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THE FOLLOWING NEED TO BE ALIGNED TO A MISHAP AND AIRFRAME

CAPT Ronald M. Gilbert USMC

LTJG Stephen S. Dalfey

LCDR Telima S. Stallings “Spot”  [LCDR Thelmon Scott Stallings, USN ] VF-2 ???

LTJG Patrick J. Kilcline

LCDR William A. Hall “Willie”
 
Mr. Robert Chervinski - GRUMMAN

AO2 Chris Jones

AME2 Fred Hemme

 
                 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit  Serial

based

crashed crew photo seat
30th December 1970 Grumman F-14A Tomcat 157980   Crashed less than a mile short of the runway trying to land on its second test flight. Pumping-pressure fluctuations ruptured hydraulic lines   Martin-Baker
Test Pilot
Robert "Bob" R. Smyth
ejected
Project Test Pilot
Mr. William H. Miller
ejected
Jul 27, 1972
Early this month, the chief test pilot on its F-14 fighter, William Miller, was killed in a crash at Patuxent, Md. On July 9, the company's president, L. J, ...

 

Martin-Baker
                 
22nd September 1971
USN
F‑4J Phantom II 155784 VF-121
NAS Miramar
RIO ejected after pilot inadvertently  jettisoned canopy 52 miles from Miramar     Martin Baker Mk. H-7
Pilot
landed aircraft
LT Dave J. Lortscher
ejected
picked up by Coast Guard SAR helicopter
Martin Baker Mk. H-7
20th June 1973 NMC F-14A Tomcat 157985 Point Mugu, California  AIM‑7E 'Sparrow' missile pitched up during launch and punctured the plane's fuel tank     Martin-Baker
 Mr. Samuel M. "Pete" Purvis Mr. William G. "Tank" Sherman Martin-Baker
                 
2nd January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 158982 NK107 VF-1
Wolfpack
USS Enterprise
CV-65
Crashed into the South China Sea off the Philippines.     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. R. "Bluto" McFillen
later served as CO of VF-74
Lt. Cdr. G. S. Giles Martin-Baker
  The loss of the first operational F-14
14th January 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159001 NK112 VF-1
Wolfpack
USS Enterprise
CV-65
      Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D. G. Bjerke Lt. G. W. Kowlok Martin-Baker
5th August 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159007 AB100
Camelot 100
VF-14
Tophatters
USS John F. Kennedy
CVN-67
Went into the water after catapult failure.     Martin-Baker
Cdr. C. L. Lavinder
ejected
Lt. B. J. Recame
ejected 
Martin-Baker
29th October 1975
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159590 NJ453 VF-124       Martin-Baker
Lt. Gastrell  Lt.JG Buckley    Martin-Baker
                 
5th March 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159826 NATC       Martin-Baker
Cdr. D. D. Smith Lt. Cdr. P. G. Angelina Martin-Baker
23rd March 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159461 VF-124       Martin-Baker
Lt.JG S. C. Sabin  Lt. Cdr. C. F. Irvin Martin-Baker
4th May 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat ???         Martin-Baker
Lt. N. L. Arden Lt. B. W. Buckley Martin-Baker
21st June 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159838
NJ426
VF-124
NAS Miramar
Hit ground practicing "touch and goes" at Miramar. Believed did belly up landing
Unsuccessful ejection by who ??
     
Pilot
LCDR Gareth L. "Garth" Anderson
killed
RIO
LT Paul J. "PD" Donaldson
killed
Martin-Baker
 

I was at the hanger when the first accident happened at VF-124 in Miramar June 21 1976. They were practicing touch and goes. A spoiler pop up and flipped them. They punched right into the ground. There was NO engine explosion. That statement is False.
[entry corrected in view of this Feedback]
 Same thing happened to the second one June 23. It was very strange these aircraft were 424 and 425. If my memory serves me. Also in the VF-142 incident Feb 5 1979 with Lt. White, Rex Douglas NFO was killed. They had an engine go wild fire when taxing to park the aircraft. It was said that Rex was starting to stand up and was undoing his restraints a BIG no no. Also, Rex was the best officer I ever knew and I repaired aircraft and worked in the Ready Room.

John S. Jacobs
AE3 VF-124 & VF142 USS America CV-66 AND USS Eisenhower CVN-69. USN July 75- July 79

 

                 
23rd June 1976
also seen as 28th August 1977

USN
F-14A Tomcat 159839
NJ427
VF-124
NAS Miramar
Suffered inflight engine explosion near  Miramar. Believed did belly up landing
Unsuccessful ejection by who ??
     
Pilot LTJG Harry R. "Randy" Wilt killed RIO LT Raimund (Ralmund?) W. "Ray" Chivers killed Martin-Baker
14th September 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159588
AB221
VF-32  Had runaway throttle, inadvertently taxied off the deck into North Sea off Scotland     Martin-Baker
Studio) After 3 unsuccessful attempts, F-14 fighter plane lost in Atlantic Ocean north of Scotland by United States Navy in September is brought to surface.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Scotland) Report on salvage operation by Navy. Also in area with United States ships are West German commercial ships and USSR naval observers. Secret Phoenix missile recovered. Navy salvage ship is "USS Shakori." ["Shakori"captain Lieutenant Commander David SARGENT - comments on appearance of wreck.] Other details of salvage noted.
REPORTER: John Laurence

This loss was something of a blow to the US, as the US Navy had been careful not to compromise the Tomcat's secrets. On 14 September 1976, a Phoenix-armed F-14A had rolled off the deck of the US Navy carrier JOHN F. KENNEDY in the North Sea, with the crew ejecting safely. Of course a Red Navy cruiser had been shadowing the American carrier group and presumably the Soviet sailors didn't fail to notice the bungle, and so the Navy performed an expensive eight-week deep-water recovery effort to retrieve the fighter. It is unclear if it ever returned to service after recovery, though it seems a bit unlikely.

 

Lt. J. L. Kosich Lt. (jg) L. E. Seymour Martin-Baker
19th December 1976
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159464
NK213
VF-2
Bounty Hunters
USS Enterprise
CV-65
Crash landed on deck and went into the South China Sea pic pic Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. B. Yakeley Lt.JG D. J. Law Martin-Baker
                 
22nd February 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat

158619
619

NATC       Martin-Baker
Lt. J. O. Ellis   Martin-Baker
28th March 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat

159443
AE-113

VF-143
USS America
      Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt. Greg A. “Magic” Quist ejected Lt. Gene A. Stevens ejected Martin-Baker
19th April 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat

159842
NJ-432

VF-124 practicing air-to- air gunnery     Martin-Baker
Lt. G. A. Barrett ENS Neal F. Carlock
[Is this
“Cookies” Carlock who died in 1982 VF-101 ejection]
Martin-Baker
29th April 1977
also seen as 30th

USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
M. A. Peinemann   Martin-Baker
  Is this the same M. Peinemann who flew with D. Brent who flew a VF-161 F-4B destroyed a MiG-17 on 21st September 1967 ?
21st June 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159594
AD153
VF-101
Grim Reapers
NAS Oceana
Crashed into Atlantic 48 miles south east of NAS Oceana, Va. USA     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D.F. Green Lt. Stephen C. "Pooch" Miller
ejected
[killed in F-14 loss
4th November 1977]
Martin-Baker
28th June 1977
10:30
also seen as 26th

USN
F-14A Tomcat 158996
NK 215
VF-2
NAS Mirimar
Crashed during practice Touch and Go pic   Martin-Baker
Lt.JG W. R. Kirkpatrick
command ejection initiated by rear seater
LTJG Kevin L. "Duke" Dilley
ejected
Main chute did not fully open
severe impact injuries
[personal testimony]
Martin-Baker
28th June 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159854
NH 101
 VF‑114 Engine exploded Crashed 85 miles south  west of San Diego, CA. USA     Martin-Baker
Lt. R. Keever
 
Lt. S. Smith
 
Martin-Baker
3rd October 1977
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160392
AJ-111
VF-41
VF-14 ???

USS John F. Kennedy
CV-67
Ramp strike     Martin-Baker
Lt. W. M.Andemn Lt.JG B. L. "Bump" Devane Martin-Baker
                 
4th November 1977

should this be 31st October 1977


USN
F-14A Tomcat 159008 VF-101
Grim Reapers
NAS Oceana
Crashed as it tried to land after a fire     Martin-Baker
LT William R. “Stinger” Johnson
29
killed
LT Stephen C. "Pooch"Miller
30
killed
[ejected 21st June 1977?]
Martin-Baker
   
   
10th November 1977
also seen as 11th

USN
F-14A Tomcat 159451
AE210
VF-142
Ghostriders
USS America
CV-66
Collided with EA-6B 158809 on approach to carrier in Aegean Sea, Greece Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. A. Cook Lt. Lars E. Stampe Jr.
1st Ejection
[see also 6th March 1980]
Martin-Baker
                 
20th March 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159012
AB102
VF-14
USS John F. Kennedy
CV-67
Crashed off the coast of Florida   Martin-Baker
Lt. S. B. Edens
ejected
Lt.JG T. A. Cavanaugh
ejected
Martin-Baker
21st March 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160412
NH210
VF-101
NAS Oceana, Va. USA
Engine Fire Cdr. Ed K. “Hunyack” Andrews
killed

[see also 3rd December 1983 - ejected from A-7E]

ENS Craig A Tribbey “Tribbs”
killed
Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
 

I was a Navy F-14 pilot in the '70's. I would like to submit the following feedback.

I was just finishing my F-14 pilot training in VF-101 in Spring '78. Regards the 21 Mar 78 VF-101 ejection, the RIO was Craig Tribbey, a student RIO in the RAG. They had an onboard fire caused by overheating of the cooling fluid of the AWG-9 radar. If I remember correctly, Hunyack (the pilot) ejected them but Craig's seat didn't go as it was surmised that the fire had burned through the gas lines on the seat that initiate the sequence. I only hope that Craig was unconscious as the aircraft went into the sea from altitude. He was a good friend of mine, as we were both from SoCal. Craig was from Van Nuys. 

Regards the 5 Oct '78 ejection, the pilot was Larry Kraker, whom I later met when we both were flying for Delta Air Lines. I think his squadron was either VF-142 or VF-143, not VF-14. 

Regards the 5 December '79 ejection off NAS Roosevelt Roads; I was part of that detachment. The Squadron was VF-32. Rusty and his wife Sookie were good friends of ours and "goose" Dave Lortscher was one of the most pleasant RIOs I ever flew with: extremely competent and had a great sense of humor. When I joined VF-32 in May '78, I heard that goose was already an ejection seat "ace", ie he had already ejected 5 times. Don't know if true but I always felt when flying with him that it couldn't happen a sixth time. 

I miss them all. 

Thanks.

Walt "Kraut" Siegmund

   
25th March 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159851
NH210
VF-213
The Black Lions
USS Kitty Hawk
CV-63
    Martin-Baker
Lt.JG  J. W. Lane Lt. Cdr. J. N. Punches Martin-Baker
27th March 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 158995
NK-106 
VF-1
Wolfpack

NAS Miramar
,
San Diego Fighter Town USA
Top Gun
Aircraft struck a truck on 1-15 interstate highway on approach at NAS Miramar.
    Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt. (jg) Brian D. Shaw
low level ejection
serious injures
RIO Lt. (jg) Walter T. "Ski" Laskowski 
low level ejection
KIA 
Martin-Baker
 

On the same day a Navy S-3A Viking crashed into the Pacific Ocean six miles west of North Island, and a Miramar based A-4 Skyhawk crashed into the sea west of San Diego, near San Clemente

FEEDBACK

I was a member of the squadron when the mishap occurred. Walt initiated the ejection from the rear seat but the aircraft was rolling to the right and unfortunately he was out of the envelope when he departed the plane. He did not survive. Brian Shaw spent months in rehabilitation but never flew again.
in email 13th April 2006

 

Attached to the APTU at NAS Miramar VF-21), I was a member of the emergency medical response 2-member team and first responder at the crash site.  Both aviators were initially unresponsive, and life-saving procedures for Lt.(jg) Laskowski were unsuccessful; Lt.(jg) Shaw survived, despite critical injuries.  This was a deck-level ejection, but both flyers achieved full chute-line extension and full separation from their Martin-Baker seats (AND their helmets).  For more information about injuries sustained and seat performance

FEEDBACK

I found myself on your website when I was looking for old newspaper articles about the F-14 crash on March 27, 1978 just short of the Miramar runway.  I was of course sorry to hear about the death and serious injuries of the aircrafts crewmen.

Interesting notes for your website - the F-14 did hit a truck carrying two occupants, Jim Rodr and my father Kai Musurlian (former Navy man served on the USS Ajax)  who were not too seriously injured.  They were however almost killed by the ammunition which was firing off as it was spilled all over the freeway and by the Corpsman who loaded them onto an ambulance only to have the back doors fly open during transport and the empty gurney flying out of the rear of the ambulance.  

Erik Musurlian
in email 29th May 2014

   
   
15th June 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160653
NJ-443
VF-124
USS Constellation
Crashed into the Pacific off San Clemente Island, CA. USA     Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
15th July 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159622
NG-107
VF-211
USS Constellation
CV-64
Crashed into the sea     Martin-Baker
LCDR William Charles Matthews
"Shadow"

killed
??
killed
Martin-Baker
18th August 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159016
AB-???
VF-32
USS John F. Kennedy
Nose wheel collapsed on landing      
     
25th August 1978
USN
F-14 Tomcat

159632
NG102

VF-211 Crashed into the Pacific Ocean 200 miles off the coast of California, USA     Martin-Baker
Lt.JG W.E.Hafner Lt. P.G.Boughton Martin-Baker
13-Sep-78
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160659
NJ-???
VF-124
USS Ranger
Aircraft did loop over carrier after crew ejected. Crashed intoi the Pacific Ocean     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. M. A. “Tag”  Ostertag Lt. T. E. “Spike” Prendergast Martin-Baker
5th October 1978
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159430
AC106
VF-142 or VF-143
USS Eisenhower
CVN-69
Crashed on approach Martin-Baker
Lt. D. N. Bostich
[Bostitch?]
Lt. Larry L. Kraker Martin-Baker
   
26-Nov-78
USN
F-14A Tomcat

159636
NG112

VF-211 Crashed into the Pacific 100 miles west of Pusan, South Korea     Martin-Baker
Cdr. D. E.Cowles Lt. G. J.Farrell Martin-Baker
                 
   
5th February 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159440
??
VF-142
USS Eisenhower
CVN-69
Collided on deck with an S-3 in eastern Mediterraenean   Martin-Baker
LT J. W. White
ejected
LT Rex R. “Squeeze” Douglas
killed
Martin-Baker
  Also in the VF-142 incident Feb 5 1979 with Lt. White, Rex Douglas NFO was killed. They had an engine go wild fire when taxing to park the aircraft. It was said that Rex was starting to stand up and was undoing his restraints a BIG no no. Also, Rex was the best officer I ever knew and I repaired aircraft and worked in the Ready Room.
   
19th March 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159849
NH-105
VF-114
Aardvarks
CVW-11
USS America
Crashed Atlantic
    Martin-Baker
LT C. W. Chuck “Sneakers” Nesby
ejected
Lt. Cdr. H. Jim Bedinger
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

". . . "runaway throttles on flight deck" due to inadvertent maintenance mach lever test being run by computer with no cockpit indications. Fix was a "paddle switch mod" disconnect and positive manual initiation of test being selected on the Master Test selector panel."
"Sneakers"

   
21st May 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159456 VF-143   Martin-Baker
Cdr. G. L Moore Lt. Cdr.  J. C. Trevathan
[Trevathon?]
Martin-Baker
   
8th September 1979
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160672
NL-203
VF-111
USS Kitty Hawk
Crashed near Cubi Point, Philippines during a  launch for a night carrier qualifications as the ship steamed in the South China Sea     Martin-Baker
LT(JG) Richard W. Cummings
ejected
LT Lloyd Vermillion Abel
ejected
Martin-Baker
Both crew recovered by a SAR helo
FEEDBACK

There are conflicting crew details from several sources. All agree that LTJG Cummings ejected. D. Abel is given as the other crew member. Can anyone confirm the details? 

 

About the F-14 accident on 8 September 1979.  Richard Cummings is the
correct name.  The RIO was LLoyd V. Abel.  His middle name is
Vermillion. 

   
10th September 1979
USN
F-14 Tomcat ????         Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. C. C. Farris Lt. D. W. Williams Martin-Baker
   
12th October 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160890
NJ402
VF-124 Crashed into the Pacific 150 miles off San Diego, CA USA     Martin-Baker
ENS T. F. Streeter Lt. Jess P. “Mumbles”  Parnell Martin-Baker
   
3rd November 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160383
AJ-102
VF-41
USS Nimitz
Crashed in light fog, in the morning, the Western Mediterranean near south west Spain during ACM     Martin-Baker
CDR David "Viking" Formo
Missing presumed killed
CDR Nicholas "Nick" Delello
34
 missing presumed killed
Martin-Baker
   
Wednesday 28th November 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat     Crashed off the coast of Baja California during a routine training mission.     Martin-Baker
LT Isaac E. Richardson ENS Timothy J. Matheney
23
Evansville, Ill
Martin-Baker
  MOVE THE FOLLOWING TO PHANTOM PAGE
28th April 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 153014
NE 103
VF‑21
The Freelancers
USS Ranger
CVA-61
AAA; North Vietnam     Martin-Baker
LCdr D E Hernandez
ejected
recovered
[see also 16th December 1967]
Lt (jg) D J Lortscher
ejected
recovered

see also 22nd September 1971  5th December 1979

Martin-Baker
Wednesday 5th December 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159022
AB 212
AB-210 ???
VF-32
Roosevelt Roads
NAS
Collided in mid-air off the coast of Puerto Rico     Martin-Baker
LT Russell "Rusty" Chiasson
missing
LCDR David J. "Goose" Lortscher
missing
Martin-Baker
Wednesday 5th December 1979
USN
F-14A Tomcat ?? VF-32
Roosevelt Roads
NAS
Collided in mid-air off the coast of Puerto Rico. Landed back At Roosevelt Roads     Martin-Baker
LCDR William V. Cross LTJG Robert A. Tylicki Martin-Baker
   
03-Mar-80
USN
F-14 Tomcat

160916
NJ465

VF-124
NAS Miramar, CA USA
      Martin-Baker
Lt.JG Bruce W. Clingan
1st Ejection
[see also
 13th August 1986]
Lt. Cdr. J. Kumpan Martin-Baker
6th March 1980
USN
F-14 Tomcat

159601
AG214

VF-142
USS Eisenhower

CVN-69
Lost on approach   Martin-Baker
Lt.JG T. W. Trotter Lt. Cdr. Lars E. Stampe
2nd Ejection
[see also 10th November 1977]
Martin-Baker
1st April 1980
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160388
AJ105
VF-41
USS Nimitz
Crashed into the Indian Ocean on approach   Martin-Baker
Lt.(jg) M. Chabal Lt.(jg) W. Skip “Zobes” Zobel Martin-Baker
3rd May 1980
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160380
AJ 207
VF-84
USS Nimitz
Crashed on take off into the Arabian Sea off Iran     Martin-Baker
 Lt. John A. "Jack" "Squirt" Watson Jr
killed
Ens. John H. "Yogi" Graham
killed
Martin-Baker

 

I was reading about F-14 ejections at your site and found 2 blanks for you to fill in:

3rd May 1980 - F-14a:
First you have it listed as AJ-213 when it was in fact AJ-207.

The Pilot was Lt. John A. "Jack" Watson Jr.
The RIO was Ens. John Graham

Ensign Graham was brand new to the squadron and I never got to know him. Lt. Jack Watson was my division officer (Line) and he was finest officer I have ever known.

Thank you for the great website,"
Sincerely,
James Force
Gillette, NJ
 

13-Sep-80
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159605
AG-???
VF-143
USS Eisenhower
Entered flat spin during ACM with A-7E and crashed into the sea near the carrier     Martin-Baker
Lt.JG C. W. Hallford Lt.JG Steve C. "Snotty" Schlientz Martin-Baker
                 
24th April 1981
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161157
AD-???
VF-101
NAS Oceana
Crashed during take off     Martin-Baker
Student pilot
Lt. R. T.
“Ram”  Phillips
Lt. Cdr. R. L. “Bobo”  Kimmel
command ejected both crew
Martin-Baker
ejected them through fireball; neither were wearing gloves and suffered burns on hands
 

Bo-bo Kimmel and I were in F-14A TOMCAT BuNo 161157 on April 24th, 1981 when the right engine compressor stalled and we had to jump out as we had already reached no-flap flying speed. I was in the front seat and Bobo pulled the lower seat handle just prior to us impacting the Precision Approach Radar shack. I could tell a lot more of the story but am at work and need to get cracking on some other things. Let me know if you would like more. 
"Rammer" Phillips

26th May 1981
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160385
AJ-107
VF-41
USS Nimitz
Destroyed when EA-6B crashed into them on board carrier, location just off Charleston SC USA     Martin-Baker
no crew aboard   Martin-Baker
26th May 1981
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161138
AJ-221
VF-84
USS Nimitz
    Martin-Baker
no crew aboard   Martin-Baker
29th May 1981
NASA
Grumman X14-B N704NA NASA Lost NAS Moffett Field, CA USA ?????    
27-Jun-81
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160674
NL204
VF-111
USS Kitty Hawk
Crashed into the Indian Ocean     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D. McCort Lt. D. Pittman Martin-Baker
6th July 1981
Grumman
F-14A Tomcat 161278 Grumman Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during pre-delivery test flight 12 miles off Shinnecock, L.I.   Martin-Baker
Test Pilot Chuck. Sewell
Setauket, L.I
ejected
Mr.  Paul Merana
Riverhead, L.I.
ejected
Martin-Baker
Recovered by a Grumman helicopter
7th September 1981
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160677
NL106
VF-51
USS Kitty Hawk
Lost over the side of the carrier whn an A-7E collided with it during landing     Martin-Baker
Lt. W. R. Mnich
ejected
[see also 20th March 1987]
LT. Charles E. Nangle
ejected
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

"I'd like to add a pertinent fact to one of the listed ejections on your site, that of an F-14 (Bu.# 160677) from VF-51, while embarked aboard USS Kitty Hawk on 7 September, 1981.
While the pilot and RIO did, indeed, eject safely from the aircraft, another squadron member, AE2 Garrell Powers was killed by debris, blown by the exhaust. It is an incident which, if I live to be 150 years old, I will never forget   .  .   ."


M. V. Dickson
in email 21st February 2008Also,

 

I was a Lt., Not a LTC when I ejected in the 7 Sept,
1981 accident aboard Kitty Hawk.

Charles Nangle

   
29-Sep-81
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160895
NH100
VF-114
USS America
Crashed into the Arabian Sea Martin-Baker
Lt. R. B. Bell Lt. K. C. Ayers Martin-Baker
8th December 1981
USN
F-14 Tomcat ???       Martin-Baker
Lt. Stanley L. Saunders
[is this "Crit" Saunders ??]

[see also12th February 1994]

Lt.JG P. Fisher Martin-Baker
19th December 1981
USN
  Martin-Baker
F-14A Tomcat 159623
NG-206
VF-24
CV-64
 USS Constellation
4-wire broke while landing  on board USS Constellation crashed into the Indian Ocean Cdr. W. H. "Bill" Switzer
ejected
Lt.(jg) Dave Baranek  ejected Martin-Baker
                 
06-Feb-82
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159011
AC101
VF-11       Martin-Baker
Lt. G. Gayax Lt. T. J. Davis Martin-Baker
06-Mar-82
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159599
AG111
VF-143       Martin-Baker
Lt. Spilman Lt. Kandalec Martin-Baker
14-Jun-82
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159617
NG203
VF-24 Over the Pacific, 60 miles south of San Diego     Martin-Baker
Lt. Ed  R . Riley
ejected
Lt. Cdr. George V.  Sottile
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
   
29 July 1982
USN
F-14A Tomcat BUNO 161143 VF-101        
LT Anthony David Griffin (Pilot)
30
Gastonia, NC
ejected
but did not survive
LT Neal F. "Cookies" Carlock
(RIO)
ejected
but did not survive
 
The crew Ejected at high rate of descent (similar to Bates) and did not survive (chutes streamed).
20-Sep-82
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160907 VF-14       Martin-Baker
Lt. K.L. Norris Lt. D. E. Berry Martin-Baker
                 
   
28th February 1983
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161289 VF-2 based at NAS Miramar at the time
U.S.S. Kitty Hawk
LINK
uncontrollable flat spin while practicing air combat maneuvers, 40 miles east of Yuma     Martin-Baker
Lt. G. B. Holthus Lt.JG L. P.Gmoch Martin-Baker
17th March 1983
USN
F-14A Tomcat

161436
AG210

VF-142 suffered a hydraulic failure, caught fire and crashed at sea, while the ship completed Type Training Phase III off Puerto Rico. Rescue crews recovered both men with minor injuries during the mid watch.     Martin-Baker
CDR John M. "Snake" Sumnick, squadron CO
ejected
LT(JG) Christopher U. "Brownie" Browne
ejected
Martin-Baker
17th March 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat

161431
AG205
Dakota 205

VF-143  During the same exercise two more Tomcats, collided. An SH-3D from HS-5 recovered Welch and Thiel, but Pritchard and Hummel perished during ejection.     Martin-Baker
LT William G. “Juma” Welch”
ejected
LT(JG) Wolfgang E. “Wolf” Thiel
ejected
Martin-Baker
17th March 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161439
AG107
Taproom 107
VF-142     Martin-Baker
LCDR Kenneth W. "KP" Pritchard
ejected
did not survive
ENS Daniel P. "Doll" Hummel
ejected
did not survive
Martin-Baker

 

Details of 17th March 1983 Amended 13th November 2007 thanks to feedback on www.airwarriors.com
9th April 1983
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160662 Fighter Squadron 51 ("Screaming Eagles")
NAS Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico
Crashed into sea. Operating during ORE training from NAS Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico while returning to USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70)     Martin-Baker
LT Douglas G. Blum “Bouncer”
killed
LTJG Paul C. Schmidt “Zap”
killed
Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

".   .   .   .   No apparent attempt to eject, flew into the sea at approx. 300 k. Was a Parachute Rigger, personally observed a fight between Maint Officer and aircrew member who stated a/c should not have been allowed to return to ship just offshore at night with BOTH altimeters inoperative...Thank You for helping to honor these 2 men
Lowell H Turner
in email 12th March 2013

08-Aug-83 
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161423
AG101
VF-142       Martin-Baker
Lt.JG R. "Rustry" [Rusty?] Dewar  Cdr. J. Luthman Martin-Baker
   
30th August 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat

161420
AD174

VF-101
USS John F. Kennedy

      Martin-Baker
Lt. Gary S. "Dobber" Dobson  Lt. Cdr. G. A. Donato Martin-Baker
30th August 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat

160400
AD163

VF-101
USS John F. Kennedy
Killed in a F-14 Tomcat mid-air collision in gunnery pattern during combat training, off the Virginia Coast      
LTJG David T. Balsinger Jr. “Balls”
killed
Lt. Thomas J. "BC" Beauclair
ejected
 
   
8th November 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat AC 205 VF-101
USS John F. Kenedy
crashed into the Mediterranean Sea     Martin-Baker
Lieut. (j.g.) Cole P. O'Neil, "Bam-Bam"
26
Lake Villa, Ill.
killed
[missing presumed dead)
Commander John Corson Scull "Kit" (RIO)
37
Newport Mews
killed
[missing presumed dead)
Martin-Baker
   
 11th November 1983
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161149
AC212
VF-31
USS John F Kennedy
 
 
    Martin-Baker
Lt. David P. Jancarski
ejected
serious injuries
rescued by Sea King from HS-7
 Lt. Cdr. Oliver L. "Ollie" Wright III
ejected
safely
rescued by another Sea King from HS-7
Martin-Baker
                 

 

                 
 18-Jan-84
USN
F-14 Tomcat

159840
NH106

VF-114       Martin-Baker
Lt.JG D. P. Rouse  Lt. Cdr. T. R. Brown  Martin-Baker
                 
 15-Jul-84
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159439
AB105
VF-102 On single engine approach when aircraft rolled due to assymetric stores loadout     Martin-Baker
Lt. Pete M.  “Horse” Caulk Lt.JG Stu D. “Beef” Bailey Martin-Baker
                 
 04-Sep-84
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161165
NG201
VF-211       Martin-Baker
 Lt. Cdr. J. J. Destafney Lt. D. B. Root  Martin-Baker
                 
  Commander James M.  “Masher” Joyce, U.S.N., in 1984
                 
 31-Mar-85
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160656
NL200
VF-111       Martin-Baker
Lt. M.B.Boyd  Lt. M.Demuch  Martin-Baker
                 
13th January 1986 USN F14 Tomcat 205
VF-213

Blacklions

CVW‑11
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
 Inadvertent ejections while leaving aircraft

see FEEDBACK at the end of the listing

  Inadvertent ejections
LT Joseph Dwayne "Joe" "Dirt" Durmon
photo via Tom Harten
died from injuries
LTJG Stephen Engeman
RIO
killed
Tuesday 11th February 1986
19:00
USN F-14A Tomcat   VF-1, based at NAS Miramar
TDY
Fallon Naval Air Station
Training flight. Crashed shortly after take off 65 miles southeast of Reno near Bald Peak, western Nevada      
LT Shawn C. Lavine "Lavs"
[Lavin?]
[Lt Shawn Devine?]
Liberty Lake, Wash
LT William K. Ritter "Tex"
Mount Ida, Ark
 
were from Miramar Naval Air Station near San Diego but temporarily assigned to Fallon for training
 
 
                 
 14-Feb-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159846
NH205
VF-213       Martin-Baker
 Lt. R. J. Sklenka Lt. Cdr. T. Lorenzo Martin-Baker
12th March 1986
[also seen as 13th]

USN
F-14 Tomcat

161613
NK205

VF-21
USS Constellation
Ramp strike     Martin-Baker
Lt. R. V. Mills
ejected
Lt. T. A. "Boog" Powell
ejected
[killed in mishap on 4th June 1993]
Martin-Baker
 26-Mar-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat 160685
NL110
VF-51       Martin-Baker
Lt. R. Samolovitch  Cdr.C. F. Zullinger  Martin-Baker
13-Apr-86 
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. C. Sadler  Lt. H. J.Collins  Martin-Baker
 18-Jun-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
  LTJG F. R. Kara  Martin-Baker
 20-Jun-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. W. T. Lebeda Lt. Cdr. T. F. Nagelin Martin-Baker
 13-Aug-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161167 VF-211       Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. Bruce W. Clingan
2nd Ejection

[see also
3rd March 1980]
Lt.JG M. R. Brown  Martin-Baker
 23-Aug-86
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161148 VF-32       Martin-Baker
 Lt. J. A. Firanzi Lt. J. J. Ziegler  Martin-Baker
3rd September 1986
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159861
NH206
VF-213 Off Point Loma near North Island, California     Martin-Baker
 Cdr. S. J.Carro
ejected
LT Mark K. Williamson “Gar”
ejected
did not survive
Martin-Baker
                 
3rd January 1987
USN
F-14 Tomcat

159431
AC106

VF-14
Kennedy
Hit deck on landing in rough sea
    Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. W. Orrison  Lt. M.Valen  Martin-Baker
ejected on landing
20th March 1987
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161614
NK102
VF-154       Martin-Baker
Cdr. J. R. Davis   Lt. W. Mnich
[see also 7th September 1981]
Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 18th June 1987
11:51

USN
F-14A Tomcat   VF-33
Oceana NAS
Training mission. Crashed at Dare County bombing range     Martin-Baker
 LT William M. "Bill" “Hawkeye” Davidson
2Beaufort SC
8ejected
outside of seat envelope
LT Matthew J. "Matt" “Hank” Colombo
27
Aurora, Ohio
ejected
outside of seat envelope
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

You are missing an F-14A crash from VF-33 on 18 June, 1987. Pilot LT Bill “Hawkeye” Davidson and RIO LT Matt “Hank” Colombo were killed in Dare County while practicing for an F-14 airshow. They ejected out of the envelope, just before the plane hit the ground. Matt was my roommate.

Brian G. Gawne
in email 11th October 2012

   
 15-Jul-87
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. A. "Jaws" Winnefield Lt. J. R. Wood  Martin-Baker
 12-Aug-87
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Student pilot Lt.JG George A. "Mongo" Scheel  Lt. Mark M.  “Hawgman” Hodge  instructor RIO Martin-Baker
17-Aug-87
USN
F-14 Tomcat

162605
NJ471
or
162593
NJ455

VF-124
 
 
 
pic   Martin-Baker
Lt. Mike "Nasty" Manazir
Co of VF-31
Lt. S. Richardson Martin-Baker
 20-Sep-87
USN
F-14 Tomcat

161153
NL213

VF-111       Martin-Baker
 Lt. M. D.Conn Lt. J. G. Speer  Martin-Baker
   
 25-Mar-88
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159441
AC203
VF-32       Martin-Baker
 Lt. E. P. Lampela  Lt. N. A. Filippone Martin-Baker
 08-Sep-88
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. M. A. Bruder Lt. J. A. Abrams Martin-Baker

 

 
12th September 1988
USN
Grumman F-14A Tomcat BuNo and Squadron need confirming Crash was due to hydraulic failure inverted into a hangar at Gillespie Field     Martin-Baker GRU-7

160675
NJ430

VF-124
Miramar NAS
Lt. Cdr. James R. “Barney” Barnett ejected*
survived with injuries
LTJG Randy L. "Furball" Furtado
27
ejected*
died of injuries at Sharp Memorial Hospital
Martin-Baker GRU-7
160409 ? VF-143 ? *over El Cajon
   
12th September 1988
USN
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 160409   Crashed off the coast of North Carolina into the Atlantic Ocean      
Lt. Michael J. "Wally" Walsh
25
Hinsdale
ejected
killed
Lt. Vincent J. "Guido" Garrido
Tempe, Ariz
28

ejected
killed
 
   
Thursday 22nd September 1988
USN
F-14 Tomcat

162596
NE201

VF-2
Miramar Naval Air Station
Crashed in the Nevada desert     Martin-Baker
LTC. P. Liptak
ejected
Lt. Cdr. J. H. Russell
ejected
Martin-Baker
  Navy F-14 jet fighter crashed in a barren area of northwestern Nevada Thursday after its two crewmen ejected safely, the Navy said. It was the 100th crash of an F-14, the third in 11 days. The $40-million jet was demolished when it crashed in the desert 50 miles northeast of here during a routine training mission, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Bob Pritchard. The pilot and radar-interceptor officer, whose names were withheld, escaped injury after parachuting from the cockpit, Pritchard said.
   
26-Sep-88
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161144
NL211
VF-111   Lt. M. S. Helwig   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. R. C. Sweeney   Martin-Baker
   
16-Dec-88
USN
F-14 Tomcat

159865
NJ422
or
160888
NJ435

VF-124

  Lt. J.  F. Campbell   Martin-Baker
Lt.JG D. A. Guerrieri   Martin-Baker
  A Navy F-14 Tomcat jet fighter landing at Alameda Naval Station crashed into another F-14 on a runway, veering off into the Oakland Estuary and 12 feet of water. The pilot and his radar officer were rescued from the water apparently unhurt. The crewmen, along with the two from the plane that was rear-ended, were examined at the air station clinic and released. Their names were not released.
Friday 27th January 1989
15:00

USN
F-14 Tomcat     On a training mission from San Diego to New Orleans. Crashed 6 miles west of Arizona City     Martin-Baker
Lt. Thomas L. Gibson, "Torch"
27
Atlanta
killed
LT Richard E. Dempsey Jr. “Chemo
29
Clearwater, Flakilled
Martin-Baker
   
18th April 1989
also seen as 18th April 1996 ??

USN
Grumman F-14A Tomcat 162706
AD-160
VF-101 during a Key West det.     Martin-Baker
LTJG Cooper
ejected safely
LCDR C. Cinnamon
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
24th July 1989
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161602 
NL 106
VF‑51 Compressor stall. Crashed into Pacific 6 Miles off San Clemente Island, CA     Martin-Baker
Lt. D. E. Crisp Lt. S. L. Molter Martin-Baker
   
                 
Wednesday 3rd August 1989
18:00

evening

USN
F-14 Tomcat   Miramar Naval Air Station

USS Carl Vinson

Routine exercise from the carrier Carl Vinson. "Attempting an emergency landing at North Island Naval Air Station. Crashed into the sea more than 2 miles off Point Loma     Martin-Baker
LTC. A.Cox
ejected
Picked up by search and rescue helicopter
Lt. T. L. McCormick
ejected
Picked up by search and rescue helicopter
Martin-Baker
                 
6th October 1989
USN
F-14 Tomcat

162690
AC200

VF-32 Drifted right in close with no VDI on first fleet flyaboard; right wing hit JBD on CAT 2 and lost approx 6 feet of wing, Boss ordered ejection     Martin-Baker
Lt. R. C. “Street” Walker
ejected
Lt. Robert "Bob" S. "Rip" Schraeder
ejected
Martin-Baker
   
14-Nov-89
USN
F-14 Tomcat

161286
AD155

VF-101       Martin-Baker
Lt. D. J. Williams Lt.JG J. T. Burns Martin-Baker
                 

05-Jun-90 


USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. R. C. Dale Lt. Cdr. M. T. Francis Martin-Baker
17-May-90
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161298
NH100
VF-114       Martin-Baker
Lt. S. A. Winfrey Lt. S. B. Bongart Martin-Baker
17th December 1990
USN
F-14A Tomcat ??? assigned to  "Tomcatters"
VF-31
CVW-6
(Airwing 6)
USS Forrestal
Ejection was onboard carrier , off CAT 4 on port side.     Martin-Baker
LT Jim M."Max" Qualls
ejected
 [suffered severe sprain to both ankles and several large scrapes to shoulder and elbow upon landing on flight deck]
LT Mike J."Mouth" Mealy
ejected
initiated
ejection with his lower handle
[walked away uninjured after his parachute caught on an antenna on the island.  He released his koch fittings as was "caught" by several deck sailors]
Martin-Baker
                 
21st January 1991
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161430 VF-103 Lost to SA-2 over Iraq on fourth day of "Desert Storm"     Martin-Baker
Lt. Devon “Boots” Jones rescued by USAF Special Forces after evading Iraqi forces Lt. Larry “Rat” Slade
POW
Martin-Baker
   
29-Jun-91
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161597 VF-213       Martin-Baker
Lt. R. Maddock Lt. T. Taylor Martin-Baker
Sunday 8th July 1991
16:15

USN
F-14 Tomcat 159870
NH105
VF-114
USS
Abraham Lincoln
Control problems
[location ?]
    Martin-Baker
Lt. G. W. Huiet
ejected
rescued by helicopter from the USS Lincoln
Lt. W. H. Goodale
ejected
rescued by helicopter from the USS Lincoln
Martin-Baker
   
16-Jul-91
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Whatley Lt. R. A. Wucker Martin-Baker
                 
13th January 1992
USN
F-14 Tomcat 161443
NL213
VF-111       Martin-Baker
Lt. J. V. Stauffer Lt. D. T. Armstrong Martin-Baker
21st January 1992
NEEDS CONFIRMATIOM

USN
F-14 Tomcat     Night-flight training exercise in a mountainous area, Nevada. Catastrophic hydraulic failure     Martin-Baker
  LT Scott "Harv" Waldinger “Dinger”
Dearborn, Michigan
killed
Martin-Baker
 
 
  LT Neil Jones “Eddie”
21st February 1992
USN
F-14 Tomcat 159463
AC115
VF-14
Miramar Naval Air Station, California
Routine flight when engine caught fire over the Virginia seacoast the flames burned through the plane's flight controls.     Martin-Baker
Lt. Jim W. Nolan
ejected over water
Lt. B. Merrill
ejected over water
Martin-Baker
 
 
16th October 1992 USN F-14A Tomcat 159606
ND 212

VF‑302
Stallions
Engine failure. Crashed near NAS Key West, FL, USA,     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. John Kesterson
ejected
Lt. Cdr. Glen R. Mickle
ejected
Martin-Baker
 

I was the pilot of an F-14 that had a catastophic engine failure resulting in extreme internal aircraft damage and fire leading to the aircraft departing controlled flight. The departure was completely incapacitating to both myself and the RIO inhibiting our attempts to initiate ejection. I was able to get a hold of the lower ejection handle and we both survived.

John Kesterson
in email 17th February 2009

15th December 1992
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Burns Lt. G. S. Hilliard Martin-Baker
 
VF-201 F-14A 162708 (MODEX AF101)
A/C entered a spin while in an ACM hop against NAS Dallas A-4M adversary. RIO failed to eject and was killed
 
Steve was in VF-102 with me and I remember hearing he ejected in a reserve Tomcat and his RIO didn't survive. Our Tomcat memorial list only has a single RIO (LCDR James "Jim Bob" Segars from VF-201) dying in the Dec 1992 mishap so he may be RIO for your list entry of LCDR Summers as ejecting. Note: the only single fatality in 1993 is listed as LCDR Thomas "Boog" Powell from VF-124. I thought Steve ended up in a Miramar reserve squadron so maybe your date is correct, but you're missing the RIO.
24th December 1992
USN
F-14A Tomcat 162708
AF 101
cn 554

VF-201
Hunters
Crashed 30 miles south of Dallas, Texas during ACM with an A-4 Skyhawk   Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. J. A. Summers
ejected safely
LCDR James Robert “Jim Bob” Segars
killed
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The RIO killed in the Dec 1992 mishap was in fact LCdr Jim Bob Segars…former Marine F-4 RIO who transferred over to the Navy because they had a shortage of RIOs with aircraft carrier experience. I loved flying off the boat, the allure of the F-14 radar, and the excellent rear cockpit visibility but decided to stay with the Marines and F-4. I was one of JB’s pall bearers . . .

I’d sure appreciate it if you add his name to your matrix!

Bill Bowers
LtCol USMCR, ret
in email 1st October 2012

                 
                 
18-Jan-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. JG T. J. Hooper Lt. Cdr. Keith “Midol” Menz Martin-Baker
25-Jan-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. C. R. Dickerson Lt. P. Hooper Martin-Baker
15th March 1993
USN
F-14B Tomcat   Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101), took
off from NAS Ocean
Crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, 20 miles east of Nags Head,
N.C
    Martin-Baker
LT William E. Daisley
"Aquaman"

27
Port
Allegany, Pa
LCDR Fred D. Dillingham
"Zippo"

43
Virginia Beach,
Va.
Martin-Baker
13-Apr-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Jacober Lt. JG R. Gourley Martin-Baker
29-Apr-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. §.Alexander Lt. K. Henderson Martin-Baker
4th June 1993
USN
F-14A Tomcat 158981
ND 201

VF‑302
Stallions
Crashed in an inverted deep stall into the Pacific Ocean 125 miles south west of San Diego, CA. USA     Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. S. M. Dunwoody
ejected
RIO
Lt T. A. “Boog” Powell
ejected
missing body never found
[LT Powell had ejected from an F-14 on 12th June 1986]
Martin-Baker
20th July 1993
USN
F-14 Tomcat ???
111
VF-213
USS Abraham Lincoln
CVN-72
Crashed during landing on the flight deck, eastern Indian Ocean. Skidded     Martin-Baker
Lt. Matthew T. Claar
"Planet"
killed
Lt. Dean A. Fuller
minor injuries
Martin-Baker
   
13-Sep-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. T. M. Schrantz   Martin-Baker
18-Nov-93
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. C. Daus Lt. K. D. Martin Martin-Baker
                 
12th February 1994
16:30hrs

USN
F-14B Tomcat 162914/207/AA VF-103
"Sluggers"
USS Saratoga
Collided in mid-air with an F/A/-18C Hornet 4 miles southeast of Brindisi, Italy   Martin-Baker
Cdr. Stanley L. Saunders
[Sandy "Critter" Saunders]
ejected

(Note Saunders had another ejection due to hydraulic failure - see also 8th December 1981)

Lt. Cdr. Mike W. "Ully" Ullrich
ejected
Martin-Baker
22-Feb-94
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. W. Strobel Lt. R. H. Lucas Martin-Baker
11-Jul-94
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. Cdr. D. Jennings Lt. R. Arnold Martin-Baker
26-Aug-94
USN
F-14 Tomcat           Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Daus Lt. K. Martin Martin-Baker
Wednesday 14th September 1994
10:15

USN
F-14A Tomcat     Collision at  night over the Atlantic Ocean landed safely at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point     Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
Wednesday 14th September 1994
10:15

USN
F-14A Tomcat     Collision at  night over the Atlantic Ocean crashed at sea about 40 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras     Martin-Baker
Lt Karl Scott  “Biff” Belczyk
32
Collingdale Pa
missing
LtJG Marcus Blue “Moon” Pletcher
[Fletcher ?]
25
Chelsea, Mich
missing
Martin-Baker
  The search for two Navy aviators was suspended Friday
                 
25th October 1994
15:00h

USN
F-14A Tomcat 60390/ 103/NH VF-213
"Black Lions"
USS Abraham Lincoln
40 miles southwest of San Diego while
on a training flight from NAS Miramar
during final approach to USS Abraham  Lincoln

               via Sally Spears  
  Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt. Kara Spear "Revlon" Hultgreen ejected too low killed RIO Lt. Matthew P. Klemish  ejected Martin-Baker
                 
13th January 1995
USN
F-14D Tomcat 164340
NK-200
VF-31 NAS Miramar, California collided in mid-air over
the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico 112 miles south of San Diego
Lt. T. B. Farley

Lt. E. Kost

Lt. P. Schirmer

Lt. R. Kirkland

[who was in which aircraft ???]

  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
13th January 1995
USN
F-14D Tomcat 159635
NK-210 ??
or
NK-110
VF-31 NAS Miramar, California collided in mid-air over
the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico 112 miles south of San Diego
  Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
23rd March 1995
USN
F-14A Tomcat 160414
AC 112
   VF‑14 Atlantic Ocean off VA, USA   Capt. V. C. Bateman ejected Martin-Baker
Lt. J. Seagle ejected   Martin-Baker
18th April 1995
USN
F-14A Tomcat   VF-21 Aircraft nosewheel slipped over the carrier deck     Martin-Baker
Lt. R. Byrnes
ejected
Lt. K. Coling
ejected
Martin-Baker
27th April 1995
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161273
NH 116
VF-213
USS
Abraham Lincoln
Crashed into Pacific off HI, USA, during ACM     Martin-Baker
Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy "Sprout" Bates ejected
[killed on 29th January 1996]
RIO Lt. M. Crawford ejected Martin-Baker
11th May 1995
USN
F-14A Tomcat 159857 VF-202       Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
        Are these the crew related to the LOSS BELOW or ABOVE??   Lt. Cdr. D.A. Burgoyne Lt. T. Parker  
22nd May 1995
ALSO SEEN AS
5th June 1995

USN
F‑14A 160394
AJ 101
VF‑41  into Mediterranean S of Sicily, Italy     Martin-Baker

ejected

ejected
Martin-Baker
?? August 1995   F-14A 161154 VF-11        
20th September 1995
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161146
NH 112
VF-213
Miramar from USS Abraham Linoln

Engine exploded during high‑speed fly‑by of USS John Paul Jones

crashed 55 miles from the carrier 800
miles west of Guam
into Pacific nr Philippines
    Martin-Baker
LCDR Neil “Waylon” Jennings
ejected - burns to upper body
LT Timothy “Buga” Gusewelle
ejected - burns to upper body
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

"At approximately 500 feet and 1.1 mach our Tomcat suddenly disintegrated beneath us.  Buga’s cockpit was on fire, and he made the decision to get us out.  The plane had exploded into two large pieces and a million smaller ones, and Buga ejected us out of the cockpit section, which was all that remained of the front half of the jet.  As my parachute opened I looked to my right and saw burning wreckage spiralling down towards the water.  I couldn’t tell the top of the jet from the bottom as Lion 112 was completely engulfed in flames.  The only thing I could discern was that the big piece was part of a fuselage with two wings poking out of the middle of a large fireball.  During the investigation the Mishap Board informed us that the mostly likely cause of the crash was an engine oil sump tank failure followed by catastrophic failure of an engine.  My personal opinion to this day is that nobody knew what really caused the jet to detonate.  In the immortal words of Gus Grisom, “It just blew,” and by the grace of God we survived."

Neil Jennings,
CDR, USN (ret)
in email 8th September 2009

 

   
29th January 1996
10:50 EST

USN
F-14A Tomcat 162599
NH101
VF-213 Crashed into a residential-commercial neighborhood shortly after take-of, Nashville, Tennessee. Three civilian fatalities   pic Martin-Baker
Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates
"Sprout"

33
Chattanooga, Tennessee
killed
[see also 27th April 1995]
Lt. Graham Alden Higgins
"Hobb"
28
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
killed
Martin-Baker
Sunday 18th February 1996
USN
F-14D Tomcat
??111
161158
NK111
VF-11
USS Carl Vinson
During a CompTuEx (Competitive Training Unit ) - training mission. A burn through of the afterburner lining caused burn through of flight control rods. Crashed in the Pacific about 120 miles off the Southern California coast     Martin-Baker
LT Terrence L. Clark
"Bluto"

killed
Cdr. Lewis Scott Lamoreaux
"Scooter"

killed
Martin-Baker
   
Thursday 22nd February 1996
14:30h

USN
F-14A Tomcat 159867
NG205
VF-24
USS Nimitz
Engine fire resulting from engine failure. Crashed during flight operations  in the northern Persian Gulf . 30 miles from the carrier     Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected
minor injuries
RIO ejected
minor injuries
Martin-Baker
rescued by the ship's helicopter
17th April 1996
11:30h
also seen as 18th

USN
F-14B Tomcat 161444
AD-201
VF-101
NAS Oceana, Virginia

Crashed and exploded  in woods just short of the runway whilst attempting to land at NAS Oceana, Virginia

    Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected safely RIO ejected safely Martin-Baker
   
18th May 1996
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161282
NF101
VF-154       Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
   

 

   
12th August 1997   F-14B Tomcat   VF-143        
19th August 1997 USN F-14   Fighter Squadron 143

USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)

Accidentally ejected from his aircraft during a landing aboard the aircraft carrier      
Pilot
inadverent ejection
recovered from water astern of the carrier by a helicopter from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 5 based at NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
RIO
OK
minor injuries
Rescued from the aircraft that was on deck with engines still running
 
   
31st August 1997
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161618 VF-154       Martin-Baker
    Martin-Baker
   
?? September 1997
USN
F-14A Tomcat 162598
NG101
VF-211
NAS Fort Worth
Made emergency landing. Damaged beyond repair     Martin-Baker
Ground egress Ground egress Martin-Baker
   
2nd October 1997
16:00 EST
USN F-14 Tomcat 161425
AD-105
Fighter Squadron 101
VF-101 from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach
crashed off the Virginia-North Carolina coast     Martin-Baker
Pilot
LCDR Logan A. Allen III, “Lurch”
Virginia Beach
missing
[search called off after 7 days]
RIO
Cmdr. Craig A. Roll "Tootsie"
39
Virginia Beach
recovered by a Coast Guard helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
21st May 1998
also seen as 23rd

USN
F‑14B Tomcat 162917
AB 107
VF‑102 Crashed shortly after take‑off. nr MCAS Cherry Point, NC, USA     Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected RIO ejected Martin-Baker
6th July 1998
USN
F‑14A Tomcat 160891
[160408 ?]
NASWC
NAWC
during ACM     Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected safely RIO ejected safely Martin-Baker
?? ?? 1998
USN
F‑14A Tomcat 161445 VF-101        
[31st July 1998]
see below
  F‑14B Tomcat 162913 VF‑103
USS Dwight D Eisenhower
Lamded back on carrier after collision with F-14B 161427
[was this after midnight - see dates given]
     
30th July 1998
USN
F‑14B Tomcat 161427
AA 106
VF‑103
USS Dwight D Eisenhower
3 F-14's were conducting fighter crew training when 2 of them collided. Crashed on its way to Antalya for emergency landing into Mediterranean off Turkey after collision with F‑14B 162913 which landed safely on Ike Pilot   Martin-Baker
LCDR Ronald Lee "Rhino"  Wise
36
was hit by the aircraft during the ejection and did not survive
Lt. Richard Kane
27
ejected OK
sustained a broken leg
Martin-Baker
My thanks to
Chuck Potter,  USN for additional details on the above entry,
CDR Kerry D. Smith, USN, for correcting errors in the crew position listing.
Christopher Pizzo for confirming crew positions
Two American F-14 jet fighters from the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower collided over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and an aviator was killed, the Navy said. One of the planes crashed into the sea. Its two crew members ejected, but one was killed, the Navy said. The second flier suffered "a serious injury to his leg," according to a statement released in Washington. The two crew members from the second aircraft apparently were unhurt and they returned safely to the deck of the carrier.

Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Lee ``Rhino'' Wise Jr., 36, was killed while ejecting from his Tomcat July 30th in the Med. 3 F-14's were conducting fighter crew training when 2 of them collided. The other Tomcat made it safely back to the Eisenhower with minor damage. The RIO Lt. Richard Kane, 27, sustained a broken leg. They were heading for Antalya, Turkey when they decided to eject.

Lt. Cmdr. Wise was a former Intruder driver and was the last aviator to fly the A-6 at Oceana. It was his first tour with VF-103. He was married and a father of three.

  Here's the correct info for the 30 July 1998 accident.

Pilot LCDR Ronald L. "Rhino"  Wise was hit by the aircraft during the ejection and did not survive.

RIO LT R "Fat Ron" Kane survived the ejection but was severely injured; compound leg fracture.  He was rescued by CVW helo then MEDEVAC ashore to treat his life threatening injuries.  He recovered and returned to the squadron just before the end of the deployment and flew again.


Thanks again for compiling this information as a lot of people lost their lives or were seriously injured while flying the "Big Fighter" and best looking Fighter ever made!

Craig "Tootsie" Roll
8th August 1998
USN
F‑14B Tomcat 160407
AC 105
VF‑32 Crashed into Atlantic 62 M NW of Virgin Islands     Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected RIO ejected Martin-Baker
   
1999
USN
F-14A Tomcat (modex/ Bu # unk)
VF-154
"Blackknight's" (BRK) CVW-5,
USS Kitty Hawk, (CV-63)
Sea of Japan. (probably Ex "Foal Eagle")
- After several single engine bolters, aircraft seemed to 'disappear from the pattern
    Martin-Baker
Pilot
ejected successfully
RIO
ejeced
successfully
Martin-Baker
 

 .

Sir,

From F-14 List I didn't see an entry for 1999 that I observed; here's what I know

- Jet was F-14A (modex/ Bu # unk) from VF-154 Blackknight's, (BRK) CVW-5,

USS Kitty Hawk, (CV-63) Sea of Japan. (probably Ex "Foal Eagle")

- After several single engine bolters, aircraft seemed to 'disappear from the pattern.

- After the aircraft of the last event landed, little was know. (I asked AG & squad

(shooter) pers, who knew nothing)

- One of our pilots saw the Pilot & RIO eject successfully, & mentioned it later.

- After 20+ minutes, an SH-60 (from one of the small boys) returned the pilot; the RIO

followed in another 15 odd minutes. (via another SH-60)

- I was told later that the pilot (CAG staff - name unknown) shut down the one good

engine, after getting a oil (breather/ cooler ?) caution, and elected to eject.

- Our Air Boss wasn't a talker, & very few folks (aside from the FD savvy) even knew

we (Airwing) lost a jet

- I don't have the date, but I recall it was probably late Oct/ early Nov (' 99)

- I was VFA-27 FD Safety PO

Perhaps this very basic data will allow others to recall more specific data ...

R,

C.G. Reus

AM

USN (ret)

 

15th June 1999
USN
F-14A Tomcat 161299
NF101
VF-154 Crashed north Arabian Sea     Martin-Baker
Pilot ejected RIO ejected Martin-Baker
4th August 1999
USN
F‑14B Tomcat 163216 VF-101 VF-101     Martin-Baker
21st October 1999
USN
F‑14B Tomcat 161871 VF-143       Martin-Baker
                 
17th March 2000
USN
F‑14B Tomcat 163219
AB 113
VF‑102
USS John F. Kennedy
CV-67)
Lost control, crashed 250 M SW of Bermuda     Martin-Baker
Lt. Scott Guimond
ejected
Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Eberhard
ejected
Martin-Baker
                 
Sunday 18th June 2000
16:43

USN
F‑14 Tomcat 158629
AD-121
VF-101
Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va
Crashed into woods near a Philadelphia-area neighborhood during the annual Sounds of Freedom air show, Grove Naval Air Station     Martin-Baker
LT William Joseph “Dewar” Dey
31
Annandale, Va.
killed
LT David Erik “Fur” Bergstrom
30

Hightstown, N.J.

killed
Martin-Baker
   
   
23rd June 2000
USN
F‑14A Tomcat 162603
NG 105
VF‑211
USS John C Stennis
Crashed following catapult launch in Pacific off USS John C Stennis, 1400 M SW of HI, USA     Martin-Baker
ejected ejected Martin-Baker
   
26th July 2000
USN
F‑14B Tomcat  163228
AG 212
 VF‑11 Hydraulics failure, crashed in the desert, Saudi Arabia during a training flight     Martin-Baker
ejected ejected Martin-Baker
   
8th April 2001
USN
F‑14A Tomcat 159591
AD225
VF-101
NALF Fentress, VA
Belly landed     Martin-Baker
ground egress ground egress Martin-Baker
9th August 2001
USN
F‑14D Tomcat 164351
NE-104
VF-2
USS Constellation
Missing over Bay of Bengal in Indian Ocean
Search called off on the 11th August
    Martin-Baker
Lt. Richard Stephen "Stench" Pugh
missing presumed killed
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Wayne "Ernie" Sides
missing presumed killed
Martin-Baker
   
2nd March 2002
USN
F-14B Tomcat 162923
AG-101
VF-143
based at Naval Air Station Oceana USS John F. Kennedy
Nose strut failure crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after launching from USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67)
50 nautical miles south of Crete
    Martin-Baker
(Pilot) Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Michael "Basher" Blaschum
33
Virginia Beach
ejected but died of injuries
(RIO), Lt. j.g. Rafe "Bloach" Wysham
25
Madras, Oregon
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
   
8th March 2002
also seen as 7th

USN
F-14A Tomcat 158618
NG104
VF-211
USS John C. Stennis
Went overboard following tail hook split on arrestment. Arabian Sea     Martin-Baker
LT Rob Woods
ejected

Ogre McGowen
ejected

Martin-Baker

8th July 2002
also seen as 9th


USN

Grumman F‑14B

 161429
AD

 VF‑101

Crashed on a training mission off Virginia Capes, Ops Area, VA, USA

 

 

 Martin-Baker

Pilot ejected OK and picked up from the sea

RIO ejected OK picked up from the sea

  Martin-Baker

3rd October 2002
USN
 F‑14A-135-GR Tomcat 162594
AD 136
Reaper 136
VF‑101
 ‘Grim Reapers’
Oceana Naval Air Station
Evening mission. Crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off Key West, FL, USA

 

  Martin-Baker

Lt. Dave ‘Hound’ Bassett
ejected
- picked up by an H-3 helicopter. Received minor injuries

Lt. Craig ‘Ike’ Turner
IP
ejected
- picked up by an H-3 helicopter. Received minor injuries
Martin-Baker
3rd October 2002

UPDATE

A tail section believed to be from this aircraft came ashore on 5th May 2006, almost 5,000 miles away on a beach in West Cork on Ireland’s southern shores.  News REPORT Link

                 
 

"Don't touch that!" (Officer survives F-14 ejection)
Navy Times ^ | 11/18/02 | Heines
 

Posted on 11/20/2002 2:45:20 PM PST by pabianice
Edited on 05/07/2004 10:11:52 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

A passenger in a fighter jet survived being accidentally ejected while the aircraft was flying near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.

“The Fighter Squadron 213 aircraft was participating in air wing training at NAS Fallon with Carrier Air Wing 8, and the officer was receiving an orientation flight in conjunction with that training,” said Cmdr. Hal Pittman, spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, Va. “The incident is under investigation.”

                 
26th January 2003
USN
 F‑14D Tomcat 163901
AJ 102
VF‑213 Crashed on approach to the carrier in Caribbean 60 M E of PR, USA     Martin-Baker
One crew member ejected safely Other crew member ejected

CAN ANYONE CONFIRM DETAILS 

Martin-Baker
Wednesday, 1st April 2003
USN
 Pilot "Vinny," ejected safely "Gordo" ejected safely with only scrapes on his wrists Martin-Baker
NACES
F-14A Tomcat 158620
NF-104
VF-154
USS Kitty Hawk
CV 63
Engine failure, not hostile fire. Tomcat suffered a mechanical failure crashed in southern  Iraq Martin-Baker
NACES
                 
29th March 2004
USN
F‑14D 164344
NK 1
VF‑31
USS Stennis
Engine problems, crashed in Pacific 2 M W of Point Loma, San Diego, CA, USA on the way to North Island     Martin-Baker
pilot Lt. Dan Komar
ejected safely
RIO Lt. j.g. Matt Janczak
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
                 

 

  I also have included a photo of , and F-14 RIO who was killed off the coast of San Diego in a flat spin Lt William (Bill) C. "Shadow" Matthews .... but I couldn't find ..... ah, never mind..... I just realized he never did eject; the flat spin G- forces were too great for he and his pilot to reach the handle.  They both died.
  I think you updated the list while I was looking it over. I sent you additional PMs on AW and now Tomcat Forum with other details. I'm still confused over the Steve Dunwoody episode which sounds like the entry below but you have him ejecting in mid 1993:
 
 
VF-201 F-14A 162708 (MODEX AF101)
A/C entered a spin while in an ACM hop against NAS Dallas A-4M adversary. RIO failed to eject and was killed
 
Steve was in VF-102 with me and I remember hearing he ejected in a reserve Tomcat and his RIO didn't survive. Our Tomcat memorial list only has a single RIO (LCDR James "Jim Bob" Segars from VF-201) dying in the Dec 1992 mishap so he may be RIO for your list entry of LCDR Summers as ejecting. Note: the only single fatality in 1993 is listed as LCDR Thomas "Boog" Powell from VF-124. I thought Steve ended up in a Miramar reserve squadron so maybe your date is correct, but you're missing the RIO.

 

                 

 

Acknowledgements

_______________________________________________________________________
(if I inadvertently omit your name from this listing PLEASE let me know to amend the listing)

FEEDBACK

I ran across your website while researching past F-14 fatalities.  It was a big help, but there is one mishap that still eludes me and will interest you.  Sometime around 1984 an F-14 flew from the beach to the carrier.  The crew had placed clothing hanging bags in the void of the canopy behind the rear seat, as was the custom before this event.   The F-14 was recovered, taxied to spot and tied down all without incident.  The crew safed the seats, unstrapped and opened the canopy.  The pilot stood up on the seat as the canopy opened.

          What they didn’t know was that one or more of the clothing hangers had become entangled in the rear ejection seat’s  face curtain actuating cable.  Both seats fired.  The pilot was killed.  All I can remember is his callsign, “Dirt”.  I don’t recall if the RIO survived.  The airplane was undoubtedly returned to service so it won’t be shown as a hull loss. 

          If you come across any info on this mishap I would appreciate it.

Brad Rath
LCDR USN (ret)

in email 19th May 2008

Response from a former F-14 pilot
That was VF-213; both crew members had unstrapped and were killed when the seats fired.
All Tomcat Squadrons had to change their SOP after that to not stuff items in the so-called Turtleback part of the canopy (which most crews had done routinely).

I was there, it was on board the USS Enterprise [CVN-65]. I was the Flight Deck Coordinator the mishap aircraft had just recovered as 1st Tomcat on fly on for 1986 cruise. Initially aircraft was spotted in “Six Pack” abreast the island ground crew began tying aircraft down aircraft still had engines turning at this point. Then Handler decided to re-spot it forward of island, so we broke it down again and pulled it through six pack to bring around forward of island, Yellow shirt called for a push back at this time and we pushed aircraft back in to spot. Aircraft at this time was tied down and shut down. Then Handler decided to re-spot for 3rd time aft to junk yard behind the island. Aircrew [Lt. Dirt Durman and NFO Ltjg Steve Engeman] had already began unstrapping. I signaled to Dirt if he wanted to get out and for me to ride brakes back aft. He signalled that they would ride brakes aft. We hooked on and towed F-14 to Junk Yard. Dirt elected to keep canopy closed throughout this process. When finally in spot I called handler and sarcastically asked if we were going to get any more re-spot practice for his deck crew he did not reply. So I signalled to Dirt and Steve to get out. I was on boarding ladder opening steps I had just opened Dirt’s step and was reaching for Steves step, Dirt had started to rise up in his seat and Steve was taunting me with a bag of burritos from the Beach as the canopy slid back. I was blown off the ladder and landed on my back I could see Dirt spinning up and landed just forward of the Radome hinge-point and he fell off to the starboard side of the nose. Steve went much higher and came down head first into the Starboard parrots beak then flipped over to starboard side. I could see Dirt was gone so I crawled under to Steve who tho had massive facial injuries was still alive. I finally got CAG to respond to my radio calls and the medical team responded. Steve was transported back to the beach where his family took him off life support. Granted the aircraft had bags stuffed in the turtledeck of the canopy but I never saw any bags wrapped around the seat as the AMB stated in the mishap report.

V/R Michael J Kern
AQCS Retired
in email 5th April 2012

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