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F-3 Demon
LOSSES AND EJECTIONS
 

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

DRAFT LISTING

A lot of Losses and mishaps have still to be linked together

extra information is being established
? denotes almost unreadable from archive copy - the records were handwritten.
If you have any photos of any of the mentioned pilots in an old Cruise Book could you please send a high res scan (300dpi or higher to mbenshar@aol.com  along with a brief note of who it is)

 

MISSING FROM THE LISTS

I know from other research that there are several ejection, some successful, some not that took place that I cannot find a name, or a date for. Help appreciated in identifying those missing from the list

 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
9th March 1954
McDonnell
McDonnell XF-3H-1 Demon 125444 McDonnell Engine exploded. Crashed on land B. North
ejected at 15,000 ft
  McDonnell Seat
Was this Gilbert B. North the McDonnell Test Pilot ????
18th March 1954
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133490 McDonnell Test flight. Engine fire. Tumbling. Crashed at sea. LCDR N. J. Smith III
ejected at 14,000 ft, 480 kt. Struck seat
Was this Nick Smith ?? McDonnell Seat
  The first prototype crashed after an in-flight engine explosion March 18, 1954
CHECK TYPE Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver - Mar 14, 1954
Marine Reserve Pilot Killed in Take-off Crash ... The pilot was: Identified by Navy: officials as Maj, Daniel F. Williams, 33, of, 5919 Whit- nail Highway. ...
1st November 1954
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133491 McDonnell Test flight     McDonnell Seat
?? January 1955
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon ? NAS Patuxent River, MD. USA Crashed NAS Patuxent River     McDonnell Seat
23rd February 1955
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133520 McDonnell Test flight     McDonnell Seat
15th April 1955
USN
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133499 NATC Test flight     McDonnell Seat
18th May 1955
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133495 McDonnell Engine failure during dive in test flight.
 Crashed in an Illinois cornfield
Robert H. Strange
killed
McDonnell Seat
10th June 1955
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon     Failed to recover from spin     McDonnell Seat
7th July 1955
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-1N Demon 133494 McDonnell
St. Louis
Test flight. Developed motor trouble soon after takeoff and was unable to gain altitude. steered to nearby Bellerive Country Club [golf course] to avoid school playground Albert Seawell Jr
DFC AM
33
McDonnell Test Pilot
killed
  McDonnell Seat
6th October 1955
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   McDonnell
Illinois
Crashed in a cornfield near Monticello, Iowa, plane flew on for 250 miles after pilot ejected Test Pilot George Mills
33
bailed out, Carrollton, Illinois,
McDonnell Seat
6th October 1955
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133558   Test flight LT V. F. Schaeffer
ejected at 26,000 ft 260 kt rolling. Struck windshield
  McDonnell Seat
   
1956
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-124

Miramar Naval Air Station
crashed in the mountains east of Miramar on an GCA instrument approach LCDR Shannon McCrary (CO)
killed
  McDonnell Seat
10th August 1956
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133603
"D"

VF-124
Crashed on deck of carrier at 80-90 kt and ejected

also seen as following engine flameout slid down runway in fireball, so badly burned had to give up flying

XO - LCDR James "Jim" W. Ewing [Shorty]
partially ejected
survived
  McDonnell Seat
3rd October 1956
[1st ejection]

USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133607
"D"

VF-124
Over land LTJG Ralph "Skeeter" Carson
ejected at 2,500 ft
[see also
14th January 1957]
  McDonnell Seat
  Are the following details for the 1st or second ejection ???
Crashed in heavy fog bound for NAS Miramar. He spent the night in the wild, but was rescued the following morning with only minor injuries
16oct56
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133600
"D"

VF-124
      McDonnell Seat
4jan57
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon 133630 NATC   LT. H. C. Joines
ejected at circa 6,000 ft 220 kt
  McDonnell Seat
manual release as auto seat belt failed
14th January 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon ???
VF-124
over land LTJG Ralph "Skeeter" Carson
ejected at 4,500 ft 170 kt
[see also 3rd October 1956]
  McDonnell Seat
30jan57
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133622
VF-14
      McDonnell Seat
21st February 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133601
VF-82

NAS Jacksonville, FL
      McDonnell Seat
14th March 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     crashed just outside San Diego (Miramar) Ronald E. Kerl
inadvertant ejection - killed
  McDonnell Seat
Edmund Ronald Kerl (and some with Edward)

"From what we have heard, he had radioed that he was trying to get fuel off his wings and ended up landing in a cabbage patch, hit an irrigation ditch, his seat ejected causing a skull fracture. The Navy person that escorted his body home was Henry Lucas"

Details and amendments thanks to his brother

14th May 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133608
VF-122
Black Angels
      McDonnell Seat
21st May 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon Bu 137022   Nose down spin
Crashed 3 miles off LaJolla Ca
LTJG Charles "Tiny" Wenzlau
ejected, 25000 ft 525 kt
  McDonnell Seat
 jun57
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon
VF-31
Tomcatters
Crashed into a swamp, Al. USA Pilot ??? ejected safely   McDonnell Seat
2nd June 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon 133633 VF-61
The Jolly Rogers
      McDonnell Seat
6th June 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 136993
VF-31

Tomcatters

Cecil Air Station, Jacksonville
Engine failed during thunderstorm. Crashed  into Atlantic 150 miles of the coast of Georgia Pilot CDR J. E. Tefft
ejected
McDonnell Seat
6th June 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 136994
VF-31

Tomcatters

Cecil Air Station, Jacksonville
Engine failed during thunderstorm. Crashed  into Atlantic 150 miles of the coast of Georgia Ensign Thomas Aldridge ejected
but killed ??
check
  McDonnell Seat
20th June 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   NAS Oceana Crashed into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia Beach.Normal night routine flight. LT. Eugene A. Pelton
ejected at 8,500 ft 150 kts
McDonnell
Freed himself from chute underwater. Picked up by Spanish merchant ship 5 1/2 hours later
26th July 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133613
VF-14
NAS Jacksonville, FL
Crashed
    McDonnell Seat
29th July 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133596
"LA"


FAWTUATLANT
[Fleet All Weather Training Unit - Atlantic]
NAS
 
    McDonnell Seat
20th August 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon   VF-41
Black Aces
over water LCDR Wally A. Atkins
ejected at 23,000 ft 150 kt Rescued after 15 hours
  McDonnell Seat
 

Reference ejection of W. A. Atkins on 20 August 1957, Wally was assigned to  VF-41 at the time.

Ed Harris
in email 22nd August 2013

20th August 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon     over water ENS T. L. Draper
ejected at 8,000 ft 150 kt
  McDonnell Seat
28th August 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon  
VF-82
Iron Men

USS Ranger (CVA-61)
over water ENS H. Scott "Scotty" Moulson
ejected circa 500-1000 ft
did not leave seat
(Is this Scotty Molson ??) McDonnell Seat
Tuesday 3rd September 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133562 NATC
NAS Patuxent River, MD.
Crashed at Berkeley in a suburban area near the Lambert - St. Louis Airport. The pilot had come to pick up the McDonnell Aircraft and return to Pax River. Two houses destroyed.
Lt. John R. Renshaw
26
test pilot
killed
[Lt. John R. Ranch ? confirm pilot ID]
  McDonnell Seat
3rd September 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133616
VF-14
Tophatters
      McDonnell Seat
8th September 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon     spin LTJG T. C. Grier
ejected at between 20-28,000 ft 300 kt
  McDonnell Seat
23rd September 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 136986
NG-4??

VF-122
Black Angels
CVG-9
USS Ticonderoga
CVA-14
NAS Barbara Point LTJG Sessions
killed
   
25th September 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   over land   LCDR B. C. Spell
ejected at 22,000 ft, 200 kt
  McDonnell Seat
sep57
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon NAS St. Louis, MO. USA Crashed near NAS     McDonnell Seat
Wednesday 30th October 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 136988
NG-4??

VF-122
Black Angels
CVG-9
USS Ticonderoga
CVA-14
Engine failure. Lt. Lionel E. Ames, Jr
ejected
successfully
McDonnell Seat
FEEDBACK

F3H BuNo 136988, pilot Lt. Lionel Ames, Jr. while operating his aircraft, experienced engine failure; the pilot ejected at position approximate latitude 35-10.9N, longitude 142-11.2E; the pilot was recovered by helicopter, uninjured, and returned at 0959. The USS Ticonderoga was steaming in TG 77.6 in the Yokosuka operating area. USS Ticonderoga Deck Log,  Wednesday, 30 October 1957.

G. Verver
in email 23rd April 2013

4th November 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-82
Iron Men
USS Ranger (CVA-61)
catapulted overboard (cold cat) and never found LTJG Thomas E. Ries
lost
body never recovered
  McDonnell Seat
FEEDBACK

Info. taken from 11/8/1957 Ranger publication and sent by

Don Germeyer
AM2 VF-82
in email 6th June 2009

16th November 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 160932
NG-4??

VF-122
Black Angels
CVG-9
USS Ticonderoga
CVA-14
lost at sea LTJG Witherstine
killed
   
16th November 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 136998
NG-4??

VF-122
Black Angels
CVG-9
USS Ticonderoga
CVA-14
over water LT P. L. Working
ejected at 5000 ft 150-200 kt
3 hours in raft
McDonnell Seat
16th November 1957
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 143419 VF-82 ear Oceana after A/B fuel pump ruptured on TO  Jerry Coates
ejected
killed
   
 


The original F3 had an air-driven A/B fuel pump that was prone to rupture. Until it was corrected, we did a short A/B burst just before T/O. That was when I had the shuttle move fwd. just enough for the older loop bridle that went on a shoe instead of hooks, dropped just a little, and during the stroke the shoe was torn off the A/C. The Air Officer estimated I was over 60 kts. Fortunately I decided to try to stop and was on # 4 catapult. I came to stop facing 90 degrees to starboard sitting almost against the #2 blast deflector with the left wheel in the scupper. By doing high speed video on subsequent launches, we caught the same on Will Ennis but his bridle came off right away. The solution was to increase the hold back tension so their was no slack when the F3 squatted and lurched from the A/B. I believe Ski Kaine had one slip off early, also, which led us to do the video.

Marvin "Bill" Chaney
CDR(Ret.) USNR
emails throughout December 2011

Date, Unit & BuNo added by Ed Harris in email 22nd August 2103

 

                 
24th March 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133564
VF-82
Iron Men
  LT. Harmon C. Grubbs
ejected at 15,000 ft 300-400 kt inverted dive
  McDonnell Seat
26th March 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   VF-64
Freelancers
USS Midway
CVA_41
  LTJG A. J. Delano, Jr
ejected at 10,000 ft 240 kt
  McDonnell Seat
28th March 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon       LT J. O. Moore
ejected
6500 ft 150 kt
  McDonnell Seat
15th April 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133705
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
CAP Fuel leak - Engine problems LTJG Charles T. Sylvester
ejected at 15,000 ft 150-160 kt
rescued from water by helo flown by LTJG W. D. Dobbs and crew
Martin-Baker Mk.5
8th July 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon

133597

McDonnell Test flight LCDR H. R. Po??man
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
16th July 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon  
USS Intrepid
CVA-11
flameout LTJG George L. Canfield
ejected
killed
  McDonnell Seat
 

I joined VF-61 at NAS, Oceana in the fall of 1956 and they are not listed. They had just returned from the MED. and were flying the F9F-8. I flew it for a few months while the sqd was transitiong to the F3H-2M (day fighter). We were the Jolly Rogers in CAG-8 with VF-82 (F3H-2N), My first flight in the F3 was Oct. 31, 1956 Buno. 133636 (2 flts) Carqual on FDR Feb.8-9, 1957, CVA-60 May & June 1957, CVA-60 AUG. - OCT. 1957, CVA- 59 Nov. 1957, Transition to Crusader May of 1958, TAD to VF-41(F3H-2N) on CVA-11 JUN-AUG. 1958. The Crusader loss rate ate up so high (vapor lock in fuel control) that VF-61 was decom and I went to NAF, China Lake. I flew the RF-101 from Misawa, Japan and Vietnam 1962-1965 and then to V-2 on the Ranger. I left Active Duty in Nov. of 1966 (V2 Officer on USS Ranger) to go with AAL and retired from the Reserves at NAS, Glenview.

Jim Dorsey, Vince Knaus went to VF-84 where the Jolly Roger went, also. Dick Burnett, Ski Kaine and several others went there.

 

George Canfield was making a low pass on my soon to be Wife's home to say hello to her friend whom he was dating. When he lit afterburner at hi "Q" engine inlet pressure (hi speed) the engine stalled and during the ejection he landed in the fireball. No zero lanyard at the time.
 

Scotty Moulson was in the Sqd. and was killed on takeoff during a fam hop. A bolt fell out of the spoiler on the right wing causing it to extend and rolled him to the right into the surf. Jim Dorsey found the actuator wading in the surf during the search/recovery.



Marvin "Bill" Chaney
CDR(Ret.) USNR
emails throughout December 2011

 

18th July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon       CDR C. M. ???
ejected
  McDonnell Seat

19th July 1958


USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133584
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
  LT E. H. Pearce
ejected
McDonnell Seat
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
Flameout passing through bad weather
[see FEEDBACK below]
LTJG Armond Gary Bergevin
USNR
24
killed
no ejection
   
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
LTJG J. Brender
killed
no ejection
   
23rd July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
???
killed
no ejection
   
24th July 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon   USS Midway
CV-41
Flameout
Ditched in sea  Iwakuni
LT John C. Tibbs
Blew canopy and swam from aircraft
 
FEEDBACK

". . . . the Midway was going to go into port in Yokosuka, Japan, The Air Wing flew off the day before to Atsugi Naval Air Station. During the flyoff, three of the Demons suffered flameouts passing thru bad weather and crashed at sea, killing all three pilots. the rest of the Demons made an emergency landing at Iwakuni due to weather.

The next morning they were going to fly to Atsugi. Tibbs was first off, and had just gotten airborne when his plane flamed out. being way too low to eject, he ditched it in the bay. He said it sank almost immediately, he un-strapped, blew the canopy and swam out.

All the rest of the planes were grounded at Iwakuni. They pulled his plane out of the bay, removed the engine and inspected it. They discovered that the compressor case was shrinking in cold weather and binding the compressor blades, effectively stalling the engine. Brender and Bergevin were two of the pilots killed on the flyoff, I don't remember the third, but Winchester would know.

The midair between Winchester and Ralston was with the first two "up" birds after having their engines pulled and modified. " 

      Bill English

FEEDBACK

Responding to your request for information .   .   .  I thought I would pass on, for what it's worth, a report of an ejection perhaps not on your web site. 

.   .   .   .I was the one who "landed" the Demon at Nice in May 1960 ---- but I only know for sure that afterward it was sealed up and barged back to the states. "Bravo" damage in the criteria of the times.

However, some years later I was told by a friend that when the Navy was creating more Air Groups "my" particular Demon  was put through Overhaul at MCAS Cherry Point, NC, and on its very first test flight the engine failed and the USMC test pilot ejected over Chesapeake Bay.  (MCAS Overhaul and Repair refurbished Demons, and USMC enlisted pilots flew the first test flights before we went up to retrieve them.)

I have no way of knowing if they are one and the same Demons ---  mine was Buno 145291 --- or  who would know  these 40+ years later.  My guess is that while the aircraft was destined for some east coast squadron, it would not yet have been formally assigned to one.  Trust that helps, and hopefully not confuses.

Again, great site.

 

Bob Fair, VF-14

 

A Postscript: I was astounded to see just how many ejections there were while the Demon was in the Fleet.  My perspective is obviously very limited, but it seems that a number even a fraction of that today would have our Congress investigating and screaming for explanations, and the Navy "standing down" to regroup.  Yet those numbers apparently were acceptable at the time.  Add the non-ejection accidents and the numbers become even more remarkable. 
in email 1st December 2007

ANYONE WHO CAN ADD INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BuNo  145291 PLEASE CONTACT mbenshar@aol.com
1st August 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon       CAPT G. Rogge
USAF
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
 
Mike --
I contacted you some months ago about a couple of Crusaders that were apparently erroneously credited to VF-211. Today, I ran across my F3H-2M ejection, of 08/01/58. I’ll fill in some details for your format and give you more than you need, so you can fill in the appropriate cause/circumstance column.
The aircraft had been a “hanger queen”, mostly due to the engine re-works that were going on in those days. We got caught up in an “Emergency Deployment” due to the Lebanon Crisis that turned into the Taiwan incident.

The Lexington (CVA-16) steamed up to Alameda at Flank speed to pick us up, but I flew to No. Island to test an F3H-2M that was coming out of overhaul. The ship picked me up there a couple of days later while provisioning. After leaving the Hawaii weapons transfer, we were informed of the Taiwan situation and that we (a day fighter unit) would have to leave the ship en-route to Guam so they could bring some strike A-3Ds aboard. My aircraft (that I was assigned to fly off) had been hoisted aboard pretty much as a gaggle of parts and no engine. The deal was, that we were to fly off to Guam when we were a little over 400 nm NE of Guam, as there were no port facilities for CVA-16 to off-load. Then, any remaining Demons were to be pushed over the side before the A3D’s arrived. So, as there would be no Demons aboard, they allowed VF-24 to have the “War reserve” spare engine (& the only engine that had the “up to then” require mods for A/B, etc.) to install. Thus, it didn’t have many normally mandatory parts, canopy actuator, various small and large fuselage panels, etc., but it had hydraulics, flight controls, engine and comm. radio. The canopy was wired back and the things necessary to sustain flight were there, though normally grossly illegal. So, the flight was a maintenance test flight for new engine and major maintenance issues, en-route to NAS Agaña, Guam. Note: Everything I took with me was in the Ammo can elevator (including USAF uniforms)! I was second off and shortly after launch, the engine had an explosive compressor stall, pegged EGT, etc. After trying a zoom for an unsuccessful air start, I ejected on the way down, at about 500’ and 220 K, I’d guess. Pretty low for that seat (pointing down hill), anyway, but I wanted to try for a start. So, in a nutshell, for your purposes, it’d probably be Maint. flight test & engine failure (or FOD?).

My columns that you have filled in are pretty much okay. 08/01/58; USN, F3H-2M; 137073; VF-24; Maint. test flameout(??); Capt. Gene Rogge, USAF; Ejected (& survived), Central Pacific; McDonnell Seat.
VF-24 did have another ejection in the F3H-2M earlier in 1958. It was Arvil A. (Tim) Holt. I think he was a Lt.JG by then. I just emailed him and asked for his details, for your history.
Regards,
Gene F. Rogge, Lt. Col., USAF (Ret)

Lexington CVA-16
VF-24 Fighting Renegades

?? ?? 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon   VF-24
Fighting Renegades
  LTJG Arvil A. (Tim) Holt
ejected
   
8th  August 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon     flameout LTJG W. K. Rhodes
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
5th September 1958
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon   VF-64
Freelancers
Landing gear damaged LT William "Bill" D. Dittmar
ejected while climbing
McDonnell Seat
12sep58
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon 133628 NATC       McDonnell Seat
28sep58
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133589
"NJ"

VF-121
Pacemakers
      McDonnell Seat
9th December 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon       LTJG Rod B. Carter ejected   McDonnell Seat
10th December 1958
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133591
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
  LT John S. Patton
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
27th January 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon   Over land   LTJG P. J. Gallagher
ejected at 1200 ft 180 kt
  McDonnell Seat
27th March 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon ?   Near La Jolia, CA. USA     McDonnell Seat
20th May 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2M Demon 133634
VF-21
Freelancers
      McDonnell Seat
24th June 1959
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon       LTJG G. J. Radington
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
7th August 1959
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon       ENS P. E. Frederick
ejected
  McDonnell Seat
10th August 1959
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon     Explosion and loss of thrust LTJG J. J. Walter
ejected
  McDonnell seat
16th September 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon     Over land LTJG T. J. O'Leary
bailed out
Parachute streamed
Killed
   
Confirmation needed - USN records give this as a bail-out - not an ejection
  Probably one of, if not the first, use of a Martin-Baker Mk.5 Ejection Seat by the USN
29th September 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon ????
VF-101
NAS Boca Chica
Flameout LTJG  Ben J. Smith
ejected at 5-6000 ft
  Martin-Baker
   
Monday 7th October 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  

VF-41
Black Aces
USS Independence
CV-62
[confirm carrier]
 
Flameout due to fuel exhaustion. Waved off.
Location on the east coast
LTJG James (Jim) F. "Yank" Dorsey Jr.
ejected between 5 - 7,000 ft 120 kt
  McDonnell seat
   
Monday 7th October 1959
USN
F-3H-2 Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into sea following engine failure 200 miles south of Nagoya, Japan.
See FEEDBACK
LTJG James Richard Ward
[also seen as Richard James Ward]

Brockton, Mass.
ejected
never found

Should this be
James D. Ward ???

 

  

Monday 7th October 1959
USN
F-3H-2 Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Crashed into sea following engine failure 200 miles south of Nagoya, Japan.
See FEEDBACK
LTJG Douglas A. "Doug" Blank
Hayward, CA
ejected
never found
   

FEEDBACK

".   .   .   A flight of 4 VF-21 Demons launched from Midway with NAS Atsugi as their destination. They encountered heavy weather enroute and one by one each experienced what they thought was an engine flame-out. In fact none of those J71 engines actually flamed out. The problem was that in heavy cloud or precipitation at high cold altitudes the engine turbine case would contract to the point where turbine blades would impinge on the case causing an almost complete loss of power. Two pilots, Doug Blank and Jim Ward ejected and were never found. The other two Demons descended out of weather and regained enough power to continue on to Atsugi. The subsequent investigation revealed the vulnerability of the engine compressor to the intake of cold humid air and all J71 engines underwent refitting that solved the problem but with a consequential lowering of total engine thrust."

Cdr. John Newlin, USN (Ret)
USS Midway Veterans Association
in email 29th July 2013

  The dates for that crash are earlier than 1960.  I found this article from the Oakland Tribune dated October 7, 1959.  It lists Richard James Ward of Brockton, Mass and Douglas A. Blank of Hayward, CA as lost at sea.  Title of the article is Hayward Jet Pilot Lost at Sea.

The newspaper article that I just sent, lists the name as Richard James Ward, but the USS Midway cruise book lists the name as James R. Ward.  We will order the deck logs for October 5 (the Monday they went down) and hope to get the name correctly

                 
4th November 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid - air over Iwakuni, Japan LTJG Richard "Dick" L. Ralston
ejected 2500 ft
McDonnell seat
4th November 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
Air Group 2
USS Midway
CVA-41
Mid - air over Iwakuni, Japan LT Morton "Windy" S. Winchester
no ejection
McDonnell seat

Winchester landed his Demon after the midair with half his starboard wing gone.....He ended up with the plane straddling a benjo ditch past the end of the runway

19th November 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon     Fuel Exhaustion, flame out LCDR J. F. Bangham
ejected at 4500 ft 160 kt
  McDonnell seat
4th December 1959
USN
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon   NAS Miramar   ENS Albert Joe Hickman
killed
stayed with aircraft to avoid crashing onto Hawthorne Elementary School, Clairemont Mesa
  No Ejection
 

Allan Anderson witnessed one F3 accident.

Al Hickman flew into the ground at Miramar NAS when he came into the break and had to loose 500’ of altitude make a 180 degree turn and change radio freq. at the same time. He did not survive. This was in VF-121 the replacement squadron.

                 
5th January 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon   USS Independence Night landing. Broke nose wheel on landing. The wheel ran along the deck breaking a sailor's leg      
11th January 1960
McDonnell
McDonnell F-3H-?? Demon       LTJG P. M. Reiter
ejected
at 3000 ft 150 kt
  McDonnell Seat
9th February 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LTJG A. V. Miller
ejected at 2000 ft 150 kt
  Martin-Baker
 26th February 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon ??
NH 4??

VF-114
Executioners
deployed on the USS Hancock (CVA-19)
flamed
out on launch  went into the water
Over water
LTJG R. S. Gale
ejected on impact with water
serious injuries - rescued by helo
  Martin-Baker
3rd March 1960
USN
McDonnell F3H-2N Demon 145265
"NL"
Switchbox '5'"
 

VF-151
NAS Moffett
LTJG Allan "Andy" G. Anderson
ejected at 15-20,000 ft 300 kt

          via Allan Anderson
McDonnell Seat
Click on above red cross
Had a windscreen blow out. After the pilot ejected the "bird" landed alongside U.S. 101.  about 80 miles south of Moffett, 5 miles south of Gilroy Calif.
  Further details extracted from correspondence on the Demon Drivers Forum
                 
16th June 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon  
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CVA-60
Night operation. Carrier Controlled Approach [CCA]
Aircraft disappeared about 6 miles away from carrier
LTJG Charlie Harper
lost. Never found
 

 

I have some information which may fill in one gap.  Here are the details:

In the spring of 1959, I arrived on board the USS Saratoga, CVA-60.  The ship had just anchored in Naples following operations the night before.

During these operations, Ltjg. Charlie Harper, VF-21, Air Group 3, made an approach in an F3H.  During arrestment, the port poured fitting failed.  As the end of the wire -with the large, fractured fitting still attached pulled through his tailhook- it became similar to being at the end of a skater's 'crack the whip.'

In burner, Harper became airborne but, in the process, the fitting crushed the belly of his plane, rupturing the main fuel cell.

He contacted Pri-fly describing his problem (losing fuel rapidly).  Asked if he wanted the nearby airborne tanker to hook up, he said "No, I'm losing fuel too fast."

When asked his intentions, he said he would eject passing through 10,000 ft.  The tanker flew near to him as he climbed out.  Passing through 10,000 ft., the tanker pilot reported seeing a bright flash.  Presumably the ejection seat.

Nothing was ever found later of Ltjg. Harper.  Only parts of the plane.

 This is all I know but I am confident of the facts listed here.

John Hebbe (VA-35, Spads)
in email 28th July 2013

13th July 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LTJG W. D. Craig
ejected at 1000 ft 140 kt
  McDonnell Seat
22nd July 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon  
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CV-60
  LTJG Michael J. Ettel
ejected thru canopy at 9500 ft 180 kt
injuries sustained
McDonnell Seat
25th July 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water LCDR Gilbert J. Kirk
ejected at 1300 ft 175-180 kt
rescued by helo
  McDonnell Seat
11th August 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water LCDR R. F. Woodruff
ejected at 3500 ft 240 kt
  McDonnell Seat
20th September 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over land LTJG E. J. Murphy
ejected at 20,000 ft 150 kt
   
24th September 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water LT E. J. Thaubald
ejected at 300 ft 120 kt
  Martin-Baker
Thursday 20th October 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3H2 Demon 133595
"NH" 40?

VF-114
Executioners
USS Hancock
CVA-19
Operating south of Japan in South China Sea. Impossible to land as the tail hook had dropped off. Decison made to bail out. CMDR Ernest W. Holloway
ejected
at 5-6000 ft 200-250 kt
rescued by US Destroyer Kyes
Martin-Baker
21st October 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3HDemon ??
NH 4??

VF-114
Executioners
deployed on the USS Hancock (CVA-19)
flamed
out on launch  went into the water
Over water
LT Robert "Bob" F. Constans
ejected at zero feet
rescued by helo
killed
Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK In 1960, Lts Gale and Constans were both killed when their F3H's flamed  out on launch and they went into the drink.  Gale's body was recovered,   Constans' was lost at sea.  I was there and they were both from my  squadron VF-114 deployed on the USS Hancock (CVA-19).
25th October 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LCDR  L. E. Scheer
ejected at 800 ft 180 kt
  McDonnell Seat
27th October 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Engine problems. Tried to return to carrier shortly after launch CAPT Clayton C. Snow
USAF
ejected at 800 ft 140 kt thru canopy
  Martin-Baker
15th November 1960
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LTJG C. F. Parker
ejected at 2000 ft
Lost presumed drowned
  McDonnell Seat
The time frame is sometime from Nov 1960 to March 1961.
???

USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon  
VF-21
Freelancers
NAS Miramar
 flamed out and suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff LT William "Bill" Kozel
unsuccesful ejection attempt
  McDonnell

The investigation revealed that he had pulled the face curtain but the firing mechanism failed. His wife
eventually sued McDonnell and won a fairly large settlement.

30th January 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133621 VF-101
Cherry Point
       
24th February 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LT F. A. Grant Jr.
ejected at 8000 ft 200 kt
thru canopy ??
rescued by helo after 45 minutes
  Martin-Baker
Feb. ...April 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon ??
NM-3??

VF-193
Ghostriders
CVW‑21
USS Bon Homme Richard
CVA-31
The pilot stayed with a sick airplane and flew it into the water, wingman Fred Palmer, witnessed the event, Norm was lost at sea. Norm's last radio call was "lookout folks, I'm going in." LTJG N. L. "Norm" Farmer
killed
  Martin-Baker
1st May 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     over water LCDR R. M. Hamilton
ejected at 600 ft 120 kt
  Martin-Baker
16th June 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LCDR C. E. "Smiley" Dorris
ejected at 2500 ft 200 kt
  Martin-Baker
30th June 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133561
"NE"

VF-21
Freelancers
USS Midway
CV-41
Low fuel approach, porpoised while attempting to land at NAS Atsugi, Japan LTJG Robert "Bob" J. Hendershott Jr.
ejected at low level - landed in seat - died of injuries
Martin-Baker

Ltjg. Robert G. Hendershott ejected from a VF-21 F3H Demon July 1, 1961 while attempting to land at NAS Atsugi, Japan. He panicked while making a low fuel approach and got into a nasty porpoise. Even though he was in a Martin-Baker seat, the ejection was unsuccessful most probably due to his attempt coming as the aircraft was about to strike the runway on a down cycle.

 in email 25th November 2007

7th July 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon ??
NG-2??
VF-92
Silver Kings
NAS Alameda
 San Francisco Bay LTJG Jack D. Bishop
ejected at 1000 ft 140 kt
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Jack took off from the westerly heading runway at NAS Alameda and turned left down San Francisco Bay.  A baseball announcer at Candlestick Park in southern San Francisco told the fans that an aircraft was on fire over the bay, so hundreds saw the ejection.
Jack pulled his feet back as the Flight Manual instructed but got a few crushed vertebrae -- because the Manual was out-of-date.  Later we got an updated Manual which said to leave your feet on the rudder pedals.
Zeke Wilson
Cdr USN Ret
I was the VF-92 Squadron Safety Officer investigating this accident -- Turbine Failure.
in email 20th November 2007

 

Hello!
 Here is an event I witnessed as a youth
Thanks,   Robert Tilley

Hi Bob...
You are the lucky one tonight - Most of the other e-mails have lacked specifics, but I think the accident of which you speak happened on July 6th, 1961...

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Jack Bishop, age 26 and of the Navy's 92nd Fighter Squadron, had just taken off NAS Alameda when the tower radioed to him, "You're on fire!".  Instead of instantly bailing out, he turned his plane to the left, and directed it into the bay, and then bailed out of his F-3H "Demon".  Had he not turn his craft towards the water, the jet would have likely impacted into downtown San Francisco

Many of the 15,000 baseball fans at Candlestick Park witnessed the pilot's ejection, only seconds before it hit the water. 

Lt. Bishop survived unharmed from the accident, and was publicly commended by the Navy from his brave actions - According to a spokesman - "He stayed with his plane longer than necessary—he stayed to the very last possible second, He wanted to be certain, and he was. It took a lot of courage."

Two days later, another naval jet crashed near Oakland Airport, killing one pilot, while the other aboard ejected to safety.

Hope this answers your question..
Best Regards,

Christopher Freeze
www.Check-Six.com

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 12, 2008 8:04 PM

Subject: Bay Area crash lead
Hello!
My parents brought me to San Francisco in 1950, when I was six months old. We lived on Upper Market St. One day, in the mid to late 1950's, I was outside playing and looking east toward the bay, I witnessed a small airplane go into a dive, and disappear behind Portrero Hill. Then a column of black smoke started ascending. I ran in the house and told my mother that a plane had just crashed. She asked how big, and I told her it was a small airplane. Later we heard either on the radio or the television that it was a U.S. Navy jet, and the pilot had ejected before the jet crashed in the bay. Do you have further information on this event? Thank You.

 Bob

Robert Tilley
in email 25th January 2009

12th July 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon       LCDR Dave C. Wylie
ejected at 3 - 500 ft 140 kt
Body found in water later
  Martin-Baker
10th August 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133585
"NE"

VF-21
Freelancers
USS Midway
CV-41
Engine failure just after cat launch. Crashed off the coast of Japan LCDR Hank L Halleland ejected at 2-300 ft 165 kt thru canopy
rescued by helo
back injury -
  Martin-Baker
16th August 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LCDR Stan G. Cooper
at 1000 ft 180 kt thru canopy
injured striking canopy
  Martin-Baker
12th October 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       CDR W. F. "Mac" McCullough
ejected at 1000 ft 150 kt
  Martin-Baker
17th November 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon       LT Robert "Bob" J. Wuebler ejected at 1000 ft 150 kt
injured
  Martin-Baker
22nd November 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 143483
VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CV-60
 
Overland.
The pilot landed just outside the walls of the Raford Prison in FL
LTJG Kenneth R. Toby
ejected at 1000 ft 150 kt
landed flat on back - injured
Martin-Baker
25th November 1961
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water LTJG W. Logan
ejected at 65 ft 80 kt
rescued by destroyer
  Martin-Baker
26th December 1961
USMC
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water MAJ C. H. Ludden
ejected at 2000 ft 190 kt
rescued by helo
  Martin-Baker
9th January 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon  
VF-41
Black Aces
Over land LCDR Nelson Sabin
ejected at 5000 ft 240 kt
rescued by helo
Martin-Baker
15th February 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over land LT M. W. Wakeland
ejected at 1000 ft 200 kt
dragged - injured
  Martin-Baker
   
23rd February 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133574
VF-151
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
Over water LT J. T. Kneeshaw
ejected at 800 ft 160 kt
rescued by whaleboat after 50 minutes
  Martin-Baker
3rd March 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 133614 VF-101
Grim Reapers
Cherry Point
In harbour LT H. V.Spade
ejected at 800 ft 150 kt
thru canopy
injured
rescued by fishing boat
  Martin-Baker
7th March 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 137015 VF-101
Grim Reapers
Cherry Point
Over water LTJG  D. G. M Klein
ejected at 11000 ft 170 kt
  Martin-Baker
22nd March 1962
[1st ejection]

USN
McDonnell F-3H-2N Demon 133572
"AE"

VF-131
USS Constellation
Over water during the VF-131 shakedown cruise ENS I. Gale Lane
ejected 4500 ft 280 kt
picked up by destroyer after 30 minutes
SEE ALSO
1st May 1963
Martin-Baker
13th April 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     Over water LCDR J. M. Dowling
ejected at 300 ft 120 kt
injured
rescued by helo
  Martin-Baker
28th April 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon  
VF-151
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
  LTJG Guy H. Freeborn
ejected at 9000 ft 150 kt
struck canopy - injured - recued by destroyer USS Duncan DDR 874 after 30 minutes

LINK

Martin-Baker
  had been looking at the ejection web sight a week of two before it was posted here. I am aware of some Demon and Phantom loses that are not there yet. I am researching now for the names. As for the Demons in VF-151 we lost two on the '61-'62 cruise, both night ejections and pilots were recovered. One was at that time LTJG Guy Freeborn, who went on to Phantoms and downed one mig in Vietnam. The other I would like to verify before naming. He has posted on this site in the past but, I have not seen anything in about the last two years. Mr Harry Milner was with us on part or all of the '63 Cruise when we lost LCDR Floyd Cox. By the way It has taken me nearly three years, but he has finally been posted in the Navy Memorial Foundation as lost at sea. I don't remember any other loses in those cruises. We did have a LT A.G. Anderson with us on the '61-'62 cruise. Also was LT JG Gene Hakanson, who became CO of NAS Miramar in the late 70's or early 80's. Sadly, I heard he passed on shortly thereafter. For all the above I do not have dates except for LCDR Cox. I will send this info to the ejection web site when I have the rest of the data.
  And the G. H. Freeborn on your list is Guy Freeborn, who later shot down a
Mig while flying an F4 in Viet Nam. uss connie 1967
FEEDBACK

Allan Anderson recalls the event

Our call sign was Switchbox. One night I was on the catapult and had just turned my lights on (a night salute) when Freeborn called “any Switchbox aircraft” I answered and he said that he had a total electrical failure. I ask if he had checked his oil pressure. He informed all on freq. that he had zero oil pressure. Engine oil ran the Sundstrand units that powered the electrical generators. There was no reason for me to respond. It was obvious that he would have to eject.

On 10th August 1967 an F-4 from VF-142 from USS Constellation CVA-64 flown by Freeborn and ENS Robert J. Elliot became  the second Navy crew  to shoot down a MIG-21 in Vietnam. The Sparrow did not work but the Sidewinder did.
{note:  On 9th October 1966   CDR Richard M. Bellinger flying an F-8 Crusader of VF-162 from CVA-34 shot down the Navy's first MiG-21]            
                             
19th July 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 146714
VF-31
Tomcatters
Cecil field
Compressor stall and subsequent flame-out at about 700 feet LTJG John "Jack" Connor
ejected
  Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

Mike,
Came across your site and thought I fill you in on my ejection in the lead sled   Bu # 146714 on July 19, 1962, 
VF 31 .I was leading a flight of three into the break at Cecil field. We broke and, at the 180,  I encountered a compressor stall and subsequent flame-out @ about 700 feet.    Called the tower and advised I was ejecting .  Wound up directly over the fireball.  There was slight  breeze that allowed me to land about 100’ from the crash site.  Helo. arrived shortly thereafter. No injuries.  Loved my Martin Baker.
Regards,
John (Jack) Connor
in email 6th February 2011

22nd July 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon  
VF-161
Chargers
USS Oriskany
CVA-34
[confirm]
Over water CDR Joe F. Bolger Jr.
ejected at 10 - 20 ft 120 kt
thru canopy
rescued by helo

see also
Friday 12th July 1963

Martin-Baker
 

I came across your site while researching VF-161.  I was in VF-161 from 1961 until September 1962 and  vaguely remember when Cdr. Bolger had to eject but didn’t witness it.

However I did witness another ejection when, on takeoff while in afterburner, a part of a catapult bounced and hit an aft fuel tank and caused the leaking fuel to ignite.  There was a very long trail of fire behind the plane and the pilot had to fly the plane to up high enough to eject.  I believe the pilot was Lt. Kinch and he was picked by a helo .   Remember this event because I was the plane captain of that plane.

Lee Hartner
in email 19th January 2014

17th August 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3H-2 Demon ??
NM-3??
 

VF-193
Ghostriders
CVW‑21
USS Bon Homme Richard
CVA-31
Over the Philippines, near the coast, about 100 miles north of Cubi Point. LT Dwight B. Williams
ejected at 50 ft 200 kt
injured on landing
Martin-Baker
carried by a village natives. later picked up by helo
22nd September 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon ??
NM-3??

VF-193
Ghostriders
B
on Homme Richard

CV-31

Refueling from an A4 buddy tanker and his wingman at night south of Okinawa. After JT completed refueling he lit his afterburner, accelerated and collided with the buddy tanker. Following the collision JT's Demon went almost straight down with his afterburner still lit - he never ejected. The pilot of the A4 buddy tanker ejected and his wingman, whose engine flamed out after ingesting FOD from the collision, also ejected. Both A4 pilots were picked up. LCDR John Truman "JT" Parks
killed
Martin-Baker

FEEDBACK

Thanks to
Bob Jellison
Capt USN (Ret), VF-193 Safety Officer at the time of both accidents (22-09-1962) and for his input and photo of Dwight Williams (VF-193) also details of Norm Farmer's loss (Feb - April 1961).
(in emails February 2013)
Please visit his web site
http://www.bobjellison.com

 
I am the nephew of demon pilot LCDR. J. T. Parks killed sept 22 1962 while flying aboard the Bon Homme Richard under Capt Bullard's command. the Squadron 193 commander at that time was Jack Blake . I am getting this imformation from old letters that were sent to his mother , my grandmom if I can be of further help please contact phone 410- 430-6713 or via e-mail parksc1@aol.com regards Patrick S Parks
Tuesday 2nd October 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon   NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville Towing target for gunnery practice. Mid-air collision with civilian plane 10 miles off shore from Ponte Vedre Beach

[Beechcraft, General Electric aircraft with two G.E. pilots, a G.E. Executive and his wife]. Both crashed into Atlantic Ocean

LTJG Eugene E. Faulk
25
Columbia, Ala
killed
Body recovered
   
Thursday 18th October 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3H Demon ??
NH-4??
[confirm]
VF-114
[confirm]
USS Hancock
CV-19
Aircrafts landing gear damaged on take off from carrier. Running low on fuel decided to perform "wheels up" landing the aircraft at Moffett Field, Santa Clara Co. LT Joseph W. Haselby
San Diego
egressed safely on ground
   
   
12th November 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon     over water LT C. N. Eley
ejected at 1200 ft 170 kt
injured
picked up by destroyer
  Martin-Baker
27th December 1962
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 145286
AB-1??

VF-14
Tophatters
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt
CVA-42
  LTJG J. C. Williams
no ejection
killed
Body not recovered
   
FEEDBACK
THE DEC 27 LOSS  WAS LTJG J.C. WILLIAMS   AGAIN THE FDR CVA 42 VF 14
NIGHT CAT SHOT WHICH APPEARED NORMAL  IN THE ADRIATIC  IN THE NAPLES AREA  NO HORIZON   THE A/C FLEW INTO THE WATER A FEW MILES AHEAD OF THE SHIP  NO COMMUNICATION     VERTIGO?   CAUSE UNKNOWN   A HELMET WAS RECOVERED  NO EJECTION BOTH WERE CLOSE PERSONAL FRIENDS   HOPE THIS ADDS SOMETHING TO YOUR PROJECT   
REGARDS FROM AN OLD TOP HATTER

in email 30th November 2007
 
Tuesday 5th February 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 146733 VF-213
Black Lions
NAS Miramar
over land LTCDR  S. T. Zink
ejected at 350 ft 145 kt
injured
  Martin-Baker
Wednesday 20th March 1963

USN photo
 
 

USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 145281
AB-1??

VF-14
Tophatters
USS Frankiln D. Roosevelt
CVA-42
Aircraft went over the bow -
Circumstances

??????

LTJG Joseph Janiak, Jr.
no ejection
killed
Body not recovered
 
FEEDBACK
Attached is a picture of Joe Janiak taken from the 1962-63 Cruise Book of the FDR. My understanding is the hold back broke prematurely after he selected afterburner and before the cat fired. He was unable to stop the aircraft before it went over the side. Joe was killed in this accident. I don.'t know if he ejected or not. The accident happened a few months after I left the  squadron (VF-14). Hope this helps.
 
Paul Hilaire
in email 30th November 2007
AS I RECALL  THE HOLDBACK BROKE ON A DAY CAT SHOT A/C UNABLE TO STOP AND WENT OVER THE BOW  NO EJECTION    JOE WAS A TOPHATTER   VF 14

in email 30th November 2007
Thursday 11th April 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 146710 DBR North Island Damaged    
Wednesday 1st May 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 143417
VF-13
Nightcappers
Cecil Field
Over water LTJG I. Gale Lane
thru canopy
rescued by helo
SEE ALSO
22nd March 1962
Martin-Baker Mk.5A
Monday 20th May 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 143481
"AC"

VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CV-60
Damaged      
Sunday 30th June 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 145230
"NL"
 

VF-151
Vigilantes
USS Coral Sea
CVA-43
Engine seizure, Heavy rain, rough seas LT Floyd E. Cox
ejected
lost at sea
  Martin-Baker Mk.5B
   
Friday 12th July 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 146732
AH-

VF-161
Chargers
USS Oriskany
CVA-34
Crashed while landing CDR Joseph F. Bolger Jr.
missing

Search called off after two days

see also
22nd July 1962

 
Thursday 15th August 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 143476
"AC-1??"

VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CV-60
Crashed onto the carrier deck in the Mediterranean Sea. Several aircraft destroyed and 2 killed and 9 injured      
Thursday 15th August 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 146716
"AC-1??"

VF-31
Tomcatters
USS Saratoga
CV-60
Destroyed on deck      
Friday 27th September 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 145267
"AH"

VF-161
USS Oriskany
CVA-34
  LTJG A. L. Uner Martin-Baker
Monday 28th October 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 145236   Cherry Point Damaged    
Wednesday 20th November 1963
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 146328
"NL"

VF-151
Crashed Alameda      
Wednesday 4th March 1964
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 145242
VF-13
USS Shangri La
Shortly after cat launch. Crashed into the Mediterranean Sea LTJG Jim Riley
killed
Martin-Baker

The Demon ejection, VF-13, buno 145242, spring 1964 must have been the fatal accident of LTJG Jim Riley. It happened on a Med cruise, on a catapult shot. From the altitude and attitude of the ejection, it appeared it might have been survivable, but when the helo recovered Jim in just a few minutes, aft of the ship, he was dead.

From Tom Wimberly

I was a LCDR at the time; squadron Operations Officer
in email 24th November 2007

Re the pilot's name in the 4 Mar 64 Demon ejection, it was Jim Riley not Jim Reid.
corrected 21st November 2012

Here's the (not guaranteed accurate) recollection I have of Jim Riley's accident:

He ejected from a VF-13 Demon right off the cat, USS Shangri-La, CVA-38, Aegean Sea. Catapult shot was good. Plane pitched down at flight deck height, about 60 feet off the water. (At the time, the Martin-Baker seat guaranteed a safe ejection from no lower than 100 feet, provided there was no sink rate.)  Broke his neck on ejection or impact, and by the time the helo got to him and hauled him out, he had drowned. Possible runaway stabilator or incorrect stab trim, but the plane went to the bottom, so we may never know.

Dick Hallahan
in email 21st November 2012

 
Wednesday 22nd April 1964
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon 143449
VF-13
USS Shangri-La
Over Water LTJG Harry E. Henning
ejected at 10,000 ft 230 kt
Not shown in M-B lists
was seat therefore a McDonnell ??

Re the VF-13 Demon ejection, pilot Harry Henning in the spring of 1964 I think. It was a bad night in the Med and Harry was having trouble getting a trap. When he hit bingo fuel, I was in Air Ops and so was the squadron CO. The CO stated clearly, "Bingo him." The officer running the show heard the recommendation, but elected to let Harry continue. After another bolter or two, the CO said, "Tank him." The attempt to tank was unsuccessful. It was conducted with the A-4 tanker flying straight ahead of the ship. When Harry finally got plugged in, they were 12 or so miles ahead of the ship, and no fuel would transfer. The tanker had slowed to 200 knots or so to avoid flying so far ahead of the ship. It turns out the tanker store won't function properly at that slow a speed. When it was concluded that Harry was not going to get any fuel, he headed back to the ship and reported 300 pounds of fuel. The CO said, "Tell him to climb and eject, tell him to climb and eject." The instructions were given and Harry was able to get close to the ship with plenty of altitude before the engine flamed out. This is to the best of my recollection.

Tom Wimberly, CAPT USN Ret, squadron Ops Officer VF-13 at the time.
in email 24th November 2007

Wednesday 27th May 1964
USN
McDonnell F-3 Demon 145243
VF-13
Jacksonville
       
 
USN
McDonnell F-3B Demon            
TO RESEARCH - Found in Forum and Web Site Guest Books
                 
3rd May 1962
CONFIRM
???
  F4H-1     engine fire CDR M. M. Casey Jr.
ejected
injured
Is this the person mentioned in the emails Martin-Baker
  To be moved to F4 pages
   
    Ejection Seats

A Martin-Baker Mk.5 Ejection seat being tested from a McDonnell F3 Demon

Martin-Baker Ejection Seats were installed in BuNos 146709 - through to 146740 at the factory

 


                                                                                                                       drawing  Martin-Baker              

 


This Martin-Baker Mk.5P ejection seat was fitted to the Skyray but in most respects was similar to the seat fitted into the F3H Demon

photo Martin-Baker  

   

  

                 
  Can anyone provide the date that Lt. Bill Kozel was killed? His Demon suffered an engine failure shortly after takeoff from Miramar and the McDonnell seat failed when he attempted to eject. His wife sued McDonnell and was awarded a tidy sum. The time frame is sometime from Nov 1960 to March 1961.

 

 

Hi Mike,

I can think of at least three that I don't see on your list. Lt. Bill Kozel
(not 100% certain of the spelling), a VF-121 instructor pilot,
unsuccessfully attempted to eject (not a Martin-Baker seat) from a Demon
when it flamed out shortly after take-off from NAS Miramar sometime in 1960.
I was a FRP in VF-121 at the time. The investigation revealed that he had
pulled the face curtain but the firing mechanism failed. His wife
eventually sued McDonnell and won a fairly large settlement. Had he been in
a Martin-Baker seat, I'm sure he'd have made it.

A VF-21 pilot was killed after ejecting outside the Martin-Baker seat
envelope at Atsugi NAS (Japan) in the summer of 1961. He was a nugget who
had just reported to the squadron from VF-121. He was launched to get some
qual-type night traps under his belt and just could not get aboard so he was
bingoed to Atsugi. He apparantly landed long and fast, panicked, and jerked
the nose into the air and got into a porpoise maneuver. He pulled the
curtain on the downside of one cycle and hit the edge of the runway before
his chute opened. I think his name was Hendershot (I HATE it when I can't
remember the name of someone who gave his life or limb) and he was a Ltjg.
His first name may have been Dave.

There was at least one ejection in VF-21 in 1959 due to the Demon engine bad
weather problems, but I have no recollection of the details. Also not
Martin-Baker seats.

BTW, I was Hank Halleland's wingman when he ejected immediately after being
catapulted from the Midway in WestPac. It was both good and bad news for
Martin-Baker. The good news was that Hank was only about 100 ft. above the
water when he pulled the curtain. He had launched from the starboard cat
and I was sitting on the port cat waiting to go when I saw him shell out.
The chute opened and Hank swung once before entering the water. The bad
news was that Hank, like many others who successfully ejected in that model
of seat, had a compression fracture to his spine which hospitalized him for
about a month. But he lived to command a squadron and retire as a Captain.

 

I think your list would benefit with the inclusion of the squadron the pilot
was from.

John

John Wissler at Service Test was running the FIP. Doing Burner turns I had engine flame out at 42,000 over Salibury, dead stick at PAX (the "Aluminum"shields around the burner cans had collapsed against the turbine wheel so no air through the engine). I was OPs, then XO VF-124. Shannon McCrary, Then Paul Payne was CO. I was CO VF-92 Ranger WestPac cruise after which Vf-92 became VF-52. I relieved Warren O.Neill and was relieved by ?? Shepherd (soon after had a heart attack and died)

 

 

 
 
 

 

References & Acknowledgements

to be added to and completed

  Ralph "Skeeter" Carson

Bill English

Cdr. John Newlin, USN (Ret.)

Tom Wimberly

Kenneth Toby

 

Leonard "Zeke" Wilson
Cdr USN Ret
zwilson@netzero.net
VF-92

Paul Hilaire
Bob Fair
Jeffrey Favre

   
   

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New York Times -
Demon Drivers Forum & Web Site
Sir James Martin - The authorised biography of the Martin-Baker ejection seat pioneer by Sarah Sharman
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company - photos and images
Eject Eject by Bryan Philpott
The Tailhook Association
USN - Early USN Ejections and Bailouts- via FOIA
Air Force Times
Approach Magazine
USN Times
USMC Times
Various Issues of - The Aeroplane; Flight International
Strikes - US Naval and Marine Corps Aviation Attrition 1962 - 1985
US Military Aircraft Mishaps 1950 - 2004 by Jan van Waarde - Scramble Dutch Aviation Society

NOTES (To myself) Re-Check old copies of THE HOOK, APPROACH, etc
   

 

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