List being compiled

Chronological Listing of South African Ejections
 

DRAFT LISTING

[this list does not claim to be the complete list, nor 100% accurate]

more information being compiled and sought - can you help enhance the accuracy of this information or add a photo??

Where two dates are given for the same mishap the first is presumed the most likely. Confirmations are always appreciated

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
28 February 1953
SAAF
F-86F Sabre 608 / M
52-4348
2 Sqn Fuel exhaustion while escorting lost pilot,

 Pilot lost during training flight. Near K-55,  Korea

Lt R. L. van Rooyen ejected over K-8, and rescued    

21st April 1953


SAAF

F-86F Sabre

613 "G"

42-4327

2 Sqn
Korea

Compressor failure, engine failure, rescued

2nd Lt. J. H. Robberts ejected

 

NAA

21st July 1953


SAAF

F-86F Sabre

616 "Q" 52-4368

2 Sqn
Korea

Caught fire after hit by AAA in bombing run

Lt. George Thom ejected - became PoW released in RMC

         
 

NAA

28 August 1953   F-86F Sabre 614 / P 2 Sqn  Into Yellow Sea off Korean coast following control failure 2nd Lt M. C. Botha, ejected but drowned    
2nd September 1955

RAF
Hunter F.1 WT655/ES-A 229 OCU collided with WT689 half a mile west of Chivenor  Flt. Lt. Albert J. Hoogland (SAAF) ejected too late and was killed   Martin-Baker
15th July 1960
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
379 2 Sqn Mid-air with 354 Southdene Village near Port Elizabeth airport  Lt. H. J. W. (Paul) Bothma   NAA
16th August 1960
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
376 1 Sqn Flame-out Aircraft not refuelled near Pretoria, South Africa 2 Lt. C. N. Venter
       
 
 
NAA
2nd November 1961
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
356 1 Sqn Mid-air with 375 2 Lt. H. H. Meter
 
NAA
2nd November 1961
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
375 1 Sqn Mid-air with 356 2 Lt C. C. Basson   NAA
30th October 1965
SAAF
Buccaneer S. Mk50 417 24 Sqn Double flame-out, Atlantic Ocean 500 miles south of Canary Islands Pilot Capt Christiaan Maartin Jooste ejected   Martin-Baker
Navigator Lt Johannes Jurgens Antonie de Klerk ejected           Martin-Baker
23rd April 1968
USN
A-4 Skyhawk       Richard "Dick" Lord (SAAF) ejected Escapac
10th February 1969
SAAF
        Lt.JG R. J. Speerschneider   Martin-Baker
15 March 1969
SAAF
Mirage 111CZ   2 Sqn Crashed following loss of power near Baragwanath Hospital. Lt. Ren W. Colyn
ejected at low level
  Martin-Baker
26 November 1969   Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
368 1 Sqn Engine failure. Near Pietersburg Major J.P. Britz, ejected but killed    
?? February 1970
SAAF
Impala     mid-air collision pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
?? February 1970
SAAF
Impala     mid-air collision pilot ejected   Martin-Baker
20th May 1970
SAAF
Impala 512          
pupil
killed
Major Gawie van Dyk
killed
 
12th June 1970
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 513   fell on "Boesakskraal" farm near Vredenburg Capt. C.Hattingh
[also seen as Harding - CONFIRM?]
               Martin-Baker
14th October 1970
SAAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.50 426 or 418 24 sqn fell on "Dennegeur" Farm near De Wet bombing range near Bloemfontein Maj J. F. "Adoons" van Heerden   Martin-Baker
Capt G. M. "Deon" Joubert    

 "The Buccaneer crashed on the weapons range to the west of Bloemfontein, the name escapes me at this moment. If I'm not mistaken the pilot was Maj/Capt (?) "Doons" van Heerden and the navigator Capt G. M. "Deon" Joubert. It happened during a low level 'retarded bomb' sortie, Deon Joubert survived, skidding on his side still in his seat for a considerable distance, sadly he passed away a few years ago. Doons van Heerden was killed, as by the time his seat functioned, the aircraft was virtually inverted and he was fired straight into the ground. Once again I stand to be corrected."
Vic Swanepoel

19-Nov-1970
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
355 1 sqn Mid-air with 370 near Turfloop 2nd Lt Rod Penhall   NAA
"The Sabre incident on 19 Nov 1970 listed under the SAAF section  I think involved brig.genl. Rod Penhal at the time a 2nd Lt, who collided with another Sabre which I believe landed safely. Rod ejected and injured his back on landing, but recovered to continue flying later - I was on the instructors' course with him in 1971 at FTS Dunnottar.
Regards
Johan Rossouw
26-Mar-1971
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
377 1 sqn Engine Failure near Blouberg, Strand  2 Lt Ben H. Arnoldi
via André Kritzinger
NAA
    26 March 1971        CL13B Sabre Mk.6    377    1 Sqn    (I live some 5 minutes from where the accident happened, an "eyewitness" I met some years ago maintained the aircraft broke in half upon hitting the ground, cockpit pod rolled towards dunes and Arnoldi ejected through hood and landed amongst the dunes - if this is the case he is damn lucky to have survived with no major injuries) Steve
22-Jun-1971
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
374 1 sqn Engine explosion, loss of power. A/c landed short of runway  2 Lt J. Allison   NAA
4th January 1973
SAAF
Buccaneer S.Mk.50 411 24 sqn A/c stalled, irrecoverable spin, fell to earth 17km south of Sheepmoor near Ermelo Lt. Trevor J. Schroeder
[1st ejection - see also 14th February 1988]
   Martin-Baker
Lt. Sandy R. I. Roy   Martin-Baker
4th August 1973
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 488   near Bloemfontein 2.Lt. M. J. De Kok   Martin-Baker
23rd  October 1973
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 554 Flying Training School near Aurora Capt. J. J. "Buks" Britz   Martin-Baker
10-Apr-1975
SAAF
Sabre F-86E
[Canadair CL13B Sabre Mk.6]
370 1Sqn in-flight Fire  after hit by shrapnel from explosion, crashed Roodewal Bombing Range near Pietersburg Capt F. W. C. Brits   NAA
15th May 1975
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 418 24 sqn Grootfontein Capt. Matthew G. F. Morton 15 May 1975    Buccaneer SMk.50    426    24Sqn    Reported mid-air with second Buccaneer near Grootfontein, SWA Martin-Baker
2.Lt. A.P.Rousseau   Martin-Baker
5th February 1976
SAAF
 Impala Mk1 510 Flying Training School  Onboard fire, a/c fell on "Papkuilsfontein" farm near Langebaanweg Cadet M.G. Russel   Martin-Baker
Lt. M. Silberbauer.    
9th June 1976
SAAF
Impala     on approach to Waterkloof over the suburb of Waterkloof/Monument Park 2nd Lt Kevin Winterbottom
killed on impact
   
23rd September 1976
SAAF
Impala Mk.I  573 Flying Training School A/c fell on "Dwars-in-die-Weg" farm, Eendekuil near Piketburg. engine problems near Picketburg Cadet R. H. Thomas
RRAF attached to SAAF
  Martin-Baker
27th October 1977
SAAF
Mirage IIIR2Z 854 2 Sqn  Hit ground short of runway, Kimberley Airport Major D. R. "Spyker" Jacobs    Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

While I can't confirm the exact date - the year and other details appear correct.  I remember distinctly as a boy going to the airport to see the crashed Mirage (which was near the perimeter fence) as well as a photo of the pilot sitting in a hospital bed appearing in the local Diamond Fields Advertiser the next day.

IJ
in email 23rd March 2010

 

13th December 1977
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1016 4 Sqn Lanseria ??
killed
   
1st March 1978
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 425 24 sqn. A/c stalled, hit ground 30km north-west of Lydenburg
via André Kritzinger

via André Kritzinger
Martin-Baker
Major  Abel J. Grobbelaar Major J. J. "Koos" Botha
3rd August 1978
SAAF
Buccaneer SMk.50 423 24 sqn Night bombing exercise, hit sea 28 miles off Green Point, near Scottburgh. Double flame-out during night exercise off Scottburgh Captain A. "Dries" Marais     Martin-Baker
     
7th February 1979
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 496 or 543 5 sqn  Mid-air collision near Ixopo 2.LT Sarel  Ceronio   Martin-Baker
7th February 1979
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 496 or 543 5 sqn  Mid-air collision near Ixopo Flg. Off. K. Reynolds  (not sure which a/c Ceronio was in) Martin-Baker
15th February 1979
SAAF
F.1AZ 246 1 Sqn engine flame out near Cullinan in South Africa Capt. Wassie Wasserman ejected safely
                via Dick Lord
Martin-Baker
15th February 1979
SAAF
F.1CZ 200 3 Sqn

Aircraft crashed after a slow flypast of the crash scene of F I AZ 246. Pilot Pilot killed.

Maj Chris Brits ejected but seat failed to deploy in time. Killed   Martin-Baker
30th April 1979
SAAF
Impala Mk.I       2.LT F. J. Sevenster   Martin-Baker
6th June 1979
SAAF
Mirage     THIS IS NOT THE EJECTION BELOW???

DETAILS PLEASE

???   Martin-Baker
6th July 1979
SAAF
Mirage III R2Z 856 2sqn Struck by AAA during photographic recon. run near Omapande, Angola Major Otto A. Schür ejected and evaded capture   Martin-Baker
14th August 1979
SAAF
Impala Mk.I   Air Force Station Langebanweg.        Martin-Baker
Capt. J. P. de Beer Cadet A. White Martin-Baker
18th October 1979
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1033  

95 TAU (Tactical Airfield Unit) Ondangwa,

 
Hit by AAA on armed recon mission near Omapande, Angola Major Aubrey Bell
ejected and was recovered
(ref. Fire, Flood and Ice - ch.1)
   
There is confusion as to whether the Impala tail number was 1053 or 1033.  Well according to my logbook I flew 1053 on a number of occasions in Angola for armed reconnaissance missions starting in September 1981 so I guess the aircraft in question was 1033.  I have no record of flying 1033 after 1979.

The ejection of Aubrey Bell from Impala 1033 near Omapande – NOT from 1053, I have flown 1053 afterwards, confirmed in my logbook. I was the leader of a pair of Impalas that gave top cover for the S & R Mission to pick up Aubrey
Steyn Venter
in email 26th July 2011

23rd January 1980
also seen as 24th

SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1056 Air Force Base Ondangwa hit by SA-7 while on armed recce mission near Aanhanca. Flew back to Ondangwa and ejected Capt. Leon Burger
ejected
  Martin-Baker
22nd March 1980
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1050 4Sqn
detached at
Air Force Base Ondangwa
Sand contaminated fuel system, near Ongiva, Angola Capt. Charl A. "Sarel" Smal ejected - He was rescued by a Puma S&R team not far into Angola   Martin-Baker
25th Apr 1980
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1029 Air Force Base Ondangwa shot down while on armed recce over Angola Lt. Pete Hollis
ejected
but his head struck the canopy and broke his neck. KIA
  Martin-Baker
15th May 1980
SAAF
Impala Mk.II   4Sqn   ???
Possibly
Charlie Rudnick
  Martin-Baker
22nd June 1980
also seen as 20th

SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1037 Air Force Base Ondangwa shot down by 23mm AAA while on CAS mission in Angola.
Aircraft recovered and repaired
Lt. Neil G. Thomas ejected safely and was recovered by an Alouette helicopter   Martin-Baker
12 September 1980
SAAF
Impala Mk.II   Air Force Base Ondangwa search and destroy mission Lt Vince Lautenslager
KIA
   

On 12 September 1980 I flew a search and rescue mission for Lt Vince Lautenslager at 17h15 from Air Force Base Ondangua.  He was on a search and destroy mission as wingman to Lt Frans Vermaak in Impala MkII's.  I found the wreckage and it appeared as though his Impala had struck into the ground during the roll-in to attack a Russian made troop carrier approximately 20 km's South East of Xangongo (The Ural lorry was still burning from the attack presumably by 30mm cannon from Lt Vermaak). It is not known if he was brought down by small arms fire or flew into the ground.  He was presumed dead in the wreckage.

10th October 1980
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1042 Air Force Base Ondangwa Shot down by SA-7 some 20 km SW of Mupa, Angola  Lt. Steve Volkersz
ejected safely.
Believed  killed by SWAPO
  Martin-Baker

 I also flew the search and rescue mission on 10 October 1980, for Lt Steve Volkerz who was struck by 2 SAM-7's while on a search and destroy mission leading his wingman Lt Chris Skinner.  He was momentarily above the standard 50ft height in a turn when hit directly over a SWAPO camp hidden in trenches and bushes.  Lt Skinner saw Lt Volkerz on the ground after the ejection gesturing in which direction he would be evading towards.  He had unknowingly also landed in the same base, was captured and shot "by accident" by the cook who had heard the commotion, emerged from his bunker and saw a white pilot and thought the camp was under attack.  This fact was found out nearly a year later when propaganda pamphlets were found on a captured SWAPO soldier showing a photo of Lt Volkerz, obviously shot with his 3 Sqn helmet next to his head.

4th November 1980
SAAF
Mirage F.1CZ 208 3 Sqn Crashed  near Groblersdal (South Africa) after experiencing full upwards runaway trim, during a night interception mission Capt. Les M. Bennett
 
Martin-Baker
4th January 1981
SAAF
PC-7     Ondangwa ???   Martin-Baker
26th February 1981
SAAF
Impala MkII 1001   Crash landed in a 'shona' near Ondangwa Pilot
OK
   
1 June 1981
SAAF
Impala MkII 1052   Shot down by AAA over Southern Angola Major Gene Kotze
KIA
   
5th November 1981
SAAF
Mirage IIID2Z 1050 85 AFS near Pietersburg     Martin-Baker
CMDT Steyn Venter Major Basil O. Newham (helo pilot as passenger) Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The photo published with the SAAF ejection of Steyn Venter of Mir III D2Z on the 6th of November 1981 is incorrect. It is a photo of a technical officer with the same surname and rank (Chris Venter) and not that of Steyn Venter!

F. A. Visser

in email 27th August 2009
amended 27th August 2009

 

My ejection from Mirage 111D2Z 1050 – It occurred on 05 November 1981, NOT 06 Nov. I made my own explosions on that Guy Fawkes Day. A flame out occurred at low level during a test flight, could not restart, ejected very low – went down about 30km east of Pietersburg near the University of the North. Was picked up by a police officer and taken back to base.
Steyn Venter
in email 26th July 2011

6th May 1982
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 536 6 sqn. Air Force Base Port Elizabeth. near Port Elizabeth Capt. R. M. "Robbie" Turner

see also 11th April 1991


via André Kritzinger
Martin-Baker
Student  Lt Ray Hughes made late ejection and was killed    

Captain Robbie Turner ejected during a night training sortie.  The student in front was Lt Ray Hughes.  Bad weather and poor visibility caused Lt Hughes to mistake hangar lights and perimeter lights for the runway and both pilots only ejected when the plane started hitting the trees to the South of the Port Elizabeth airport.  Lt Turner survived due to his parachute snagging on trees and slowing down his fall.  Lt Hughes unfortunately fell along an open pathway and had nothing to break his speed as they had ejected with a downward vector outside the envelope of the zero zero ejection seats.

31st May 1982
SAAF
Impala MkII 1052   Hit by AAA. Cuvelai, Angola Pilot
killed
   
9th September 1982
SAAF
Impala Mk1 544 7 Sqn  Near Hopefield Lt. P.C. McMillan     Martin-Baker
Capt. F. J. Sevenster   Martin-Baker
10th December 1982
SAAF
Impala   Air Force Base Ondangwa   Lt. A. A. Stapa   Martin-Baker
12th April 1983
SAAF
Mirage IIICZ 810 2 Sqn During performance evaluation against Maj Kenny Williams from 3 Sqn in Mir F1 as result of flame –out.  Kruger National Park CAPT Charl A. "Sarel" Smal ejected suffer a minor compression fracture in his back. 2ND EJECTION         Martin-Baker
?? July 1983

SAAF
Impala   AFB Waterkloof. Birdstrike. Flameout engine failure at low level Pilot ejected
killed
   
FEEDBACK

Hi, I recall an Impala crashing at AFB Waterkloof in about July 1983, which does not appear on your list.

 

I was undergoing pilot's selection at the IAM/MMI in July 1983 and remember speaking to a Impala pilot about flying in the SAAF.  The next day, he was killed after ejecting late after an engine (flameout/birdstrike) failure at low level from AFB Waterkloof.

 

Don't know any more than that.

 

Mark Fouche'

 
16th November 1983
SAAF
Impala MkII 1083   Durban Pilot
killed
   
1st December 1983
Date ??

SAAF
Impala MkII     Hit by SA-7 in tail cone over Angola. Failed to explode.
Landed safely
Pilot
OK
   
Is this the same incident as the 22nd December below
22nd December 1983
SAAF
Impala MkII     Hit by SA-9 in tail cone over Angola. Failed to explode.
Landed safely
Pilot
normal egress
   
13th March 1984
SAAF
Mirage F.1AZ 228 1 sqn Lost in bad weather with malfunctioning instruments. Crashed near Lydenburg Capt. Digby Holdsworth Martin-Baker

13 March 1984, my ejection over Lydenburg . I was picked up in a Puma helicopter piloted by Capt. Carl Volker and taken back to Air Force Base Hoedspruit.

15th January 1985
SAAF
Impala MkII 1006   Kavango Capt. A. J. Botha   Martin-Baker
11th February 1985
SAAF
Mirage IIIDZ 841 85 AFS near Pietersburg.

The aircraft crash landed in a field and was later repaired and converted to a Cheetah.

Capt Francois Lategan
ejected
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

The above information is correct, Mike. It was 841 and Franscois Lategan, who currently stays in Australia.  The Mirage was rebuilt into a Cheetah D and was delivered to 89 Combat Flying School on 29 October 1992.  It was then already painted with the new 2 Squadron insignia, ready for the hand over of the 89 Combat FS aircraft to 2 Sqn in January 1993, on the closing of the Combat FS
Piet van Schalkwyk
via SAAF Forum
1st May 2008

FEEDBACK

I knew Francois Lategan after he had left the SAAF and was running a charter company at Vereeniging. He had some form of commemorative plaque on his desk from the Martin-Baker Company in recognition of his ejection from a Mirage. He is certainly not fictitious!
Peter De Klerk
via SAAF Forum
1st May 2008

12th February 1985
SAAF
Impala MkII     Engine failure, Ondangwa Pilot
killed
   
4th April 1985  


SAAF

 

 

 

 

 

Mirage F.1AZ

 

 

 

 



 
222 1 Sqn Mirage F.1AZ 222
"Cripple Two"

was lost to an in flight engine fire.
Jan Henning used the seatpan handle to initiate ejection. Landed through a thorn bush sustaining minor injuries plus a more lasting back injury. Rescued by Puma Helo pilotted by Major Polla Kruger.
Crashed at Hoespruit AB
Major Jan Henning  ejected safely
 

All photos via Jan Henning

Martin-Baker
22nd May 1985
SAAF
Mirage IIID2Z 848 85 AFS the Mirage entered in a spin near Pietersburg     Martin-Baker
Capt L. du Plessis (S) instructor Maj JP Wessels did not eject and was killed.  
22nd August 1985
SAAF
Impala       CAPT C. Kempis   Martin-Baker
12th June 1986
SAAF
Impala MkII  1013   Mid-air collision with Mk1 607  near Tzaneen Lt. M. Fenner   Martin-Baker
12th June 1986
SAAF
Impala MkI 607   mid air collision with Impala  MkII 1013 near Tzaneen  
   
Martin-Baker
Major G. E. Garrett Lt Barries Barnard Martin-Baker
                 
17th December 1986
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 504 24th sqn engine bearing failure. Pretoria GFA Capt Joe Maartens ejected   Martin-Baker
Capt. Maartens was then at 12 Squadron - Canberras, and used one of 24 Sqn Impalas for a GF sortie.
FEEDBACK


Thanks to Gert du Preez for additional details on this mishap.
in email 8th October 2009

 
13th February 1987
SAAF
Impala Mk.I(Aermacchi MB326M) 581 Air Force Base Langebaanroad flame out at 13 000ft during return to base. Tried several relights but all unsuccessful. Crashed 15 nautical miles North of Air Force Base Langebaanroad on the West Coast of South Africa Canditate Officer (CO) Gerrit le Roux ejected. Suffered minor injuries   Martin-Baker
20th July 1987
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 464 7  or 8 sqn Flameout, hit sea 10km off Durban     Martin-Baker
Capt. J. P. Pienaar Capt B. Voster (K), nav  
6th August 1987
SAAF
Cheetah 843 had a fuel transfer problem near Hoedspruit Maj Frik Viljoen   Martin-Baker
Capt Lourens Bosch
[2 Sqdn]
(back seat) went along for the ride
  Martin-Baker
15th September 1987
SAAF
Mirage       ???   Martin-Baker
27th September 1987
SAAF
Mirage F.1CZ 206 3 Sqn
AFB Rundu
Hit in the tail area by a SAM -7 hit by missile during engagement with MiG-23ML while supporting Unita forces in Angola. On landing at Rundu overshot the runway
Capt. Arthur Piercy
inadvertently ejected  seriously injured 

           via Arthur Piercy
Martin-Baker
"Flight understands that half of the tail was blown off but the pilot succeeded in returning to AFB Rundu, in the Caprivi Strip. The aircraft was landed on Rundu's short strip, but the parachute failed due to battle damage. The Mirage ran off the end of the runway into rough ground and the nosewheel collapsed. As the forward fuselage hit the ground, cockpit distortion fired the Martin-Baker Mk.10 ejection seat. The pilot survived, but was seriously injured."

27 September 1987,Capt Arthur Piercy was hit in the tail area by a head-on R-23R missile from a MIG 23ML flown by Major Alberto Ley Rivas and not a SAM-7.

14th November 1987
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1024   Hit by AAA. Cuvelai, Angola during ground attack Pilot
killed
   
28th December 1987
SAAF
Mirage F.1CZ 215 3 Sqn struck mountain ridge while on low-level navigation training sortie over eastern Transvaal (South Africa) A/c fell on "Boschhoek" farm near Ohrigstad Capt. John K. Sinclair       Martin-Baker
14th February 1988

SAAF
Impala Mk.I 495 AFB M'pacha  Bird strike on take-off Flameout, crashed Northern Namibia     Martin-Baker
CMDT Trevor J. Schroeder
[2nd ejection - see also 4th January 1973]
Col S. Ferreira  
20th February 1988
SAAF
Mirage F.1AZ 245   1 Sqn brought down by a SAM over Angola near Cuito Cuanavale.. Pilot Major Ed R. Every ejected (K)   Martin-Baker 
From information on the Africa Aviation / Afrika Lugvaart web site it now appears that Major Every did not eject.
Saturday 19th March 1988
SAAF
F.1AZ 223 1 Sqn Crashed during night sortie over Angola Captain Willie van Coppenhagen
KIA
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Another SAAF F1AZ went down in Angola on 19 March 1988, Maj Willie Van Coppenhagen. They were to aircraft out on a night diversion bombing run low level on return with radio silence. Just before Commandant Johan Ranking (the 2nd aircraft) went over the SWA border, he saw a momentarily flash thinking a bomb was exploding. After landing he saw that Willie did not return with him. After 3 weeks of search they found the wreckage. Willie was killed, and presumed he flew into the ground. Descended at a very shallow angle until it struck the tree tops. One possibility is a corroded fuel pipe causing a flame out. A rumour going around is that he had a heart attack.

in email
10th June 2013

31st March 1988
SAAF
Impala     Crashed in northern South West Africa during training mission. Pilot ejected.   Martin-Baker 
14th April 1988
SAAF
Impala       COL S.C. Ferreira Is this confused with 14th February ??? Martin-Baker
16th April 1988
SAAF
Impala MkI  serial 470 "Falcon 5" Silver Falcons aerobatic display team 83 Jet Flying School, Langebaanweg Crashed in a pine tree plantation on "La Motte" farm outside Franschoek  during a festival commemorating the French Huguenot's settling in Franschoek Captain J. J. "Kobus" Griesel ejected safely   Martin-Baker 
5th November 1988

SAAF
Impala Mk.I 533 8 sqn in Bloemfontein Engine failure. He was part of an 8 ship formation that was about to form up for a fly past during a sqn open day. Crashed near Ceres, Western Cape Captain Mike Bates
ejected shortly after take off due
  Martin-Baker
14th November 1988
SAAF
Atlas Impala 1 606 8 Squadron crashed shortly after take-off from Jan Smuts Airport,
Johannesburg following a mid-air explosion, went down in urban area in
Avion Park Recreation Club fields  Kempton Park, right next to Jan Smuts Airport
     
Cmdt R. "Bob" Q. F. Masson ejected back seater Mr. E. J. Boatwright  killed Martin-Baker 
27th January 1989
SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1003 8 sqn
AFB Bloemspruit
Aborted take-off.  Aircraft  skidded on wet runway. Crashed through security fence.
Aircraft repaired
Lt. Willem J. Van Der Merwe ejected   Martin-Baker
14th  March 1989

also seen as 15th

SAAF
Impala Mk.II 1059 8 sqn Birdstrike. Flame-out and could not relight. Skidded off wet runway, near Winburg Lt. Gustav W. Fouche   Martin-Baker
2nd May 1989
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 490 8 sqn Entered inverted spin during aerobatics crashed near Thaba Nchu   Martin-Baker
Capt. Keith A. Fryer
(see also 1/9/1997 - K.A. Fryer)
Capt. W. H. "Hennie" Van Zyl Martin-Baker
31st August or 1st September 1989
SAAF
Atlas Impala Mk.II 1036 7 sqn Crashed after flame-out during night  cross country exercise a/c fell Piketburg near Laangabaanveg Capt. Evert P. de Lange
ejected
  Martin-Baker
12th October 1989
SAAF
Atlas Impala Mk.II 1064 8 Sqn?   1 OK    
14th February 1990
SAAF
Mirage IIICZ 802 2 sqn flew through wake turbulence, crashed  in sea  between Yzerfontein & Saldanha near Langebaan, Cape Town Capt. M. R. K. Edwards   Martin-Baker
20th October 1990
SAAF
Cheetah E 830 or 832 5 sqn aborted take-off due to engine problems, caught fire near Louis Trichardt Cmdt Reinier P. Keet   Martin-Baker
22nd February 1991
SAAF
 Impala Mk.II 1008 85 CFS
AFB Pietersburg
Landing accident Pilot
killed
   
11th April 1991
also seen as 10th

SAAF
 Impala Mk.II 1041 85 Combat Flying School Flameout on finals Pietersberg Air Base Major R.M. "Robbie" Turner
Late ejection
see also 6th November 1981
  Martin-Baker
17th June 1991
SAAF
Atlas Cheetah E 824 5 Sqn Crashed probable technical failure near Louis Trichardt during exercise Golden Eagle Pilot CMDT I. C. Jones ejected.   Martin-Baker
16th October 1991

SAAF
Atlas  Impala 1  '553' 83 Jet Flying School Crashed after suspected birdstrike Lt. R. C. Angus ejected safely   Martin-Baker
26th November 1991
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 483   Crashed during night training flight after engine
problems
Pilot Lt. J. Scott ejected   Martin-Baker
5th February 1992

SAAF
Mirage F.1AZ 221 1 sqn bird ingestion into engine at low altitude. Aircraft crashed lnm short of runway at AFB Hoedspruit. Major Leon A. Bath
?????
  Martin-Baker
5th March 1993
SAAF
Cheetah D   2nd Sqn
Louis Trichardt
Diverted to temporary airfield at Upington Undercarriage collapsed in hard landing     Martin-Baker
ejected ejected Martin-Baker
23rd April 1993
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 535 8 sqn Bloemfontein near Botsobela, Free State Lt. S.L. Rennie   Martin-Baker
Capt. J. A. C. Von Solms   Martin-Baker
7th May 1993
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 537 85 Combat Flying School Hoedspruit engine bearing failure 6 miles north of the town of Nelspruit Lt. L. A. Boxall ejected   Martin-Baker
2nd October 1993
SAAF

                   Herman Potgieter via Nick Elzinga

Atlas Impala Mk.I
489 (Falcon 5)

85 JFS
"Silver Falcons"

Crashed at Lanseria Airport after structural
failure

Pilot Charlie Rudnick initiated ejection sequence half a second before impact.

He came out horizontally with fuselage
vertical and a high downward velocity.

 He was killed during the ejection and  "sucked" into the crash fireball


Herman Potgieter via Nick Elzinga

The ejection showing parachute deployment

Martin-Baker

 2 October 1993, Charlie Rudnick's parachute was totally disintegrated by the heat and flames of the aircraft explosion below him after he ejected.  Charlie Rudnick also ejected when he was a 4 sqn pilot after he took off from Lanseria AFB in an Impala MkII, and ejected immediately after take-off when the aircraft became unstable after a panel opened just behind the cockpit - possibly your 15 May 1980 Impala event that has no details associated with the loss.

23rd November 1993
SAAF
Mirage F.1AZ 234 1 Sqn at Hoedspruit Crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 50 miles
south south west of Cape Point
Cpt.
Louis Joubert managed to eject in level attituted 330ft., 500kt. Lost presumed drowned
  Martin-Baker
9th June 1994
SAAF
Mirage F.1AZ 235 1 Sqn  Bomb detonated directly under aircraft at low altitude, crashed near Potchefstroom Major A. D. Brand ejected safely
                     via Dick Lord 
Martin-Baker
7th November 1994
SAAF
Atlas Cheetah C C 364 2 Sqn Langebaanweg AFB crashed Jacobs Bay on cape West Coast north of Capetown Capt. P.J. le Roux. ejected safely        Martin-Baker
30th October 1995
SAAF
 Impala Mk.II   85 Combat Flying School Upington Lost power on the take off run ejected at the end of runway 01 at Upington  during
excercise "Golden Eagle"
Chris Wiid
ejected
Landed safely in a fence
Martin-Baker
8th November 1995
SAAF
Pilatus Astra PC-7 Mk.II Astra 2022

(number 2)

CFS Collided near Darling, Western Cape in mid-air with another
Astra near Langebaanweg air base, north of Capetown. Astra 2018 landed safely
pilot had ejected safely   Martin-Baker
3rd February 1997
SAAF
Pilatus Astra PC-7 Mk.II 2021 CFS "Vrede" farm at Eendekuil, between Citrusdal & Piketburg Major L. Burger   Martin-Baker
C/O Piet Coetzer   Martin-Baker
28th July 1997
SAAF
Impala Mk.I 608 8 sqn Near Bloemfontein Lt Musa Mbhokota ejected Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

 I flew the aircraft Impala 608 before my friend ejected successfully from the aircraft.
Details are: Date 29th July 1997, Impala 608 flown by Lt Musa Mbhokota, caught fire after take off after the 3 or 4th touch and go. The aircraft had already flown about 30-40 min. in the general flying area prior to doing some circuit training. The fire burn’t through the control rods and the aircraft lost control with the pilot ejecting safely. Location 2-5nm North of Bloemfontein airport. Time 2240 local.  
Regards

Steve Isaacson
in email 4th May 2008

1st September 1997
SAAF
Cheetah C 360 2 sqn Near Louis Trichardt Major Keith Fryer ejected
(see also 2 May 1989)
2ND EJECTION ??? Martin-Baker
21st July 1999
SAAF
Impala Mk2 1098 85 Combat Flying School
Louis Trichardt AFB
A/c stalled on take-off Capt. Gary Loney
ejected
  Martin-Baker
FEEDBACK

Hi there,
Just a short mail concerning Impala ejection of
21 July 1999 South Africa.
I was an Air Craft fitter at 85 Combat FS at the time.

If I have this correct the pilot was Capt. Gary Lonely – and after he ejected he landed unconscious in the felt near to the burning wreck of his air craft, a small boy from the local village then pulled him by the parachute away from the fire, and soon after he was casavaced by Oryx to 1mil where he made a full recovery.

Like I said I’m not 100% sure if 1098 was his aircraft, but I do remember him ejecting around this time and his name in not on the list.

Regards,

Clifford Geyer
in email 8th September 2011
Name confirmed as Gary Loney (South African sources)

20th August 2000
SAAF
Impala Mk2 1089 85 CFS Crashed on night take-off, inverted in Hoedspruit area. Cause not fully determined Pilot
did not eject
  Martin-Baker
25th April 2002
SAAF
Impala Mk2 1091 85 Combat FS Flew into a hill a during low-level tactical navigation exercise near Albasini Dam, Messina     Martin-Baker
1st April 2003
South African Air Force
Cheetah C 349 2 sqn
AFB Louis Trichardt
The aircraft developed problems during an air-to-air training sortie and crashed near Levubu, Thohoyandou Major Andrea Serra   Martin-Baker
Thursday 11th July 2003
morning

South African Air Force
Pilatus Astra PC-7 Mk.II   Central flying school at Langebaan Sgt. Gouws had been taken as a passenger in the rear seat accidentally activated the ejector seat after the aircraft landed and was going through post flight checks.      
  Sergeant Ralph Gouws accidentally ejected himself and was killed Martin-Baker
13th or 12th November 2003

SAAF
Impala Mk.I 530 85 Combat Flying School at Hoedspruit Possible bird strike - engine failure at low level Instructor Pilot Lieutenant  Andy Martin - ejected too late killed   Martin-Baker
Student Pilot Lieutenant Derek Duvenhage ejected too late - killed   Martin-Baker
The Impala was low over the N4 highway through the Crocodile River gorge when it apparently swerved to avoid oncoming traffic. The two did not immediately eject from a safe height and save their lives as they tried to save the plane by doing an emergency landing.
9th April 2005
12:30

South African Air Force
Pilatus Astra PC-7 Mk.II 2016 CFS Lost following low level ejection while on navigational training flight. Aircraft crashed near Lichtenburg in North West Student pilot 2nd Lt. Oupa Jean-Claude Ramaiti ejected but killed   Martin-Baker
Monday 4th July 2005


South African Air Force
Impala Mk.II 1068 85 Combat Flying School, based at Hoedspruit. Birdstrike
Navigational Exercise flight, crashed shortly after take-off having hit two vultures
Student Pilot Captain Colin Sparke  ejected at 600ft suffered some scratches and bruises   Martin-Baker   Mk O6A
Tuesday 15th January 2007
South African Air Force
Pilatus Astra PC-7 Mk.II      En route to Air Force Base Langebaanweg for routine maintenance. Crashed outside Bredasdorp in the Western Cape Pilot Lieutenant Colonel Chris Meiring
killed
  Martin-Baker
 

Just been looking at your site. It seems to omit Death of Capt Gawie van Dyk and pupil on 20th May 1970 when Impala 512 was lost. Gawie was one of the original group sent to convert onto the Mirage 111's  under Col Melville in early sixties and was an accomplished Mirage pilot before instructing on Impalas.

Also 2nd Lt Kevin Winterbottom SAAF was killed immediately on approach to Waterkloof in an Impala over the suburb of Waterkloof/Monument Park. He chose not to eject as the aircraft would have landed in an densely populated area. He stayed with it and crashed in open ground Date 9th June 1976. He was awarded Honoris Crux(posthumously).

Regards
Andrew Embleton
in email 19th November 2008
[site amendments made 20th November 2008]

                 

 

 

My finest memory of this red-faced, neckless jet-jock was when he was in the Imp bugalow at Ondangs & Moerdyk rolled a water-melon with a thunder-flash in it into aforesaid bungalow.


I'm almost sure it was RF Botha, but knowing Moerdyk - he would probably have been involved.

Abel had quite a few ejections at his squadron (8 SQN), but AFAIK he was not the ejectee.

1988 - Mike Bates (Bird while in formo)
1989 - myself (microburst)
1989 - Gus Fouche (engine failure)
1989 - Hennie van Zyl & Keith Fryer (Inverted spin)
1989 - Evert de Lange (he was 7 SQN, but departed from 8 sqn after darkmoon ops training - fuel transfer failure)

Abel became BSPT base OC end of 1989 and stopped flying. His only ejection was the bucc in 1978. From reading the board documents, he had entered a high-speed stall by just pulling too hard and could not recover. They were extremely lucky to walk away.

  Mr Koos, very interesting link and had many sad thoughts on those guys who did not survive.

I have a couple of comments/questions for anyone to answer on the Ejection History list:

1. On the 2 September 1955, Flt Lt Albert Hooglad ejected from a Hunter in Britland. Was he on secondment?

2. I see that Mr Jan Henning is looking a bit grey and balding after his ejection on the 4 April 1985. It is not from normal wear and tear/ageing, it is most likely from the panic he experienced after the ejection while trying to remember the pin code for his credit card when Polla Kruger landed and presented him with the "Zik-Zik" machine before allowing him on board the rescue helicopter.

3. I have always been under the impression that Arthur Peircy's vlamgat was damaged by the proximity explosion from a "frontal aspect" missile [Atol] fired from Mig-23, and not a SAM-7.

4. Ed Every's incident also brings back some memories. The night after he crashed I was called from Ondangwa to fly to Rundu in the only night vision equipped Puma and tasked to look for him during the dark hours, with the view of a rescue if we could make contact with him. That night the yellow streak on my back became considerable wider and a darker yellow than normal. He had been shot down by what we believed a radar guided SAM-8/13 and there we were, cruising around the area of last seen at 1000 to 1500 feet AGL, broadcasting over the radio for him to talk to us, or listening for any 121.5 calls. We could see the lights of Menongue [I think it was Menongue] not too far from us, and all I could think about was a missile creeping up our arses while we were not looking. Talk about that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach!! That was one night when I was very happy to see the fuel tank contents getting lower and lower so that we could clear the area and go home!! It was a very, very dark night, and very, very far from the bar and the bright lights of Rundu!!

However, I was interested to see that the Ejection History site states that he ejected. Can this be confirmed, because I have always been under the impression that he was killed when the aircraft crashed.

Cheers all
  Nellis, just to reply to your earlier questions before the investigative journo's got onto Nugsies case.

Arthur's F1 was a frontal sector missile and it exploded abeam the aircraft just as it had passed the cockpit.

Ed never ejected. It was indicated at the time that the SAM-8/13 basically went up the tailpipe during the hit.
                 
 
                      

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Wasserman
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Kritzinger, Cape Town
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