Project Get Out and WALK

BAIL-OUT - BALE-OUT
Ditching & crash landings


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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1951

Ejections for 1951

1952 >>>>

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

based

mission cause crashed
12th February 1951 Captain Clifford C. Summers pilot   injured
USAF
F-51D Mustang ??? 39th Ftr-Int Sq  35th Ftr-Int Wg   Combat damage 20 mi E of Taegu, Korea
26th February 1951 1st Lt Charles R. Beers, pilot   Rescued
USAF
AT-6F 44-82529 6148th Tac Ctl Sq 6147th Tac Ctl Gp   Downed by ground fire, then engine fire near Taejon, Korea
 1st Lt  Payne,  USA spotter   Rescued

 

1st March 1951 Lt. Col. William C. May pilot E&E'ed, Navy helo rescue Rescued
USAF
F-51D Mustang ??? 67th Ftr-Bmbr Sq 18th Ftr-Bmbr Gp   Damaged by ground fire 9 mi NW of Seoul (2 mi W of Koyang), Korea

 

1st April 1951 Lt. Jg.W. C. Windson pilot Rescued by helo from the USS Princeton Rescued
USN
AD-4Q ??? VA-702 USS Boxer (CV-21)   Hit by AAA 15 mi NW of Kilchu, Korea
23rd April 1951 SFC Jack E. Gauldin     Rescued
USAF
AT-6F 44-81708 6147th Tac Ctl Sq 6147th Tac Ctl Gp   Damaged by ground fire, then aircraft caught fire Korea
2nd Lt. Melvin J. Shadduck     Rescued

 

Monday 7th May 1951 LTCOL Donald J. MacLellan pilot Bailed out captured and was POW RMC Big Switch
USAF
B-26B 44-34563 729th Bmb Sq (L)
452nd Bmb Wg (L)
  While on a low level bombing and strafing run aircraft hit by anti-
aircraft fire. Right engine burned thru engine
mounts and fell off . Could not maintain directional control,
20 miles south of Pyongyang NK
1st Lt Carl T. Griffith   Bailed 
out at approx. 500-1000ft. 10 mi E of Sinmak Evaded for about
3 hrs. Rescued by Air Rescue helicopter
Rescued
SSGT Gerald W. Raymond Gunner killed in crash MIA

 

10th June 1951 Cdr. Charles R. Stapler   probably died in aircraft MIA
USN
AD-4Q 124058 VC-35, CAG-19 USS Princeton (CV-37)   Hit by enemy fire N of Kumsong, Korea
AT1 Raymond L. Blazevic     POW

 

9th July 1951 2nd Lt. Melvin V. Corley, JR.     Injured
USAF
F-51D Mustang ??? 12th Ftr-Bmbr Sq 18th Ftr-Bmbr Gp     Korea
24th August 1951 1LT George W. BEALE   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
USAF
B-29A 44-86357 372nd Bmb Sq
307th Bmb Wg
  Hit by AAA near Sunchon, crew bailed out, aircraft exploded 11 miles W of Sunan, NK, (between Sunan and Kowan-ni) Korea
CPL Glenn W. BROWN   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
CPL Herbert D. BROWN   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
SSGT Burl D. DEAN   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
1LT Edward M. GIBBENS   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
SGT Jack D. KENNEDY   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
MSGT Charles L. MULLINS   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
1LT Jack L. MURRAY   Bailed out
No further details
MIA
SSGT Jesse C. RING   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
1LT Robert L WARNER   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch
1LT William J. WRIGHT   Bailed out, captured RMC, Big Switch

 

26th August 1951 1st Lt. Robert H. Pomeroy pilot injured, helo rescue Injured
USAF
AT-6D 44-81405 6148th Tac Ctl Sq 6147th Tac Ctl Gp   Damaged by ground fire, then aircraft caught fire N. of Imjin River, Korea
1st Lt. Henri J. Wrobleski, USA spotter helo rescue OK

 

10th September 1951 Captain Robert C. Ammon,   Injured, rescued WIA
USAF
AT-6F 44-81918 6149th Tac Ctl Sq 6147th Tac Ctl Gp   Damaged by ground fire, then aircraft caught fire near Mandae-ri, Korea
Captain Myron E. Saltmarsh,   Injured, rescued WIA
13th September 1951
18:55L

1st Lt.
 Alvin Crane Junior
pilot bailed-out, seen on ground. MIA
RR
2003

USAF
T-6F Mosquito 44-82533 6148th Tac Ctl Sq 6147th Tac Ctl Gp routine recon misssion,   outside Uijongbu, Korea
Sergeant Gordon J- Zorn USA spotter died in aircraft KIA

 

3rd October 1951
Lt. Leonard Arlo Gundert
pilot bailed-out DOW
USN
F4U-4 Corsair BuNo 97325 VF-783
USS Bonne Homme Richard
  Hit by AAA  
26th October 1951 LTJG William L Burgess, JR Pilot Rescued by the USS Conway (DDE-507) OK
USN
A-4D Skyraider buno. 123921 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Conducted bomb run against a bridge, hit by AAA while conducting photo run to assess damage, engine damaged, ditched at sea Ditched
 

 

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

based

mission cause crashed
9th December 1951 LT. P. J. O'Malley Pilot Rescued by the USS Evansville (PF-70) OK
USN
AD-4 Skyraider 122342 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Hit by AAA while conducting rail cutting runs near Hungnam, ignited 20-mm ammunition, severely damaged the wing, DITCHED in Wonsan Harbor
9th December 1951
Lt. Francis J. Prendergast
Pilot rescued by USS McGinty (DE-365) OK
USN
AD-4 Skyraider 122325 VF-54
"Hell's Angels"
USS Essex (CV-9) Hit in engine near Hungnam, engine seized due to oil starvation bailed out over Wonsan Harbor -
 

FEEDBACK

 

Hi,
I was searching the web for articles about the Destroyer Escort my father sailed on during the Korean War and came across your web site.  The entry regarding the USS McGinty, DE-365 had a statement before it saying that there were conflicting reports regarding the type of aircraft that went down.  My father, John F. Porterfield was a medical corpsman on the McGinty and was in fact the person who rescued the pilot.  I remember Dad talking about the incident on several occasions and each time he recounted the story he referred to the aircraft as being a Panther.  He seemed to be pretty clear about the whole thing, even remembering how horribly cold the water was (he had to go in the drink after the pilot who had been overcome by hyperthermia and was drowning).  The pilot stayed aboard for a few days until they were able to transfer him to another ship, and during that time he bunked and messed with my Dad.  Dad recounted to me the conversations he and the pilot shared during the pilotís time on the ship, and it was apparently the pilot himself who told dad that the aircraft was a Panther. Unfortunately I cannot get you a first hand account, as my father died in 2003.

I hope this has been useful in clarifying which type of aircraft was involved in this incident.
Regards,
Katherine Porterfield

in email 14th February 2007

 

 

 

FEEDBACK

 

Sir:

    Regarding your entry dated 9 December 1951 concerning Lt. Frances J. .Prendergast bailing out of an F9F Panther. Joe was a colorful character in VF-54 "Hell's Angels. We called him "Dad P." Photo taken on that cruise is attached. He was flying an AD-4 Skyraider, NOT a Panther. Joe was my squadron mate, and this incident occurred shortly after I was shot down and recovered on 26 October 1951.

    Joe was hit in the hand by flak on another flight and received the Purple Heart.

Sincerely,

W.L. Burgess Jr.

CDR. USN (Ret)

in email 27th February, 2007