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Chronological Listing of Angolan
Losses & Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1976
Angola
MiG-21MF C48   crashed landed because of hydrilic failiure
[Cuban]
   
14th July 1977
Angola
Antonov AN-26     Near Cuangar, Angola      
17th May 1978
Angola
Mi-8T H-06          
6th August 1980
Angola
Yak-40     Shotdown by friendly fire, Matala, 29 on board    
15th March 1981
Angola
MiG-21MF     antiair missile, CABINDA MY Leonel Ponce Torriente
[Cuban]
ejected and rescued
   
2nd May1981
Angola
MIG-21MF     hit by AAA and crashlanded at Lubango Cap. Carlos Benitez Estacio
[Cuban]
   
6th November 1981
Angola
MIG-21MF     Shot down by South Africans near MULONDO by Maj. Johann Rankin's Mirage F.1CZ LT Danacio Valdez
[Cuban]
   
7th June 1982
Angola
An-26     LUBANGO Cap. Osvaldo Lopez Terrero
[Cuban]
   
5th October 1982
Angola
MiG-21BIS     hit by South Africans, emergency landing at Lubango Tte Raciel Marrero Rodriguez
[Cuban]
   
5th October 1982
Angola
MiG-21BIS     Shot down by Maj. Johann Rankin's Mirage F.1CZ near
Lubango

Cuban sources deny the loss, stating the pilot "landed safely" back in the base...

Tte Gilberto Ortiz Perez
[Cuban]
   
6th November 1982
Angola
MI-8T     CUANGO 11 Cap. Raul Vigo
[Cuban] + 10 more dead
   
8th December 1982
Angola
MI-8T     LA CUCA 1erTTe Raul Vega
[Cuban] + 5 dead
   
8th December 1982
Angola
MIG-21U     Lubango Pastrana y Merino
[Cuban]
   
23rd April 1983
Angola
MIG-21MF     Lubango Cap. Raul Fernandez Sanchez
[Cuban]
   
8th August 1983
Angola
MI-8T     CANGAMBA MY Policarop Alvarez Pileta
[Cuban]
   
21st September 1983
Angola
MiG-21R     Luena Cap. Chacon
[Cuban]
   
2nd October 1983
Angola
MiG-21     LUBANGO cap. Andres Valle
[Cuban]
killed
   
20th October 1983
Angola
MIG-21PFM C50   Damaged by antiaircraft fire LUAU  Tte.Cor. Henry Perez
[Cuban]
   
10th November 1983
Angola
MiG-21     LUBANGO Cap Roberto Hernandez Alvarez
[Cuban]
killed
   
29th December 1983
Angola
MI-8T     LUAU 1st tte Jesus Galindo
[Cuban] + his copilot and engineer lost
29th December 1983
Angola
MIG-21BIS     Lubango Tte Fidel Perez
[Cuban]
   
9th August 1984
Angola
MiG-21bis   9th Fighter-Training Squadron FAPA-DAA Luena Cap Pausides Hechevarria
[Cuban]
   
9th August 1984
Angola
MiG-23UB   12th Fighter Squadron Ran out of fuel. Crashed near Luena      
MY Antonio Rojas
[Cuban]
 Copilot Colonel Jorge Vilardel
[Cuban]
 
9th August 1984
Angola
MiG-23ML     Lost during training flight near Luena Capt. Pedro Zequeiras Moreno
[
Maj. Marrero ??]
[Cuban]
   
9th August 1984
Angola
MiG-23ML     Lost during training flight near Luena 1Tte. Alberto Olivares Horta
[Cuban]
   
 

On 9th August 1984 a pair from the 9th Fighter-Training Squadron and four MiG-23MLs led by Maj. Antonio Rojas - became lost during a training flight in bad weather, with result that a MiG-21bis, a MiG-23UB (flown by Maj. Marrero), and two MiG-23MLs crashed, while two other MiG-23MLs made emergency landings in Luena.

21st September 1984
Angola
MiG-21     LUBANGO Cap.Guillermo Meriño
[Cuban]
killed
   
1st December 1984
Angola
MI-8T     HUAMBO TC Albizu
[Cuban] + copilot + engineer + 2 Cubans on board
   
12th March 1985
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down by UNITA near Menongue flown by Capt. Lino Cabrera Viera
[Cuban]
killed
   
Friday 15th March 1985
Angola
MIG-21     Shot down by Angolan rebels. The Angolan Government press agency said that the plane had crashed while trying ''a difficult maneuver'' and that the pilot was an Angolan. Capt. Garcia Ortega Gonzales
[Cuban]
killed
  KM-1
17th April 1985
Angola
MIG-21PFM     Malange Tte. Taurino Toledo Vila
[Cuban]
   
31st July 1985
Angola
MIG-21BIS     LUANDA  Tte. Sergio Herrera
[Cuban]
killed
   
5th November 1985
Angola
AN-2     GABELA Tte Gilberto Machado Ibañez
[Cuban]
   
9th November 1985
Angola
MI-8T     LUCUSSE Tte Sabino Ferreira Santos
[Cuban]
   
24th November 1985
Angola
MI-8T H61   shoot down by Impala, ALTO CUILO Tte Arcides Arcis Leon
[Cuban]
   
25th Nov 1985
Angola
Antonov AN-26     Near Luassingua, Angola      
2nd December 1985
Angola
An-26     navigation system failed, lost orientation, forced landing in the bushes
150km from Kinshasa
Cap Rafael del Pino Jr
[Cuban] + 43 (all survived)
   
7th July 1986
Angola
MIG-21BIS     LUBANGO 1er Tte. Raul Quiala
[Cuban]
killed
   
25th July 1986
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down near Memongue flown by Capt. Jorge Gonzalez Perez
[Cuban]
killed
   
13th September 1986
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down  by a Stinger near Menongue Capt. Jose A. Garcia Flores
[Cuban]
killed
   
 September 1987
Angola
MiG-23ML C477 FAPA-DAA shot down      
4th November 1987
Angola
MI-8T     LUENA Tte Jesus Martinez Santos
[Cuban]
3 dead
   
21st November 1987
Angola
MIG-23ML     AAA fired by UNITA
muere e Luena
Bárbaro Raúl Quiala Castañeda
[Cuban]
   
20th December 1987
Angola
MI-8T     TEMPUE1 Tte Alejandro Diaz
[Cuban]
killed
   
14th January 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down near Menongue by UNITA MANPAD flown by Capt. Francisco A. Doval
[Cuban]
   
21st January 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down near Menongue flown by Capt. Carlos Ridriguez Perez
[Cuban]
killed
   
15th February 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML     Shot down by Angolan artillery near Cuito Cuanavale when it attacked its own positions in error
[see FEEDBACK below]
Capt. Juan P. Rodriguez
[Cuban]
killed
  KM-1
FEEDBACK

Enjoyed looking at Cuban involvement and losses in Angola, which is one of my many little interests, for very personal
reasons.

What caught my eye on your list of Mig losses was the loss of Mig 23ML flown by Capt. Juan Rodriguez on 15 Feb 1988 near Cuito Cuanavale.

At that time I was sitting in a command Ratel as an SADF Corporal as part of the intelligence team during the 2nd assault on the Cuito bridgehead. We received a radio message that a Mig23 had been shot down by their own forces (and had crashed into (or near) the Cuito River. What apparently happened was that the South African G5 artillery had fired white Phos
[phosphorous]* rounds into the Angolan positions, which as was known was a target marker for the Angolan Air Force. Apparently the Mig attacked this smoke, assuming this was the line of SADF and Unita advance, was warned by radio from his side that these were own forces but persisted in further runs and was, after being warned off again, shot down by hisforces. This was the gist of the message we received from what I assume came from the SAAF radio intercept crew at the Tac Hq, who had a number of Spanish speaking translators(Chilean!) with them, monitoring Angolan Air frequencies. If I recall correctly, this incident would have occurred around noon of that day, when we had almost reached the bridge head (about 6-8 km from the river) before we withdrew later that day.

Its been a long time ago, but those events are locked into my memory as if it happened yesterdy. I can only say this is what I recall and it would be interesting if you have any other feedback from other sources
re this incident.

20 SAAF (and SADF) intercepts were very good, we monitored their flights (Comms) from takeoff to landing back at Menongue. In fact this is how we had most of our advance warning (15 min, if I recall correctly) to get all washing off the line and stop all vehicle movements etc.

Other advance warning was from Reconnaissance Commando team lying in hide outs near Menongue. No doubt the Migs were flown by competent pilots but, lucky for us, they were largely ineffective in carrying out any successful attacks. Apparently they fielded a 1 percent success rate, ie 1 mission successful in 100 flown - not overly brilliant.

Hope this is of interest to you, again, I can only repeat what I remember, whether this is the" truth" or actual fact I cannot say.

Kind regards,

Dietmar Wesemann
in email 26th February 2011

*" .   .   . the G5 was a South African quality product, 155mm long range howitzer (range 40 km) which were firing white Phosperous (and other rounds) into the Angolan positions. This was a deliberate ploy to confuse the Angolan/Cubans. And it worked, as the MiG attacked its own positions after seeing the white phos smoke. The Angolan/Cuban then shot it down, I don't know with what ordinance - could have been SAM 7, any assortment of AAA, SAM 8 or 9 systems, they had a whole arsenal of Eastern Block weaponery."

17th March 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML     shot down near Menongue, CUITO flown by pilot named Ernesto Chavez Marrero
[Cuban]
   
probably the same claimed as shot down on 23 April by SADF Ystervark 20mm AAA)
27th April 1988
Angola
An-26     shotdown by friendly fire 26 pax died with BG Francisco Cruz Bourzac, vice-minister of the FAR Cahama
[Cuban]
   
29th April 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML C-461    shot down in Bie Province      
27th June 1988
Angola
MiG-23ML     Shot down by SADF anti-aircraft guns during attack on the hydroelectric dam at Ruacana-Caleque, inside Namibia.      
26th Jul 1989
Angola
Antonov AN-26     Near Chana, Angola      
February 1990
Angola
Sukhoi Su-25K     Crashed on take-off - pilot retracted nose wheel too early Pilot ejected   K-36L
27th Mar 1990
Angola
CASA 212 Aviocar 300     Near Kuito, Angola      
May or June 1990
Angola
Sukhoi Su-25K     Crashed on take-off colliding with another Su-25K Pilot ejected   K-36L
May or June 1990
Angola
Sukhoi Su-25K     Crashed on take-off colliding with another Su-25K Pilot ejected   K-36L
3rd July 1994
Angola
Su-25            
26th Oct 1994
Angola
Mil Mi-8MTV (helicopter)     Near Cuito, Angola      
25th Nov 1994
Angola
Mil Mi-17 (helicopter)     Near Cuito, Angola      
17th Jun 1995
Angola
CASA 212-200 Aviocar     Near Cuvela, Angola      
27th Jan 2002
Angola
Antonov AN-12 T-304   Near Luena, Angola      
2nd Jun 2002
Angola
Mi-17     Near Ndalatando, Angola      

Monday
10th august 2005
06:50
check date


Angola
     

Crashed on  during its landing on Luena runway, in eastern Moxico province.

FURTHER DETAILS APPRECIATED

   
Thursday 26th April 2007
Angolan Air Force
(FAN)
Zlin-142 I-130 Lobito Military Aeronautic Training School Crashed  in Catumbela region, central Benguela province      
instructor Major Bento José Henriques Coelho
[Cuban]
killed
trainee Marlene Luís killed no ejection seats fitted to this type of aircraft
                 

 

 

 

To research further

  Cuban MiG-21 accidents and shoot downs during the Angolan war
DATE
???

Angola
MiG-21MF C340   Pilot was lost and crash-landed in Namibia Pilot OK    
???
Angola
MIG-21UM     Shot down by UNITA      
 Capitán Ramón Quesada Aguila
[Cuban]
POW
 Tte Cor. Manuel Rojas
[Cuban]
POW
 
DATE
???

Angola
MiG-21       Capitan Lorenzo Morales Ramos
[Cuban]
killed
   
Date ??         shot down by Small Arms Negage st Tte Emilio Gonzalez Rivas
[Cuban] + copilot and 10 soldiers died; flight SubtTte Manuel Castillo Ramirez
[Cuban]
 survived
   
                 
Date ?? Ethiopia MiG-17F     Ethiopia  Teniente Eladio Campos
[Cuban]
   
Date ?? Ethiopia MiG-21BIS     shot down in Ethiopia by AAA Primer teniente Raul Hernandez Vidal
[Cuban]
   
Date ?? Ethiopia MiG-21BIS     shot down in Ethiopia Cor Benigno Gonzalez
[Cuban] Cortez
   
         
         
  Angolan losses involving Cuban pilots are shown courtesy of Tom Cooper - ACIG
   

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