List being compiled

Chronological Listing of Sultanate of Oman
Losses & Ejections
[including RAF Losses]

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st July 1958
RAF / Oman
Pioneer CC1 XL701
78 Sqn
Ran into a parked vehicle after landing at Awabi, Muscat & Oman      
30th August 1958
RAF / Oman
Venom FB4 WR552
No. 8 Squadron
RAF Sharjah
Crashed on Jebel Akhdar, north of Sharaijah village the Green Mountain during operational mission. Flight Lt Clive Owen Watkinson
26
killed in action
Martin-Baker
13th September 1959
RAF / Oman
Pioneer CC1 XL554          
18th April 1963
RAF / Oman
Twin Pioneer C1 XL994
152 Sqn
Crashed west of Bu Hafafa, Oman 8 killed    
                 
Flight Lieutenant Norman Arthur Bull
37
Pilot
killed
Flight Lieutenant Glyndwr Evans
30
Navigator
killed
Major Raymond Lewis
37

9th /12th Lancers
killed

Trooper Raymond H Brierley
20

9th/12th Lancers
killed

Arab Soldier



Trucial Oman Scouts
killed

Arab Soldier



Trucial Oman Scouts
killed

Arab Soldier



Trucial Oman Scouts
killed

Arab Soldier



Trucial Oman Scouts
killed

Arab Soldier



Trucial Oman Scouts
survived

16th October 1964
RAF / Oman
FGA Mk.9 Hunter XE592
No. 8 Squadron
confirm
Crashed into the sea eight miles off Masirah Island pilot
killed
  Martin-Baker
22nd May 1965
RAF / Oman
Provost Mk.52 XF682          
19th September 1967
RAF / Oman
Twin Pioneer C1 XE4959
152 Sqn
Crashed on landing at Tajibah, Oman      
20th November 1967
RAF / Oman
FGA Mk.9 Hunter XE654
No. 8 Squadron
Crashed in Oman flying into the ground during a practice low level attack Flight Lieutenant Roger Howis Patterson
killed
  Martin-Baker
18th July 1971
Oman Air Force
Strike Master  

1 Sqn

       
15th September 1971
Oman Air Force
Strike Master   RAF Base at Şalālah Shot down by ground fire Flt. Lt. J. Barrie Williams
ejected
at low level*
  Martin-Baker PB MK.4
Pilot sustained a broken back. Later returned to Oman to fly Shorts SC-7 Skyvans.
28th January 1972
Oman Air Force
Viscount 814 504          
12th April 1972
Oman Air Force
Strikemaster Mk.82 405 1 Sqn        
26th April 1972
Oman Air Force
AB-205
 
708 14 Sqn        
19th August 1972
Oman Air Force
Beaver AL1 215 5 Sqn        
?? February 1973
Oman Air Force
DHC-4A 801          
?? May 1973
Oman Air Force
DHC-4A 802          
9th July 1973
Oman Air Force
Strikemaster Mk.82A 413 1 Sqn        
28th August 1973
Oman Air Force
AB-205
 
707 14 Sqn        
3rd December 1973
Oman Air Force
DHC-4A 803          
1974-1976
Date needed

Oman Air Force
Skyvan     Crashed  at Tawi. Repaired      
10th May 1974
Oman Air Force
Strike Master 410 1 Squadron based at Şalālah   ????   Martin-Baker PB MK.4
17th September 1974
Oman Air Force
SC7-3M-4022
Seavan
909          
19th August 1975
Oman Air Force
Strike Master 406 Şalālah Over land west of Salalah. "Roger picked up by David Long, after a spell of cross country running?" Flt. Lt. Roger Furlong ejected Martin-Baker PB MK.4
  Was the above loss of the Strikemaster due to a SAM 7 hit and was the pilot recovered by helicopter ???

Roger Furlong's ejection was indeed due to a SAM-7.  It was mentioned briefly in a recently published article on SOAF helicopters in the Dhofar War. ... there was another "operational" ejection a few months later when a Hunter pilot ejected off Hauf on the Oman-Yemeni border.  He was also rescued by a SOAF helicopter.

Roger Furlong was last heard of flying for BA; sadly David Long, his brave rescuer, an ex-Irish Guards officer, died of a heart attack (at a ridiculously early age) about 8 or 9 years ago.

 

FEEDBACK

 

I've been flying with Roger Furlong in Hunters from Thumrait, Oman (I was a techie there on three contracts).

 He told me about his ejection. He had been hit by a SAM7. On reaching the ground he was closer to the enemy than our boys, so set off on the run.

Brig (?) Akehurst originally ordered that the helicopter NOT fly in to pick him up (why lose a second aircraft when you know the enemy are still there), but was persuaded otherwise when it was pointed out to him that you can hardly expect pilots to take risks if they think they will be abandoned.

 He flew me over the exact spot where he was shot down. I have an air-to-air photo of him, and me, in a Hunter, with a clear view of our faces. I will scan it in and send it to you if you wish.

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The 'Rick Lee' ejection. His name was Ken. I was there the day that happened and I have a photo of the wreckage we recovered - laid out in the hangar.

He told us he didn't actually initiate the ejection. The explosion ripped off his canopy and his hands were dragged out. The seat went off of its own accord and took him out of the fireball. When he landed he started walking towards the people watching (which included the Sultan - it was a firepower demo for a guest of his - his (Ken's) wife was there too and saw it all). The helicopter touched down, the crewman ran over and picked him up and threw him over his shoulder. He said this was the most painful part of the whole incident. Apart from the burns, which were superficial, as these things go, he had a shrapnel hole through his upper left arm, and lost one boot. But he walked away from it. How, we never worked out because on the wreckage - below - there's barely a square foot without shrapnel holes drilled straight through.

 Investigation teased out the cause of the explosion. It was dust in the air from earlier bombs he had dropped. Dropped the bomb (low and fast), cap flew off, dust entered the bomb and detonated it.

I believe Nick Ireland also ejected from a Jaguar in Oman. Worth checking out. Been flying with Nick Ireland - another lunatic. Magic! Would fly with him again tomorrow. Once, at 90ft and 550 knots, he asked me if I wanted to take control. "What? This low?" I said. "This isn't low", he replied "I'll show you low" - and promptly descended to 25ft.

There was also an Omani pilot who ejected at 100ft ... whilst inverted, in fog on the Salalah plain. Another one worth checking out.
[DOES ANYONE HAVE DETAILS OF THIS LOSS]

 

 

 

31st October 1975
Oman Air Force
Hunter FR10 852 6 Sqn        
31st October 1975
Oman Air Force
AB-205
 
713 14 Sqn        
25th December 1975
Oman Air Force
AB-205
 
           
31st October 1975
Oman Air Force
Hunter FGA.9     off Hauf on the Oman-Yemeni border

In sea, west of Salalah. "Robin by OC Nev Baker?"

Sqn. Ldr. Robin A. Renton   Martin-Baker MK.3H
20th March 1976
Oman Air Force
Strike Master Mk.82A 416 1 Squadron based at Şalālah near Bid Bid.
"Tim probably hitched a lift."
Flt. Lt. Tim C. Hewlett   Martin-Baker PB MK.4
3rd August 1976
Oman Air Force
BN-2A-21 304          
?? september 1976
Oman Air Force
Hunter T66 800 6sq        
25th December 1976
Oman Air Force
AB206B 604          
1976 / 1978 ???
Oman Air Force
Hunter GA9   6 Sqdn The aircraft crashed on the site of the new sewage farm! Flt Lt Jack Glass ejected successfully received minor injuries and was airlifted to Salalah   Martin-Baker MK.3H
  One of the three listed below is the aircraft that Flt Lt Glass was flying. Can anyone confirm which and provide an exact date?
1978
Oman Air Force
Hunter FGA73A 827 6 Sqdn       Martin-Baker MK.3H
1978
Oman Air Force
Hunter FGA73A 817 6 Sqdn       Martin-Baker MK.3H
1978
Oman Air Force
Hunter FGA73A 816 6 Sqdn       Martin-Baker MK.3H
26th February 1979
Oman Air Force
Jaguar 212 8 Squadron ??   Flt. Lt. Rick Lea   Martin-Baker Mk 9B
FEEDBACK

re the Omani Jaguar ejection on 26 Feb 1979, the pilot's surname was Lee, not Let. His first name was Rick. I know this as he was flying Mirages at RAAF Williamtown in 1982, having transferred from the RAF to the RAAF. I was an RAAF officer at the time. He discussed his ejection with me at the time, &  there was an illustrated popular magazine in the 2 OCU crewroom, featuring an illustrated article on his miraculous survival. A bomb exploded under his aircraft just after release, totally destroying the aircraft & detaching the forward fuselage from the rest of the airborne wreckage. He ejected from that. When I knew him in 1982, his face bore the scars from the fireball. The whole ejection sequence had been captured on film & was displayed in the magazine in still time-lapse photos. Hope that helps.

Anthony

   in email 6th March 2007

3rd April 1979
Oman Air Force
AB-205 711 14sq        
2nd May 1979
Oman Air Force
AB-205 710 14sq        
FEEDBACK 26th February 1979 the pilot was Flt Lt Rick Lea (not Let).  The cause was a bomb detonation 9 feet below the wing after release during a demonstration of a ground laser target designation.  Lea suffered severe burning from a LOX fire in the cockpit caused by bomb fragmentation which cut a LOX pipe in the cockpit.
1st March 1981
Oman Air Force
    Martin-Baker Mk 9B
Jaguar B 201 8 Squadron   Flg. Off. S. Wearing Flt. Lt. R. Prest Martin-Baker Mk 9B
FEEDBACK 1st March 1981.  Control was lost in classic A over B of the 2 seat Jaguar.  Waring, in the front seat and thus second to eject, attempted to eject using the QRB of the harness and consequently he was at very low altitude when he did eject: he suffered a badly broken left arm as he was attempting to get maximum thrust in reheat in effort to delay the inevitable crash.
1st May 1981
Oman Air Force
AB-205
 
714 14sq        
6th June 1985
Royal AF of Oman
Bell 214B 754          
21st June 1984
Royal AF of Oman
Jaguar S 218 8sq Came out of cloud inverted, crashed near Salalah about 800 yards from the Sultans Palace in Salalah, Dhofar - Oman

Mohammed "Mo"
killed

  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK 1st June 1984.  This was 8 Squadron vice 20 Squadron.
5th July 1985
Royal AF of Oman
Strikemaster Mk.82 411 1 Sqn        
31st December 1985
Oman Air Force
Jaguar 208 8 Squadron ??   Flt. Lt. T. A. F. Mullen   Martin-Baker Mk 9B
25th August 1988
Oman Air Force
Hunter FGA.9       Flg. Off. A. A. AI-Baluchi
[see below - is this the same officer - details please ?]
  Martin-Baker MK.3H
16th January 1990
Oman Air Force
Hunter T.7       Wg. Cmdr. A. W. AI-Baluchi   Martin-Baker MK.3H
Sqn. Ldr.  C. P. Roberts   Martin-Baker MK.3H
Tuesday 11th July 2000
[confirm]

Oman Air Force
BAe Hawk Mk??     crashed in Al-Kamil Al-Wafi region, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Muscat during a training exercise Lieutenant Khaled Rasabi
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk.10
Friday 18th August 2006
Oman Air Force
Lynx Mk.120     crashed into the Arabian Sea while on flight to rescue local sailors      
?? October 2009
Oman Air Force
BAe Hawk Mk203   Masirah Air Base, Oman Crashed landing at Masirah leaving the runway. Landing gear collapsed.     Martin-Baker Mk.10
??
egressed safely on ground
??
egressed safely on ground
Martin-Baker Mk.10
9th December 2009
Oman Air Force
BAe Hawk Mk203 122     pilot
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker Mk.10
Wednesday 11th September 2013
also seen as Tuesday
CONFIRM

Oman
RAFO
Jaguar     Collision. Crashed during training mission in the Wilayat of Rakhyut, Dhofar Governorate about 1110-km south of Muscat Flight Lieutenant Al Azhar bin Humaid bin Hamad al Shraiqi
killed
  Martin-Baker Mk 9B
Wednesday 11th September 2013
also seen as Tuesday
CONFIRM

Oman
RAFO
Jaguar     Collision. Crashed during training mission in the Wilayat of Rakhyut, Dhofar Governorate about 1110-km south of Muscat ??
OK
ejection ???
  Martin-Baker Mk 9B
Sunday 23rd September 2013
evening

Oman
RAFO
???     Crashed during training mission Flying Officer Abdulmalik bin Yaqoub bin Abdullah al-Afifi
killed
   
   
                 

 

Serials , Sqn. further details requested

 
Feedback

&

NOTES

Hi Mike,

           I can't help very much but this might be of some help. Both aircraft were from 6 Squadron based at Thumrait, Oman.

 

Hunter T.Mk.66B  serial 802 (ex Dutch N-249)

Crashed south end of the runway at Thumrait, Oman

Both pilots ejected - Paddy Roberts & Mohammed Abdul

 

Hunter FGA Mk 73A  serial 828 (ex RAF  XG237).

Crashed at Thumrait, Oman 25/09/1988  First successful Omani ejection.

 

 I will look into the Omani Strikemasters tomorrow and see what I can dig up.

 

Regards,

            Dick Ansley

 

   

Roger Furlong over land west of Salalah.  Robin Renton in sea, I think, west of Salalah.  Tim Hewlett near Bid Bid, once again a distant but pretty safe memory.  Watch which I bought from Tim not long before he went over the side is keeping excellent time, and in daily use.

Roger picked up by David Long, after a spell of cross country running?  Robin by OC Nev Baker?  Tim probably hitched a lift.

JENKINS via PPRUNE

 

NOTES

  • RAF Masirah
  • RAF Salalah
  • RAF Sharjah

 

Şalālah

 

Strikemaster 406 was shot down on 19/08/1975. Don't recall the pilot's name:ok:
via email from PPRUNE
 

Further notes to check

Oman's military plane crashed
Oman, Local, 7/19/2000

A military plane of the Oman's air force crashed on Tuesday and the incident resulted in the immediate death of its captain who was in a training mission.

In a statement broadcast by the Oman's news agency, the Oman's ministry of defense said that this "Hawk" war planes fell in al-Kamel and al-Wafi province, 280 Km from the capital Muscat.

Comments:
While working in Oman in1976/78 I saw flt lt Jack Glass eject succesfuly from his 6 Sqdn Hunter GA9 following a fuel fire.He received minor injuries and was airlifted to Salalah.The aircraft crashed on the site of our new sewage farm!
Best wishes thanks for an interesting,unusual site. [This accident does not appear in your records]

 

Mike Smith (in guestbook)

 

   
Jaguar accidents - Oman
 
Most interesting site and somewhat morbid looking at all those losses.  I was in Oman (SOAF and renamed RAFO {Royal Air Force of Oman}) from 1978 to 1986 and offer following corrections/additions:
 
26th February 1979 the pilot was Flt Lt Rick Lea (not Let).  The cause was a bomb detonation 9 feet below the wing after release during a demonstration of a ground laser target designation.  Lea suffered severe burning from a LOX fire in the cockpit caused by bomb fragmentation which cut a LOX pipe in the cockpit.
 
1st March 1981.  Control was lost in classic A over B of the 2 seat Jaguar.  Waring, in the front seat and thus second to eject, attempted to eject using the QRB of the harness and consequently he was at very low altitude when he did eject: he suffered a badly broken left arm as he was attempting to get maximum thrust in reheat in effort to delay the inevitable crash.
 
1st June 1984.  This was 8 Squadron vice 20 Squadron.
 
Jerry Seavers