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LOSSES AND EJECTIONS
 

PLEASE CAN YOU ADD ANY EXTRA LOSSES OR EJECTIONS OR DETAILS ???

DRAFT LISTING

                 
1956  

?? ?? 1956


USMC

Douglas F-4D Skyray

 

 El Toro

flameout  about 12-15,000 ft

Major ???
killed

 

 

17th January 1956   Douglas F-4D Skyray     Crashed near Los Alamitos Naval Air Station approaching the field for an emergency landing Kesler
killed
   
8th May 1956
confirm date ???


USMC

Douglas F-4D Skyray

134758
AE 1
VMF-115
El Torro, USA
Engine flameout during landing approach. Crashed during dead stick landing Lieutenant Colonel John S. Flickinger
killed
   

8th May 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

 

 

 

LT W. W. Salter ejected safely
landed in a tree

 

 Douglas

  Can anyone confirm the above two losses
4th June 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG T. H. Hawkes
ejected safely
inverted
  Douglas
9th July 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG A. E. Anderson
ejected
  Douglas
14th August 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT. D. L. Snead
ejected
  Douglas
22nd October 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      ENS G. L. Cribbs
ejected
  Douglas
19th November 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR R. K. Awtrey
ejected
  Douglas
13th December 1956


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

  VF-141
NAS Miramar, CA
  LTJG Everett L. Jenkins
ejected
  Douglas
1957  
4th January 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

  VF-141   LTJG Joe L. Strabala
ejected
  Douglas
                 
                 
22nd March 1957
USN
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
  VF-141
NAS Miramar, CA
On board USS Essex [CVA-11] for carrier qualifications. Brake failure, rolled off deck Lt. Norman L. Sothan
ejected underwater

[personal testimony]

  Douglas

9th May 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

134777
ND

 VF-23
Moffett Field 

Crashesd near Cambrian Park, National Avenue, Santa Clara, CA

ENS E. C. Craig
ejected

crash photo available 

 Douglas

11th May 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG Speakman
ejected
  Douglas
3rd June 1957
USMC
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
    Supersonic ejection 37 miles from San Diego, California 1st LT Theodore C. Muller, Jr. [25]
Killed
  Douglas
3rd July 1957
USMC
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
      CAPT A. R. Ridenour
ejected
killed
  Douglas
24th September 1957
USN
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
??? USS Saratoga Crashed on approach to Aircraft Carrier     Douglas

USN
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
134896 USS Saratoga  Mid Air Collision during NATO Exercise "Strike Back". Crashed into the North Atlantic off Andoya, Norway     Douglas

USN
Douglas
F4D-1 Skyray
134902 USS Saratoga     Douglas
Following the loss of the first FD4-1  S2F-2 aircraft, each with a crew of four, from VS-36 (USS Essex) joined in the search. Two of the S2F's collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea.
  The two S2F's crews were - can anyone match them to their individual aircraft ?
       
Eugene Joseph McAuliffe AT 3/Cl Roland Joseph Denis Lt. John Gerog Hansen Lt. Walther Gusteav Langloh
       
ATAN Charles Edward Morelock AT 3/Cl. Bernard Herman Solfield Ensign Richard William Tang Farland Wilbert Updike, Jr.
 

1st October 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

?

  crashed of into a Mountain View nursery, CA Pilot killed   Douglas
7th October 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG R. D. Mullen
ejected
  Douglas
 
A Navy F4D1 Skyray jet bound for Moffett Field crashes near Cambrian Park. The pilot bailed out of the disabled aircraft, which crashed in the yard of a home at 15347 National Av, about half a mile southeast of the San Jose-Los Gatos Rd. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
7th November 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT D. E. Ellis
ejected
  Douglas
16th November 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG W. F. Tucker
ejected
  Douglas
6th December 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG John Downs
ejected
  Douglas
11th December 1957


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR J. S. Lake
ejected
  Douglas
1958  
10th January 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

    Crashed near New Almaden LTJG A. B. Kureger
ejected
   
28th January 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      ENS R. M. Westfall
ejected
  Douglas
14th February 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR T. J. Conray
ejected
  Douglas
17th March 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT E. S. Wallace
ejected
  Douglas
18th March 1958


Douglas

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

4762
???
Douglas
El Segundo California
Santa Monica, California Leo J. "Pete" Colapietro
ejected at high speed
[claimed around 650 knots]
  Douglas
Major injuries, broken arm, fractured pelvis, cracked vertebrae, dislocated shoulder
 

ANOTHER HIGH-SPEED BALE-OUT

AFTER a fortnight in hospital with multiple injuries,  Leo Colapietro, Douglas test pilot, was able to give some details of his recent escape from an F4D Skyray at a speed reported to have been 650 m.p.h. He described his experiences after ejection as ". . . one climax after another. My helmet and oxygen mask were ripped off, then my gloves and wristwatch went. My clothes started to tear. I was spinning wildly, but I remember giving a sigh of relief when I saw that parachute canopy blossom out. I hit the water pretty hard and my 'chute began dragging me down, but I took a deep breath, put my face under the water and used both arms together to get at the toggles to inflate my life vest." Colapietro was picked up after 45 minutes by the U.S. Coast Guard; and it was then found that he had a broken arm, a dislocated shoulder and two black eyes. North American test pilot George Smith, ejected from an F-100 at over Mach 1 at about 6,000ft in 1956, suffered severe internal and eye injuries. He spent many months in hospital, but has now been flying F-lOOs again for some time.

FLIGHT 2nd May 1958 p.600

14th April 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR L. T. Ward
ejected
  Douglas
14th May 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

134762   light controls locked up after a flight control crankpin failed LCDR S. Joel Premselaar ejected
inverted
  Douglas
15th May 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      ENS N. J. Rowe
ejected
  Douglas
28th June 1958 USMC   139034 MCAS Cherry Point, NC crashed on takeoff Pilot killed    
20th July 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG A. A. Coward
ejected
  Douglas
9th August 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG R. L. Johnson
ejected
  Douglas
13th August 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT. F. L. White
ejected
  Douglas
14th August 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG J. M. Hendricks
ejected
  Douglas
3rd September 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG E. J. Devine
ejected
  Douglas
4th September 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG R. G. Payne
ejected
  Douglas
29th September 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR J. T. Parady
ejected
  Douglas
15th October 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      ENS J. S. Coleman
ejected
  Douglas
8th November 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT R. J. Cowdy
ejected
  Douglas
18th November 1958
USN
F4D-1
Skyray
    over land LT. R. M. Zook
ejected
  Douglas
19th November 1958
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray     Santa Anna California. Sants Fe San Diegan train crashed into the aircraft that had come to rest across the rail tracks 2nd LT Phillip M. Schmidt
[23]
pulled from aircraft
  Douglas
19th November 1958


USMC

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      CAPT J. G. Gray
ejected
  Douglas
24th November 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT F. P. Anderson
ejected
  Douglas
18th December 1958


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

  North Island Naval Air Station   Pilot killed    
1959  
6th January 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LCDR W. L. Armstrong
ejected
  Douglas
10th January 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG J. Shulick
ejected
  Douglas
15th January 1959
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 139100 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) swerved off the deck and fell into the water on the port side while landing Pilot killed   Douglas
31st January 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT W. A. Sells
ejected
  Douglas
10th February 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT J. P. Dawson
ejected
  Douglas
6th March 1959


USMC

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      CAPT R. W. McNutt
ejected
  Douglas
6th March 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT P. G. Newman
Royal Navy
ejected
  Douglas
18th May 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG T. L. Rhoades
ejected
  Douglas
24th July 1959
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 134916   Crashed into Mediterranean Sea Pilot killed   Douglas
11th August 1959

USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT V. J. Fulladosa
ejecetd
  Douglas
19th August 1959
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 139035 CVA-42 Engine flameout during landing attempt on. Crashed into Mediterranean 1st LT D. H. Schofield
ejected.
parachute streamed and he was killed
Body not recovered
  Douglas
25th August 1959


USMC

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      CAPT C. V. Smillie
ejected
also ejected from a Skyray on
19th January 1963
  Douglas
21st September 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT D. T. Sesslar
ejected
  Douglas
5th October 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT J. C. Cabanillas
ejected
  Douglas
26th October 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT W. E. James, Jr.
ejected
  Douglas
19th November 1959


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT S. L. Hart
ejected
  Douglas
1960  
22nd January 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG W. A. Kerr
ejected
  Douglas
FEEDBACK

I am researching a paint scheme for a VF-13 Skyray and came across your site.  There is a W.A. Kerr listed as ejecting on Jan 20, 1960.  There is a W. Kerr listed in the Essex cruisebook from VF-13 that flew F4Ds from August 7, 1959 to Feb 26, 1960. 

Joe Falen
Princeton, Minnesota
in email 5th November 2008

28th February 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LT F. B. Sketettee
ejected
  Douglas
20th April 1960


USMC
??

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      MAJOR H. K. Jobe   Douglas
6th July 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT N. E. Price
USAF
ejected
  Douglas
18th July 1960
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 134924 VF-102
Diamondback's
crashed on flight deck Pilot uninjured   Douglas
12th August 1960

USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG L. G. Anton
ejected
  Douglas
16th September 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG J. R. Swink
ejected
  Douglas
4th October 1960


USMC

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

  VMFA (AW) 531, the Grey Ghost Sqd
MCAS Cherry Point
On a routine ordnance training mission. Crashed  in the Croatan National Forest on approach to Cherry Point four miles from the field. 1st Lieutenant James
"Jimmy" Charles Norton

killed
   

21st October 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

130745

 NAS China Lake, CA

Simulating carrier takeoffs. Aircraft stalled and flipped over on its back. Crashed at NAS China Lake, CA

Lieutenant Jan M. Graves
[U.S. Navy Reserve] killed 

 

Douglas
20th November 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG T. W. Sitek
ejected
  Douglas
20th December 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      1st LT C. R. Klingensmith
ejected
  Douglas
22nd December 1960


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTCOL W. D. Patterson
ejected
  Douglas
1961  
4th January 1961


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

  VMFA (AW) 531, the Grey Ghost Sqd
MCAS Cherry Point
Exploded just after take-off LTCOL George J. "Ripper" Collins
ejected
landed in Neuse River
  Firts Squadron life saved by Martin-Baker Seat
20th February 1961


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

      LTJG B. McCandless II
ejected
  Douglas

1st May 1961

USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

139048

 

 

 

 

Douglas
3rd May 1961

USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

134846 VF-102
Diamondback's
  LTJG L. B. Mann ejected
rescued
  Douglas
  BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST F4D-1 SKYRAY USE OF THE MARTIN-BAKER Mk. 5
see entry for 4th January 1961
6th June 1961
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       1st Lt. D. E. Auten   Martin-Baker
14th June 1961
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray        ENS K. G. O'Gorman, Jr.
ejected
  Martin-Baker
25th August 1961
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       LCDR H. E. Swanson
ejected
  Douglas
10th November 1961
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       1st Lt. R. C. Deyo
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk. 5A
20th November 1961
USN
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       1st LT J. A. Chesney
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk. 5A
1962  
17th January 1962
USMC
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       1st LT J. I. Fox
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk. 5

28th February 1962


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

139113

 

Damaged beyond repair

 

 

??

21st March 1962


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

139067

 

Damaged beyond repair

 

 

??

4th April 1962


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

139082

 

Damaged beyond repair

 

 

 ??

1st June 1962


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

139204
6F

   Naval Air Reserve Training Unit
NARTU, Jacksonville

 

 

 

 ??

10th July 1962
USMC
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray       LTJG G. B. "Rod" Creagh
ejected
 
  Martin-Baker Mk. 5
 

I worked the flight deck of the USS Hancock CVA-19 from early 1959 through the end of 1962. During one at sea period possibly in 61 or 62 we had a group of F4Ds doing carrier quals. One hit hard and fast but caught the wire. It tore the entire rear section of the aircraft off leaving the front , cockpit and leading edge of the aircraft intact. The tail came sliding up the deck and we all ran over to the # 2 elevator to see the aircraft in the water. It had bounced and took an upward angle. It looked like a rocket headed up on a launce, the pilot ejected and was just clear of the aircraft and then we saw the shock wave when it exploded, nosed over and went in a spiral to crash. The Hup 2 was on site immediately standing off so as not to tangle or collapse his chute. When he hit the water he was recovered within 3 minutes and brought back aboard unhurt. I heard he flew again that day before he could think about the narrow escape too much.

I have been unable to find out if it was a Marine group or Navy group. It may have been off the coast of California. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Dennis Flynn

V-6 Div Flight deck start crew leader, USS Hancock CVA-19 1958 1962

dpflynn@sbcglobal.net

 

1963  

4th January 1963


USMC

Douglas F-6A Skyray

139139

 

 

Lt. Michael R. Penton
killed

 CHECK THIS IS NOT THE LOSS FOR THE 6th Below

 ??

   

6th January 1963


USN

Douglas F-6A Skyray

134774

  Naval Air Reserve Training Unit
NARTU, Olathe

 

 

 

 ??

14th January 1963


USN

Douglas F-6A Skyray

139205
UF

 VU-3
Utility Squadron 3

 

LTJG W. E. Handley
ejected

 

Martin-Baker Mk. 5 

19th January 1963


USN

Douglas F-6A
(F4D-1)
Skyray

139065
VE

 VMF-115
Joe's Jokers

Damaged beyond repair

CAPT C. V. Smillie, Jr.
ejected
2nd Ejection from a Skyray - see also 25th August 1959

 

 Martin-Baker Mk. 5 

2nd February 1963


USN

Douglas F-6A Skyray

134927K

  Naval Air Reserve Training Unit
NARTU, Olathe

 

Cdr. L. A. Cole
ejected

 

Martin-Baker Mk. 5 

1964  

2nd March 1963


USN

Douglas F-6A Skyray

139180
WF

 VMF-513
Flying Nightmares

 

 

 

 Martin-Baker Mk. 5 

23rd March 1964


USN

Douglas NF-6A Skyray

134854

 NATF, Lakehurst

 

 

 

Martin-Baker Mk. 5  

19th July 1964


USN

Douglas F-6A Skyray

134826
7K

   Naval Air Reserve Training Unit
NARTU, Olathe

Crashed in Manzano Mountains in central New Mexico 

Pilot
killed. 
 

 

 Martin-Baker Mk. 5 

24th July 1964


USN

Douglas DF-6A Skyray

139153
UF

 VU-3
Utility Squadron 3

 24 miles from Sand Diego

Lt. W. Vickers
ejected
 

 

Martin-Baker Mk. 5

1965  

29th January 1965


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

134746

 Naval Air Training Command

Pax River

 Lt. D. C. Farrell
ejected

 

 Martin-Baker Mk. 5

1st December 1965


USN

Douglas F4D-1 Skyray

 

 Naval Air Training Command

20 miles from Pax River

Lt. R. S. McAfee
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk. 5
                 

 

Page created 16th July 2008
Page Last updated
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 17:55

 

 

DOUGLAS SKYRAY

NOTES
Douglas seat
Martin-Baker seat Mk 5
Escape Capsule - trial
Gemini - Ejection Seat tests

 

 

US Navy

             
VFAW-3
[VC-3]
VF-13 VF-23 VF-51 VF-74 VF-101 VF-102
Diamondback's
             
VF-141 VF-162 VF-213 VF-881 VF-882 VU-3
Utility Squadron 3
 

US Marines

             
VMF-113 VMF-114 VMF-115
Joe's Jokers
VMF-215 VMF-314 VMF-513
Flying Nightmares
VMF(AW)-542

 

             
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