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Losses & Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
14th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151584

AG 507

VA-75
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
own Mk-82 bombs Martin-Baker
Lt. Donald "Don" V. Boecker ejected and recovered Lt. Donald "Don"  R. Eaton ejected and recovered Martin-Baker
18th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151577
AG 500
VA-75 / CVA-62 USS Independence own Mk-82 bombs, Laos Martin-Baker
Cdr.  Jeremiah "Jerry" A. Denton ejected (POW) Lt. (jg)  William "Bill" M. Tschudy ejected (POW) Martin-Baker
20th July 1965
USN
RA‑5C Vigilante 151619
RVAH‑1
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Operational loss No. 1 arrester cable snapped, went overboard at low speed and crashed into the sea      
Cdr Valentin George Matula Killed Lt Carl Eugene Gronquist Killed  
24th July 1965
USN
A-6A Intruder 151585

AG 508

VA-75
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
own Mk-82 bombs     Martin-Baker
Lt. R. P. Bordone ejected Lt. (jg) P. F.  Moffett ejected Martin-Baker
30th August 1965
USN
C‑1 A 146047
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Operational loss all seven crew members and passengers recovered    
13th September 1965
USN
A‑4E Skyhawk II 149999, AG 304
A‑72
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
AAA; North Vietnam Lt (jg) J R Mossman, KIA    
12th September 1965
USN
C‑IA 136784
VR‑21
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Operational loss nine crew members and passengers recovered, one killed    
17th September 1965
USN
A‑6A Intruder 151588, AG 511
VA‑75
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
AAA; North Vietnam    
Cdr Leonard Freferick Vogt, Jr
KIA
Lt  Robert Franklin Barber
KIA
 
20th September 1965
USN
A‑4E Skyhawk II 151115, AG 313
VA‑72
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
AAA; North Vietnam Lt (jg) J R Harris, recovered.   Douglas
22nd September 1965
USN
E‑1B 148918
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
Operational loss      
16th October 1965
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 151615

AG 601

RVAH-1
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
AAA, North Vietnam  
Capt. James "Jim" F. Bell ejected (POW) Lt. Cdr. James  L. "Duffy" Hutton ejected (POW)  

17th October 1965

 

US
F-4B Phantom II 151515
AG 205
VF‑84, USN, USS Independence

hit by AAA - Thai Nguyen road bridge, 30 miles due north of Hano

North Vietnam

i

  Martin-Baker
no strong evidence to show Lt Cdr Stanley Edward Olmstead (KIA) Lt(jg) Porter Alexander Halyburton (POW) Martin-Baker
17th October 1965
US
F-4B Phantom II 151494

VF‑84, USN, USS Independence

 

hit by AAA - North Vietnam

Martin-Baker
Ens Ralph Ellis Gaither (POW) Lt(jg) Rodney Allen Knutson (POW badly injured during the ejection suffering fractures to his neck and backbone.- killed two of his attackers before knocked unconscious by bullet that grazed his forehead and nose Martin-Baker
17th October 1965
US
F-4B Phantom II 150631 VF-41, USN, USS Independence

Struck by anti-aircraft artillery fire as they made a pass on the Thai Nguyen bridge located approximately 38 miles north of Hanoi made an effort to get "feet wet", the aircraft crashed near the town of Quang Lang, approximately 54 miles north of Haiphong and 65 miles northeast of Hanoi

Martin-Baker
Lt Roderick Lewis Mayer (KIA) Died of Wounds LINK Lt(jg) David Robert Wheat (POW) Martin-Baker

26th October 1965

also seen as

25th October 1965

US
F-4B Phantom II 151505 VF‑84, USN, USS Independence

hit by AAA - Attacking radar on the island of Bach Long Vi, 70 miles offshore from Haiphong, North Vietnam

    Martin-Baker
Lt Grover G Erickson (survived)  ejected about 10 miles south of the island and recovered  a US Navy vessel Lt(jg) John H Perry (survived) ejected about 10 miles south of the island and recovered by a Seasprite helicopter Martin-Baker
28th October 1965
US
F-4B
Phantom II
150626 VF-41, USN, USS Independence

bombing run on a bridge about 25 miles west of the DMZ when his aircraft was hit by ground fire

    Martin-Baker
Lt Cdr A M Lindsey (survived) ejected at 1,500 feet. recovered by helicopter Lt(jg) Robert VU Cooper (survived) ejected 3,500 feet recovered by helicopter Martin-Baker
13th May 1992 USN F/A-18C Hornet 163712
311/NF
VFA-192
 USS Independence CVA-62
crashed into the Indian Ocean after speed
decayed during catapult launch from carrier
Lt. S. M. Thompson ejected   Martin-Baker
29th April 1993 USN F-14A Tomcat   VF-21/ CVW-5
USS Independence
crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 94nm south east of
Atsugi
NAS, southeatern Japan
Lt. Cdr. .Alexander    
Lt. K. Henderson    
4th June 1996
16:15h

USN
A-6E Intruder   VA-115 operating from USS Independence Hit by AAA from Japanese Self Defence Force guided missile destroyer JDS Yugiri while acting as target tow Lt. Cdr. William Royster ejected   Martin-Baker
WSO Lt. Keith Douglas ejected   Martin-Baker
 
USN
   
CVW‑7
USS Independence
CVA-62
       

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Last amended - Monday, 16 April 2007 22:50