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Grumman A-6 Intruder & EA-6 Prowler
Losses and Ejections

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Monday 18th March 1963


USN

A-6A Intruder

149476

NATC
Patuxent River, Maryland

BIS Demo flight, during single engine sawtooth climb at 1500 ft., fuselage speed brakes opened. High sink rate developed.

  Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR W. S. McCord
ejected thru canopy out of seat envelope
[other reports suggest
did not attempt ejection.]
No BN on board Martin-Baker
   

Thursday 21st May 1964


USN
A-6A Intruder

149958
AG...


VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
Meridan, Mississippi

Electrical and hydraulic failure at 33,000  feet . Re-start attempts failed.

  Martin-Baker GRU-5
LTJG J. D. Harden
ejected
LT JG  William "Bill" M. Tschudy
ejected
[see also 18th July 1965]
Martin-Baker GRU-5
ejected through canopy at 130-135 feet, 105 knots without reported injuries.
   

Friday 28th August 1964


USN
A-6A Intruder

149938


VA-42
"Green Pawns"

Aircraft doing spin demo at 8000 feet, flaps down, stalled and became disoriented in clouds.
Crashed Columbia, NC

    Martin- GRU-5Baker
LTJG B. E. Allen
USN
ejected
1LT R. I. Springfield
USMC
ejected

sustained deep gash of 11/2 inch to right knee.
Martin-Baker GRU-5
through canopy at 3 000 feet.
   
Wednesday 14th July 1965
day

USN
A-6A Intruder 151584

AG 507


VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Possible premature stores [Mk-82 bombs] explosion. Martin-Baker
LT Donald "Don" V. Boecker
ejected
injured
LT Donald "Don"  R. Eaton
ejected
hand injured, from explosion or ejection through canopy. Returned to duty.
Martin-Baker
   
Sunday 18th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151577
AG 500

VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
CVA-62
USS Independence
Possible premature explosion of own Mk-82 bombs, Laos Martin-Baker
CDR  Jeremiah "Jerry" A. Denton ejected (POW) LTJG  William "Bill" M. Tschudy ejected (POW)
[see also 21st May 1964]
Martin-Baker
reported through canopy
   
Saturday 24th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151585
AG 508

VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Possible premature explosion own Mk-82 bombs     Martin-Baker
LT Richard P. "Deke" Bordone
ejected

see also
8th September 1972

LTJG P. F.  Moffett
ejected
Martin-Baker
Crew ejected with injuries, likely from ejection through canopy. Returned to duty.
   
Tuesday 27th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151780
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Mid air collision with BuNo 151786 during join-up 75 miles west of San Diego, off the coast of California during work ups on the Kitty Hawk prior to leaving for first WestPac     Martin-Baker
LTJG  G. F. Wagner
ejected
LT A. Malinkoff
ejected
missing**
Martin-Baker
 **Not recovered from the water after a reported successful ejection and correct seat operating sequence
Tuesday 27th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151786
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Mid air collision with BuNo 151780  during join-up 75 miles west of San Diego, off the coast of California during work ups on the Kitty Hawk prior to leaving for first WestPac     Martin-Baker
LCDR.  G. B. Ball
ejected
LCDR.  J. N. Spartz ejected Martin-Baker
Suffered damages to back vertebra. One crewman felt this was encountered by use of his hand on canopy as an aid to remain firmly in seat during G's encountered.
 

All four of the crew made successfully ejection through canopy. Small cuts and bruises were inflicted to hands, arms and legs.

   
Friday 17th September 1965
Night

USN
A‑6A Intruder 151588
AG 511

VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
 Aircraft struck water
believed AAA; North Vietnam
  Martin-Baker
CDR Frederick Leonard F Vogt, Jr
KIA
LT Robert Franklin Barber
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
Wednesday 8th December 1965
USMC
A-6A Intruder 151805
VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
MCAS 533
Cherry Point
Crashed into the Atlantic 45 miles south of Cape Lookout, 15 miles north east of Cape hatteras High speed - Low level training runs over water. Pilot's attention was diverted to cockpit and aircraft struck water, rebounding to about 200 feet.      
1LT Jerry Bentley
ejected
CWO William C. Carr
ejected
Martin-Baker
Ejection through canopy. Both crewmen suffered minor cuts and bruises to arms and hands.
   
Tuesday 21st December 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151781
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Did not return from combat mission during a night attack on a road bridge on the outskirts of Haiphong      
CDR Billie Jack Cartwright
KIA
MIA
LT Edward Frank Gold
KIA
Martin-Baker
   

28th January 1966


USMC
A-6A Intruder

151567


VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
Crashed during execution of 1/2 Cuban 8, possible drop of one wing and progressive stall, pilot became disoriented,  Lake Mattameuskeet, North Carolina     Martin-Baker
1LT J. E. Spear
ejected
1LT H. K. Sieglinger
ejected
Martin-Baker
Ejection through canopy. Both crewmen sustained minor lacerations and bruises to arms and hands.
   
18th February 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151797
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
during a daylight armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in Mountainous terrain. Pull Out apparently low.  
 
Martin-Baker
LTJG Joseph Vaughn Murray
KIA
LTJG Thomas Anthony Schroeffel
KIA

vw
Martin-Baker
   
Wednesday 2nd March 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151586
VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers""
Oceana Naval Air Station
Wings not locked. Left wing folded at about 120 feet altitude, 110 knots. Nosed up and flipped over on take off     Martin-Baker
LT J. W. Febel
ejected
injured
No B/N on board Martin-Baker
Ejection through canopy outside of ejection envelope. Serious injuries sustained
   
16th April 1966
also seen as 17th

USN
A-6A Intruder 151794
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Hit by AAA during armed reconnaissance mission near Mu Ron Ma, North Vietnam      
LCDR D L Sayers ejected
rescued by
USAF Albatross
LCDR C J Hawkins ejected
rescued by
USAF Albatross
 
Abandoned over water. Ejected through canopy.
   
21st April 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151798
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Either shot down or flew into high ground during the run in to the target of Tan Loc barracks. Observed by E-2A scope only as an explosion.     Martin-Baker
CDR Jack Elmer Keller
KIA
LCDR Ellis Ernest Austin
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
22nd April 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151785
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Flew into the sea following attack on  Vinh
Observed striking water.

vw
  Martin-Baker
LCDR Robert Franklin Weimorts
KIA
LTJG William Brewster Nickerson
KIA
Martin-Baker
   
27th April 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151788
Buckeye 2

VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Near the mouth of the Song Ca River, north of Vinh. pic   Martin-Baker
LT William "Bill"R Westerman
wounded in arm and shoulder by bullet, ejected
rescued by same helo as Westin
LTJG Brian E "Westy" Westin ejected after Westerman into sea. Rescued by helo Martin-Baker
   
15th May 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151800
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Unable to re-fuel from the tanker due to a technical malfunction. Fuel Starvation   Martin-Baker
LCDR John Cooley "Buzz" Ellison
ejected
[KIA 24 March 1967]
LCDR R G Blackwood
ejected
 
Martin-Baker
   
Monday 20th June 1966
20:57
night

USMC
A-6A Intruder 152602
VMA-242
"Bats"Cherry Point MCAS
NC
Crashed after mid air collision with BuNo152605, into housing development near Buckroe Beach, Chesapeake Bay. The other crashed into the Chesapeake.     Martin-Baker
LT James E. Engstrom
25
Durham, NC
USMC
ejected
CAPT James I. Andherst
Plankinton, SD
USMC
ejected
Martin-Baker
Monday 20th June 1966
20:57
night

USN
A-6A Intruder 152605
VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
Cherry Point MCAS
NC
Crashed after mid air collision with BuNo152602, into housing development near Buckroe Beach, Chesapeake Bay. The other crashed into the Chesapeake.     Martin-Baker
LT Charles A. Clark
24
Ashville, NC
USMC
ejected
LT William Llewellyn
Cleveland
USMC
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

The two planes were on a bombing practice on  Tangier Target Range. After the last practice run, during the join up, aircraft 152605 struck 152602 in its wing root area. One air craft crashed into Chesapeake Bay, Va. the other crashed into a housing area of Buckroe Beach, Va., injuring an unknown number of people. All crewmembers ejected safely. Three rescued from water by USMC helicopters the other by a Coast Guard helicopter

   
25th June 1966
USMC
A-6A Intruder 151816
??-406
VA-65
"Tigers"
CVW‑15
USS Constellation
CVA-64
Hit by AAA pulling out of its dive during a daylight raid on barracks at Hoi Thuong. Aircraft became uncontrollable.  
vw
Martin-Baker
LT Richard M Weber
ejected rescued by USN helo
LTJG Charles Weldon Marik
ejected.
KIA

[not recovered, possibly captured by Viet Cong]
Martin-Baker
Crew ejected (through canopy)
   

16th August 1966


USN
A-6A Intruder

149947


VA-75
"The Sunday Punchers"
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Crashed into western Mediterranean 2/3 miles forward of CVA-62 following normal cat shot for night/nav training flight. Suspected spatial disorientation.   Martin-Baker
CDR Harold F. Hicks
killed
Lt Harold L. Quint
killed
Martin-Baker
Crew recovery unsuccessful.
   
27th August 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 151822
 NL 402
VA-65
"Tigers"
CVW‑15
USS Constellation
CVA-64

Mission to bomb the Ngoc Son road-bridge

Aircraft received SAM hit in right wing about 15 miles northwest of Vinh.

 

Martin-Baker
LCDR John Heaphy Fellowes
ejected
POW
LTJG George Thomas Coker
ejected at about 3,000 feet
POW
Martin-Baker
Good ejection of both crewmen observed. Beeper operated until crew landed in populated area.
27th September 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 149939
VA-42
"Green Pawns"
Tangier Target, Maryland. Aircraft assigned a bombing training flight under IFR conditions. Cause of accident unknown.     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR D. C. Owings
killed
Recovered 6th October 1966 in harness, chute streamed
LT D. R. Bibler
killed
 
Martin-Baker GRU-5
   
4th October 1966
USN
A-6A Intruder 149480 NATC
Pax River, Maryland
Adams Island. 20 miles south east of Pax River. P-8A Engine evaluation. Aircraft  at low speed high sink rate unable to recover altitude.     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR P. E. Eriksen
ejected
LCDR D. R. Vandermolen
ejected
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Crew ejected at about 100' through the canopy. Pilot received right broken leg and lacerations. B/N - Laceration of right foot and compressed fracture of vertebra.
   

10th November 1966


USN
A-6A Intruder

149483

NATC
Pax River, Maryland
Unsymmetrical loaded right wing with aerial mines. Wind 2200 relative at lift off. Premature retraction of flaps, aircraft settled to runway way on right wing, skidded off runway into embanknent. Aircraft exploded and burned.     Martin-Baker
LT F. M. Hammond III
ejected
ADJ3 A. Adams
killed
Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected, chute streamed but did not blossom. Injuries sustained were compressed vertebra, broken ankle and abrasion of elbow. B/N failed to eject or egress and suffered fatal injuries.
   
19th January 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 151590
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
 During combat attack  in daylight mission against the Dong Phong Thuong bridges as observed by other air aircraft in-flight, stricken aircraft appeared to sustain a direct hit by AAA and burst into a ball of fire.
vw
 
CDR Allen Colby Brady, ejected
POW
LCDR William P Yarbrough, ejected but parachute did not deploy
KIA
 
Two parachutes were seen, one blossomed out, the other was a streamer. Fate of crew: Missing in action.
   
23rd March 1967


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152608
VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
 MAG‑11
Da Nang
Overturned following collision with a MAC C‑141 Starlifter on runway     no ejections
CAPT Frederick Cone
able to crawl away from aircraft wreckage
CAPT Doug Wilson
able to crawl away from aircraft wreckage

Aircraft was initiating night take off. Nose wheel lifted off when the pilot observed an Air Force C-141 crossing the runway in front of him. The pilot aborted takeoff, commenced maxim braking effort and veered sharply to the right. A-6A struck the C-141 on the right side of the cockpit area. Both aircraft began to burn with the A-6A inverted off the right side of the runway. The pilot and B/N escaped through the shattered canopy. Pilot suffered a broken knee cap and minor burns. B/N received minor burns.

   
24th March 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 151587
VA-85
"
Black Falcons"
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
Aircraft lost in combat following a midnight attack on the Bac Giang Thermo-Power Plant, near Kep. Aircraft failed to rendezvous after what was described as a successful mission. Aircraft is assumed to have gone down 20 miles southwest of target area, possibly over Chinese territory. They were at the maximums range of all known  SAM installations when IFF Contact was lost. The terrain in the area is mountainous (3000 foot peaks
vw

vw
 
LCDR John Cooley Ellison
KIA
[There is a possibility that LCDR Ellison made radio contact with SAR.]
[see also 15 May 1966]
LTJG James Edwin Plowman
KIA
 
   
28th March 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 152900 VX-5

also seen as

VX-6

During evaluation of the systems rocket attack mode on Stumpy Point target and while climbing off the target range after six successful rocket runs, pilot experienced a dual engine flameout. Two air start attempts failed. 1/4 mile north of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LT N. R. Czuchra
[Zsuchra ?]
confirm

ejected
CDR R. Bristol
ejected
Martin-Baker GRU-5
 pilot and B/N both ejected successfully after blowing the canopy. Pilot suffered a broken ankle. B/N was uninjured. Both crewmen were picked up by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter
   
17th April 1967


USMC

A-6A Intruder

152609
VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
 MAG‑11
Da Nang
Believed hit by AAA during night mission against target near Vinh     Martin-Baker GRU-5
CAPT James Edward Carlton
KIA
MAJ James Maurice McGarvey
KIA
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Aircraft was lost on a Rolling Thunder mission south of Vinh. The assigned targets were 10 miles north of Vinh and planned penetration point was 10 miles south of Vinh at an altitude of 500' at maximum power. The pilot of an aircraft one minute later reported seeing a bright orange flash after 'which no further communications were heard from the lost aircraft. Since the second plane observed no ECM warnings, it is being assumed that the aircraft collided with the terrain. The area of the accident has several mountains with an altitude equal to or greater than the run-in altitude. Both crew members are being carried as missing in action.
   
24th April 1967
17:30


USN

A-6A Intruder 152589
NH-512
VA-85
CVW-11
(CVA-63)USS Kitty Hawk
hit in the right wing by 85mm flakcrossfire during six plane A-6A strike against MiG base at Kep Airfield. (BuNo 152589 was one of four A-6A's strike configured, the remaining two A-6A's were missile suppression configured) Martin-Baker GRU-5
CAPT Lewis "Irv" Williams
ejected
POW
LT JG Michael D. Christian
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker GRU-5
The crew stayed with the aircraft until they were five miles from the target. Both ejected successfully and were seen running across a field. Both were captured.
   
19th May 1967
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152594
NG 502
VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Hit by SAM on WIZ gaggle to Hanoi about 20 miles southwest of Hanoi during approach to attack the Van Dien depot near the city. Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR  Eugene B. "Red" McDaniel
ejected
POW
LT J K Patterson,
ejected
died in captivity
Martin-Baker GRU-5
   
25th May 1967
USMC
A-6A Intruder 151803
VMA(AW)-242
"Bats"
 MAG‑11
Da Nang
During post flight hot refuelling event, fuelling hose separated from fuelling adapter fitting assembly connection, spewing fuel in and around aircraft. Explosion followed with large fire engulfing forward section of aircraft.     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LT A. Loring LT R. Cross Martin-Baker GRU-5
Air crew blew canopy and egressed over side. No personnel injuries.
   
21st August 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 152638
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64

 Hit by SAM during attack on Duc Noi railway yard, five miles northeast of Hanoi

 
Martin-Baker GRU-5
CAPT Leo Twyman Profilet
ejected
POW
LCDR William Morgan Hardman
ejected
POW
Martin-Baker GRU-5
21st August 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 152627
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Seen on radar to fly North following attack on Duc Noi railway yard into Chinese Airspace. Claimed shot down by Chinese MiG-19s     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LTJG "J" Forrest George Trembley
KIA
LTJG Dain Vanderlin Scott
KIA
Martin-Baker GRU-5
21st August 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 152625
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
  Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR Jimmy Lee Buckley
KIA
LT Robert James Flynn
POW
Martin-Baker GRU-5
  BuNo's 152638, 152625 and 152627 were part of a daylight flight of four aircraft in loose trail with the Duc Noi railroad yards as the assigned target. The target location is eight miles north of Hanoi, seventy-two miles south of the Reed China border. During the target run, BuNo 152638 was in a 300 visual bombing run at 7000 feet when it was hit with either an 85 ASM or a SAM. The aircraft was immediately engulfed in flames . Two chutes were observed and beeper signals were heard for 5minutes. BuNo's 152625 and 152627 were last seen heading north with MIG's in pursuit. The fate of all crew members is unknown. The fourth aircraft returned to the carrier okay.
   
26th August 1967


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152639 VMA(AW)‑533
 MAG‑12
 Chu Lai
Hit by AAA at low level during a night strike on storage buildings to the east of Hon Gay, and crashed Martin-Baker GRU-5
MAJ Vladimir Henry Bacik
KIA
CAPT Paschal Glenn Boggs
KIA
vw
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Both appear in the Martin-Baker Ejection Lists for 1967

Aircraft was on a Rolling Thunder, night VFR Sortie, when it was lost north of Haiphong. The loss of the stricken aircraft was not witnessed by aircraft in the area because of several layers of overcast. The last communication with the aircraft indicated it had just passed over the beach on an attack run from the sea. The altitude during this run-in was to be at 2500 feet and the escape route was to take the aircraft through mountainous terrain which included peaks reaching to 3800 feet. There was no Mayday call. The possibility of the aircraft striking one of these mountains exists. Both crew members are listed as missing.

   

 5th September 1967


USN
A-6A Intruder

152613

VA-128
NAS Whidby Island, Washingtom
While performing FCLP's at 0200 hours, aircraft was on downwind leg below 1,000 feet when the pilot observed fuel pressure warning light on both engines and then both engines flamed out     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LTJG D. W. Driver
ejected
LTJG J. D. Hunt
ejected
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Both crew members ejected successfully through the canopy receiving only minor injuries. Aircraft crashed and burned on the field.
   
31st October 1967
02:00


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152601 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Lost during night mission Canal des Rapides Bridge near Hanoi Martin-Baker GRU-5
CAPT Hugh Michael Fanning
KIA
[some reports suggest he was taken POW]
vw
CAPT Stephen Jay Kott
KIA
vw
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Both appear in the Martin-Baker Ejection Lists for 1967

The aircraft was the second plane in a two-plane flight. Mission was flown on the Red River approaching Hanoi. objective was the seeding of the river with bombs armed with MK-36 fuzes. Flight plan called for a run-in altitude of 400', Military Power setting. Flight leader reports that the weather was slightly hazy with three to five miles of visibility. First aircraft encountered heavy Automatic Weapon fire and numerous missile firings. They report that by the time the second plane arrived (same thirty to forty seconds later) , there was a "solid wall" of AA from the decks to around thirty thousand feet. Aircraft had delivered its ordnance and was commencing his egress when EA-6A giving ECM support reports that there was a large explosion observed in the area of the lost aircraft. Reason for explosion, whether from ground fire or ground contact, is undeterminable. Fate of crew is unknownBoth aircraft had full operating systems at the Initial Point

   
2nd November 1967


USN

A‑6A  Intruder 152629
NK-403

VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Lost  near Van La, 10 miles south of Hanoi during night mission against a ferry at Kim Quan.   Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR Richard David Morrow
KIA
vw
L. James Joseph Wright
KIA
Martin-Baker GRU-5
The strike occurred as a result of direct enemy action. Both radar and radio contact were lost simultaneously while the airplane was engaged in a night low level bombing run. The crew is listed as Missing in Action.
   

4th November 1967


USMC

A‑6A  Intruder

151799

VMA(AW)-225
MCAS Cherry Point
Mid air with 149942
crashed
in a swamp 15 miles from Cherry Point
    Martin-Baker GRU-5
LT D. Suter
ejected
LT R. D. Avery
ejected
Martin-Baker GRU-5
4th November 1967


USMC

A‑6A  Intruder 149942 VMA(AW)-225
MCAS Cherry Point
Mid air with 151799
landed safely
    Martin-Baker GRU-5
?? ?? Martin-Baker GRU-5
 

BuNo 151799 and BuNo 149942 (Shop 29) were involved in a midair collision during a day in-flight refuelling manoeuvre. The pilot of the tanker aircraft (BuNo 151799) experienced a nose dawn tendency during the letdown for an over-field demonstration. To counteract this, he initiated nose up trim from 5 to 6 degrees without any response from the aircraft. Next the aircraft performed an abrupt hard-over to the left which resulted in the receiver aircraft contacting the empennage of the tanker.
Shortly after this the tanker aircraft was approaching the inverted attitude. The receiver aircraft, however, was able to recover and return to base. The tanker crashed in a swamp 15 miles from Cherry Point and it appeared from the way it struck ground that it was nearly vertical at moment of impact. The crew successfully ejected.

   
25th November 1967


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152612 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Lost during an attack on Kien An airfield near Haiphong     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LTCol Lewis Herbert Abrams
KIA
vw
1.LT Robert Eugene Holdeman
KIA
Martin-Baker GRU-5
The aircraft was lost as a result of enemy action. The target was Kin An. During run 14 miles south of target, the aircraft transmission went off the air. Both crew members are listed as Missing in Action.
   
31st December 1967


USN

A-6A Intruder 152917 VA‑75, USN, USS Kitty Hawk Believed lost to SAM during daylight attack on a storage cave about three miles east of Vinh     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR John Darlington Pearce
[Piece ?]

KIA
LT Gordon Samuel Perisho
KIA
Martin-Baker GRU-5

The aircraft was on an IFR bombing strike and was lost as a result of enemy' action. There was heavy flak and missiles in the area. Both crew members are listed as Missing in Action.

   
26th January 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 152901 VA‑165, USN, USSRanger mission to bomb Vinh airfield crashed a few miles north of the target     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR Norman Edward "Buzz" Eidsmoe
(KIA)
LT Michael Edward Dunn
(KIA)
Martin-Baker GRU-5

The aircraft was on a strike mission carrying 9 MK-83 bombs and was lost as a result of direct  enemy action at 2040 hours. The target was an airfield at Vinh. The last transmission heard from the pilot was that he had expended his bombs on the target. Both crew members are listed as missing.

   
18th January 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152636 VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai failed to return from a night attack on a target near Vinh Yen, 20 miles northwest of Hanoi     Martin-Baker GRU-5
MAJ Hobart McKinley Wallace (KIA) CAPT Patrick Peter Murray (KIA) Martin-Baker GRU-5

The aircraft was on a combat radar strike mission - Western Track Rolling Thunder -target, Ven Bay Ammo Dump. Weather over the target 300 foot scattered, visibility 3 miles and ground fog. Last contact was two mid from release. No other details are known. Both crew members are listed as missing.

   
23rd January 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 152932 VA‑165
USN,
USS Ranger
aircraft hit the sea during a low‑level ingress to a target in North Vietnam     Martin-Baker GRU-5
CDR L S Kollmorgen
ejected
(survived)
LCDR Gerald Lee Ramsden (KIA) Martin-Baker GRU-5
The aircraft was on a strike mission at 2300hours, flying at 150 feet, and flew into the water (cause unknown) 25 miles short of the target. The pilot, C ER Kollmorgen, ejected prior to impact and was rescued. He received minor cuts and bruises. The B/N, WEIR Ramsden did not eject, his hard hat was found with other debris of the wreckage. He is reported as missing.
   
29/30 January 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152588 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Destroyed during a mortar  attack on base      
no casualties
   
23rd February 1968
02:30


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152631 VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai

collided with a Crusader on a non‑combat flight a few miles out to sea near Da Nang

F-8 pilot CAPT George Lawrence Hubler (KIA)
    Martin-Baker GRU-5
1.LT R V Smith ejected
(survived)
???
ejected
(survived)
Martin-Baker GRU-5
Aircraft was returning from a strike mission when it was involved in a midair collision with an F-8E, at 0230 hours, approximately 31 miles from Chu Lai. The A-6A was on GCI and was informed that there was a target (F-8E) in the same area at a lower altitude. The B/N looked up and reported the F-8E was at the same altitude as the A-6A. The collision occurred immediately thereafter. Both crew members ejected after the A-6A went out of control and were picked up in the water.
   
24th February 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152644 VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai shot down during a night strike on Hoa Lac airfield, 17 miles west of Hanoi Martin-Baker GRU-5
MAJ Jerry Wendell Marvel
ejected (POW)
CAPT Lawrence Victor Friese
ejected (POW)
Martin-Baker GRU-5

 The strike occurred as a result of direct entry action. Aircraft failed to return from a night radar strike. Supporting agencies report last contact was two minutes prior to target time. The weather forecast was 500 broken, 3,000 overcast, visibility 2-4 miles in fog and drizzle. Both crew members are listed as missing.

   
28th February 1968
USN
A‑6A  Intruder 152938, NG 512 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Flak during night strike on a coastal defence site at Do Son in North Vietnam. Crashed about 20 miles off the coast east of Thanh Hoa off North Vietnam      
LCDR H A Coons
KIA
LT T Stegman
KIA
 

Aircraft was lost while on a strike mission on the Bai Thong airfield. This was event four for the day with a 1915 hours launch. BuNo 152938 was loaded with 22 MK-82 barbs. Shortly after catapult 152938 radioed "execute", which meant he was on his assigned flight plan. This was his last radio transmission. When 152938 did not join up with the other A-6A on this event, an electronic search was made over 152938's flight area. Running low on fuel, this aircraft had to return to Enterprise. To A-6A aircraft on the following event were sent over Bai Tong to obtain bomb damage assessment of this area if possible. Nome was obtained. Shortly after midnight, Destroyer Escorts Jouett and Southerland were called off station to begin a search of the coastal waters. At 0605 hours that morning an oil slick 75 feet in diameter was located by Southerland. Southerland and Jouett intensified their search but were hampered by poor visibility (less than 100 yards) . At 0630 hours, debris was located and swimmers were sent into the water to recover as much as possible. It has not been determined whether 152938 was enroute to or returning from the target when the aircraft impacted with the water. The Navy has listed both crew members as missing.

                 
                 
 
                 
   
1st March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152944, NG 504 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
shot down or had flown into the sea among the islands south of Cam PhaNorth Vietnam    
LCDR Thomas Edwin Scheurich
MIA
LT JG Richard Clive Lannon
KIA
 
Aircraft was lost while on a strike on the military barracks at Cam Pha. A-6A aircraft 154125 and 152942 were also scheduled on this event, the second of the day. Different targets were assigned 154125 and 152942. All three aircraft were launched at 1800 hours local. The weather at the time was overcast and foggy. All three aircraft reported good radios and weapons systems after catapult.
The aircraft then split, each enroute to their respective targets. At 1837 hours local, 152944 radioed "execute". Coast in should have occurred five minutes later with an additional two minutes over land. The planned altitude was 2500 feet. "Execute" was the last radio transmission heard from 152944. A-6A's 154125 and 152942 proceeded to the pre-briefed lost communications  off-target rendezvous point and alerted search and rescue forces and cognizant radar following agencies. Radar following of 152944 was not successful.. contact was lost at the tine of execute call when IFF was secured. The radar controlling agency reported the position of 152944 at the time of execute call at 1837 hours local. This corresponds closely with the intended tract of 152944 en-route to the target. When 152944 did not rendezvous with 154125 and 152942, the latter aircraft requested the next event A-6 A's to jettison their ordnance and commence an electronic search of 152944's coast in and target. No beepers were heard or bomb damage assessment of the target obtained.
A-6A's on a later event carried NK-24 flares for a visual confirmation in the event of a
successful electronic search. No debris has been found from 152944. Both crew members are listed as missing.
1st March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152922
check date
VA‑75, USN, USS Kitty Hawk night low‑level strike on a railway yard at Haiphong      
LT Richard Crawford Nelson (KIA)

Remains Returned on 1 July 1984

LT Gilbert Louis Mitchell (KIA)  
Aircraft was lost while on a mission against a railroad yard outside of Haiphong Port city. ft encountered heavy anti-aircraft
artillery fire and no emergency signals were
heard. Both crew members are listed as missing.
12th March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152943 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
Operational loss following launch      
CDR Glenn Edward Kollman (KIA)
CO of VA‑35
LT John Gary Griffith (KIA)  
Aircraft crashed 3 miles from the carrier ENTERPRISE following catapult launch at 0430 hours. The following transmissions were heard and recorded, "Rolling, Rolling, Eject, Ejecting, I'm Ejecting".
17th March 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152940, NG 510 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA during mission againsts a railway yard at Khe Nu North Vietnam Martin-Baker
LCDR Edwin A Shuman II
POW
released on 14 March 1973
LCDR Dale W. Doss
POW
released on 14 March 1973
Martin-Baker
  Aircraft was lost while on a strike mission in North Viet Nam, at 0300 hours. Both crewmembers were captured.

20th March 1968


USN
A‑6A Intruder

152952
NK-

VA-85 Approx. 100 miles south of Puerto Rico      
LTJG J. Irwin
killed
LTJG J. Abbott
killed
 
The stricken aircraft was catapulted off the carrier AMERICA at approximately 1030 hours configured as a Tanker. Following the refuelling of an F-4, the Tanker was to rendezvous with his squadron and join the formation. Witnesses stated the following: During join up, the Tanker was closing in fast and high on his teammates. Realizing he was going to overshoot the formation and being a bit high, he nosed over and went into a left skid. At this time, witnesses claim he popped his fuselage and wing tip speed brakes. It is believed since he was slightly left wing down when last seen, he extended his fuselage speed brakes, lost thrust, didn't have time to recover and collided with the water in a left wing down attitude. No aircraft wreckage has been sighted.
14th April 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder ??          
  LT G. Olsen
ejected
 

18th April 1968


USMC
A‑6A Intruder

151817
WK-

VMA(AW)‑224 49 miles from Cherry Point      
Major T. Nalle
killed
CAPT. G. Westendorf
killed
 
Aircraft impacted water at steep angle. Altitude and airspeed unknown. Pilot's body located in vicinity of crash site.
1st May 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 151578 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang  Structural failure. Crashed during a strike mission ???
ejected
   
CAPT E. J. Fickler
ejected
survived
CAPT G H Christensend
[Christiansen ?]

ejected
(survived)
Martin-Baker
At 0530 hours, the pilot was on an IFR departure when he noticed no "up" indication on the slats. At approximately 220 knots he reduced power to slow the aircraft and recycle the slats. At 180 knots, the pilot raised the slats and the left wing dropped. Lateral controls were ineffective and the aircraft continued to roll to the left. The pilot blew the canopy and ordered the B/N to eject and he ejected himself immediately thereafter.
2nd May 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 154164 154164 VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai

Shot down. Dawn strike on vehicles five miles northwest of Dong Hoi

   
1/LT Thomas D Clem (KIA) 1.LT Robert Douglas Avery (KIA)
vw
 
Aircraft was lost while on a Tally Ho Mission in the northern part of Route Package One. Radar and radio contact was abruptly lost at approximately 0540 hours. The fate of the crew is unknown.
13th May 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152951, NG 510 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65

low‑level night strike on Vinh airfield.

57mm AAA; North Vietnam
   
 LT Bruce B. Bremner
ejected
recovered
see also
19th April 1971
LT J. T. Fardy
ejected
recovered
 
Aircraft was hit by AA at 2350 hours while on a combat mission over North Viet Nana. The aircraft was struck just after ordnance release. A fire started at the left wing fold. After unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the fire while enroute to the carrier, both crew members ejected successfully.

15th May 1968


USMC
A‑6A Intruder

151569
WK-

VMA(AW)‑224 20 miles south of Forbes AFB, Kansas      
MAJ D. F. Crowe
ejected
CAPT J. C. Clingerman
[Klingermanof ?]

ejected
 
Aircraft was enroute to Yuma, Arizona and made a hot fueling stop at NAS Olathe, Kansas. Following takeof f , there was smoke in the cockpit. The pilot returned to Olathe. However, he did not shut the engins down. He then took off again. Seven to eight minutes out, the aircraft encountered heavy thunderstorm. The pilot lost all instruments and both generators then became disoriented. Crew members ejected and were hospitalized.
24th June 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152949, NG 503 VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA over target - a waterway about five miles southwest of Vinh North Vietnam. Shot down as a result of direct enemy fire eight miles SSE to Vinh    
LT Nicholas Mallory Carpenter
KIA
LTJG Joseph Scott  Mobley
POW
link
Martin-Baker
  LTJG Joe Mobely – A6, POW at Hanoi Hilton, returned, retired as Vice Admiral  
Although he suffered a broken leg upon shoot down, LT Mobley was tied,  standing, to a pillar, was beaten, interrogated, displayed for public  humiliation, and forced to dodge bricks and bamboo sticks for eight or nine  hours. He was then put into a cell and after waiting many long agonizing  hours for medical attention for his broken leg, he set the bone himself.  Later his captors applied a splint. Months of solitary confinement and  intermittent torture and interrogation sessions continued over the five  years of his imprisonment. He is six foot one and during captivity his  weight dropped to 120 pounds.
Monday 22nd July 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 152903 Whidbey NAS Crashed into Dugualla Bay during landing approach 3 miles east of NAS Whidbey     Martin-Baker
LT John R. Suckow
27
ejected
LT Thomas D. Stuart
27
ejected
Martin-Baker
Aircraft had completed day practice bombing mission and was enroute to NAS Miidbey for practice instrument landing. Both crewmen heard loud "cycling" noise in cockpit. Pilot glanced at hydraulic gauges and saw left and right combined system pressure gauges drapph/g toward zero. Pilot attempted to reduce airspeed and lower larding gear. Gear indicated unsafe. Inflight refueling of 1200 lbs. was acoomplished (to) other attempts unsuccessful). Pilot turned downward for a nose gear unsafe landing. FUel state was 600 lbs. in the fuselage tank and 600 lbs. in the wings. A dual flameout occurred as aircraft passed through a deep 90° position at approximately 1200 feet. B/N ejected at 1200 feet and pilot ejected at 800 feet. Aircraft impacted water.

25 July 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 154166

"Hellborn 20"

VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai

Hit by 37mm flak about 10 miles northwest of Thon Cam Son while on armed reconnaissance sortie just north of the DMZ

 
MAJ Curtis G Lawson
ejected
(survived)
1LT Paul Gordon Brown
ejected
(POW)

released on 14 March 1973

 
Aircraft failed to return from combat mission. Aircraft reportedly disappeared off Gel radarscope at 2200 hours. No radio transmissions received from aircraft. Pilot rescued by JOLLY GREEN, 26 July. The B/N was fatal.
 
Attached picture includes Curtis Lawson, Hellborn 20A, (Second from right) after his rescue on 26 July 1968
 
CSAR Society will be debriefing the rescue mission at our meeting 13-16 May 2007 at Moody AFB.  Sandys, Spads, Mistys and Jolly Greens along with Lawson and Paul Brown are planning to attend.
 
Don Dineen
Spad 13 on this mission.
                 
27 July 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152595 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Damaged on ground during attack on Da Nang Air Base      
     
Aircraft was destroyed as the result of a mortar attack on Ce Nang Air Base. Aircraft was parked in a revetment loaded with 22 MK-82 barbs when it received a direct hit.

05th August 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder

154139

VA-128        
LT D. W. Cable
ejected
LTJG Buckie
ejected
drowned
 
Aircraft went into a stall spin while performing authorized aerobatics. The pilot initiated spin recovery procedures with negative results. Passing 10, 000 feet, pilot ordered ejection. Both crew members ejected and entered water approximately 100 yards offshore. Pilot observed the B/N and heard him cal l ing for assistance. Pilot disengaged chute and swam towards B/N' s last known position. No trace of B/N or chute. Pilot rescued by fishing boat. B/N's body recovered next day. Fatality due to apparent drowning.
20th August 1968


USN

A-6B Intruder 151560
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Lost during launch in the Gulf of Tonkin pic    
LTJG D C Brandenstein
ejected
(survived)
[Later became astronaut
LT W A Neal
ejected
(survived)
 
Approximately five minutes after catapult, the pilot suffered a wing slat malfunction. After recycling, pilot attempted a Zero "G" maneuver to aid in slat retraction. At this point, aircraft rolled 90' right wing dawn at 30° nose down position. The pilot was able to recover to a 45° right wing down position but immediately rolled 90' wing dawn again. He ordered the B/N to eject and immediately thereafter ejected. Both ejected successfully
through the canopy and were picked up by
helicopter and brought back safely aboard the carrier.

27th August 1968


USN
A-6A Intruder

154125

VA-128 Crashed near Anacores, WA      
LCDR Hower
ejected
LTJG L. T. Lockwood
ejected
 
Aircraft apparently struck treetops in letdown through cloud layer. (North of Whidbey Island) Both crew members ejected successfully and sustained only mild skin abrasions.
28 August 1968


USN

A-6B Intruder 151561 VA‑85, USN, USS America Probable SAM hit during night‑time Iron Hand mission in the Vinh Son area, 20 miles northwest of Vinh    
LTJG Robert Ray Duncan (KIA)
vw
LTJG Alan Frederick Ashall (KIA)
vw
 
Aircraft was on a Standard Ann Mission VFR night, at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet, 10 miles southwest of Vinh. The area was known as (hot) with AA and small an fire, also an active "SAM" site. The stricken aircraft was being held on radar by an E-2A. An A-7A operating 20 miles south reported 3 "SAM's" lifting off and the E-2A advised the stricken aircraft but received no acknowledgment. One minute and thirty seconds later, the aircraft disappeared from radar. The E-2A then advised the A-6 to squawk emergency. Again there was no acknowledgment. Both crew hers are listed as missing in action.
6 September 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 154127 VA‑85, USN, USS America night low‑level attack on targets near the city of Vinh    
CDR Kenneth Leon Coskey
ejected
injured leg
(POW)
LCDR R G McKee
ejected
(survived)
 
Aircraft was on a night AMTI Mission gear Vinh, VFR conditions, straight and level at 4,000 feet, when it was hit by 37 144 ground fire. Bath cr members ejected. The pilot is presumed captured and the B/N was rescued with minor injuries.
30 September 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 154149
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Probable SAM hit during night armed reconnaissance mission north of Vinh      
LTJG Larry Jack Van Renselaar (KIA) LT Domenick Anthony "Spike" Spinelli (KIA)  
While on a night armed reconnaissance mission, aircraft was shot down by SAMS in North Vietnam at 2102 hrs. Another A-6A in the vicinity observed two SAMS detonate; api. 20 seconds later a large explosion was observed on the
An E-2A received one sweep of IFF emergency and nothing more. Both crew members are listed as missing in action.
13th October 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 154141 VA‑52
USN
USS Coral Sea
CV-43
 Lost near Song Kanh Can River, 20 miles southeast of Vinh      
CDR Quinlen Roberts Orell
(KIA)
LT James D Hunt
(KIA)
 
Aircraft launched frail USS CORAL SEA at 1831 hours on a scheduled night AMPI flight. All systems, ECM included, were reported in an up status at time of launch. Just prior to loss of radar contact, voice mom and IFF, the following was noted: Pilot of downed aircraft reported over UHF, "I have a singer" (being tracked by Phan-Son). . Later pilot reported "lost singer". Shortly thereafter, pilot of lost aircraft reported "base Alt" (3500'), "minus one"
(1000') . Moments later all radio, radar tracking info and IFF from reported aircraft were lost. Both crew umbers are listed as missing in action.
18th December 1968


USN

A-6A Intruder 154150
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Possible premature detonation of own bombs during a daylight Steel Tiger strike on a road just within Laos, about 15 miles southeast of the A Shau Valley    

 

 
LTJG John Richards Babcock
(KIA)
LT Gary Jon Meyer (KIA)  
Aircraft was on a daylight combat strike mission (weather clear, visibility 20 miles) when it was hit by suspected enemy ground fire. The aircraft was on its 8th run and was rolling in prior to dropping its last two MK-82 bombs. No flak or tracers were observed. No ejections were observed. The fate of the crew members is unknown.

19/20 December 1968

 


USN

A-6A Intruder  154152
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
Wing blown off during a night strike on a truck park on the Trail near Ban Tanook, 20 miles southwest of the A Shau Valley    
LT Michael Lora Bouchard
ejected
(KIA)
vw
LT Robert W Colyar
ejected
(survived
 
Aircraft was on a night combat strike mission (weather clear, visibility 10 miles) when it was hit by suspected enemy grand fire. Arie aircraft was on its first run with 16 MK-82 bombs aboard. At 6500 feet the bombs were dropped and the aircraft was hit at approximately 5500 feet on pull out. No flak or tracers were observed. The B/N was rescued by helicopter 12 hours later. The fate of the pilot is unknown.
   
                 
                 
                 
16th January 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder 152586 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Believed shot down by ground fire at night in the A Shau Valley border region  
CAPT Edwin James Fickler (KIA)
vw
1.LT Robert John Kuhlman (KIA)
vw

[also seen as
LT Mulhearn]
 
Aircraft was lost in the Ashau Valley. Last radio contact was made at 2145 hours by Army "RED EYE" (0V-l). The fate of the crew is unknown

12th February 1969


USMC
A-6A Intruder

151594

VMA-224 33 miles from Yuma     Martin-Baker
1st LT W. R. Teglia
ejected
1st LT J. H. Schiek
ejected
Martin-Baker
Aircraft was returning to MCAS Yuma, Arizona following completion of bathing mission. While climbing at 7500', aircraft speed approximately 350 knots, the pilot stated he had a sudden and rapid EGT and RPM fluctuation on the right engine followed by an almost immediate flameout . He secured the engine and initiated normal air start procedures. It was at this time the left engine flamed out. Both crew members ejected without injuries.

7th March 1969


USN
A-6A Intruder

152643

VA-35 Mid-air collision with 152897 Boyington Va.      
LTJG R. P. Wiegand
[also Weigland] ejected
[thru canopy]
survived
LTJG T. P. Lufkin
[Luskin ?]

ejected
[thru canopy]
killed
 
   Aircraft were on VTR training tactics mission approximately 100 miles S.W. of Oceana when collision occurred at approximately 1215 hours

7th March 1969


USN
A-6A Intruder

152897

VA-35 Mid-air collision with 152643 Boyington Va.      
LTJG J. M. Coldstock
[Colestock ?]

ejected
[thru canopy]
killed
LTJG E. Young
Did not eject
killed
 
   Aircraft were on VTR training tactics mission approximately 100 miles S.W. of Oceana when collision occurred at approximately 1215 hours
17 March 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder 154160 VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai low‑level night mission near Muang Nong in southern Laos    
1.LT Steven Ray Armistead (KIA)
vw
CAPT Charles Elbert Finney (KIA)
vw
 
  Aircraft was on a Night Armed Recon flight and was diverted to "Blind Bat" control. Forward Air Controller observed the aircraft to crash and explode 2130 hours. Suspectaay ground fire. Wreckage confirmed. No beeper heard. The Fate of the crew is unknown.
3 April 1969
check details


USN

A-6A Intruder 155587 VA-65
USS Kitty Hawk

Engine problem during strike near the Mu Gia Pass in southern Laos

     
LCDR E G Redden
ejected
(survived)
LT J F Ricci
ejected
(survived)
 
USAF SAR helicopters from the 40th ARRS
Aircraft was on a combat attack mission in enemy territory and was hit by anti-aircraft fire at 13,000 feet just prior to release of ordnance. Crew members ejected successfully and were rescued by helicopter

03rd April 1969


USN
A-6A Intruder

152898

VA-35 Lauray, VA.      
LCDR E. Ehlers
killed
LCDR J. Platt
killed
 
Aircraft was one of three which took off at 0830 hours on a routine training flight and ran into a weather front. Stricken aircraft crashed at Lauray, VA. The other two A-6A's apparently flew over the weather. Mountain peaks in the area are 4,000 feet. Weather was up to 5,000 feet . Neither crew member attempted to eject.
18th April 1969
USN
A-6A Intruder 155663 VA-85 Olathe NAS Believed bird strike by prairie chicken. Engine faltered and aircraft flipped over in mud and turned over Olathe, KS      
LT Elfrid M. Stack
OK
LT Kermit Jamison
OK
 
Aircraft crashed on takeoff from Olathe, KA after stopping for fuel while enroute to NAS Fallon. After beaming airborne, the pilot experienced a port engine failure. Be immediately dropped the hook, but missed the arresting gear. The aircraft continued off the end of the runway and flipped inverted and became engulfed in flames. The crash crew were able to extinguish the flames around the cockpit area and tunnel under the aircraft to rescue both crew members. It is suspected that a large bird was ingested in the port engine
Wednesday 14th May 1969
USN
Grumman A-6A Intruder 154155
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Constellation
CV-64
During airshow practice unplugged from A-3 tanker. Both engine cut in error. Obtained restart and landed OK     Martin-Baker
LTJG Steve Richmond
instructed BN to eject
LTJG R. Littke
ejected
400 feet MSL
[thru canopy]
survived
Martin-Baker

" . . . LTJG Steve Richmond ejection in 1969 was a USN not USMC. I was Steve's BN in 1973."
Kris Ackerbauer
in email 13th April 2011, entry amended 14th April 2011

29th June 1969

USN A-6A Intruder

154143

VA-52
McChord AFB
Crashed near South Tacoma after take off from McChord AFB where it had been performing display at an air show      
LT D. Driver
killed
LTJG S. Spurlock
killed
 
Aircraft was on static display at McChord AFB and was being flown back to Whidbey Island. During take off , aircraft drifted slightly to the right at approximately 200 feet altitude, and then started slaw rate of roll to the left going fully inverted impacting the ground off the end of the runway. Both crew members received fatal injuries.
Monday 7th July 1979
21:50
USN A-6A Intruder 154153 VA-165 Whidbey Island NAS Aircraft out of control. Ejected over the Cascades. Crashed and burned on Bandera Mountain 70 miles south east of Whidbey      
LT Phillip Soucek
[also seen as C. M. Soucek]

ejected
rescued Tuesday an hour later and two miles from where LCDR Herman was found
LCDR Donald R. Herman
ejected
rescued Tuesday on Gardner Mountain
 
Aircraft was on a night instrument check flight and was airborne sixteen minutes when the pilot experienced control
difficulties. Both crew members ejected successfully

Tuesday 19th August 1969
20:50

USN A-6A Intruder

152633
NG-

VA-145 Whidbey Island NAS Crashed on Navy bombing range      
CMDR Richard B. Walls
killed
LT Barry K. Cochrun
killed
 
Aircraft was in a bombing pattern when reporting in to Boardman, the bombing mode
Aircraft impacted ground in vicinity of target at 2250 hours. Both crew members received fatal injuries.

26th August 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder

151574

VMAT(AW)-202 Near Cherry Point      
1LT R. W. Albright
ejected

[Out of seat Envelope
thru canopy]
1LT R. B. Casey
ejected
[Out of seat Envelope
thru canopy]
 
Student pilot was performing SPLIT "S" from 20,000 feet. At a point when it was apparent the aircraft would not safely pull out, instructor pilot ejected and immediately thereafter student pilot ejected. Student ejected too low. Chute did not fully deploy and he suffered fatal injuries. Instructor suffered serious injuries.
21st September 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder 155611 VMA(AW)‑225, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang        
MAJ P M Busch
[Bush ?]

ejected
 sustained serious injuries
(survived)
Rescued by an Army helicopter
1.LT R W Hargrave
ejected
 sustained serious injuries
(survived)
rescued by a Marine Corps helicopter
 
Aircraft was lead aircraft of flight of two on a close air support VFR mission. Aircraft called in, rolling in on first live ordnance run, 30° dive, 3200 AGL release, 450 klas. No further radio contact. Wingman observed aircraft to trail smoke momentarily. Aircraft went out of control. Both crew members ejected successfully.

26th September 1969

USN A-6A Intruder

152926


VA-176
"Thunderbolts"
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
CV-42
Crashed into water near Guitmo area near Bahama islands      
LTJG W. Bovitz
ejected
[thru canopy]
LTJG G. M. Ganson
[Grayson ?]

ejected
[thru canopy]
 
Aircraft crashed at sea en-route to Oceana after takeoff from USS FRANKLIN D.
ROOSEVELT . Crash occurred 1 hour, 10 minutes after takeoff. Pilot experienced "rudder
light illumination followed immediately by hard left yaw and uncontrollable flight. Both crew members ejected through the carry and were picked up by Navy crash boat with very minor injuries
                 
   
29 September 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder 155696 VMA(AW)‑242, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Lost during a night‑time armed reconnaissance sortie over southern Laos  
MAJ Luther Albert Lono (KIA) 1.LT Patrick Robert Curran (KIA)
vw
 
Aircraft was reported missing while an a night reconnaissance armed mission. The stricken
aircraft lost radio contact with another aircraft in the target area at 2050 hours. Weather was 4 500 scattered, 7 miles haze. The fate of both crew members is unknown.
15 November 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder 155701 VMA(AW)‑225, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang damaged by ground fire. Flew back to within eight miles of air base      
1LT D R Jessen
ejected
(survived)
1.LT R D Tutor
ejected
(survived)
 
Pilot felt bump or loud noise climbing through 500 feet altitude, approximately two miles from field after takeoff. Gear was up, flaps down, right engine fuel PSI light illuminated and right engine flamed out. Pilot jettisoned ordnance and declared emergency. Wing fuel was dumped, fuselage dump was not initiated. Pilot secured wing dump but fuel quantity continued to decrease rapidly. Crew then ejected through canopy at 2000 feet. Suspect direct enemy action due to recent enemy fire incidents in immediate area. Aircraft is in 50 feet of water.
?? ?? 1969
USN
A-6A Intruder   VA 145 Crashed on low bombing pass on Boardman Bombing Range      
Pilot CDR Richard "Dick" Walls
No ejection, hit the ground
   
FURTHER DETAILS OF THIS LOSS NEEDED

 

22nd November 1969


USN

A-6A Intruder 155613
VA-196
"Main Battery"
CV-64
USS Ranger
Wing failure about 15 miles south of the Ashau Valley in southern Laos.
 
 
 
 
CDR Lloyd W Richards
ejected
(survived)
LTJG Richard Carl Deuter (KIA)
vw
 
FEEDBACK

"We were in 50 degree dive bombing run when wing departed from aircraft due to  AA fire. I ejected at about 600 knots, B/N Dick Deuter did not make it. I hit the ground with panels torn out of parachute, broken neck, ankles and back. Rescued by Jolly Green and flown to Danang for further transport stateside"
Lloyd Richards
in email 14th January 2008

22 November 1969


USN

A-6A Intruder 155607
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Ranger
night armed reconnaissance mission over the Ho Chi Minh Trail  
LCDR Richard F Collins (KIA)
vw
LT Michael Edward Quinn (KIA)
vw
 

19th December 1969


USMC

A-6A Intruder

152646

VMA(AW)-332 Damaged      
     
26th December 1969


USN

A-6A Intruder 152891 VA‑35
USS
Coral Sea
CV-43
Configured for a tanker sortie crashed in the Gulf of Tonkin     Martin-Baker
LTJG Dustin Cowles Trowbridge
ejected
[Out of seat Envelope
thru canopy]
(KIA)
LTJG Walter Henry Kosky
ejected
[Out of seat Envelope
thru canopy]
(KIA)
vw
Martin-Baker
                 
 
  Two men were killed when their A-6A INTRUDER, BuNo 152891, crashed at sea. Since the wreckage could not be recovered the cause of the crash remains unknown. The two men were LTJG Walter H. Kosky, pilot, and LTJG Dustin C. Trowbridge, of Wayne, Illinois, bombardier-navigator.

 

2nd January 1970
USN 
A‑6A Intruder BuNo 152937
NE 507
VA‑196; CVW-2 USS Ranger
CVA-61
 raid on a storage dump near the Mu Gia Pass in southern Laos Martin-Baker
Nicholas George Brooks
Died While Missing
LT Bruce Carlton Fryar  

4th January 1970


USN 
A‑6A Intruder

155639
AC-511

VA-75
USS Saratoga
       
LCDR W. F. Wagner
ejected
LCDR W. R. Westerman
[also seen as W. F. Westerman]
ejected
 

Friday 6th February 1970


USN 
A‑6A Intruder

155618
NE-516


VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Ranger
CVA-61
CVW-2
Steel Tiger mission.
Lost a wing after AAA hit over Laos near Ban Kapay during attack on trucks near  Ban Kapay, 30 miles west of the DMZ
     
LCDR Evan P. Reese
ejected
LTJG D. R. Fraser
ejected
 
Rescued by HH-53 from 40th ARRS

Aircraft was on a night combat mission and was shot dawn by enemy AA while maneuvering in target area. Both crew members ejected successfully and were rescued by SAR.
 

16th February 1970


USN 
A‑6A Intruder

151815


VA-176
"Thunderbolts"
USS Franklin D Roosevelt
CV-42
       
LTJG T. C. Williams
ejected
LTJG J. H. Hickok
ejected
 

28th February 1970


USN 
A‑6A Intruder

155605
NE-505


VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Ranger
Caught fire during launch in Gulf of Tonkin      
LT R. R. Wittenberg
ejected
LT H. W. Paul
ejected
 
4th March 1970
USMC
A-6A Intruder 154165

VMFA(AW)-533
Iwakuni

       
1LT W. C. Cooper
ejected
1LT P. Horner
[also seen as Horna]
ejected
 
11th April 1970
also seen as 10th April 1970

USN
A-6A Intruder 155641 VA-75
USS Saratoga
After cat shot     Martin-Baker
 LT B. Bruce
also seen as
[LT B. L. Cook]

ejected
 LTJG O. Harris
ejected
Martin-Baker

DETAILS NEED CLARIFYING

Wednesday 22nd April 1970
USMC
A-6A Intruder 155614 VMA(AW)-533 South Korea during joint US/Korean exercise      
LT Robert Cothran
killed
??
killed
 

Friday 11th or 12th June 1970


USN
A-6A Intruder

156998

Attchd VA-145 Crashed at the Boardman Bombing Range, Northeast Oregon.      
LT James D. Maynard
ejected [confirm]
injured
LTJG William H. Van Stone Jr.
killed
 
21st August 1970
USN
A-6A Intruder 155593
VA-176
"Thunderbolts"
Inop horizontal stab caused by mechanical rework error. Crashed near Petersburg, Virginia     Martin-Baker
LT. Andrew Michael Prydybasz
ejected
LT L. Roberts
ejected
Martin-Baker
                 
Thursday 17th September 1970
USN
A-6 Intruder   Whidbey Island Routine training mission.      
LCDR Warren C. Clark Jr.
killed
LT Dick Littke
killed
 
FEEDBACK

RBS run-in SSE of Spokane, WA. Suspected cause was an un-commanded pitch down due to a failure of a horizontal tail accuator
in email 1st April 2010

20th September 1970
USN
A-6 Intruder            
LT L. Boaz
ejected
LTJG T. Connelly
ejected
 
                 
8th January 1971
USN
A‑6C Intruder 155647
NE 5

VA‑145; USS Ranger
CVA-61

Operational loss, ditched in front of USS Ranger shortly after launch, pilot killed. Gulf of Tonkin off NVN,      
Pilot did not eject
killed
BN LCDR G. Smith
ejected on impact
rescued
Martin-Baker
19th January 1971
USMC
A-6 Intruder 152899   Crashed 2 miles from Cherry Point      
1LT Salewski
ejected
1LT F. J. Gose
ejected
 
25th February 1971
[also seen as 24th]

USN 
A‑6A  Intruder

156994   NE 5

VA‑145
USS Ranger

CVA-61
Operational loss. Crashed shortly after launch from USS Ranger Gulf of Tonkin off NVN,     Martin-Baker
LCDR W. Galbraith ejected and rescued LT D. D. Waters ejected and rescued Martin-Baker

24th March 1971


USN 
A‑6A  Intruder

154138

VA-176        
     
30th March 1971


USN

EA-6B Prowler 156480 NATC Pax R Lost during spin tests LT W. Lawrence ejected    
19th April 1971
USN
 A-6 Intruder 155720 NATC Crashed 1 mile from Pax River    
LT J. R. MacDonald
ejected
LCDR Bruce B. Bremner
ejected
see also
13th May 1968
 
28th July 1971
USN
 A-6 Intruder 155640 VA-42 Dare County Target Range      
LT A. T. Nilsen ejected  LCDR G. O'Brian ejected  
12th August 1971
USN 
KA-6 Intruder 152598
NF 517
VA‑115 Caught fire in refuelling equipment, Gulf of Tonkin, NVN      
LT J. S. McMahon ejected LCDR B. S. Wade ejected  
9th October 1971
USN 
KA-6D Intruder 152590
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Enterprise
       
LT C. J. Taylor ejected  LTJG J. A. Dickey ejected  
Friday 15th October 1971
USN 
Grumman A-6A Intruder 151563
VA-42
"Green Pawn"
NAS Oceana
On Maintenance test flight.
Pilot's seat drogue  inadvertently fired and caused pilot to eject.  Crashed 15 miles from Oceana
    Martin-Baker GRU-
LT Dalton C. Wright ejected
at 10,000 feet travelling at approximately 250 KIAS
LT John W.  Adair ejected
at 10,000 feet travelling at approximately 250 KIAS
Martin-Baker GRU-
                 
 

I have some additional information regarding the accident of an A6A (ser # 151563) you have listed on 15 October, 1971 that occurred 15 miles south of NAS Oceana.

 

  • My name is Dalton Wright COL (ret) and I was the pilot and John Adair Rear Adm. (ret) was the BN
  • It was a maintenance test flight code 1L1.
  • The plane was in level flight at 10,000 feet traveling at approximately 250 KIAS.
  • The Seat was a Martin-Baker
  • The accident was caused when the pilot’s seat inadvertently ejected the pilot. The post crash inspection of the seat revealed the drogue gun had inadvertently fired, which caused the drogue chute rigging located on the top of the seat to pull the large and small cables that are connected to the face curtain and alternate ejection handles. FYI, because the drogue was damaged the pilot had to deploy the chute manually. The BN, Lt John Adair successfully ejected.

Dalton Wright

 

28th October 1971
USN 
A-6 Intruder 157022 VA-52 Boardman Bombing Range      
LT J. M. Perry II ejected LT R. E. Klemm ejected.  
17th November 1971
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158038 VAQ-131       Martin-Baker
CDR J. O. Harmon
left front seat
ejected
LCDR W. A. Martin
right front seat
ejected
Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
AOAN D.R. Lavean
left rear seat
ejected
LTJG M. A. Allen
right rear seat
ejected
Martin-Baker
30th December 1971
USN
 A‑6A Prowler 155677
NG 506
VA‑165 hit by SAM and aircraft broke up in Gulf of Tonkin nr Hon Nieu island, off Vinh. NVN, pilot killed,     Martin-Baker
LT Commander Frederick L. Holmes
MIA
vw
bio
BN LT Burton rescued by Navy helicopter
Two good chutes observed
                 

07th April 1972


USN
A-6A Intruder

154157

VA-176
USS Roosevelt
       
LT James "Jim" A. Kelly
ejected
LTJG H. T. Wurtzbacher
ejected
 
9th April 1972
USMC
A-6A Intruder
BENGAL 505
BuNo 155652
505
VMA(AW)-224
from CVA-43 "USS Coral Sea
Hit by SAM. Laos   Martin-Baker
Major Clyde D. Smith
ejected
rescued four days later
1st Lt Scott Douglas Ketchie
killed
Martin-Baker
13th April 1972
USMC
EA-6A 156979 VMCJ-1
MAG‑15, USMC, Da Nang
Believed shot down during electronic jamming mission in support of a Navy air strike. Lost in North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Capt. David Leverett Leet
KIA
1st LT John Michael Christensen
KIA
Martin-Baker
2nd May 1972
USN 
KA-6D Intruder 152597 VA-115
USS Midway
       
LT R. J. A. Bendel
ejected
LT J. G. Houser
ejected
 
3rd May 1972
USMC 
A-6A Intruder 155709
NL 501
VMA(AW)‑224, Coral Sea Daylight mission northwest of Dong Hoi. Aircraft lost, unknown cause, on return from bombing bridge, North Vietnam      
1st Lt Joseph William McDonald
KIA
Capt David Beryl Williams
KIA
 
 

http://mofak.com/Joseph_William_McDonald.htm

3 May 1972

 

A‑6A 155709                   VMA(AW)‑224, USMC, USSCoralsea

          1 Lt Joseph William McDonald (KIA)

Capt David Beryl Williams (KIA)

The second Marine Corps Intruder lost from the Coral Sea failed to return from a daylight mission northwest of Dong Hoi. The target was a bridge and 1Lt McDonald and Capt Williams had completed their bombing run and had their leader in sight as they sped towards the coast. After the leader crossed the coast he searched for his wingman but could not see him nor could he be raised on radio. The cause of the loss of the aircraft is still unknown although the remains of Capt Williams were returned from Vietnam and identified on 26 October 1989.

 

25th May 1972
USMC
Grumman EA-6A Intruder 151595
CV-
CPNC-
VMCJ-2
MCAS Cherry Point,NC
Fuel starvation/wing transfer failure. Crashed 5 miles from Cherry Point     Martin-Baker
1.LT Jeff D. Buchanan
ejected at 800 ft
1.LT John W. Pitz
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

I was the pilot of the USMC "A6 Intruder" that ejected on 5/25/72.
Here are the details. The aircraft was a combat ready EA6A Electronic Intruder (EW version of the A6) BUNO 151595 with 3 ALQ 76 jammer pods and an ALQ86 ESM system that were destroyed in the crash.

The ejection occurred on a routine training flight out of MCAS Cherry Point, NC. The squadron was VMCJ-2. The reason for the ejection was fuel starvation/wing transfer failure. The ejection occurred at 800 feet on final approach in IMC conditions at a rate of decent exceeding 1500'/minute. Both crew members ejected safely the ECMO, John Pitz, first, after the canopy was jettisoned, Pilot Jeff Buchanan second with no injuries and both crew members were rescued by a station SAR, CH46. The pilot's seat failed to separate after drogue deploymentbecause the seat contacted the side of a pine tree before the drogue was fully deployed at about 80'AGL. The force of the decent in the seat was decreased as the seat broke off several large branches of the pine tree on the trajectory to the ground.

I later commanded the squadron, then VMAQ-2, having transitioned to EA6B Prowlers, from 1983
to 1986. Retired in 1990.
in email 13th December 2011

Saturday 27th May 1972
21:42

USN 
A-6 Intruder BuNo.????

158528
is now known to be incorrect BuNo
 

VA-85 Crashed during landing at air station     Martin-Baker GRU-7
LT K. S. Culver
ejected
killed
LT Kern
ejected
Martin-Baker GRU-7
29th May 1972 USMC A-6A Intruder 155650
NL-503
VMA(AW)-224, Coral Sea  A coordinated air-wing strike against the Uong Bi railroad facility in North Vietnam. Struck by AAA on approach to target. Flew feet wet ejected Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam     Martin-Baker
LCDR P. Schuyler
ejected
Captain Louis "Lou" J. Ferracane Jr.
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Louis J. Ferracane, Jr. (MCSN: 0-90153), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 29 May 1972 as a naval flight officer of jet aircraft while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR (VMA(AW)-224), embarked in U.S.S. CORAL SEA (CVA-43). As bombardier/navigator in a section leader's aircraft, Captain Ferracane participated in a  While navigating his section at high speed and low altitude during the ingress to the target area, Captain Ferracane's aircraft was struck twice during its run on the first of two assigned targets. Despite a barrage of enemy fire which caused additional damage to his aircraft, he succeeded in providing his pilot with vital attack parameters which materially aided in the placement of all ordinance directly on target. Captain Ferracane's heroic conduct and devotion to duty in the face of heavy enemy fire reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps; and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: May 29, 1972
11th June  1972
USMC
A-6A Intruder 154145
NL 502
VMA(AW)-224, Coral Sea

nr Nam Dinh, NVN, hit by AAA in the wing root, wing broke off and aircraft dived into a lake.

pic Martin-Baker
CAPT Roger Eugene Wilson
MIA

[pilot KIA]

bio

Captain William Kerr Angus
POW

bio
Released: March 28, 1973

 
7th July 1972
USMC
A-6A Intruder 155690 VMA(AW)-533, MAG-15
Nam Phong
shot down over South VietnamVS/VN   Martin-Baker
1LT Alan J. Kroboth Capt. Leonard Robertson  
Suffered a broken back and broken neck on ejection. Captured, held for 3 months in the jungle. He then marched barefooted, at night, amidst U.S. bombing raids, along the Ho Chi Minh Trail
POW-LINK
18th July 1972
USMC
A-6A Intruder 155609
??
VMA(AW)-242 FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED      
     
19th July 1972
US
N
A-6A Intruder ?? VA-115
USS Midway

Aircraft damaged by ground fire. On this mission Lieutenant Donnelly was seriously injured. Lt. McCormick flew the Intruder back to the carrier unable to revive his bombardier navigator. He contimued to try to revive him once landed

pic pic Martin-Baker
Lieutenant Michael Timothy McCormick
flew aircraft back to carrier
see also
9th / 10th January 1973
LT Raymond Peter Donnelly
KIA/Body recovered
Martin-Baker
30th July 1972
USN 
A-6B Intruder 151559 VA-196

USS Enterprise

Control difficulties about five minutes into its flight to Miramar, Calif   . Martin-Baker
Lieutenant Commander Richard J. Toft ejected
sustaining injuries requiring extensive treatment
Lieutenant JG John D. Austin, Jr. ejected successfully Martin-Baker

Saturday 5th August 1972


USN 
A-6A Intruder

151571

VA-95
Whidbey NAS
Boardman Bombing Range, Northeast Oregon      
LT Larry S. Wisler
27
killed
LTJG John S. Pate
[also seen as Don S. Pate]
26
killed
 

Wednesday 9th August 1972


USN 
KA-6D Intruder

151580

VA-85 Oceana NAS Crashed on landing and overturned      
LT D. L. Anderson
ejected out of envelope
killed
BN did not eject  
12th August 1972
USN 
Grumman A-6A Intruder BuNo 157018, call sign VICEROY 502. VA-52 USS
Kitty Hawk
Lost during low-level strike on a transhipment point at Da Mon Toi, near Cam Pha. Believe to have become victim to SAM strike.  
LT Roderick Barnum Lester
MIA
PFOD
vw
LT Harry S. Mossman
MIA
PFOD
vw
 
FEEDBACK

Further information regarding my cousin who was killed in Vietnam. His name was LT. CMRD. Roderick Barnum Lester. He was stationed aboard the USS Kittyhawk in 1972. He and his BN Lt. Harry S. Mossman were shot down over North Vietnam on August 12 1972 by a SAM. He was officially listed as MIA on August 19th 1972. His wreckage was found in 1997, and although no remains were found, they did find my cousin "Roger's" dogtags, and .38 caliber side arm, along with several other pieces. An interview was conducted with an NVA Col. that was in charge of the SAM site and reported that few remains were found, and his men buried them in the jungle. The exact location of those remains was unknown. Expedition leader's report of the incident was that because of the low altitude and speed that the incident took place, Roger and Harry never had a chance to eject from the aircraft and were killed.

As a side note, there is an exact replica of Roger's A-6 intruder at the Boeing air museum in Seatle Wa. The actual tail hook from his A-6 that was recovered from the 1997 expedition to Vietnam is on display at the Boeing museum as well.

received in email 30th June 2011

6th September 1972
USN
A-6A Intruder 155626
AC 5
VA‑75 hit by 2 SAMs, c10 M SW of Haiphong, NVN near Klan An airfield Martin-Baker
LTJG Roger G. Lerseth (POW)  LCDR Donald F. Lindland]
MIA
Martin-Baker
 

BUNO 155626 was shot down on 6 Sep 1972 by SA-2s over Kien An Airfield, just south of Haiphong, NVN.  LCDR Don Linland was the pilot and LTJG Roger Lerseth was the B/N.  Both ejected safely and were seen alive on the ground, Roger had significant injures from the ejection, and was captured quickly.  Don never appeared on the POW lists and many years, after the POWs returned, the NVN returned Don's bones to his widow Bobbe Lindland.

17th September 1972
USN
 
A-6A Intruder BuNo 157028  USS America (CVA-66)

On an armed recon mission targeted near Hai Duong, North Vietnam. Lost about eight miles west of Hai Duong

 
CDR Verne G. Donnelly, pilot
Remains returned
LCDR Kenneth R. Buell, B/N
MIA
 
12th October 1972
USMC
A-6A Intruder 155700  Nam Phong Air Base, Thailand
[ the Rose Garden]
 on a night low-level armed reconnaissance mission over southern North Vietnam. Lost about 15 miles
west of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam
   
CAPT John R. Peacock, pilot 
MIA
 ejected
bio
1LT
William Marshall Price
B/N
MIA
vw
bio
 
24th October 1972
USN
A-6A Intruder 155705 VA‑115
CVW‑2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Landing gear collapsed during landing on carrier aircraft sliding across deck crashing into  F-4B Phantom II. Four deck crew killed.     no ejection
Crew Member recovered LTJG Michael S. Bixel
killed
Tuesday 31st October 1972
USN
KA-6AD Intruder 151808 Cubi Point NAS Crashed into Subic Bay, Philippines during take off      
LT Charles C. Heil Jr.
killed
LT Scott R. Thomas
killed
 
15th November 1972
USN 
A-6A Intruder 152615 VA-128
NAS Fallon
       
  LT W. Gouslin ejected  
Tuesday 28th November 1972
USN 
A-6A Intruder  155622 VA‑75
 "Sunday Punchers"
USS Saratoga
 Crashed during launch  crashed into Gulf of Tonkin off NVN 80 miles east of Dong Hoi    
Charles M. Earnest
KIA BNR

bio

LCDR Grady L. "Silver Fox" Jackson ejected  
 

BUNO 155622 piloted by CDR Charles M. Earnest, CO of the VA-75 "Sunday Punchers" crashed on takeoff at 0215 28 Nov 1972 from number one catapult on the USS Saratoga.  The PHD (Pilot's Horizontal Display) came out (not bolted in) when cat fired and jammed the stick in the full aft position.  I (LCDR Grady L. Jackson) as the skipper's B/N, along with Charlie, knew immediately that we were in an extremist situation, but the g-forces prevented us from reacting until we cleared the bow.  As soon as the g-forces eased, I looked over and saw CDR Earnest trying to knock the PHD back in with his hand.  However, with the aircraft fully loaded with fuel, and 14 Rockeyes (approximately 500 lbs each),  and the stick full aft the aircraft continued to climb in a very nose high attitude and then I felt the sensation of the aircraft start a hard roll to the starboard.  I quickly threw down my flashlight that I used for night launches and reached up and pulled the face curtain and ejected through the canopy as the aircraft rolled through 45 degrees.  I must have had parachute deployment as the next thing I knew I was in the water and tangled in the lines from my parachute.  HC-7 put in a rescue swimmer and he cut away my parachute and I was picked up in the SH-3 and we looked for another half hour for Skipper Earnest, but I knew he had not ejected.  As a side note CDR Earnest had over 450 missions in Vietnam when he was killed and I spent the remainder of my 30+ year career on active duty getting "Command Ejection" in the A6 aircraft, which did happen, but then the A6 aircraft were retired!

3rd December 1972

   

154155

  Is this the loss below ??      
                 
  156982 Lost 4/12/72 PI (Baker/Killebrew) VMCJ-1
Autumn
1972
(full date needed)

USN
A-6A Intruder BuNo.???? VMA(AW)-332 at Cherry Point Crashed in  in the Pamlico Sound while practicing low level vis ord when they caught a wing tip on the water while turning inbound to the target.  The accident board found that the air crew lost ground reference in the turn due to very bright early morning sun and glare     Martin-Baker
Mike Rohrer
Pilot
killed
no ejection
Bob Bahrle
B/N
killed
no ejection
Martin-Baker
The crew was recovered several weeks later
FEEDBACK

I flew with VMA (AW) 332 at Cherry Point in 1972 and early 1973.  We lost an A-6A in the autumn of 1972 on a target down near Beaufort, NC.  Mike Rohrer was the pilot and Bob Bahrle was the B/N.  They were practicing low level vis ord when they caught a wing tip on the water while turning inbound to the target.  The accident board found that the air crew lost ground reference in the turn due to very bright early morning sun and glare.   There were no ejections.  The crew was recovered still in the cockpit several weeks later after the Navy brought in side-scan sonar to locate the wreckage in the Pamlico sound.
in email 23rd January 2011

Thursday 21st December 1972
USN
A‑6A Intruder 155594, N K 511
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65

CVW‑9
AAA; North Vietnam  fire, was hit on the left wing and that they were bailing out Martin-Baker
CDR G R Nakagawa
 POW
LT K H Higon
 POW
Martin-Baker
Thursday 21st December 1972
USN 
A-6A Intruder BuNo 152946 Attack Squadron 75
USS SARATOGA
Attack on airfield, Haiphong and Kien An Airfield areas. Airborne explosion followed by a fire on the ground Martin-Baker
LCDR Robert S. Graustein
KIA
LCDR Barton S. Wade
KIA
Martin-Baker
Wednesday 27th December 1972
USMC
A‑6A Intruder 155666  VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑15, USMC, Nam Phong Night‑time road reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. Thought to have been shot down on the coast near Xuan Noa, 15 miles southeast of Dong Hoi    
CAPT Ralph J. Chipman
MIA
vw
1.LT Ronald Wayne Forrester
MIA
 

28th December 1972
also seen as
4th  also 30th December 1972


USMC
EA‑6A Intruder

156982

PI VMCJ-2
NAS Cubi Point, Philippines

bleed air failure followed by fire then ejection. Near Cubi Point Philippines
    Martin-Baker
CAPT Hal L. "Weird" Baker
ejected
MSGT Frederick E. "Killer" Killebew
ejected
Martin-Baker

 

 

The third EA-6A loss was in October 1973 ( 22nd ?) off coast of Okinawa while VMCJ-1 Det 101 was working up for a carrier deployment on the USS Midway. The Mishap A/C was flown by Lt Jot Eve and the right seater was Lt Dave Moody. They impacted water on initial night qual 11 miles aft of ship - NORDO / NONAV- on the wing of an A-7 driver who had heard the EA-6A radio transmissions, realized the situation, found them, and took them on his wing for the approach back to ship. They shot a teardrop pattern directly over the carrier and had turned inbound to the ship on ships course. The A-7and pilot were lost that night at same instant. No ejections or radio transmissions. We assume they flew into water and / or collided and flew into the water at about the time they would have slowed for flaps / slats /gear. The A-7 has a much different speed brake and I think the aysmetircal differences between the two dirty A/C was the problem. The H-3 "Angel" launched forward of the island. This was against NATOPS as you have no point of reference in dark. They launched at high power to replace the low fuel plane guard on station and went straight into the water. Three of Four crew lost. They didn't take time to respot as they wanted to get on scene as soon as possible. The other H-3 had an oil slick in water.

Hugh Carter was on flight schedule and should have been in that plane with Jot. He had flown with him earlier that day for his initial day qual on Midway. During that flight, they had also gone NORDO /NONAV in same A/C, but as it was day VFR they recovered on wing of A-6 tanker they had just topped off from with without incident. Later that day at time of brief for JOT's night qual Bob Cave and Hugh Carter were briefing ADM MacDonald in War Room on upcoming Gulf of Tonkin OPS. Dave, who had flown with Jot quite a bit at Cherry Point, jumped into death sled with Jot. Not a good night.....3 A/C and six men lost that night.

That operational and safety record is a fitting tribute to this gallant old bird and the hearty aircrew that flew them.

That's as we remember it! Of course we're probably wrong, so let's hear from the rest of you so we can correct this!

David L. Montigny reports the loss of an additional EA-6A that was serving with VAQ-33 in 1990 or 1991 over the Atlantic off of Jacksonville FL after all the EA-6A's were retired from the active Marine Corps.

 

9th / 10th January 1973
USN
A‑6A Intruder 155693
NF 5
VA-115
USS Midway
Crashed south of Kan Ty during strike mission over N. Vietnam  
LT Michael "Mike" Timothy McCormick (KIA)
see also 19th June 1972
LTJG Robert Alan Clark
MIA/BNR
 
24th January 1973
USN
A-6A Intruder 157007
AJ 507

    VA‑35
USS America

Hit by either SAM or AAA 6 M N of Ouang Tn. SVN. Gulf of Tonkin 55 M NE of DMZ, NVN,     Martin-Baker
LT S. H. Hatfield ejected safely and rescued by Navy helicopter LT C. M. Graff ejected safely and rescued by Navy helicopter Martin-Baker
Wednesday 28th March 1973
[confirm date]

USN
A-6A Intruder   Whidbey NAS Crashed near Heppner during training at Boardman Bombing Range, Northeast Oregon      
LCDR B. J. Keen
killed
LT William A. Vasina
killed
 
4th May 1973
17:20
Date ???

USN
A-7 Corsair II     Crashed into military barracks at Phnom Penh Pochentong, Cambodia      
Confused reports - that  an A-6 Intruder was also lost
15th May 1973
USN
A-6E Intruder 158789 VA-42
"Green Pawn"
Short of the runway at Fentress Airfield     Martin-Baker
LT R. E. Foster
ejected
ENS M. J. McCamish
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK Thanks to
Kimberly "Foster" Garcia for updating the details of her dad's ejection
in email 21st May 2013

30th May 1973


USN
A-6A Intruder

155634

VA-52 Near Whidbey Island      
LT E. Hall
ejected
LTJG M. B. Martella
ejected
 
3rd July 1973
USN
A-6B Intruder 152616 VA-34
USS John F Kennedy
Crashed off carrier     Martin-Baker GRU-5
LCDR G. D. O'Brien LT B. B. Betz Martin-Baker  GRU-5

19th September 1973


USN
A-6 Intruder

155721

VA-128
Whidbey NAS
Crashed during routine training at Boardman Bombing Range mission 85 miles east of Klamath Falls      
LT Alan G. Koehler
ejected out of seat envelope on ground
killed
Phillip D. Duhamel
ejected out of seat envelope on ground
killed
 
Monday 22nd October 1973
evening

USMC
EA-6A Intruder 156980
RM-611
VMCJ-1
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid air collision with A-7A 153204
Western Pacific 127 miles east of Okinawa, Japan

Also seen as

Impacted the water on initial night qua 11 miles afte of the carrier

    Martin-Baker
1st Lt Jot Eve
killed
Lt Dave Moody
killed
Martin-Baker

12th November 1973


USN
A-6A Intruder

155603

attached to
VA-196
"Main Battery"
Crashed in Oregon      
LCDR Haywood G.  "Woodie" Sprouse
ejected
LTJG D. J.  Steffen
ejected
Martin Baker GRU-5
                 

8th March 1974


USN
A-6 Intruder

157020
NH-505

VA-52
USS Kitty Hawk
Training mission      
LT D. A. Babboni
ejected
LT D. A. Woxland
ejected
 
12th May 1974
USN
KA-6 Intruder tanker 152637
VA-196
"Main Battery"
 "USS Ranger"
CVA-61
refuelling F-4 Phantoms collided with F-4J Phantom II BuNo 158357.
Vietnam
    Martin-Baker
LT
John Adams
navigator- bombardier LT Robert V. McHale [VA-145 "Swordsmen"] Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK
Mike,
 
Very interesting website.  I was onboard USS Ranger for two WestPac cruises in 1973 and 1974.  I remember the accident you cited on 12 May 1974 where the KA-6B collided with an F-4J in my squadron (VF-154).  I am almost 100% sure that accident happened while we were very close to Hawaii, and not Vietnam.  Since we finished with Vietnam the previous year, we never operated around that country during the 1974 cruise.  Another mishap from the 1974 cruise involved two Phantoms and one SH-3 helicopter.  If you are primarily interested in egress systems, this one wouldn't fit in that category.  We were having an "air power demonstration" one afternoon, wherein the F-4s shot Sidewinder missiles at infrared flares dropped by a passing RA-5C.  Unfortunately, one of the missiles was attracted to the plane guard helicopter and shot it down, killing all six onboard.  One of my friends almost went on that helo flight.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jim Bower

in email 28th December 2007

 9th October 1974
USN
KA-D Intruder 151825 VA-75
"Sunday Punchers"
Launched from starboard catapult with wing flaps up instead of down ("incorrect flight configuration")     Martin-Baker
LT D. L. Boyle
ejected
Lt. Russell G. Lawrence
ejected
[confirm?]
killed
Martin-Baker

20th November 1974


USN
A-6A Intruder

156999

VA-95        
     
                 

 

13th January 1975
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158812
NK-612
VAQ-137
USS Enterprise
Malacca Strait,  Indian Ocean. Crashed into water 15 seconds after launch when it “flamed out.”
2 OK
1 with back injuries
1 killled
LCDR R. Newman   Martin-Baker
LT R. A. Kraft   Martin-Baker
LCDR B. G. Swanson   Martin-Baker
 Lieutenant Jack L. Pedersen perished in the mishap    
14th April 1975
USN
A-6 Intruder 155601
VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Enterprise
Training mission     Martin-Baker
LCDR D. Wright ejected LT J. Miller
ejected
Martin-Baker
21st April 1975
USN
A-6E Intruder 158058/AD-504
also seen as 158048
VA-42
Oceana NAS
      Martin-Baker
LT E. G. Marits LTJG M. H. Paul ejected Martin-Baker
25th April 1975
USN
A-6E Intruder 152640 USS John F. Kennedy
Exercise Solid Shield off NC Coast
Aircraft was completing CAS for Marine
On final run the left wing departed aircraf
 
Pilot - Ltjg Art Bennet
did not leave aircraft
LTJG Bob "Butch" Kociemba
ejected and landed in trees
Martin-Baker
10th May 1975
USN
KA-6D Intruder 152892/..-533 VA-34
Pilot set parking brake on cat and forgot to release
Both tires blew on cat stroke
Aircraft flew .5 miles in front of ship - winged over and crashed
Both crewmembers recovered
 
    Martin-Baker
LT R. R. Ayres ejected immediately LTJG R. D. Treanor ejected at bow of ship Martin-Baker

25th June 1975


USN

KA-6D Tanker

152918
AA-511

VA-85
USS Forrestal
Mid air collision at night  Lost in Mediterranean near Palma de Mallorca     Martin-Baker
LTJG Lloyd T. Hunt
ejected
ENS Brian L. Cardiff
ejected
not recovered
Martin-Baker
25th June 1975
 

USN
EA-6B Prowler 158814
AA-611
VAQ-134
USS Forrestal
LT William Bruce Bierbower
ejected
  Martin-Baker
LCDR Joseph "Joe" R. Capute ejected   Martin-Baker
LTJG Robert "Bob" W.
McConchie
ejected
  Martin-Baker
No fourth crew member    

FEEDBACK

Concerning the A-6 and EA-6B losses in June 1975 (VA-85/VAQ-134 on  Forrestal) the date for both was 25 June 1975.  Mid-air collision  between last two planes in the marshal stack.  The A-6 was a KA-6D  tanker flown by LTJG L.T. Hunt (ejected & recovered)The BN was ENS  B.L. Cardiff (not recovered).

Bruce
in email 1st April 2010

17th August 1975   A-6E Intruder  
USS Forrestal
suffered an accident      
OK OK  
DETAILS NEEDED
20th August 1975
USN
KA-6D Intruder 151824
NE-523
VA-115
USS Midway
Lost on training mission      
CDR Denny Weeks LT G. T. Wyckoff
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The ??? in that ejection report was Cdr. Denny Weeks, I'm fairly sure. A portion of the B/N's seat mechanism structurally failed when the catapult fired on a night launch.
The failure initiated the ejection sequence for the B/N, who found himself pushing off the side of the ship as it went by. Flash from ejection probably disoriented the pilot severely.
in email 18th August 2010

23rd August 1975


USN
A-6E Intruder

149948
AJ-500

VA-35 Collision with F-4J Phantom II over North Atlantic Ocean      
killed killed  
                 

31st March 1976


USN
A-6E Intruder

158044

VA-42        
     

Sunday 6th June 1976


USN
A-6E Intruder

159577

VA-95
Whidbey NAS
Crashed 16 miles north of Goldendale      
??
killed
??
killed
 
11th August 1976
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158545 NJ 945 VAQ‑129
NAS Whidbey Island
engine caught fire on take‑off near NAS Whidbey Island, WA, USA LT D. E. Foster
ejected
  Martin-Baker
CDR J. F. Smith
ejected
  Martin-Baker
LTJG W. Rodman
ejected
  Martin-Baker
30th August 1976
USN
A‑6E Intruder 152593
XE20
VX‑5
China Lake
A‑7 struck A‑6 from below during night approach near NWC China Lake, CA, USA     Martin-Baker
LCDR R. A. Bankson
ejected
LCDR D. A. Erskine
ejected
Martin-Baker
22nd September 1976
USN
A-6 Intruder           Martin-Baker
LT G. F. Decker
ejected
LT J. G. Major Martin-Baker
28th October 1976
USMC
A-6A Intruder 154130/KD-00 VMAT(AW)-202
Cherry Point
Lost during post maintenance flight  CAPT Spenser ??
ejected but was out of the envelope
did not survive.
1/LT G. W. Luck
B/N
ejected out of the envelope but survived with major injuries (and recovered)
Martin-Baker

06th November 1976


USN
A-6E Intruder

158534

VA-65        
     
24th November 1976
USMC
A-6E Intruder 155631 VMA(AW)-533       Martin-Baker
1.LT S. J. Misiuk
ejected
1.LT A. Kowalski ejected Martin-Baker

 

  1977? CPNC VMAQ-2 (Brunell/?????) 149477 engine door came off?  No eject. Crew recovered

21st January 1977

  A-6E

155617

MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture Crashed in the Philippines      
killed killed  
3rd March 1977   A-6E     Crash area Japan      
killed killed  
  Robert Steven Driskill
7th April 1977
USN
A-6A Intruder 155671   NWEF       Martin-Baker
LCDR G. P. Stone LT T. L. Thorson Martin-Baker
16th August 1977
USN
A-6 Intruder 158049     LTJG M. L. Clark ejected   Martin-Baker
11th November 1977


USN

EA-6B Prowler 158809
AE-702
VAQ137
USS America
 Aegean Sea, Greece LT F. C. Philipsen   Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
LCDR J. Kennedy LTJG T. C. Gardner Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

"Regarding the loss of Ea-6B BUNO 158809 on 11 Nov 1977, the reason for the loss is incorrect.  The reason was a double flameout as the pilot pulled the throttles back in the overhead pattern in preparation for landing.  The accident board determined that both throttles were pulled back to the “idle cut off” position.  A failure of the RAT (ram air turbine) prevented obtaining the required electrical power to re-start either engine.  Ejection was at very low altitude and the only injury was two compressed vertebra to my upper back.  Trust me, I was there."
CAPT James C. Kennedy, USN Ret.
in email 14th January 2008
entry amended

7th December 1977
USN 
KA-6D Intruder 151795
NF 522

VA-115
USS Midway
Ramp Strike, Pilot and BN both picked up in heavy seas, survived without injury     Martin-Baker
LT E. D. Turner LT R. Burbrink Martin-Baker

Further information and amendments provided by John J. McHugh,  CAPT USN (ret)  in email 25th November 2008

                 
                 
                 
18th January 1978
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 151791
AC
    VA‑75
USS SaratogA
San Francisco Bay, CA, USA, on approach to NAB Alameda     Martin-Baker
LCDR Moore
ejected
PO-1 J. Hansen
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

This aircraft was being ferried by VRF-31. Piloted by LCDR J. Moore. The BN was PO-1 J. Hansen qualified to fly as an Enlisted BN for ferry flights.  Both crewmembers we picked up by the Coast Guard shortly after entering the water. Both crewmembers survived.  The A/C  had been transferred to VRF-31 upon pick up from VA-75.
Vr William “Turf” Siegel
CO of VRF-31 at the time of the Accident
in email 5th April 2010

 

2nd February 1978
USMC
A-6E Intruder 154151
WK-10
VMA-224
NAS Fallon
Crashed in the US CAPT R. E. Braithwaite   Martin-Baker
22nd February 1978
USN 
KA-6D Intruder 149945 VA-34
NAS Oceana
Aircraft disappeared in transit from NAS Oceana to USS John F. Kennedy
Pilot last transmission with the ship was: Stand by
Aircraft and Crew were never located
 
    Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt P.T. Symthe
killed
bnr
BN Lt Dick Leonard
killed
bnr
Martin-Baker
1st March 1978
USN 
KA-6D Intruder   USS John F. Kennedy Off the US VA coast      
     
29th April 1978
USN
A-6E Intruder
should this be a KA-6D
???
158047
AA-5
VA-85
USS Forrestal
    Martin-Baker
LTJG R. N. Cassano ejected LCDR D. P. Ohnemus
ejected
Martin-Baker
20th July 1978
USN 
A-6E Intruder 155692 Oceana NAS Crashed in the Chocolate Mountains about 30 miles north of El Centro      
???
killed
???
killed
 
30th July 1978
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158803
AB-613
VAQ133   LCDR D. E. Church   Martin-Baker
LTJG J. W. Knight   Martin-Baker
LT C. R. Sharrat   Martin-Baker
19th September 1978
USN
A-6E Intruder 155645
NK-
USS Enterprise Caught fire in mid‑air. Crashed off the USS Enterprise     Martin-Baker
LT W. Powelson ENS V. Henley Martin-Baker
28th September 1978
USN  
EA-6B Prowler  158817
NE
VAQ-137
USS Ranger
Night catapult launch off of the USS Ranger on workups.  Flew into the water about 7 miles after launch 110 miles west of San Diego.  Pilot and ECMO 2 killed on impact.
 
  Martin-Baker
 
     
Pilot
LCDR Clark Bruce
killed
ECMO 1
LCDR W. L. Waterman
seat fired on impact and he survived
ECMO 2
LT(jg) John R. Babione
killed
10th October 1978
USN 
A-6E Intruder 159313 NAS Whidbey Island Kalaloch      
     
Thursday 16th November 1978
USMC
A-6E Intruder 152947 VMA(AW)-332 Crashed during routine night time training mission over military target ranges near Dare County Range     Martin-Baker
LT Lee Dennis Barthel
26
killed
LT Michael Stephen Novotny
27
killed
Martin-Baker

 

22nd February 1979
USN 
KA-6D Intruder   151582   VA-85        
Friday 16th March 1979
USN 
A-6E Intruder  157012 VA-35
Norfolk NAS
Crashed 23 miles south of Glenwood Springs in Colorado en route to Alameda NAS      
LCDR Robert Tryon
[Aircraft Ferry Squadron 31 (VFR-31)]

ejected
killed
PO-1 John Lubresky
[Aircraft Ferry Squadron 31 (VFR-31)]

ejected
killed
 

FEEDBACK

The Aircraft 157012 was being Ferried by VRF-31. PO-1 John Lubresky was an Aircrewman in VRF-31 authorized to fly as a Enlisted B/N in A-6 Aircraft being ferried by VRF-31.   Po-1 Lubresky was not immediately located. 3 months later his body was discovered by a VRF-31  conducted the Accident Investigation.
Vr William “Turf” Siegel
CO of VRF-31 at the time of the Accident
in email 5th April 2010

   
                 
29th August 1979
USN 
A-6E Intruder 160428   Oceana        
30th August 1979
USN 
A-6E Intruder  16042
AB-500  
VA-34 Crashed on an Amherst County mountain      
??
killed
??
killed
 

 

28th November 1979


USN

EA-6B Prowler 158541
NL-626

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135
Whidbey Island
aboard USS Kitty Hawk
ESM mission
[see FEEDBACK below]
CDR Peter T. Rodrick
killed
   
LCDR William J. Coffey
 killed
   
LT James Bradley Brown, Jr.
killed
   
LTJG John R. Chorey
killed
   
FEEDBACK

Below is the description of the air mishap involving my brother in an EA-6B Prowler. Hopefully the information will allow you to fill out more detail on the event.  The source of this information is the Kitty Hawk annual report declassified and posted on the web.

Win
in email 25th March 2010

28 Nov 1979: Kitty Hawk arrived in the vicinity of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. NL 626, an EA-6B (BuNo 158541), CDR Peter T. Rodrick, squadron CO, LCDR William J. Coffey, LT James B. Bradley*, Jr., and LT(JG) John R. Chorey, VAQ-135, launched for a scheduled electronic support measures (ESM) mission, at 1324, at 07º33’S, 073º19’E. Kitty Hawk was under EMCON A conditions, which prohibited electronic emissions from either the ship or the Prowler. Within two minutes the Prowler passed close abeam of guided missile cruiser Jouett (CG-29), about eight nautical miles ahead of the carrier. The EA-6B suddenly executed a “near vertical climbing turn,” partial cloud cover obscuring further observation of the aircraft, though it is surmised that the crew was practicing a “low level ingress tactic.” Though not verified, it is believed the Prowler impacted the water at approximately 13 miles off the port beam of Kitty Hawk, 63 nautical miles from Diego Garcia, at 1505. Despite determined efforts by two SH-3Hs from the carrier and a Lockheed P-3 Orion from Diego Garcia, none of the men were recovered.

*Please note that in an email shortly after receiving the above Win wrote to say that the Kitty Hawk entry had her brother's name incorrect. The correct name is now included in the table listing

   

Thursday 6th December 1979


USN
A-6E Intruder ??

157011
505

NAS Oceana  aboard USS Nimitz Wing failure? Crashed in the Mediterranean  during practice bombing run at the Avgo Ni Si training range in Crete      
LT(JG) Mark S. Gontkovic
killed
LTJG Anthony J. R. "Tony" Bilotti
killed
 

FEEDBACK

 I was on the Nimitz for the 79-80 cruise when we lost a number of planes and crews. The A-6 crash was VA-35 during a bombing run where Lt Mark Gonkovic (USNA '76) (sp?) and LTJG Anthony J. R. "Tony" Bilotti (BN) were killed. Don't remember the details these days, but believe there was no ejection.

Also, the Prowler loss was on a divert, but when they got there (don't remember divert field-maybe Trapani) it was closed. After a couple of passes to get them to turn the lights on the crew departed for a controlled ejection. Bob killed during descent by impact into rocks on mountain/hillside.

Also, remember (carried the newspaper article around for years) that an old swim teammate of mine, Ens Mark Linn, was killed in the plane he was riding in at Whidbey as a stash Ensign. Might have been the Nov '76 crash but not sure.
 Hope the info helps put the pieces together.

CDR Mike Wertz, USN-Ret.

in email 2nd April 2010

                 
12th December 1979
04:00
[previously shown,
in error, as
17th May 1979]

USN 
Grumman KA-6D Intruder BuNo 151566
NG52

VA-165
"Boomers"
Whidbey Island
Washington
USS Constellation
CVA-64
Crashed a few seconds after launch from carrier about 100 miles off San Diego, California Martin_Baker
LTJG Gary Scott Shaw
killed
[lost in accident - Body Not Recovered]
LTJG Kenneth Martin Bates Jr
26
killed
[lost in accident - Body Not Recovered]
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

LTJG Gary Shaw was the Pilot, and LTJG Ken Bates was his BN. Ken was also killed, to my knowledge their remains were never recovered. Both of these aviators were very good friends of mine

"Gunner"
Garry Lutz, CWO-4

USN RETIRED
CWO-4, USN Retired
in email
17th January 2014

 

16th / 17th December 1979
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158037
AJ-612
VAQ134
USS Nimitz
Fuel starvation. Mediterranean Sea area.  Divert to Palermo, Sicily. Crashed into 3 empty houses  near Capaci, Palermo while attempting emergency landing at the airport LT Bobby Dark
Pilot
killed
  Martin-Baker
LT P. B. Holtzbaur ejected   Martin-Baker
LTJG Robert "Bob" Handricks ejected   Martin-Baker
LTJG Jim Mackins ejected   Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

". . . the loss of EA-6B Buno 158037, 16/17 Dec 1979....The pilot was LT Bob Dark and the ECMO's were LTJG Bob Hendricks, LT P.B. Holzbaur and LTJG Jim Mackin....They were flying off USS Nimitz in the Mediterranean Sea and ejected in the vicinity of Palermo, Italy...Bob Dark was killed.."
CDR Stan Parsons
USN, (Ret.)

FEEDBACK The pilot was  Lt Bobby Dark. allegedly his chute may have collapsed in a storm on descent.
29th December 1979
USN
KA-6D Intruder
Tanker
152632
NL-521
VA-52
Whidbey Island NAS
The aircraft was lost off the catapult in the Indian Ocean.      
CDR Walter "Butch" Williams
killed
LCDR Bruce Miller
killed
 
 

Thanks to Jack Jordan (webmaster for The Intruder Association) for correcting the above entry that previously showed CDR Williams name as Matthews
in email 28th September 2011 and amended same day

                 

 

08th January 1980

   

158050

  ????      
8th January 1980
USN
A-6E Intruder 160426
NK 510

VA-196
"Main Battery"
USS Coral Sea
Aircraft lost during catapult launch      Martin-Baker GRU
LTJG D. Butler ejected. LTJG F. Giblin ejected
14th January 1980
USN
A-6E Intruder 152929
AC-505
VA-75 Off Florida, USA      Martin-Baker
LT B. T. Stuckert ejected LTJG M. J. Himer ejected  Martin-Baker
8th February 1980
USN
A-6E Intruder 155675
VA-165
"Boomers"
Whidbey Island NAS
The crew were on a low level navigation flight when they crashed on Boulder Mountain north of Sun Valley in Idaho on flight from Mountain Home AFB  Martin-Baker
LT Frank Edwards
killed
LTJG Mike Carpenter
killed
 Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was in VA-165 when this accident occurred. The Pilot was Frank Edwards and the B/N was Mike Carpenter. Both were very good friends of mine. Frank is buried at the Maple Leaf cemetery in Oak Harbor. Mike is buried at a National Cemetery in Texas, I am not sure which one though.

Sincerely,
Garry "Gunner" Lutz
CWO-4, USN Retired
in email 24th March 2014

Tuesday 26th February 1980


USN

EA-6B Prowler 158031
NJ-910
VAQ-129
Whidbey Island NAS
Crashed into Puget Sound short of runway during landing LCDR Richard Smith killed    
LTJG William Readman killed    
1LT Thomas Mushyn
ECMO 3 ??
killed
   
20th May 1980
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158799
NE
VAQ-137
NAS Whidbey Island
  LTJG D. T. Hanaoka ejected   Martin-Baker
LCDR D. A. Larsen ejected    Martin-Baker
LT Larry J. Stack ejected    Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Aircraft crashed after non-recovery from an accelerated stall, departure, and flat spin after attempting to pull “G’s in an attempt to reset a malfunctioning weapons pod. This accident served as the basis for a revamping of EA6B spin departure procedures.

Larry Stack
in email 31st March 2010

27th May 1980 10 Navy A-6 aircraft at the Oceana Naval Air Station after a guard was knocked unconscious
23rd July 1980
USN
A-6 Intruder 155624
NG-5???
VA-165
USS Constellation
Crashed Indian Ocean      Martin-Baker
LT F. C. Cook ejected LT J. E. Nortz ejected  Martin-Baker
2nd October 1980
USN
A‑6E Intruder 159185 NF 512 VA‑115
USS Midway
Lost control following single‑engined wave‑off. Crashed into Pacific     Martin-Baker
LT W. E. McCole ejected LTJG M. D. Anderson ejected Martin-Baker
20th November 1980
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 151821
NE 520
VA‑145
USS Ranger
Crashed during Westpac cruise      Martin-Baker
LCDR R. T. Knowles ejected LT Jeffrey A. Wieringa
ejected
 Martin-Baker
  A previous incorrect  entry stated Lost control during post‑maintenance test flight near NAS Whidbey Island WA, USA. Corrected 25/01/2011

FEEDBACK 1

I have one correction for the A-6 ejection on 5 November 1980 involving the VA-145 aircraft with Knowles and Wieringa aboard.

This ejection took place during our Westpac cruise, and not at NAS Whidbey Island.  I was the VA-145 AQ flight deck troubleshooter at the time, and was on deck when the crew was recovered.  I don't know the exact location of the USS Ranger at the time, but it was definitely during the Westpac....

Again, great web site.

Mike Skelly
VA-145 AQ1   1976-1981
in email 10th November 2010
 

FEEDBACK 2

I was looking though your ejection history log online, and find it very interesting.  I see that another person has added some update on the KA-6D ejection on 5 Nov 1980 involving VA-145 aircraft NE 520 (buno 151821) with LCDR Knowles and LT Wieringa listed as aircrew.  I have just a couple of minor inputs. Mike Skelly was correct that the mishap occurred during our 1980/81 WestPac Cruise, but to be more precise the mishap occurred in the Indian Ocean, just two days short of arriving at Gonzo Station in the North Arabian Sea. Also, the occupants of the aircraft are mis-labeled. LCDR Knowles was the B/N and LT Wieringa was the pilot.  I was on Ranger then as the maintenance officer of VA-25, one of the A-7E squadrons assigned to CVW-2. 

Thanks for keeping this history alive,

John Leslie
in email 5th November 2018

                 

 

Friday 2nd January 1981
Morning

USMC
A-6E Intruder 155633 Cherry Point
MCAS, Camp Lejeune
Crashed during routine training flight at the Dare County bombing Range      
1LT Christopher Taylor
killed
CAPT Douglas Doran
killed
 
4th January 1981
USN
Prowler 158806 VAQ-138
USS John F. Kennedy
See Feedback below
     
LCDR Dana McKinney
No ejection
LTJG Alfred "Al" J. Dupont
ECMO-1 seat
No ejection
[was later killed in mishap on
29th October 1981]

LT Mike W. Posthuma
ECMO-2 seat
ejected

FEEDBACK

". . . I have some info to share on the 4 Jan 1981 Prowler ejection. The squadron was VAQ-138, embarked aboard USS John F. Kennedy. I believe the Buno was 158806. We were operating in the eastern Med and were conducting night ops in very high winds, heavy seas and pouring rain. During a night launch our Prowler's nose tow bar was spit from the catapult shuttle shortly after the cat fired and pitched the jet's nose violently down and left. The jet was at full power of course and the cat accelerated us to probably 35-40 knots before it let loose. I pulled the throttles to idle, got on the brakes, deployed the speedbrakes and dropped the hook as we skidded towards the bow. Mike Postuma was in the ECMO-2 seat (right rear). I had told him and LTJG A. J. Dupont in the ECMO-1 seat next to me to get ready to eject as soon as the cat threw us hard left. As I realized I might have a chance to stop the jet on deck I said "wait, wait!" but Mike had already pulled his lower handle and ejected almost immediately after that. I managed to stop the aircraft about 40 feet from the bow. Mike ejected successfully and was blown back towards the island where his parachute snagged in the superstructure and began ripping. He decided to unclip his chute risers and fell about 70 feet into the sea next to the ship. Due to the poor visibility and high winds the first helo rescue attempt failed, but Mike was finally rescued by a second helo about 40 minutes after he ejected and returned safely to the ship. Fortunately for Mike, the ship was only doing about three knots due to the high winds and he never got more than a few hundred yards from the ship.

Looking at the site brings back many memories of old shipmates--thanks!

Dana McKinney
RDML (Ret) USN
in email 13th March 2010

 

Tuesday 25th May 1981
also seen as 26th


USMC

EA-6B Prowler 159910/CY-610 VMAQ-2
Cherry Point
on board USS Nimitz
About 60 miles from the Jacksonville coast LT Steve E. White killed    
CAPT Elwood "Myers" Armstrong, Jr
killed
   
1LT Lawrence 
"Larry" D. Cragun

killed
   
“Operating off the Florida coast; EA-6B jet aircraft crashed into the flight deck of USS NIMITZ (CVA-68) , killing 3 crew members and 11 deck crew  and injuring 45 others.
   
                 
6th July 1981
USN
A-6E Intruder 158530 /AA-5 VA-85
CV-59 USS Forrestal
crashed into the Mediterranean Sea following power loss     Martin-Baker
LCDR Stubbs ejected CDR D. A Wright ejected Martin-Baker
23rd July 1981
USN
 EA‑6B Prowler 158813
NH 606
VAO‑133
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
crashed on take‑off, Indian Ocean LT C. H. Leach ejected   Martin-Baker
LCDR W.C. Alpeter ejected   Martin-Baker
CDR W. D. Joslin ejected   Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

". . 23 July 1981, EA-6B, VAQ-133. VAQ-133 was part of CVW-11 embarked on USS America CV-66. I was on the flight deck that day as part of VA-95. The aircraft was lost due to a cold cat shot on cat 3 (waist cat) in the Indian Ocean.  CDR Joslin commanded an EA-6b squadron at NAS Whidbey Island, Wa. LT Leach was my operations officer in VAQ-141 later as a LCDR. . ."
Sam Bass
AFCM (AW) Ret.

25th July 1981
USN
EA-6B Prowler 161117
AA????
VAQ-130
USS Forrestal
Engine failure, crashed into Mediterranean LT A. J. Howard ejected   Martin-Baker
CDR D. B. Sehlin ejected   Martin-Baker
LCDR R. C. Christian ejected   Martin-Baker
CDR T. S.Robinson  ejected   Martin-Baker
19th August 1981
USN
EA-6B Prowler 158806
AC-606

VAQ-138
"Yellow Jackets"

NAS Whidbey
Crashed 75 miles west northwest of air station LT S. D. Sanders ejected   Martin-Baker
LCDR M. S. Williams ejected   Martin-Baker
LT James H. Mallory Jr. ejected   Martin-Baker
   
29th October 1981


USN

EA-6B Prowler 159582
AC-604

VAQ-138
"Yellow Jackets"
USS John F. Kennedy
(CV-67)
Mishap close to NAS Oceana, near Norfolk, VA during the CVW-3 fly-on operations LCDR Jack A. Fisher
Stockton, Calif
killed
  Martin-Baker
LT James H. Mallory Jr. Savanah. Ga
killed
  Martin-Baker
LT Alfred "Al" J. Dupont
killed
Also seen as Steve Dupont
Bellevue, Wash
  Martin-Baker
   
18th November 1981
USN
A-6 Intruder 160996 / AJ-5 VA-35
CVN-68 / USS Nimitz
Crashed into the sea of  after undercarriage
collapse during a boltered night landing
    Martin-Baker
ejected ejected Martin-Baker

 

22nd January 1982
USN
EA-6B Prowler 160708
NF 604

VAQ‑136
USS MIDWAY (CV 41) and CVW 5 operating out of NAS Cubi Point
The A/C was lost about 10 NM off of Clark AB, Philippines, in the jungle due to an aft fuel cell fire, Philippines during COPE THUNDER jamming exercises in the CROW VALLEY EW Range.  LT Thomas "T" P. Wood Jr.
Pilot
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker
LCDR Robert "Bob" Pinnell
ECMO-1
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker
Lt. M. R
ECMO-2
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker
LCDR James R. "Jim Bob" Powell
ECMO-3
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The 22 Jan 82 Prowler loss I think was the training squadron VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey approach to RWY 13 during night carrier landing practice. Pilot was replacement pilot Ltjg Bill Readman who did not survive. He was scheduled to go to VAQ-130 to replace me on rotation. I do not recall at the moment the fate of the other crew members.
CDR Eric Wiseman USN-Ret

in email 19th February 2010
entry amended

FEEDBACK

Additional details CAPT Jim Bob Powell, USN (Ret)

4th February 1982
USMC
A-6 Intruder 155612
ED
VMA(AW)‑533 Crashed after take‑off into sea 6 NM off lwakuni MICAS, Japan     Martin-Baker
LCOL W. D. Carr
ejected
COL K. C. Bateman
ejected
Martin-Baker
  4 February 1982:
A-6E.
VMA(AW)-533, USMC, based at MCAS Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Crashed into sea, near Yuu, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
12th February 1982
USMC
A-6 Intruder 152908 VMAT(AW)-202 Crashed Offeekenokee Swamp during low level mission     Martin-Baker
CAPT J. E. Bull
ejected
1LT T. J. Spegle
ejected
Martin-Baker
  Crashed into sea, about 7.5 km from Yuuchou Town, Yamaguchi Prefecture. ???
13th May 1982
USN
EA‑6B Prowler 158546
NJ 917
VAQ-129  during aerobatics 80 NM NE of NAS Fallon, NV, USA 1.LT T. R. Trueblood   Martin-Baker
LTC. G. Elcock   Martin-Baker
LT R.C. Perkins   Martin-Baker
???    
30th July 1982
USN
EA-6B Prowler 161246
AE-604

VAQ-131
CVW‑6
USS Independence
CVA-62
LCDR Charles E. Thompson ejected and recovered LTJG Chris M. Rowell ejected and recovered LT Hubert "Roy"  Hodge, ejected - killed - shroud lines snagged refuelling probe and was dragged down with the aircraft
Martin Baker GRU7 Martin Baker GRU7 Martin Baker GRU7
FEEDBACK

"Regarding the loss of EA-6B, BUNO 161246 aboard USS Independence on 30 July, 1984, that loss was due to the hook “spearing” only one of the three strands which make up an arresting cable.  During role out, the strand separated and the aircraft was unable to get airborne again due to the partial arrestment .  All three aircrew successfully ejected at extremely low altitude immediately in front of the angle deck.  LT Chris Rowell and LCDR Charles Tompkins survived the ejection, however, LT Hubert “Roy” Hodge, who survived the ejection, later lost his life when his parachute shroud lines became entangled with the aircraft refuelling probe and Roy was pulled down with the sinking aircraft.  I was the X.O of the squadron when this occurred and was the accident Investigation Officer. "

CAPT James C. Kennedy, USN Ret.
in email 15th January 2008
entry amended

28th December 1982
1:30 P.M

USN
EA-6B Prowler 158808
NJ-904
VAQ129
Whidbey Island
Practicing touch-and-go landings at an airfield. Crashed near Oak Harbor Student Pilot
LCDR Mike Jenkins
Killed
  Martin-Baker
Lt David Dillion
Killed
  Martin-Baker
LTJG David Palmer
Killed
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

I was at OLF Coupeville. VAQ-129 Day Field carrier landing practice. Student Pilot LCDR Mike Jenkins, Lt David Dillion, and one student (father was an USAF Colonel) in the back seat all ejected too low in a 135 degree angle of bank in the turn to downwind landing pattern.

CDR Eric Wiseman USN-Ret
in email 19th February 2010
entry amended

   
                 
 28th April 1983
USMC
EA-6B Prowler 160705
CY-00
VMAQ-2 Stabilizer stall after landing during night FCLP at MCLF Bogue Field in NC Pilot 1/LT ??
did not eject
. His seat was torn from the aircraft on impact and he was rescued from Bogue Sound with injuries
  Martin-Baker
CAPT G. B. Habbested ejected   Martin-Baker
CAPT J. F. Scheiner ejected    
CAPT J. J. Cuff ejected ejected   Martin-Baker
Wednesday 22nd May 1983
USN
A-6E Intruder 154144
AG
VA‑65
USS Eisenhower
crash into sea off while on a routine training mission   a running rendezvous at low altitude overran and stalled crashing into the sea   Martin-Baker
Pilot
LTJG Patrick K. "Pat"
Inglis
killed
B/N
LCDR John D Austin
killed
Martin-Baker
 

 

 Monday 27th June 1983
12:45

USMC
A-6E Intruder 154168
AA-
VMA(AW)533
Cherry Point MCAS
Crashed in woody and marshy area near Emporia, Va. during flight from Andrews AFB to Cherry Point. The accident was caused by both engines catching fire     Martin-Baker
Pilot
Captain Jim Wright
ejected
severe injuries to his leg
B/N
Col. Larry Baldwin
Commanding Officer of MAG 14
killed during the ejection
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

In regards to the accident on Monday 27th June 1983
12:45 in Emporia Va. The accident was caused by both engines catching fire. Pilot was Captain Jim Wright, B/N was the Commanding Officer of MAG 14. Col. Larry Baldwin. They both ejected but Col. Baldwin was killed during the ejection. Capt. Wright survived with severe injuries to his leg.

 I was to fly Col. Baldwin's uniform to the funeral home but had to turn back due to thunderstorms.

S. Abbas Reza
CMDR. USNR (Ret).
I was active duty Marine Captain at the time of the accident.


in email 11th February 2011

 

25th August 1983
USMC 
EA‑6B Prowler 160704
CY 11
VMAO‑2 Morehead City, NC, USA, 1 killed on ground and two more injured 1.LT James K. [M.?]Stevenson
26
Palo Verdes
ejected 
  Martin-Baker
CAPT Gordon B. Habbested
28
Spkane, Wash
ejected
[see also 28-4-1983]
  Martin-Baker
CAPT David F. Tomaino 30
Needham, Mass
ejected  
  Martin-Baker
CAPT  James J. Cuff Jr.
33
Cherry Hill, NJ
ejected
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

 

The April ’83 ejection occurred during night FCLP at MCLF Bogue Field in NC.  The cause of the accident was a stabilizer stall after landing.  There were three ejections – all landed safely, two on land and one in the water.

The August ’83 ejection occurred over Bogue Inlet near the town of Morehead City, NC.  The cause of the accident was a fire in the Aft Equipment Bay.  This fire caused the heat to melt the control cables which caused the aircraft to depart controlled flight.  All crew members ejected safely with only Lt Stevenson receiving a minor cut to his hand during ejection.

Both ejection occurred on the same day four months apart at approximately the same time (near dusk).

Semper FI,

JJ Cuff, Jr.
LtCol, USMC, RET.
in email 2nd August 2008

 

Friday 26th August 1983


USN
A-6E Intruder

155680

VA-42
Oceana NAS, Virginia Beach
Crashed in Pamlico Sound near Buxton      
LCDR Frank L. Van Deman
ejected
Instructor Pilot
LT Lawrence G. Traynor
ejected
 
Picked up by fishing vessel

Friday 30th September 1983


USN

A-6E Intruder

149941

VA-34

On instrument training flight. Crashed Black Mountains, Arizona

    Martin-Baker
LT David McCullough
26
killed
LT Nicholas Harman
25
killed
Martin-Baker
   
 3rd October 1983
USMC
A-6E Intruder 155608/VK-03
VMA(AW) 121
courtesy of www.military-graphics.com
Crashed while on flight ops 29 Palms. faulty patch on outer wing  came off and tore outer wing from aircraft sending it into a spiral      
Capt Henry B. Drier  died on impact into a mountain after ejection 1st LT E.C. Hertberg  died on impact into a mountain after ejection  
Amended from details received in email 24th December 2007
18th October 1983
USMC 
A‑6E
Intruder 
155660
DT-07
VMA(AW)‑242 Hit ground during bombing run, Yuma ranges, AZ, USA     Martin-Baker
CAPT M. E.Condra ejected  MAJ R. S. Nasby ejected Martin-Baker
 4th December 1983
USN
A-6E TRAM BuNo 152915 coded AC, side number 556 VA-85 "Black Falcons" from USS
Kennedy
Near Kfar Salwan, 15 M E of Beirut, Lebanon, shot down by Syrian SAM‑7 during bombing Martin-Baker
LT Mark "Doppler" Lange
 
ejected
BN Robert O. "Bobby" Goodman ejected Martin-Baker

Bombing mission against Syrian ammunition dump, a radar dish and SAM sites in Lebanon.  and  flying the aircraft were hit by Syrian missile as they approached target. Goodman ejected. At first it was believed that Lange died in the crash. He had in fact ejected. He landed but he was hit by part of the aircraft canopy or seat pan severing his leg. Lange bled to death and was put back into the cockpit by Syrians for publicity purposes. Goodman was taken prisoner and tortured and held captive at Damascus.
Released 4-1-1984

There is now some doubt to this version of events and it is possible that to ensure his BN got out LT Lange remained too long in the A-6 and was killed in the crash.

Tuesday 11th January 1984
USN
A-6E Intruder 154132/AC-556 VA-85
Oceana NAS aboard
USS John F. Kennedy
Launching bar broke went over the front of the carrier operating the the Mediterranean 75 miles south of Cyprus     Martin-Baker
LT William "Catfish" Davis ejected landed back on the carrier LTJG Mark W. Beach ejected - parachute caught on tail of an S-3 and was left dangling over the side or the carrier until pulled to safety. During the swaying motion he sustained injuries to his knee and returned to Virginia Beach to recuperate.

#previously shown as another A-6

Martin-Baker
10th July 1984
12:10

also seen as June


USN
EA-6B Prowler 158651
AB-607

VAQ-135
USS AMERICA

Failed cat launch off

 
     
LCDR Ken L. Blanford
ECMO 1 seat
ejected
LTJG Michael J. DeBartolomeo
pilot
Died of injuries
LT D. W. Yip
ejected
LTJG Gene E. P. Sullivan
ejected
 
 

". . .The plane was nose down going over the deck and ejection was initiated just as the Prowler cleared the deck edge.  All aircrew left the plane cleanly and achieved seat man separation, but ECMO 3’s seat, after separating from the aircrew, hit DeBartolomeo in the air. I was an ECMO in VAQ-135 at the time and am now a retired Commander.   

12th July 1984
USN
KA-6D Intruder 152934
AC 513
VA-75
USS John F. Kennedy
Loss of control during launch - Gulf of Mexico      
LT D. B. Stanbury ejected LT J. W. O'Donnell ejected  
13th July 1984
USMC
A-6E Intruder 152585
VK 00
VMA(AW)-121 Crashed shortly after take-off near Beale AFB California      
CAPT L. Astyk ejected 1.LT M. A. Shumway ejected  
Monday 16th July 1984
USN
KA-6D Intruder 152894
NF-513
VA-115
"Eagles"
USS Midway CV-41
Atsugi AFB
Japan  
Failed to return from training mission at Pil Song range in South Korea. crashed into mountain while clearing range near Pusan, Republic of Korea     Martin-Baker
LT R. J. MacFarlane Jr
[Mac Farlane ?]
[Macfarland ?]

killed
LTJG David Michael "Mickey" Sperling
26
killed
Martin-Baker
 
                 
26th / 28th October 1984

check date


USN
EA-6B Prowler 161351
NK-604
VAQ-139
USS Constellation
Tail hook failure on landing. Crashed into Pacific Ocean LT R. J. Morgan ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
LT G. L. George ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7
LCDR W. J. Donovan ejected   Martin-Baker GRU-7

LCDR C. E. Elcock ejected

  Martin-Baker GRU-7
21st November 1984
USMC
A-6E Intruder 155667/KC-00 VMAT(AW)2
Cherry Point MCAS
Crashed during routine mission into Pamlico Sound 20 miles northeast of base     Martin-Baker GRU-7
1.LT R. E. Loomis
ejected
MAJ R. C. Koch ejected Martin-Baker GRU-7
   
13th December 1984
USN
EA-6B Prowler 161777
NJ 902
VAQ‑129
Whidbey
engine failure and in‑flight fire shortly after take‑off. Crashed in a heavily wooded area along the coast of Puget Sound. Three of the crew members picked up by helicopter from Discovery Bay 29 M SW of Whidbey, WA, USA. One was rescued from land. Martin-Baker GRU 7A

           via Jim Coulson
   
LT James Dale "JC" Coulson
ejected
LCDR Steve B. Westover
ejected
CDR Roy Christian
ejected
LT Steve Clinko
ejected
FEEDBACK

Interesting to note, all three of the others were picked up by the helo after landing on land. (A/C was rolling violently) I ejected upside down and was actually quite a bit lower than the other 3.  I landed about 25 ft from shore in the water, was dragged by my chute a bit in the high winds, and ultimately floundered my way ashore. 

When the Navy rescue helo showed up, I refused to be taken up on the "hook", since I'd lost my helmet, otherwise all four would have been rescued by helicopter.  Two fishermen drove me up to the nearby Diamond Point private airport landing strip where we met the helo.  All were checked by an ambulance crew before being taken back to NAS Whidbey Island.

Warm regards,

Jim Coulson
in email 14th January 2008
 

 

4 Escape Crash of Navy Jet

Published: December 14, 1984

Four Navy officers parachuted to safety moments before their jet exploded and crashed today in a heavily wooded area along the coast of Puget Sound. A helicopter team rescued three of the crew members from Discovery Bay, and the other was picked up from land. One man who saw the crash said it appeared the EA-6B Prowler jet, an electronic jamming aircraft, ''broke up into 27,000 pieces, give or take a few.''

 

Tuesday 18th December 1984
12:07

USMC
A-6E Intruder 158535
AA-511
VMA(AW)53
[or 533 ??]

Cherry Point MCAS, N.C.
Tmp stationed at Patrick AFB
Crashed during training mission over Avon Park Bombing Range on an island into Lake Kissimmee      
1st Lt. Stephen J. Atwell
25
Montgomery Ala.
killed
Captain Jake T. Gray
33
Lubbock, Texas
killed
 
possible ejection attempted
27th December 1984
USN
A-6E Intruder 158790/AC-510 VA-75
Oceana
Crashed during training flight in foggy conditions in swamps near Alligator River      
??
killed
??
killed
 
   

 

?? ?? 1985
USN
KA-6D Intruder 151575
AE-513
VA-176        
1st April 1985
USN
A-6E Intruder   161673
AJ-503
VA-35
USS Nimitz
Crashed northwest of Santiago, Panama      
killed killed  
Monday 22nd April 1985
USMC
A-6E Intruder
161684
VK 01

VMA(AW) 121
courtesy of www.military-graphics.com
 On night bombing sortie outside Fallon, NV. Aircraft impacted the side of a hill short of the
bombing range.
   
1LT David Riegel
[USMC] (pilot)
 killed on impact
CAPT Blake H. Smith [USMC] (B/N)
 killed on impact
 
Amended from details received in email 24th December 2007

I was looking for information about one of my hs students David A. Riegel...I noticed you weren't sure of the spelling of his last name...It is Riegel and not Reigel. If you want a picture of him, I could probably get it for you.

Mario Gerhardt, Ph.D.
Chagrin Falls High School
US Naval Academy, Class of 1964
in email 2nd April 2010
photo from Mario Gerhardt added 3rd Feb. 2011

                 
                 
10th May 1985
15:30

USN
A-6E Intruder   154140
AE-504
VA-176
Oceana NAS
Crashed during training in an isolated area of South Dakota 50 miles north of Souix Falls Martin-Baker
Lt. Coleman Edward Miller, III
killed
LCDR. L. Lalonde
killed
Martin-Baker
photos: USN - USS Independence CV-62 1984/85 Cruise Book
    Thanks to CAPT Richard G. "Spike" Martin, USNR (Ret) for additional information and photos from his Cruise Book

FEEDBACK

Pilot Lt. Miller was flying his A-6 Aircraft upside down in front of the family farm.  As the crew passed the residence the pilot pulled back on the stick instead of pushing forward and crashed the A-6 nose first into the ground of Lt. Miller's family farm.  It was a very sad year for us T-bolts of VA-176.  We lost two crews that year.

Bob Wilczynski
AO2 VA-176 (1981-1986)
 

1st August 1985
USN
KA‑6D Intruder 149954
AA 523
VA‑85
Oceana NAS
Crashed two miles north of the Dare County Bombing Range, NC, USA     Martin-Baker
LTJG W. J. Cain
ejected
LT C. E. Anderson
ejected
Martin-Baker

24th October 1985


USMC
A-6E Intruder  

152600
WK-10

VMA(AW)-224 Nosewheel collapsed on landing. Aircraft caught fire      
??? ???  
Wednesday 10th December 1985
USN
A-6E Intruder   155668
AE-502
VA-176
Oceana NAS
Crashed during training flight i in an unpopulated area after mission over the Air Force-Navy bombing range, Dare County, North Carolina Martin-Baker
LCDR Eric Tasch
killed
LCDR Michael H. Doughty
killed
Martin-Baker
photos: USN - USS Independence CV-62 1984/85 Cruise Book
    Thanks to CAPT Richard G. "Spike" Martin, USNR (Ret) for additional information and photos from his Cruise Book
 3rd February 1986
19:05

USN
A-6E Intruder 161085
AD-511
VA-42
Oceana NAS
Crashed 4 miles east of Alligator River, Dare County Bombing Range      
LTJG Kevin S. Metzger
killed
LCDR Stewart D. Ivey
killed
 
18th February 1986
USN
KA-6D Intruder 151783
AB-513
VA-34
USS America
Crashed during take-off into Caribbean Sea     Martin-Baker
LTJG S. R. Young
ejected
LT J. T. Casey
ejected
Martin-Baker
17th March 1986   KA-6D tanker     fire broke out  as the crew prepared to launch. Fire extinguished      
OK OK  
6th April 1986
USN
A‑6E Intruder   NAS Lemoore collided with an A‑7E     Martin-Baker
ejected safely ejected safely Martin-Baker
7th April 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler 160789
NF 604
VAO‑136
USS Midway
Engine fire and hydraulics failure. Crashed into Pacific 97 NM S of Tokyo, Japan LTJG K. F. Hancock   Martin-Baker
LCDR R. H. Millar   Martin-Baker
LT A. J. Wineland   Martin-Baker
  Crashed into ocean, about 20 km east of Miyake Island, Izu
Islands.
Thursday 22nd May 1986
USMC
A-6E Intruder 162181 VA-65
Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia
 On flight to Puerto Rico to join USS John F. Kennedy. Crashed just after take off into a field about a mile from a runway with wreckage hitting a station wagon killing the occupant      
LT James Hoban
killed
LT Michael Wilson
killed
 
   
26th June 1986
 USMC
A-6 Intruder 159902
NE 400
VMA (AW)-121 "Green Knights" Hydraulics failure during mission to carry out 300 gal drop tanks on ordnance stations one and five along
with other stores also to observe and photograph surface vessels operating near CV-61USS Ranger.

 via Bob Dorr

 
Martin-Baker
Pilot CAPT Vincent Paul "Brillo" Higgins ejected and rescued by SH-3G helicopter BN CAPT Richard
Racine
ejected and rescued by SH-3G helicopter
Martin-Baker
27th June 1986
 USN
EA‑6B
Prowler
158543
NJ 910
VAQ‑129 caught fire during post‑maintenance test‑flight off Point Reyes, CA, USA     Martin-Baker
LT K. A. Lipscomb (pilot) LT K. D. Fink (ECMO1) Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
LTJG John W. Greene unoccupied (and pinned) Martin-Baker
28th June 1986
USMC
A-6E Intruder 159902/
NE
VMA(AW)-121
USS Ranger
Hydraulic failure. Crashed into the sea      
CAPT R. J. Racine
ejected
CAPT V. P. Higgins
ejected
 
13th July 1986
USN
EA-6B Prowler

161778


VAQ-133

Wizards
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65

      All ejected using Martin-Baker GRU.7A seats
LCDR J. R. Powell        LT R. E. King          LTJG R. D. Sandlin             LTJG D. J. Shea   
Lost after a catapult launch, following “control malfunction.” commander landed on the flight deck after ejecting
Pilot & one crew member ejected - land back on deck, both injured. Other two crew ejected - landed and recovered from water - can anyone identify who was who
 

The mishap that happened on 13 July 1986....the aircraft belonged to VAQ-133, not VAQ-135 as posted. I was there.

Chuck Metcalf
ADCS(retired)
in email 10th December 2011, entry amended 11th December 2011

  23 July 1981, EA-6B, VAQ-133. VAQ-133 was part of CVW-11 embarked on USS America CV-66. I was on the flight deck that day as part of VA-95. The aircraft was lost due to a cold cat shot on cat 3 (waist cat) in the Indian Ocean.  CDR Joslin commanded an EA-6b squadron at NAS Whidbey Island, Wa. Lt. Leach was my operations officer in VAQ-141 later as a LCDR. I really like your web site. I would like to link it to the A6 Intruder web site. Jack Jordon is the web master for the Intruder site. Thanks for all the work you put into this.
 

13th July 1986 – Powell was ECMO3,  King Pilot, Shea ECMO1 and Sandlin ECMO2.

Powell was the ONLY one to land on deck – all others flew within days of the ejection.

Powell seriously injured hitting a turning A-6 on the bow.

 

  13 July 1986:  This was an ICAP II EA-6B in CVW 11 off USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) lost in the central Indian Ocean enroute to Australia at the end of CCDG-3 WESTPAC-Indian Ocean-Mediterranean deployment where we conducted post-Libyan strike missions along the Khadafy "Line-of-death".  This was a suspected stab disconnect down the catapult track and the aircraft pitched full-up after launch.  You have the crew correct, we all ejected, but I was the first out, low from ECMO-3 and was blown back and hit the flight deck sustaining multiple injuries.  The rest of the crew went in the water off the starboard side of the ship and were recovered.  The only reason we made it out of that airplane was the quick reflex action of LT Ro King who is a superb pilot.

After the first ejection everybody wanted to fly with me, but after the second, no one wanted to
.

CAPT Jim Bob Powell
USN (Ret)
24th October 1986
USMC
A-6E Intruder 159897/AC-(522) VMA(AW)53
U.S.S. John F. Kennedy
Crashed in the Mediterranean Sea while searching for the crew of a Navy helicopter      
CAPT Russell Schindelhiem
killed
??
killed
 
15th December 1986
USN
A-6E Intruder 160994/NJ-809
VA-128
Crashed 10 miles south of the Boardman Range      
LCDR Dave Vaughn
IP
killed
BN LtJg Gary Abe
killed
 
 

Thanks to  D. F. Meisner, Capt USMC for providing the names of the crew
added 28th September 2011

 

 

14th January 1987
USN
A-6E Intruder 155688
NJ-826
VA-128
Whidbey Island NAS
Practicing dive-bombing missions at the El Centro Naval Base in Californial. Left wing broke off the aircraft at an aLTitude of about 8,000 ft     Martin-Baker
1.LT Robert S. Pandis ejected
suffered major injuries
Lieutenant Colonel John Cavin
died in the crash
Martin-Baker

Saturday 17th January 1987


USMC

A-6E Intruder 159905
AC-5(51)
VMA(AW)533
Cherry Point onboard USS John F. Kennedy
Did not return to carrier. Crashed into the Mediterranean      
Capt. Miguel I. Gonzalez
died from hypothermia after he was found about 12 hours after the crash
1st LT Robert J. Cox
missing
 
                 
   
15th April 1987
USN
EA‑68 Prowler 162223
NE
VAO‑131  into Pacific 200 NM E of Tokyo, Japan LT M. Quinlan ejected    
CDR W. F. Headridge ejected    
LT R. E. Smith ejected    
12th May 1987
USN
 A‑6E Intruder 155657
AD
VA‑42
USS Lexington
Crashed during attempted landing on carrier. Crashed into Gulf of Mexico 50 M S of NAS Pensacola, FL, USA      
LTJG R. Rabuse ENS A. Hux ejected  
Wednesday 20th May 1987
USN
A-6E  Intruder 161685
AA-501
VA-85
Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach
Crashed in a heavily wooded area at a Navy bombing range while on a routine night training mission      
LT Bruce E. Pommer
25
Merritt Island, Fla
killed
LT James D. Hicks
25
Stalen Island, NY
killed
 
27th July 1987
USMC
A-6 Intruder 151804
DT-  
VMA(AW)24 MCAS 12th Wing, USMC
Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture
During training in Northern training area, crashed into ocean,
136 km northwest of Okinawa Island, Okinawa Prefecture.
     
MAJ J. M. Vizzier ejected 1st LT J. B. Wright ejected  

29th July 1987

   

?

         
Is this the loss for the 27th shown above
   
4th August 1987
USMC
A‑6E
Intruder 
Buno 155625
ED
VMA(AW)53 Catastrophic fire in both engines, total hydraulic failure and total electrical failure crashed shortly after take‑off, nr MCAS Cherry Point, NC, USA     Martin-Baker
MAJ John F. Thornell
suffered multiple fractures but returned to flight status
MAJ J. E. B. Stewart
uninjured in the ejection
Martin-Baker
crew ejected at an altitude between 500-700 feet in a wing-down, nose-down attitude 3 miles from Cherry Point, NC
Friday / Saturday 18th September 1987
USN
A-6E TRAM 161105
NE 507

VA-145
"Swordsmen"
Whidbey Island, Wash., Naval Air Station.
aboard USS Ranger
Crashed into Arabian Sea while on a routine night-time mission in the Persian Gulf Martin-Baker
LCDR Dennis J. Seipel
“Lost at sea, presumed dead”
LT Stephen J. Healy
“Lost at sea, presumed dead”
Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

".   .   .   My brother was the B/N in the crash of 18 Sept 1987 - 25 years ago today.

Mishap Investigation Report states aircraft was on case III CV Night Approach to USS Ranger (CV-61). Aircraft failed to arrest descent at approach altitude and impacted sea approx 16.1 nautical miles astern of Ranger, approx position 18°23’36” N; 60°30’36” E, bearing 011 magnetic.

This crew was only briefly “Missing”. They were subsequently declared “Lost at sea, presumed dead”.   .   ."

Jim Healy
in email 18th September 2012
photos via Jim Healy

                 
Wednesday 23rd September 1987
USN
A-6 Intruder 155674
NL-512
VA-52
Whidbey Island, Wash., Naval Air Station.
Late night crash off Santa Catalina Island 30 minutes after having taken off from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to fly back to Whidbey NAS      
Cmdr. Loyd D. Sledge
[also seen as Fledge]
Oxygen starvation believed to be the cause the pilot not to eject
missing
LT John A. Morrison ejected
and rescued
Martin-Baker
23rd October 1987
USMC
A-6 Intruder 155649/NE VMA(AW)12       Martin-Baker
CAPT J. A. Kolp R. L. Leggee Martin-Baker
19th November 1987


USN

EA-6B Prowler 162226
NF-606

VAQ-136

Loss occurred  during a night Emcon departure from the USS Midway while rounding the tip of India heading into the North Arabian Sea. Cause of the  accident was unknown.  Search by helicopters that night and fixed wing aircraft  the next day found no wreckage. The landing was to be CDR Greene's   1000th trap, so there was cake awaiting in the ready room.

LT John Carter
(pilot)
lost at sea
CDR Justin (Noel) Greene
Commanding Officer of VAQ-136
lost at sea
LT Doug Hora
lost at sea
LT Dave Gibson
lost at sea
Further information provided by Capt. Steve Westover*, USN (ret) in email 25th November 2008

Note - *Captain Steve Westover ejected on 13th December 1984

FEEDBACK
                 
14th April 1988
USN
A-6E Intruder 158796
NE-511
VA-145
Whidbey NAS
Crashed during training mission in southwestern Washington about 25 miles south of Chehalis, Wash      
LTJG John W. Barker
killed
LT Brian C. Hawley
killed
 
Thursday 5th May 1988
USN
A-6E Intruder 155637
NJ-811
VA-128
Whidbey NAS
Crashed near Dog Mountain 100 miles south of Seattle LT John G. Calhoun
killed
CDR Richard J. Hobbie
killed
 
Wednesday 30th November 1988
USN
KA-6D Intruder   USS Nimitz Damaged during "troubleshooting maintenance" by 20mm cannon fire from an A-7 Corsair that set 6 planes on fire also one sailor killed
Arabian Sea
     
Damaged on deck.
5th December 1988


USN

EA-6B Prowler 163044
NG
VAQ139   LT John Wilcox Jr.
killed
   
LT. Scott Threlkeld
killed
   
LT. Brad Jacobs
killed
   
LCDR. Don Holderby
killed
   
   
                 

Sunday 29th January 1989



                                                                                                                                                                      photo by, and used with permission of, Eddie Miller


USN
A-6E Intruder BuNo162189
152189*
NF 502
VA-115
Eagles
USS Midway, CV-41

NAS Cubi Point, Philippines

 Fire erupted on the right side of the aircraft during refuelling in the Cubi fuel pits [hot-pits]. Fuel nozzle didn't seat correctly.  It was attached, but when they pressurized it, jet fuel went down the intake.  (Unlike Prowlers, they kept both engines turning).   Seating of hose was redesigned so they wouldn't pressurize until the locking collar was down tight as a result of the accident investigation.
 One Plane Captain severely burned and a couple of others had injuries.
Aircraft was repaired
     
LCDR Dan “Aldo” Wendling
egressed on ground
BN Jay "Tank" Cook
ejected and did not survive due to tailwinds and being out of the seat operating envelope
 
  BuNo152189 is recorded as a Kaman UH-2B Seasprite [HU2K-1U].
More likely to be BuNo162189
 to AMARC as 5A0091 Feb 17, 1994