Project Get Out and WALK

BAIL-OUT - BALE-OUT


PLEASE NOTE THIS PAGE IS  ADDED TO ON AN IRREGULAR BASIS

This section of the website is dedicated to those aircrew who did not use ejection seats to egress from their aircraft. They used conventional bail outs using parachute and ripcord. Most were successful, for some the outcome was fatal. The performance dynamics of their aircraft made successful escape without mechanical assistance less certain. Assisted escape systems were needed to give the maximum  chance of survival.

MORE PARACHUTE DESCENTS BEING ADDED WEEKLY - AND PHOTOS AS AND WHEN FOUND

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1943

Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed
2nd January 1943
Anton “Toni” Hafner
pilot bailed out

hit the rudder of his plane, sustained splinter fracture of his hand
wounded
Luftwaffe
Bf 109 G-2 (WkNr. 13 985) II./JG 51   Combat - probably shot down by Robert Oxspring 72 Sqn RAF Mediterranean
   
                       
23rd / 24th January 1943
Sgt R.M.Kidd RNZAF  (1207)
pilot bailed out
Evaded
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RNZAF
Short Stirling Mk.1 R9248
AA-H

No. 75 Sqn
Newmarket
Mission to  bomb U-boat pens in Lorient Combat - hit by anti aircraft fire on return from bombing raid. All control surfaces on Port wing shot away. Saint-Thégonnec  Finistère, 11 km SE of Morlaix. France
Six of the crew were KIA Full crew details
   
6th March 1943 Starshii Leitenant Ivan Kholodov pilot bailed out
OK
Soviet
LaGG-3   32 GIAP, VVS   In combat rammed Bf 109 G-2 (W.Nr. 14236) “Yellow 4” flown by Leutnant Beisswenger who was killed Eastern Front, near Lake Ilmen, Russia
                       
19th March 1943
Guards Senior Lt. Tamara Pamyatnykh
pilot
(female)
bailed out

attempted to slice into a bomber when her ammunition ran out
slightly wounded
Soviet Air Force
Yak-1   568th IAP
Pridacha, Voronezh
  Combat with German Do-215 and Ju-88 bombers attacking railway junction - hit by heavy machine gun fire. Kastornoye Railway Station, Russia
?? May 1943
Chief Test Pilot
  Bernard Wilson
pilot bailed out

 
OK Lockheed Corporation Lockheed Thunderbolt     Test flying   Lockheed Corporation, Liverpool Airport, England
After September 1943
????

Gruppenkommandeur
Hauptmann Barkhorn
pilot bailed out

shot down nine times in his combat career.
Baled out once
OK / wounded ???
Luftwaffe
    II./JG 52      

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            photo Michael Matthews via  Mrs. F. "Paddy" Matthews  
The crew of RAF Bomber Command Stirling III LJ454, 623 Sqn Downham Market - all parachuted safely and became PoWs
18th/19th November 1943 crew above
RAF
Stirling III LJ454
IC-E

623 Sqn
Downham Market

take-off
17:15

  Hit by Flak over target at 19:00 - Flew on for a couple of hours crashing in a field near Mönchengladbach at 20:00 Mannheim Germany
P/O H A Gourlie RCAF co-pilot bailed out
POW
Sgt Les S Milnthorp   bailed out
POW
Sgt Les C Ashplant   bailed out
POW
F/O C Ray Bennett RAAF pilot bailed out
POW
Sgt Frank K Matthews air gunner bailed out
POW
Sgt William "Bill"  E Hutchings   bailed out
POW
P/O John "Johnny" H. Smyth (South African)   bailed out
POW
18th December 1943
Oberleutnant Franz Eisenach
pilot bailed out

seriously wonded
wounded
Luftwaffe
Fw 190A-6 "Yellow 3" W.Nr. 530 391 3./JG 54   Combat with Il-2 Sturmoviks when he was hit by flak possibly near Krasnogvardeisk on the Eastern Front
8th March 1943 Lieutenant M. Bentel pilot bailed out
 
RAF

South African Air Force

Airspeed AS.10 Oxford

 

No 70 Flying Squadron, No. 44 Air School
Grahamstown
South African Air Force
Training
Night High level bombing
could not land owing to low cloud Abandoned A/C over Riebeek West
Goodman   bailed out
 
Currie   bailed out
 
Date crew who bailed out position notes status Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial

based

mission cause crashed

 

                 
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