United States Navy
VF-32

 F8U‑1
 Crusader

 BuNo.141690

Monday 24th June 1957

NAS Cecil Field
LTJG Jerome Thomas Joseph Dennehy

Ejection at 480 KTS

" I went to burner at 2500 feet after takeoff from Cecil Field and went into a violent "JC" manoeuvre; ie 70 degrees nose down to 70 degrees nose up repeatedly.  I then flamed out and ejected going nose down thru 1300 feet.  I blacked out; came to and was cart wheeling thru the air; blacked out and came to falling; looked for my chute to pop which did not happen; saw the ground coming up & then the chute opened, I did a half oscillation and hit.  I still have a bad back from it." 

Jerome T. J. Dennehy
in email 15th December 2009