,000ft
Martin-Baker Mk 5
Lt. Ellis was in the same hospital as Lt. Cdr. Blackwood following their ejections. Blackwood was severely injured, paraplegic - T12 vertebra had been forced out of his spinal column.
LINK
                 
16th July 1962
USMC
F9F-8T            
CAPT J. C. Coffin
ejected
   
18th July 1962
US
F9F-8B       1/LT F. D. Taylor
ejected
   
15th August 1962
US
F9F-8T            
LT J. A. Smith
ejected
LT L. L. Herzog
ejected
 
17th August 1962
US
F9F-8B       2/LT R. J. Newman
ejected
   

1963

1st April 1963
US
TF-9J
F9F-8T
          Martin-Baker Mk 5
LT. R. K. Miklas
ejected
ENS J. M. Cowart
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk 5
10th June 1963
US
QF-9G
F9F-6K2
      LCDR L. W. Cordell
ejected
   
11th July 1963
USMC
TF-9J
F9F-8T
          Martin-Baker Mk 5
student
2/LT P. B. Wyrick
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk 5
11th July 1963
US
TF-9J
F9F-8B
      CAPT W. H. Ridings   Martin-Baker Mk 5
15th July 1963
US
TF-9J
F9F-8B
      ENS W. T. Callaway, Jr.
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk Z5A
29th September 1963
USMCR
TF-9J
F9F-8T
           
2/LT H. A. Zapf
ejected
   
8th October 1963
US
AF-9J
F9F-8B
      LT H. E. Nelson
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk Z5
 

F9F-8B Cougar jet crashes into home near Glenbrook North High School. Pilot ejects safely, no injuries.

1964

8th March 1964
USMC
TF-9J   MAG-12 Formosa, Over Water      
CAPT J. H. Ditto
ejected
   
28th July 1964
USMC
TF-9J
F9F-8T
  El Centro 5 miles from Imperial, CA      
LT J. R. Baker PH2 E. H. Muzylowski
ejected
 
17th August 1964
USMC
TF-9J
F9F-8T
  VMT-2 Crashed 2 miles fron NAS El Centro over land      
CAPT D. Newton
ejected
CAPT D. E. Auten
ejected
 
27th October 1964
USN
QF-9G   NAF Crashed NAF China Lake LT D. F. Callaghan
ejected
   

1965

26th January 1965
USN
TF-9J   VT-24 McFadden Field, Texas LTJG L. E. Oakes
ejected
   
4th June 1965
USMC
TF-9J   VMT-1 57 miles from Cherry Point CAPT P. L. James
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
7th June 1965
USMC
TF-9J   VT-22 Kingsville 1/LT M. H. Rose
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
11th August 1965
US
TF-9J   TV-22 Corpus Christi, over water LCDR T. B. Green
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
22nd October 1965
USN
AF-9J   VT-21 mid air collision 54 miles from Kingsville LT T. D. Wilburn
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
22nd October 1965

USN
AF-9J   VT-21 ENS H. R. Wismer
ejected
   
26th October 1965
USN
TF-9J   VT-25 4 miles from Chase Field ENS E. T. Saucier
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
27th October 1965
USN
TF-9J   VT-22 5 miles from Kingsville ENS J. R. Greene
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
23rd November 1965
USN
TF-9J   VT-25 NAS Norfolk, over water LTJG B. F. Goodwin
ejected
   

1966

11th January 1966
USN
TF-9J 146347 VT-23 Kingsville, Texas, recovered after 10 minutes by helo CAPT E. D. Long
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
LTJG K. R. Adams
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5A
28th February 1966
USN
AF-9J   VT-22 19 miles from Kingsville, Texas, recovered after 50 minutes by helo CAPT W. S. Laughlin
USMC
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
22nd April 1966
USN
AF-9J   VT-24 3 miles from Chase Field ENS S. D. Scofield
ejected
   
24th May 1966
USN
TF-9J 142979
BJ-510
VT-25 NO EJECTION RECORDED ??    
1st June 1966
USN
TF-9J 147270 VT-23 38 miles from Kingsville, Texas, recovered after 30 minutes by helo ENS J. D. Baker
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
25th June 1966
US
TF-9J 146346 VT-25 3 miles from Chase Field
recovered by helo
CAPT R. C. Lawe
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5
10th August 1966
US
AF-9J 131138 VT-21 45 miles from Kingsville, Texas, recovered after 50 minutes by helo ENS D. W. Garwood
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk A-5

1967

 
US
TF-9J            
 
US
TF-9J            
 
US
TF-9J            
 
09   nov   1970   144302   F-9J     USN   w/o    

 

1968

Monday 22nd July 1968 USN TF-9J 142479
3K 4??
VT-24
NAS Beeville Texas
Crashed during approach to landing at NAS Beeville Texas     Martin-Baker
Captain Ed H. Menzer
IP
USMC
ejected
broke neck
but survived and later flew as a commercial airline pilot
LTJG Kenneth C. Burgess
USN
ejected
stress fracture
 vertebrae
Martin-Baker
 

Not sure if this is correct method, but this is to tell you about my ejection from a TF-9J during approach to landing at NAS Beeville Texas July 22nd 1968.  I was an Ltjg on my  in the F9 and the seat was the old “black powder” pre-rocket seat that produced a stress fracture of my vertebrae, as I found out much later.  I don’t remember the name of my instructor pilot except his first name was Ed, a Marine Captain who broke his neck but survived and later flew as a commercial airline pilot.  I had only minor injuries, mostly from going through a mesquite tree.

 

In the early 90s (I think) I attended a reception at the four seasons in Washington DC where we were hosted and feted by Martin-Baker represented by the then CEO and others.  Great evening but the common refrain was the evening was backwards…the people who ejected, like me, are very grateful for Martin-Baker’s splendid seats!

 

Captain Kenneth C. Burgess USN ret

5727 Valley Green Drive

Broad Run VA 20137
 

Kenneth C Burgess Sr Is this you? Edit

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Broad Run, VA 20137-2037

 

(540) 349-2965

Age: 60-64
Household: Andrew Burgess, Evelyn S Burgess, Lindsay E Burgess

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03/04/1963
Argentine Navy
F9F-2B Panther 0422
3-A-107
  collided to another Panther 0424  near Arroyo de la Mesa (Buenos Aires) Ramón Corvera ejected   Grumman
03/04/1963
Argentine Navy
F9F-2B Panther 0424
3-A-109
  collided with the Panther 0422   near Arroyo de la Mesa (Buenos Aires) Carmelo Artesiano Argote ejected   Grumman
02/03/1964
Argentine Navy
F9F-2B Panther 0449
3-A-101
  crashed near Punta Alta(Buenos Aires)  Osvaldo Borzone ejected   Grumman
   

FEEDBACK

Mike
According to the Argentinean Panther ´s Profile written by Jorge F. Nuñez Padin, the following Panthers had their pilots ejected:

-F9F-2B 0422/3-A-107 collided to another Panther in 03/04/63 near Arroyo de la Mesa(Buenos Aires) . His pilot Ramón corvera ejected.
-F9F-2B 0424/3-A-109 collided with the Panther cited above, and the pilot Carmelo Artesiano Argote ejected.
-F9F-2B 0449/3-A-101 crashed near Punta Alta(Buenos Aires) in 02/03/64. The pilot Osvaldo Borzone ejected.

The only latin american country that operated Panther and the TF-9J Cougar was Argentina

Cheers

Hélio Higuchi  

http://www.laahs.com

 

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  http://www.saladopress.com/escapefromkorea.html
  http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/pacaeropress/vpost?id=2259949
   
 
Dear Sir ,
 
I have some updates for you concerning VF-111 F9F-2's :
 
The pilot on the cold cat shot of 10 July 1950 was LTJG K.A. Wade
 
The pilot on the F9F who went thru the barrier on 29 Sept 1950 was ENS Omvig .
 
HTH ,     Henk
 
Henk van der Lugt
SunDowner Historian
 
   
   
  The other Panther I found buried is near Newman, south of Patterson. It was a bailout. It went down on  7/11/58. It was operating out of Crowslanding NAS. The guy that showed it to me witness the accident, when he was about 14 yrs old when it happened. It is just about like the one over in Milpitas,, just a few pieces lying in the grass. The only thing I have on it is the newspaper article.