Aircraft by type

Vought F-8 Crusader
Losses & Ejections
Part 3: 1967 - 1968
[Part 2 : 1965 - 1966]
[Part 4 : 1969 - 1973]
Preliminary Listing
(Help appreciated to add pilot names and photos)
[any errors or omissions noticed please let me know so that I can correct them - mbenshar@aol.com ]

   Operators


USN

USMC

French Navy
     

1967

6th January 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader 149184
NM-110

VF-191
"Satan's Kittens"
 USS Ticonderoga
VC-14
AAA Vietnam LCDR Richard Dean Mullen
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker

28th January 1967


USMC
Vought F-8C Crusader 146971


 VMF[AW]-334
 
"Falcons"

x

x

x

x

11th February 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  149192
NF-

VF-51
"Screaming Eagles"
USS HANCOCK

CVA-19
Ramp strike  during night landing -area unknown LTJG Tom F. Carrier
ejected

[Lt(Jg) Carrier was killed on 8th January 1968]

Martin-Baker Mk.5
 

This accident occured in the Gulf of Tonkin, USS Hancock, VF-51, Screaming Eagles, Air Wing 5. Tom Carrier Launched at night from condition one watch status. Upon return he went low in close and took the landing gear off the Crusader. He remained in the pattern, NORAD, making several passes and receiving wave offs. An onboard high power lamp was used to try and determine damage while recovering remaining airborne aircraft before rigging barricade. On his third or forth pass the lamp was pointed down in the water and Tom decided it was a msg. to eject and he did, almost abeam the ship. Picked up with no injuries. Tom Carrier was later killed in an F-8 ejection while ferrying from San Diego to Litchfield Park, late 1967 or early 1968.

Wayne Skaggs (Ens. at the time)
VF-51 Screaming Eagles
Air Wing 5,  USS Hancock CVA-19
in email 11th February 2012

24th February 1967
USN
F-8E  Crusader  150659


VF-194
"Red Lightnings"
USS Ticonderoga
CVA 14

Crashed
 

Naha Naval Air Facility, Okinawa, Japan

LT Frank H. Harrington
Ejected
killed outside envelope. Fire on takeoff.

[ejected on 11th June 1963] 

Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

Frank Harrington ejected prior to the Naha accident.  He was flying out of Miramar and forgot to turn on the transfer switch.  As a result the aircraft ran out of fuel and flamed out.  With only the RAT he was unable to open the transfer switch.

Ralph James
[see 11th June 1963]

FEEDBACK

". .  Here’s an update to LT Frank Harrington’s F8 Crusader listing. After refuelling at Naha, Frank was flying to Atsugi to repair his damaged F8 when it flamed out and burst into a fireball on takeoff roll. A Navy helo at Naha flew over the wreck to try to extinguish the fire and to save Frank. I was asked to document switch and lever positions after the accident.

Frank undoubtedly would have been a Navy lieutenant by 1967.

Nice site. Your info will live on.

Regards,

Pete Michael
in email 5th February 2011

FEEDBACK

Here is an added note: My information is that the aircraft had been involved in a head on midair collision with a KC-135. Both aircraft survived. The belly of the F-8 had been torn open but it recovered on the carrier. The F-8 was patched up with speed tape and flown to the Phillipines for repair. UNrepairable there, it was given another UP to be flown to Atsugi for repair. I was to accompany that flight with another F-8 from VF-51, USS Hancock at that time. Ready to leave the Phillipines, I had no knowledge of the other F-8's history except that it was not ready to go, soooooooooooo, I launched alone for Japan. Hind sight 20/20, not really smart. However, had I waited another day it is likely that I would have been on Harrington's wing, section takeoff at Naha and we both might have ended up in the fireball when (I believe) the intake imploded and the aircraft exploded on takeoff.

Wayne Skaggs (LTJG then)
VF-51 '65-'67
in email 11th February 2012

28th February 1967
USMC
F-8D Crusader BuNo 148670
VMFA[AW]-212
Kaneohe, Hawaii Capt. R. J. Harris
[R. L. Harris ?]

ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
3rd March 1967
USN
F-8D Crusader  148679
VF-13
"Nightcappers"
CVA-38
Night Ramp Strike LTJG Dave D. Johnson
out-of-envelope (but successful,) ejection


via Don Johnson     

Martin-Baker Mk.5a

7th March 1967


USN

F-8E

150350
NM-111

VF-191
"Satan's Kittens"
 USS Ticonderoga
VC-14
Flew into heavy overcast and crashed

LT Robert Lester Miller
(KIA)

 
15th March 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader BuNo 147027
NP-452

VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

CVA-31
Vietnam
Hit the water
LTJG Dean Smith Jr.
25
(KIA/BNR)
Martin-Baker Mk.5

15th March 1967


USN

Vought F-8E Crusader

150681
NJ-???


VF-124
"Gunfighters"

x

x

x

x

17th March 1967
USN
F-8D Crusader  147059
VF-62
"Boomerangs"
USS Shangri La
CVA-38
NEEDS CLARIFYING LTJG E. E. Davis Lt.

OR

Cdr. J. P. Vinti

  Martin-Baker Mk.5
17th March 1967
USN
Crusader 147896
CHECK BuNo

VF-62
"Boomerangs"
USS Shangri La
CVA-38
NEEDS CLARIFYING LTJG E. E. Davis Lt.

OR

Cdr. J. P. Vinti

  Martin-Baker Mk.5
          SEE ABOVE Cdr. J. P. Vinti
CDR VF-194
during 1969
17th March 1967
USMC
F-8E Crusader 149171
or
148654

VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"
 On a night TPQ when a major communications / navigation problem occurred. The night was very foggy night and without instruments he was unable to get home. He remained with his aircraft trying to overcome the problems but ran out of fuel. Non combat Capt. Warren Owen Keneipp Jr.
ejected
recovered safely

Killed in action while working as a FAC in an infantry unit on 2nd July 1967 at Quang Tri

  Martin-Baker Mk.5
18th March 1967
USN
F-8D or E ??? Crusader 149171
WT-

or
148654

VF-13
"Nightcappers"
USS Shangri La
CVA-38
Over water Lt. C. W. Clarke
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

22nd March 1967


USN

Vought F-8C Crusader

145588
JF


VC-4
Night Flyers
Fleet Composite Squadron Four
FLECOMPRON-4

Engine exploded and flamed out. Crashed near Murfreesboro, North Carolina and Franklin, VA

Lt. Karl B. Wagner
ejected

x

Martin-Baker Mk.5

   
25th March 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  149147
NP-

VF-53
"Iron Angels"
USS HANCOCK
CVA-19
The ship's arrester gear failed and fell into the sea LTJG James Hamilton Hise
ejected
below flight deck
(KIA)

photo via Mary Lou McCormick
Martin-Baker Mk.5
 

I was in VF-51 on the Hancock, and Jim's brother was an F-8 pilot in VF-53 with Jim.
Jim was a great pilot and flew a perfect daytime pass, but during the run-out, his hook point broke from what we could tell.
The vulture's row camera captured him going off the angle, nose down, and showed his chute deploy and on the surface of the water as the ship went by, but it sank and Jim was not recovered.

Bruce Hart
aka Coyote

12th April 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader 150876
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Yuma Tacan Lt. Cdr. Ray Donnelly
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
12th April 1967
USN
DF-8A Crusader  145411
VC-1
Honolulu, Hawaii CDR W. L. Alt
ejected
  Vought or Martin-Baker Mk.5
14th April 1967
French Navy
F-8 Crusader 15     ENS DV F. Bourgeois
ejected
  Martin-Baker
24th April 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader  146915
NP-448

VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

CVA-31
Hit by 85mm Vietnam Lt. Cdr. Edwin Byron Tucker
KIA
RR 1987

"a fully opened parachute observed "

  Martin-Baker Mk.5
 1st May 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  150301
NF-

VF-51
"Screaming Eagles"
USS HANCOCK

CVA-19
Vietnam
Non combat
Engine failure
LTJG Clay R. "Cyclone" Ramskill
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5
 4th May 1967 USMC F-8E Crusader  150316
WT-17

VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"
Da Nang
AAA Vietnam
Rear fuselage was engulfed in flames
Flew "Feet wet" over the South China Sea to eject and was rescued
Major Edward F Townley
(SURVIVED)
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
   

6th May 1967


USN

Vought F-8E Crusader

149193


VF-162
"Hunters"

x

x

x

x

 17th May 1967
also seen as
25th May 1967

USN
F-8A Crusader  143821 VT-701
NAS Dallas Reserves
51 miles from Abiline, Texas, in US LT J. T. McLaughlin
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
17th May 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  149189
NF-101
 
VF-51
"Screaming Eagles"
USS HANCOCK

CVA-19
Shot down about 20 miles northwest of  the city of Vinh in Nghe An Province, North Vietnam Lt. Ronald Wayne Dodge
POW
Martin-Baker Mk.5
19th May 1967
USMC
F-8E Crusader  149213
WT-

VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"
Da Nang
Hit by AAA.
 during a mission over Quang Binh province, Vietnam. He radioed his wingman that he was losing hydraulic power and was heading for the coast, but as the wingman watched, Hellbach's jet rolled, inverted and crashed.
CAPT Harold James Hellbach
(KIA)

[remains buried at Arlington National Cemetry 16th July 1998]
Martin-Baker Mk.5
19th May 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  150930
NP-109

VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31
SAM
Vietnam
Lt. Cdr. Kay Russell
POW
Martin-Baker Mk.5
19th May 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader 147021
NP-445

VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

CVA-31
AAA Capt William John Metzger Jr.
POW
Martin-Baker

21st May 1967


USN

F-8E Crusader

150348
NP-105


VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31

AAA

LCDR R G Hubbard

 
1st June 1967 USMC Crusader F-8B  145475 NAS Willow Groves Reserves NAS Willow Grove, in US 1.Lt. D. H. Clarke ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
2nd June 1967 USN Crusader F-8E  149217
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
 Coral Sea
CVA-43
  Lt. D. E. Cowles ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
2nd June 1967 USN

F-8C

147031
NP-447


VF-24
"
Fighting R
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

Technical malfunction

LCDR Rex Stewart Wood
(KIA)

 
4th June 1967 USMC Crusader F-8E  149194
DB-5

VMF[AW]-235
"Death Angels"
Vietnam.
Engine flamed out
COMBAT
or
NON COMBAT
???
Lt. COL L. P. Bates   Martin-Baker Mk.5
5th June 1967
USN
RF-8G Crusader 145614
PP-902

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
det L
USS Bon Homme Richard
CVA-31
Vietnam. AAA LCdr. Collins Henry Haines
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker Mk.5
6th June 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader 150303
NP-104

VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31

 

Ground fire
LTJG Thomas Renwick Hall
ejected

1st ejection
see also 10th July 1967

Martin-Baker

6th June 1967


USN

RF-8G

145608
PP-991


VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
DET-L
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

Hit 57mm AAA but landed safely back on the carrier

Name
???
(SURVIVED)

 

 
10th June 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader 150352
NP-101

VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31
AAA LTJG Thomas Renwick Hall
POW

2nd ejection
see also 6th July 1967

Martin-Baker
11th June 1967 USN F-8C Crusader 147002
NP-450

VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

CVA-31
AAA LTJG J. R. Miller
see also
15th June 1968
Martin-Baker
16th June 1967 USN F-8C Crusader  146969
 VMF[AW]-334
 
"Falcons"
El Toro, in US causing large brush fire MAJ . D. H. Mitchell
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
20th June 1967 USN F-8E Crusader  149209
VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"
Da Nang Vietnam.
Engine flamed out
[Combat or Non combat ???]
Major Charles Ligon Cronkite
ejected
over water.
Did not survive
(KIA)
Martin-Baker Mk.5
   
Sunday 25th June 1967 USN F-8A Crusader  143815 NAS Willow Grove Reserves Went into uncontrollable dive at 8,000 ft. Crashed into a 10 million gallon water tank at Chester Pa. Lt. Ronald F. Pepka
32
Lansdale
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
26th June 1967 USN F-8E Crusader  149219
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Yuma, Tacan, in US ENS P. A. Svare
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

30th June 1967

USMC 

Vought F-8C Crusader

145582

VMF-334

x

x

x

x

2nd July 1967 USMC  F-8E Crusader  150286
WT-6

VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"
AAA Vietnam Major Bruce A. Martin
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5]

 16th July 1967

 

F-8E

149134
WT-


VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"

Destroyed on ground by VC attack

 

 

 

 16th July 1967

 

F-8E

150344
WT


VMF[AW]-232

"Red Devils"

Destroyed on ground by VC attack

 

 

 
 16th July 1967 USN F-8E Crusader  150925
AH-201

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
SAM. Vietnam Lt. Cdr.  Demetrio A  Verich
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5
19th July 1967
USN
F‑8E
Crusader
150899
AH-206

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
Hit by 57mm AAA leading a flak suppression element. Flew back to carrier but missed the wire and went over the side. Did not survive Cdr Herbert Perry Hunter
XO of VF-162 (KIA)[Partially deployed parachute may have been an ejection attempt]
KIA
Martin-Baker Mk.5
 20th July 1967   F-8E Crusader  150916
AH-

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
Non combat. Settled into the sea being catapulted Vietnam. Lt. James W. Nunn
ejected underwater  
Martin-Baker Mk.5
31st July 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader 146984
AH-110

VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
CVA-34
Vietnam. SAM shot down about 20 miles
southeast of Hanoi, .Hai Hung
Province, North Vietnam
Lt. Charles Peter Zuhoski
ejected POW.
Martin-Baker
12th August 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader  146993
AH-12

VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS INTREPID
CVA-11
Vietnam. AAA Lt. Cdr. Foster Schuler Teague Martin-Baker Mk.5

22nd August 1967


USN

Vought F-8A Crusader

143817

NARTU Washington

x

x

x

x

NOTE FOUND ON WEB The Black Barons They deployed from Andrews AFB to NAS Miramar on April 22, 1967 in an
incredible six hour, non-stop flight. They returned to "Rosie Roads" in August
for a variety of training work-ups. Tragedy struck the Black Barons during this
deployment, when Maj. John A. Wilson was killed in a crash.  - DATE ????
8th September 1967 USN F-8A Crusader 143764 NAF Washington DC Reserves Andrews AFB in US Lt. T. R. Kniffen ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
8th September 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader 146929
AH-1??

VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
CVA-34
AAA Electrical failure Vietnam operating in the Tonkin Gulf  Lt. Cdr. Don Baker
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5

".  .  .   I had a successful ejection from an F8 Crusader on September 8, 1967 while operating in the Tonkin Gulf.  Yes I was shot down by enemy ground fire, but made it back in the vicinity of the carrier before being forced to eject.
We used to have a saying in the F8 Crusader community..."If you fly the Crusader long enough you will have an ejection!"

Best regards,

Don Baker
in email 29th November 2008

8th September 1967


USN

Vought F8 Crusader

146972


VC-7

x

x

x

x

11th September 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader 150910
AH-202

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
Duc Pho Vietnam. Non combat Ran out of fuel LT James W Shaw ?
[
picture of J. E. Shaw VF-162]
 (SURVIVED)
Martin-Baker Mk.5
Thursday 21st September 1967
USN
Vought RF-8G Crusader 144623
NL-710

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
DET-43
USS CORAL SEA
CVA-43
Vietnam. AAA Lt. Cdr. Milton James Vescelius
ejected
KIA
Remains Returned 1985
Martin-Baker Mk.5

Wednesday 27th September 1967
18:40


USN

Vought RF-8G Crusader

146864
AJ [?]


VFP-62
"Eyes of the Fleet"
det 38
NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida
 USS Shangri La
CVA-38

Collided in air with another USN SP-2H Neptune
[Patrol Squadron 30, Jacksonville] during heavy rain storm 12 miles from Jacksonville Beach, Florida

LTJG Mark E. Garrett
25
killed

x

Martin-Baker Mk.5


USN
Lockheed SP-2H Neptune 147946
LL
VP-30
Patrol Squadron THIRTY
Collided with RF-8G Crusader BuNo 146864. Crashed on the swampy east bank of the Intracoastal Waterway  All five crew died
 

 

   
LCDR R. H. Ford LT Michael "Mike" P. Myers ADR2 Charles Michael McLarty
[AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE (RECIPROCATING ENG MECH) PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS]
ATR2 M. E. Young
[
AVIATION ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (RADAR) PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS]
AEAN P. R. Huggins
[
AVIATION ELECTRICIAN'S MATE AIRMAN]
 


UPDATE "...My husband, Mike Myers, was killed on September 27, 1967 while serving with VP-30. I'm looking for any pictures of VP-10 or VP-30 P2 Neptunes. Went to NAS Brunswick, Maine in December closing base and saw the last three P-3's leaving. Our oldest son will be 50 in 2011 and would really like a picture of his Dad's plane to frame..." Contributed by Jeanne jmhand@tds.net [03JAN2010]

 

2nd October 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  150912
DB-

VMF(AW)-235
"Death Angels"
Vietnam. Non combat preparing to land DaNang after mission 1LT Patrick Lewis Ott
(KIA)
  Martin-Baker Mk.5]
5th October 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader 146138

or

 146938
AH-114


VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
CVA-34
 Aircraft was shot down about 10 miles west of the city of Phat Diem, near the
border of Than Hoa and Ninh Binh Provinces, North Vietnam,
ENS David Paul Matheny
ejected

POW

Released 19th February 1968

Martin-Baker Mk.5
5th October 1967
USN
F-8A Crusader  143819 NAS Willow Grove Reserves Willow Grove, US Lt. E. T. Keech   Martin-Baker Mk.5]
                 
   
26th October 1967
USN
F-8E Crusader  150310
AH-206

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
Vietnam. SAM Lt.JG  Charles D. Rice
ejected

POW

Martin-Baker Mk.5
11th November 1967
USN
F-8E  150292
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Mobile Bay US LT Jerry L. Unruh
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
17th November 1967
Is this correct?

USN
F-8E  150869
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Night carqual on downwind leg when engine flamed out near El Centro, US LTJG James  Douglas Clark
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
Can anyone solve the mystery of the date of this loss and pairing of name with Bureau Number?

Part 3 covering 1967-68 has an error regarding the ejection by LTjg J.D. Clark at El Centro, Calif. I was in the carqual det from VF-124 at El Centro at the time of the accident. My log book shows our night carqual sessions as occurring in February 1968. I don't know the exact date of the accident, but I certainly remember Doug's description. Night carqual on downwind leg when engine flamed out and he ejected. The aircraft crashed into a stockyard pen with several hundred head of cattle. Many barbecued sides of beef were the result, but LTjg Clark survived unhurt.
Thanks,
Richard Newton
VF-124 '67-68
VF-211 '68-69=
in email 12th February 2012

"I'm sure it couldn't have been in November of 1967 unless there has been some mixup in pairing the pilot name with the Buno of the aircraft involved. We had just recently begun flying the Crusader in November and in no way have been proficient enough to undertake night FCLP training followed shortly thereafter with our first night carrier landings. My own log book confirms this and he and I were in the same phase of training at that time."

19th November 1967


USN

F-8C

147004
AH-102


VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
CVW-16

Aircraft remained on deck.
[see FEEDBACK below]

LT Edwin Ward Van Orden Jr.
ejected
landed in catwalk still in seat
(KIA)

Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

Lt Van Orden’s airplane never left the deck and he never crashed into the sea. He was my division officer at the time. I called a long time friend of mine named A. J. Mason who was a checker shirt and asked him about it. Mr Van Ordens airplane stayed on deck with the engine still running and Jack walked up the back of the airplane and reached into the cockpit and shut off the engine master switch. We both remember that he also had just separated from the seat prior to the impact in the catwalk.

Thanks

Bob Pratt
Former AQ1
VF-111
1966 - 1969
in email 4th January 2012, amended 8th January 2012

21st November 1967
USN
RF-8G Crusader  145643
VFP-62
"Eyes of the Fleet"
USS Shangri La
CVA-38
unknown Lt. G. R. Adams   Martin-Baker Mk.5
5th December 1967
USN
F-8C Crusader  146907
VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
CVA-34
Vietnam. AAA? Lt. H. J. Meadows
[see also 23rd August 1966]
Martin-Baker Mk.5]
                 

1968 

                 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd January 1968
USN
F-8C Crusader 146989
AH-106

VF-111
"Sundowners"
USS O
riskany
Over the beach around Vinh on a photo escort mission suffered total electrical failure. Crashed close to Vietnamese beach  over the Than Hoa arean ear hostile fishing vessels Ltjg Craig M. Taylor
ejected over the sea about seven miles from the shore

[Later Lt Taylor died in a flight mishap at NAS Miramar on 27th June 1968]

Martin-Baker Mk.5
4th January 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150865
AH-206

VF-162
"Hunters"
USS ORISKANY
CVA-34
Vietnam. SAM LTJG Richard Willis Minnich (KIA) Martin-Baker Mk.5

8th January 1968


USN

Vought RF8A Crusader

144609

 O & R facility on North Island

En route from the North Island NAS, San Diego to Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona. Crashed into a railroad trestle in Niland, Imperial County.

LTJG Thomas F. Carrier
29
Chula Vista
killed

[Lt(Jg) Carrier had ejected on 11th February 1967]

Martin-Baker Mk.5

 

This is the one I mentioned in my last email. The pilot was LTJG Tom Carrier, released from VF-51 and assigned to O & R facility on North Island (I believe) for remainder of his sea duty and then to be released from active duty. He was taking an F-8 to Litchfield Park.

Wayne Skaggs (LTJG then)
Assigned to NAVPRO St. Louis
in email 11th February 2012

9th January 1968
USMC
Crusader F-8E 150917
DB-18

VMF[AW]-235
Vietnam. AAA Capt. D. W. Lorenzo
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
2nd February 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150667
NM-

VF-191
"Satan's Kittens"
 USS Ticonderoga
VC-14
Gulf of Tonkin, North Vietnam LT Peter Frederick Cherney
(KIA)
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5
14th February 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150909
NM-402


VF-194
"Red Lightnings
"
CVA-14

USS Ticonderoga
SAM or ground fire
near the city of Vinh, about 15 miles inland.
LTJG Robert Charles McMahan
(MIA - KIA)

[RR 13th September 1990]


via
Jerri Kemp McMahan
Martin-Baker Mk.5
15th February 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150293 VRF-32  Glia Bend, Arizona, in US Lt. Cdr. L. A. Henke
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

23rd February 1968


USMC

Crusader F-8E

150857
DB-



VMF(AW)-235
"Death Angels"
, MAG-11, 1ST MAW, III MAF

Collided with A-6A (152631) of VMA(AW)-533

Capt George Lawrence "Larry" Hubler
KIA

 
25th February 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150335
NM-

VF-191
"Satan's Kittens"
 USS Ticonderoga
VC-14
Ran out of fuel Tonkin Gulf Lt.JG Wendell E. Brown Martin-Baker Mk.5
12th March 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150306
NF-207

VF-53
"Iron Angels"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31
Bingo divert to Da
Nang. GCA approach. Hit trees
LTJG Jerry A. Weber
ejected
see also
25th June 1968
Martin-Baker
16th March 1968
USMC
Crusader F-8E 149225
DB-11

VMF(AW)-235
"Death Angels"
Vietnam. AAA Capt. G. L. Post
ejected
  Martin-Baker
28th March 1968
USN
Crusader RF-8G 144616
NM-601

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
DET-14
USS TICONDEROGA
South Vietnam. AAA?. Lt Cdr. Michael Walter Wallace
ejected
KIA
Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

" .   .   .   I knew Lt. Mike Wallace, who was shot down in March of 1968, flying from the USS Ticonderoga with VFP-63.  I have a couple pictures of him if you would like one to insert in his entry.  Please let me know."

Sincerely,

Frank Bodden
in email 12th April 2011, photo provided 13th April 2011

5th April 1968


USN

Vought F8 Crusader

150679


VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Yuma
Arizona

Flew into ground on night GCA at Yuma. It is believed that the seat fired on impact. He was found in top of fruit tree the next morning. Survived.

LTJG Phil R. Harrison
ejected

Martin-Baker Mk.5

FEEDBACK

Extra details thanks to
Ed O’Gara
in emails 19th August 2009

8th April 1968
USN
F-8B Crusader  145544 VC-5 High speed entry into the break,  aircraft stalled and flew into the water, pilot killed. Naha,  Japan LTJG Richard "Dick" A, Genheimer
killed
Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

Extra details thanks to
Ed O’Gara
in emails 19th August 2009

12th April 1968
USN
F-8A Crusader  142410 NAS Dallas Reserves Dallas, US Lt. R. B. Von Grote   Martin-Baker Mk.5
19th April 1968
USN
 F-8B Crusader  145526 VF-931 Near Chanute AFB, US Lt. Cdr. W. L. Hill   Martin-Baker Mk.5
April / May 1968
USN
 F-8 Crusader  
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
NAS Miramar
The pilot apparently suffered vertigo and crashed having completed a night GCA with go-around.
 
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

At the end of April 1968 (maybe very early May 68) there was a VF-124 F-8 crash
with pilot fatality at NAS Miramar. The FRP had done a night GCA with go-around.
During his turn to the north he apparently suffered vertigo and crashed. The pilot's last name was Wright [see note below]. (USN) He and I had talked about our "mutual" instrument flying problems a day or two before his crash. (I had just turned in my wings.)

Robert S. (Bob) Fritzius
Lieutenant USNR, Ret
Sometime Naval Aviator
V25634
in email 11th February 2012

Photo provided of Ensign Wright

 

George Wright writes [5th November 2013] - Scrolled down to April/May 1968.  Found my picture and premature report of my death. 

I remember Bob Fritzius.  We were indeed contemporaries in the F-8 RAG.  But I’m not the guy who had this conversation with him.

As further proof of my continued existence, scroll down to 3rd October 1968.

3rd May 1968
USMC
F-8E Crusader  149173
DB-4

VMF(AW)-235
"Death Angels"
also seen as
VMFA 234, MAG 11
AAA Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam CAPT Stephen William "Steve" Clark
(KIA)
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
6th May 1968
USN
F-8C Crusader  147026
VF-111
"Sundowners"
??
CVS[?]-11
USS Intrepid Lt. Anthony J. Nargi   Martin-Baker Mk.5
22nd May 1968
USN
RF-8G Crusader  146886
NF-602

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
Det 31
 Bon Homme Richard
CVA-31
Vietnam. AAA
Vinh, NVN, hit by 37mm AAA during photo run
LTJG  Edwin Frank Miller
POW
Martin-Baker Mk.5
15th June 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader  148656
VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS Hancock
CVA-19
Explosion following Cat shot. Flamed Out Lt. J. R. Miller
ejected
see also
11th June 1967
Martin-Baker Mk.5]
25th June 1968
USN
F-8E Crusader  149158
NF-206

VF-53
"Iron Angels"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD

CVA-31
Vietnam. Non combat Engine flamed out Lt.JG Jerry A. Weber
see also
12th March 1968
Martin-Baker Mk.5]

27th June 1968
21:02


USN

Vought F-8C Crusader

146998


VF-111
"Sundowners"

Flew into the ground for unknown reasons 2-3 miles east of Miramar

Lt. Craig Taylor
killed

[Lt. Taylor had ejected on 2nd January 1968]

Martin-Baker Mk.5

FEEDBACK

VF-111 F-8C crash 27 June 1968

The pilot's name was Lt. Craig Taylor. He did not survive. There was no evidence of an ejection attempt. The crash occurred at 2102 hrs 2-3 miles east of Miramar.

Craig was the lead and Dave Matheny was the wingman.

Craig lost his radio and David was leading an instrument GCA into Miramar.

There was no determinitation by the accident board as to the cause.

Craig had been shot down on his first mission near Vinh while on a photo escort mission.

He was a USNA graduate, a good pilot and a fine officer.

John E Laughter

VF-111, VX-4, VF-11
in email 11th February 2012

 

4th July 1968
USN
F-8E Crusader  149165
NM-401

VF-194
"Red Lightnings"
USS Ticonderoga
CVA 14
Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, collided with A‑4F 155002 Lt. JG J. F. Strahm Martin-Baker Mk.5
6th July 1968
USN
F-8A Crusader  143684 NAS Dallas Reserves Crashed shortly after take off into a residential area near Grand Prairie, Dallas, Texas USA LT Gary J. Gretter
ejected
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

FEEDBACK

 In your F-8 Crusader ejections you have one listed for G. J. (Gary) Gretter, on 6 July 1968. He had a burner malfunction and barely got airborne when he ejected. The a/c hit the RR tracks on the north side of the highway adjcent to NAS DAL north field boundary. After ejection, he landed in the fireball, unfortunately, and was killed. I have forgotten whether we were VF-201 at the time or one of the earlier nomenclatures.
Rod Dorr
in email 11th February 2012

10th July 1968


USN

Vought F-8C Crusader

147018

VC-10

x

x

x

x

21st July 1968
US
RF-8G Crusader  145642
AK 9

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
det.11
USS INTREPID
CVA-11
fuel pump failure during test flight in sea off Vietnam, Lt. F. W. Pfluger
ejected and was rescued
Martin-Baker Mk.5
27th July 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader  148658
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Near Miramar, US Lt. Cdr. N. Donovan   Martin-Baker Mk.5
4th August 1968
USN
F-8C Crusader  146920
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
NAS Miramar
Yuma, US Lt. C. D. Rottgering
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

Monday 12th August 1968


USN

Vought F-8C Crusader

147001


VF-124
"Gunfighters"
NAS Miramar

Crashed at night North of Miramar Road, West of Hwy 395 in hills in the Black Mountains

LTJG Roman Stuart Ohnemus
25
Whittier
 killed

x

It is possible that a sidewinder from the F-8  hit an oil survey ship off Santa Rosa Island, injuring three men

FEEDBACK

On 12 August 1968, a U.S. Navy Vought F-8 Crusader (F-8C) fighter jet of VF-124 crashed while returning to (then) NAS Miramar, from nighttime sidewinder missile training with 3 other F-8 Crusader fighters. The pilot, LT (JG) Roman S. Ohnemus, 25, did not eject, and died in the crash. The incident occurred in the dark, early morning hours in remote, brush-covered terrain (somewhat level except for narrow valleys), north of (then) NAS Miramar, and Miramar Road, west of Hwy 395 (now I-15), and south of Black Mountain. A small brush fire was started by the crash. Live missiles presented a dangerous crash site to the first-arriving state forestry fire-fighters, who were woken by the crash. They were from the nearby (between 1 to 2 miles) Miramar California Division of Forestry (now CalFire) fire station.

From
Greg Bishop

in emails April 2014

                 

19th August 1968


USN

F-8H Crusader

147924
NP-
2


VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS HANCOCK

CVA-31

Ran out of fuel South China Sea off SVN

LTJG L R Plotz
ejected and was rescued

Martin-Baker Mk.5
24th August 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader  148694
NP-

VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"

USS HANCOCK
CVA-19
Hydraulic failure Lt.JG B. S. Foster   Martin-Baker Mk.5

31st August 1968


USN

F-8H Crusader

147897
NP-


VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS HANCOCK

CVA-31

Ramp strike, broke in two and exploded

LCDR John Eugene Bartocci
(KIA)

 
10th September 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader  148680
VF-51
"Screaming Eagles"
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
CVA-31
Engine explosion Lt. J. N. Quisenberry Martin-Baker Mk.5

 

Quis was an outstanding person and pilot. He was an intellectual which was an oddity in fighter pilot land. He was my wingman for this flight.
Right off the catapult, he reported that his engine was compressor stalling. I quickly joined him and could occasionally see fire spit out of the intake as he climbed and experienced more and more compressor stalls.
There was some debate with the squadron over the radio as to whether to have an emergency pull forward and try to bring Quis back on board.
I recommended that he eject because the engine was spitting more flame out the front, and it appeared that it could quit iwith the aircraft in a state that Quis could not eject safely.
Ops finally concurred. Quis got as slow as he could. I was along side when he ejected. We were somewhere around 5-10K. I forget exactly. Out and back he went as I flew alongside the F-8. Then I turned back to find him.

Quis saw me circling to check him out, and was coming in quite close. He said that he waved as I went by. Then he realized that wasn't me. The cockpit was empty. That was his own F-8 that just went by him.
We thought about shooting it down with a Sidewinder, but it quit flying before that was OK'd. Besides I was keeping my eye on him.

Quis hit the water, and I swear that from the air it looked like a 6-8 sharks headed his way, but it must have been some surface phenomenon. He was successfully picked up by a helo.

Quis later left the ship at the end of cruise and rode a motorcycle from Cubi south through the PI, then up through Indonesia and Thailand. I forget where he finally left the motorcycle. India maybe?

That was Quis.

Coyote

 

                 

17th September 1968


USN

F-8H Crusader

148648
NP-204


VF-24
"
Fighting Renegades "
USS HANCOCK

CVA-31

Fuel ran out and engine flamed out

LtTJG Paul Eugene Swigart
ejected
KIA
5th February 1969
 
17th September 1968
USN
F-8C Crusader  146942
VF-13
"Nightcappers"
Cecil Field, US Lt.JG D. J. Wilcox ??   Martin-Baker Mk.5
 

Cannot confirm but, I believe the F-8 crash at Cecil Field, Sept. of 1968 was due to over rotation on takeoff. I was in the barracks about 800’ from the impact site. Witnesses said the pilot over rotated braking the tail off at the separation point; as he was in full after burner all the fuel lines parted, allowing the fuel to be ignited by the afterburner flame. The pilot got a fire warning light and ejected, landing only a few yards from the burning aircraft. The only thing left by the time they got the fire out was the tail cone, tail feathers, landing gear, and trash! Pilot survived with compressed vertebrae only.

We were playing cards when I heard something different and looked up to hear two small booms, (the ejection seat firing) and the entire night turned in to day as the plane rolled inverted and went in, exploding between the runway and our barracks.

Thanks for your web site, when I found it I immediately went looking for this incident.

Larry
in email 27th May 2011

24th September 1968
USN
F-8C Crusader  146945
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
22 miles from Imperial Vortac, US Lt. M. T. Najarian
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

25th September 1968


USN

Vought F-8A Crusader

143679


VC-2
"Falcons"
NAS Oceana

Lost during ACM exercise with F-4's from VF-103

Donald B. Bell
killed

 

Martin-Baker Mk.5

3rd October 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader 148631
VF-111
"Sundowners"
Yuma Tacan, in US LTJG George M. Wright Martin-Baker Mk.5
   
3rd October 1968
USN
RF-8G Crusader 144620
NP-

VFP-63
"Eyes of the Fleet"
DET-19
USS HANCOCK
TF 77, 7TH FLEET
control failure, crashed into the sea off South Vietnam LT James Lee Merrick Jr.
(KIA)
Martin-Baker Mk.5
20th October 1968
USN
TF-8A Crusader 143795 NAS Atlanta Reserves 24 miles from Atlanta Tacan, in US LT D. K. Maskell
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
Saturday 2nd November 1968
USN
Vought F-8J Crusader 150850
VF-124
"Gunfighters"
Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego
Routine tactical training mission. Crashed near Banner Grade on State 78, Southern California LTJG Michael Emmett
25
killed
   
7th November 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader 148707
VF-13
"Nightcappers"
USS Shangri La
CVA-38
Ramp Strike Lt. J. R. Musitano
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
15th November 1968
US
F-8H Crusader 147923
NP-

VF-211
"Fighting Checkmates"
USS HANCOCK
CVA-19
Vietnam. Non combat
Ramp strike
Lt. P. R. Scott
ejected, landed in safety net  
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
1st December 1968
USN
Crusader F-8J 149227
VF-51
"Screaming Eagles"
Miramar Naval Air Station
70 miles from Yuma, US LTJG Norm McCoy
ejected
seriously injured
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
 

I was in the squadron with Norm. He had shot down a MIG in the prior cruise.

He got into a inverted spin while in a practice dogfight and broke both femurs during the ejection due to him being in a negative g condition, not tight against the seat, and the seat slapping him on the way out.
He was one of the few people ever to recover after breaking both femurs according to our flight surgeon.

Coyote.
 

3rd December 1968


USN

Vought F-8B Crusader

145539

x

x

x

x

x

12th December 1968


USN

Vought F-8H Crusader

?


VF-13
"Nightcappers"
USS Shangri La

Slid off deck

Pilot rescued

x

x

17th December 1968


USN

Vought F8 Crusader

145368

x

x

x

x

x

                 
 

Bruce Hart, "Coyote" sent in this photo of members of VF-51 on board CV-19, USS Hancock.

In the back row,

- third from the left with the Screaming Eagle patch on his left shoulder, Ron Dodge, ejected, POW/MIA 17th May 1967

- fifth from the left me, Bruce  (no ejection)

- sixth from the left with his head directly under the "1" of 103, Tom Carrier ramp strike successful ejection. 11th February 1967 Ended up flying into a railroad track trying low inverted flight.

- second from the right with his oxygen mask pointed toward us, Clay Ramskill, call sign "Cyclone" Successful ejection, but I don't remember exactly why. 1st May 1967

Front row, on one knee,

- second from the right, Ed Hickey, listed as an ejection early in the days of the F-8 23rd March 1959

Sorry that I don't remember the other call signs right now.

Can anyone identify more from the photo (Please contact Mike mbenshar@aol.com )

 

 

You have a great site. I have some info on research I have been doing on the RF-8 Crusader that you may wish to include in your site. I could send you this info if you wish so you can pick out the ejections in it. Most of what you have correlates with what I have. However there are a few corrections that I have to point out.
1)  The pilot-less RF-8 that was shot down by USN fighters 10/6/1961 was not Bureau No. 145634. Ltjg. J. Baucom ejected from this machine 11/13/1963 off the US east coast. I have a black and white photo of this event with the tail number visible.
2) You have Ltjg. T. V. Hillcom listed for 8/28/1963. The name is actually T. V. Hallcom. I have a roster from that unit with his name on it.
 3) The pilot that ejected from Bureau No. 146869 2/19/1964 was LtCdr. John M. McCall. He ejected to low and was killed. He was not recovered.
4) You have two RF-8s listed that can not be RF-8s. The first is 144439 of VC-1 Hawaii 3/17/1964, pilot Berry. The second is 143749 NATC/PAX 9/24/1964. The lowest Bureau No. for the RF-8, other than the prototype which was 141363, was 144607. The lower numbers were fighters most likely.
5) The pilot of the RF-8 145614 lost 6/5/1967 was LtCdr. C. H. Haines who became a POW.
6) The pilot of the RF-8 144623 lost 9/21/1967 was LtCdr. M. J. Vescelius who was KIA.
7) The pilot of the RF-8 144616 lost 3/28/1968 was LtCdr. M. W Wallace who was KIA. This is some of the stuff I have.
Let me know if you would like to have more, which is numerous to list here. I do have it on a spread sheet. Where do you get your information at? Again great site, keep up the good work.
Scott

 

I can help you with some clarifications on some of your records for the year 1967 -- one of them was mine, Mar. 3.  Cause was not enemy action, it was a/c malfunctions on a night carrier landing, ramp strike, Mediterranean.

17 Mar -- both lost due to a mid-air during formation maneauvering, Med.
18 Mar -- ramp strike, Med.
15 Oct. -- Dave Matheny shot down, POW NVN.
1-9-68 VF-13 ejection was at Cecil Field, FL, overrotation on night takeoff, pilot Ltjg David Wilcox.
7 Nov. 68 -- Night ramp strike, CVA-38, Med.

Dave Johnson

FEEDBACK

Mike,

I appreciate all the work that has gone into this database.

In Part 3, Jan 9,1968 I believe the squadron was still known as VMF(AW)-235 and would later be called VMFA-235 when it was converted to another aircraft F-18s(?).

Same for Mar 16, 1968

Same for May 3, 1968 which also needs the pilot's last name, Stephen William Clark.

Same for Oct 2, 1967

I hope this helps.

John Becker
451/235
in email 19th November 2008
[site amendements made 20th November 2008]

 

 

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