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1968
IDF/AF
Super Mystère B2 24
105 Sqn
[The Scorpion Sqn]
engine fire during night sortie pilot ejected successfully   License Copy of Republic Seat

   January  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st January 1968
USN
A-4E 151133 VA-164
CVA-34
USS Oriskany
Vietnam Lt. Goerge Frank Schindelar   Douglas
   
2nd January 1968
USN
Crusader F-8C 146989 VF-111
CVA-34
USS Oriskany
Vietnam. AAA? Lt. (jg) Craig M. Taylor   Martin-Baker Mk.5
   
2nd January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom II            
Major G. H. West ejected 2nd Lt. S. D. Adams  
3rd January 1968
USN
A-4C Skyhawk 148486 VA-112, Kitty Hawk VN Lt. Cdr. Edward Dale Estes  
   
4th January 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150865 VF-162, CVA-34 Vietnam. AAA     Martin-Baker Mk.5
5th January 1968
USN
A-4E 152074 VA-144, Kitty Hawk VN Cdr. Robert James Schweitzer  
   
5th January 1968
USN
L.T-1A            
Lt. J. N. Tolko ejected Lt. H. E. Higgingbotham ejected  
   
5th January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom II            
Lt. Col. W. T. Rhodenbach ejected Capt. E. T. Pizzo ejected  
   
9th January 1968 German A.F F-86       HFW E. Mangels ejected    
   
9th January 1968
USN
or
USMC
Crusader F-8E 150917 VMFA-235 Vietnam. AAA Capt. D. W. Lorenzo   Martin-Baker Mk.5
   
10th January 1968
USN
F-4 Phantom II

 (153036)  recovered. It was even worse aboard Ranger where two F‑4Bs (151506 and 151499) of VF‑154 were lost in a non‑combat mishap, presum­ably a collision, though all crewmen were recovered.

VF‑114 non‑combat accident      
ejected, recovered Lt.Jg. T. Beckwith ejected, recovered  
10th January 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8704 13th TFS, 432nd TRW, USAF, Udorn lost due to enemy action, Vietnam  
Capt. Keith Norman. Hall
ejected
(POW)
1st Lt. Earl Pearson Hopper
ejected
(KIA)
 
   

10th January 1968
USN F-4 Phantom II. Lt.Jg. J. A. Thorn ejected. need to match crews
USN F-4 Phantom II Lt.Jg. D. A. Yost ejected  
USN F-4 Phantom II. Lt. R. T. Fleming ejected.  
USN F-4 Phantom II. Lt. Cdr. L. N. Mitchell ejected.  
USN F-4 Phantom II. Lt.Jg. T. L. Hart ejected.  
13th January 1968
USAF
F-105D Thunderchief 58-1157 469 TFS, 388 TFW, Korat VN Col James Ellis Bean Republic
14th January 1968
USAF
EB-66C 55-0388 41 TEWS, 355 TFW, Takhli VN  

, , ,

  Douglas
   

Hubert C. Walker
(EWO)
LINK

Thomas Sumpter

Irby D. Terrell(NAV)

Ronald M. Lebert(EWO)

Lt Thompson (EWO--rescued)

Pete Pedroli (rescued)

14th January 1968
USN
Cougar       Lt. G. P. Kroyer ejected    
   
16th January 1968
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0927 480th TFS, 366th TFW, Da Nang Lost to enemy action, Vietnam      
Major C. E. Lewis ejected 1st Lt. J. L. Kelly ejected  
   
16th January 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8706 480 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang Rolling Thunder strike during approach to the Mu Gia Pass a bomb detonated bringing down both aircraft    
1st Lt. T. Nelson Moe ejected (POW) Capt. S. B. Stovin ejected  
   
16th January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom II     Lost to enemy action, Vietnam      
2nd Lt. T. A. Bannon ejected Capt. A. L. Lacey ejected  
   
17th January 1968
USAF
 F-4 Phantom II     Lost to enemy action, Vietnam is this the above loss ??    
is this the above loss ??    
18th January 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8720 435th TFS, 8th TFW, Ubon Lost to enemy action, Vietnam  
Major Kenneth Adrian Simonet (POW) 1st Lt. Wayne Ogden Smith (POW)  
18th January 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7581 435th TFS, 8th TFW, Ubon Shot down (by MiG-17s) during attack on Bac Giang thermal power plant northeast of Hanoi  
Captain Robert Bruce Hinckley (POW) 1st Lt. Robert Campbell Jones  
18th January 1968
N
F-4B Phantom II 153055 Kitty Hawk non­combat mishap     Martin-Baker
killed killed  
19th January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom II            
Capt. F. G. Stone ejected Capt. W. B. Fredenberger ejected  
   
19th January 1968 French A.F Mirage       Sgt. Ch. P. Cavalin ejected    
   
20th January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom     lost to enemy action, Vietnam M-B listing No. 1997    
   
20th or 22nd  January 1968
USMC
F-4 Phantom II     lost to enemy action, Vietnam      
Capt. D. F. Brandon Col. H. T. Hagaman ejected  
   
22nd January 1968 Indian A.F Vampire       Sqn. Ldr. M. K. Jain ejected    
   
22nd January 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG‑21F‑13

762403 2403 62 PLM        
22nd January 1968


Polish Air Force

MiG-21PF

  1 PLM OPK Zasiadly   Lt. Walenty Ziętek    
23rd January 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG‑21 PFM

94A5402  5402 34 PLM        
23rd January 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG‑21 PFM

94A4204  4204 41 PLM        
23rd January 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG‑21 PFM

94ML‑07  07 40 PLM        
23rd January 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152932 VA‑165; USS Ranger
CVA-61
Operational loss or lost to enemy action, Vietnam      
Cdr. L. S. Kollmorgen ejected crew member killed  
   
24th January 1968
RAF
Lightning F6 XS900/M 5 Sqn Crashed into Inchbrook Farm near Milltown, Grampian Ft. Lt. S. Miller ejected    
   
26th January 1968
RN
Hunter T8 XL582/VL728 Naval Flying Standards Flt engine failure on take off from Lee on Solent, Hants      
Lt. R. F. Shercliff ejected Cdr. P. R. Sheppard ejected  
   
26/01/1968   F-84F Thunderstreak FU60   crashed at Büngern-Dingden (near Bocholt, DE), due to a fire caused by a mechanical (engine) problem. Olt Rogier Boisnard ejected but was killed as his parachute didn't open in time.    
27th January 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom II     lost due to enemy action, Vietnam      
Major R. W. Phillips ejected 1st Lt. B. C. Core ejected  
   
29th January 1968
USMC
F-4 Phantom II            
1st Lt. W. J. Grimm ejected Major H. D. Fagerskog ejected  
   
30th January 1968
RAF
Vulcan B2 XM604 9 Sqn Crashed shortly after take off from Cottesmore, Leics      
F/O M. Gillett ejected Flt. Lt. P. Tait ejected  
the rear crew were unable to bale out and were killed.
 1st January 1968   A‑4E 151133
AH 4
VA‑164 electric failure froze controls, Gulf of Tonkin 30 M NE of Da Nang, SVN pilot ejected safely    
                 
0 ‑Ian68  65‑0766  F‑4D  nr Lake Isabella, CA, USA, lost control, 2 crew ejected safely
                 
0 ‑Ian68  146989  F‑8C  AH 106  VF‑111, Gulf of Tonkin 7 M off Thanh Hoa, NVN, probably hit by AAA; lost all ejectrical powerand most of engine thrust; eventually stalled over the sea, pilot ejected and rescued by Navy helicopter
                 
0 ‑Ian68 

61‑0149  F‑105D  333rd TFS/355th TFW, Gulf of Tonkin c 50 M N of Hue, SVN, ran out of fuel while joining the tanker for refueling, pilot ejected safely

                 
0 ‑Ian68 

 

 65‑5701  F‑111A  JTF/AFFTC, 25 M SE of Edwards AFB, NV, USA, weapons bay gun fire, crew ejected safely

 

 

    

 
                 
an68   148486  A‑4C  NH 405  VA‑112, nr Ninh Giang, c15 M SW of Haiphong, NVN, hit by SAM, pilot captured
                 
an68

 

 

58‑1157  F‑105D  469th TFS/388th TFW, c20 M W of Thai Nguyen, NVN, shot down by a MiG‑21, pilot captured

 
                 
  '  ‑l,an68 65‑3765  F‑100D  308th TFS/31st TFW, nr Ban Tn Srenh, 20 M SE of Ban Me Thuot, SVN, shot down during attack on gun site, pilot ejected and rescued by USAF helicopter
an68                
  152074  A‑4E  NH 304  VA‑144, nr Haiphong, NVN, hit by 37mm AAA, lost control when it suffered hydraulic and ejectrical failure, pilot captured
                 

;, an68

 

 

65‑0865  RF‑4C  11th TRS/432nd TRW, 45 M NE of Udorn, Thailand, hit by AAA over W of Phuc Yen, North Vietnam, but didn't make it back home, 2 crew ejected safely

 
                 
  ~Ian68  62‑4441  F‑105E  333rd TFS/355th TFW, 68 NM NW of Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, engine failure, both crewmembers ejected safely
                 
  07jan68   55‑3619  F‑100D  612th TFS Det.1/37th TFW, Gulf of Tonkin 10 M off Da Nang, SVN, hit by ground fire nr Ha Tan, 15 M SW of Da Nang, flew out to sea and crashed, pilot ejected safely
                 
  09jan68 150917  F‑8E  IDS 18  VMF(AW)‑235, southern part of Laos, hit by automatic weapons fire during bombing run nr Ban Laipo, tried to fly home but crashed, pilot ejected and was rescued by USAF helicopter
                 
101an68  151499  F‑4B  NE 4  VF‑154, in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, nr USS Ranger, ran out of fuel following navigational error, 2 crew rescued
                 
101an68  151506  F‑4B  NE 4  VF‑154, in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, nr LISS Ranger, ran out of fuel following navigational error, 2  crew rescued
                 
101an68  153063  F‑4B  NH 2  VF‑114, Gulf of Tonkin, off NVN, lost hydraulic pressure, followed by loss of control, 2 crew rescued
                 
                 
101an68 

 

  66‑8704  F‑4D  OC  13th TFS/432nd TRW, nr Quan Hoa, NVN, hit by SAM, 1 crew captured, 1 killed  I

 
14th January 1968
also seen as 20th January

USAF
Douglas
EB‑66C
Destroyer
55-0388
"Preview 01."
41 TEWS, 355 TFW, Takhli  Shot down by NVAF MiG-21 about 50 nautical miles west-northwest of Thanh Hoa near the North Vietnamese/Lao borderwhile on a single aircraft electronic counter measures (ECM) mission to selectively jam enemy radar for an afternoon strike mission in Route Package VI-A Douglas Ejection Seats
     
Major Pollard H. Mercer
(Pilot)
ejected and rescued. Died later in hospital
Major Attillio "Pete" Pedroli
(navigator / instructor pilot)
ejected
rescued
Major Thomas W. Sumpter
(EWO)
ejected
POW
Captain Hubert C. Walker
ejected
POW
Major Irby D. Terrell, Jr.
navigator
ejected
POW
1st Lt. Ronald Merl Lebert
(EWO)
ejected
POW
1st Lt. James E. Thompson
(EWO)
ejected
rescued
  Thanks to Howard "Rusty" Hamer  EWO 42 TEWS 67-68 for adding information to this entry
                 
161an68  64‑0927  F‑4C  C  480th TFS/366th TFW, c25 M S of Ha Tinh, NVN, 750 Is detonated in flight; explosion destroyed 64‑0927 and 66‑8706, at least 1 crewmember captured
                 
161an68 

161an68 

 

66‑7495  F‑4D  nr George AFB. CA, USA, on approach, aileron hydraulic control cylinder failed, causing a loss of control, 2 crew ejected safely

 
                 
18jan68

18jan68 66‑7581  F‑4D  FO  435th TFS/8th TFW, 15 M SE of Kep, nr Hanoi, NVN, shot down by a MiG‑17, 2 crew captured

 

                 
18jan68

 

66‑8720  F‑4D  FY  555th TFS/8th TFW, nr Bac Giang power plant, nr Hanoi, NVN, shot down by a MiG‑17, 2 crew

    captured

 
                 
11jan68

11jan68  151152  A‑4E  AH 404  VA‑164, South China Sea off SVN, 25 M off USS Oriskany, hit by small arms fire 10 M N of Ban Deng Pang, Laos. Tried to make it back to the carrier but engine caught fire, burning through

  flight control cables, causing loss of control, pilot ejected and was rescued by Navy helicopter

 

                 
11jan68

64‑17957  SR‑71 B  9th SRW, on approach to Beale AFB, crashed 7 M N of the base, CA, USA, generator failure  followed by double flameout, crew ejected safely

 
1/16/68
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8706 480 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang VN Col Thomas Nelson Moe Martin-Baker
18th January 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7581 435 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon VN 1st Lt. Robert Campbell Jones Martin-Baker
                 
  19jan68  63‑7636  F‑4C  2 M from MacDill AFB, FL, USA, crashed during take‑off, 2 crew ejected safely
                 
 

21jan68  151140  A‑4E  WL  VMA‑311, 1 M N of Khe Sanh, SVN, hit by AAA during attack run 6 M N of the base, tried to  make it to the base but crashed 1 mile short, pilot ejected and was rescued by USMC UH‑1 E

 
                 
 

22jan68  151414  F‑48  WS  VMFA‑323, or Khe Sanh, SVN, hit by .50 cal ground fire during attack run, 2 crew ejected and rescued by USMC helicopter

 
                 
  23jan68  150053  A‑4E  WL  VMA‑311, Khe Sanh, SVN, hit by AAA and ejected right over the base to make sure he was, pilot ejected safely
                 
 

 

23jan68  56‑0744  QF‑104A  USAF. Eglin AFB ranges, FL, USA, manned drone flight; DT‑33 director aircarft lost control , pilot on F‑104 took over but engine caught fire and control was lost, pilot ejected safely

 
                 
  271an68  63‑7668  F‑4C  C  480th TFS/366th TFW, in South China Sea off Monkey Mountain, N of Da Nang, SVN, hit by 37mm AAA nr Deng Hoi, 2 crew ejected safely and were picked up by USAF helicopter
                 
 

291an68  151055  A‑4E  NH 3  VA‑144, Gulf of Tonkin off NVN engine failure, pilot ejected and was rescued by Navy helicopter

 

 

 
                 
  291an68  60‑0478  F‑105D  333rd TFS/355th TFW, 4 NM SSE of Takhli RTAFB, Thailand, engine failed during take‑off, pilot ejected safel

 

 

   February 

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
2nd February 1968 USN Crusader F-8E 150667 VF-191, CVA-14 area unknown pilot ejected Martin-Baker Mk.5  
2nd February 1968   F‑4D 65‑0604   control system failure. Crashed in Gulf of Mexico 70 M from Fort Myers, FL, USA      
 ejected safely  ejected safely  
2nd February 1968   F‑4E 66‑0311 40th TFS/33rd TFW Gulf of Mexico 20 M offshore nr Eglin AFB, FL, USA  ejected safely ejected safely  
                 
4th February 1968   F‑105D 60‑5384 34th TFS/388th TFW shot down c40 M W of Thai Nguyen, NVN pilot captured    
4th February 1968   F‑4D 66‑7769
FY
555th TFS/8th TFW hit by AAA during attack run over Phuc Yen  airfield. Crashed  30 M W of Sam Neua, Laos      
 ejected, rescued by USAF HH‑3  ejected, rescued by USAF HH‑3  
05-Feb-68 USAF  F-4 Phantom     NK  Capt. J. E. Rodwc   M-B
5th February 1968
USAF
F-105D Thunderchief 60-5384 34 TFS, 388 TFW, Korat VN Lt Col Carl W. Lasiter Republic
08-Feb-68 USN F-4 Phantom     OC  Cdr. D. L. Varner XXX   M-B
08-Feb-68 USAF  F-4 Phantom     OC  Capt. T. K. Dorsett   M-B
08-Feb-68 USAF  F-4 Phantom     OC  Capt. J. Corder    M-B
08-Feb-68 USAF F-4 Phantom     OC  Lt. W. A. Wood XXXX   M-B
10th February 1968
Finland
Gnat F.Mk.I GN111 FL.46
Luonetjarvi base
 trim failure Pilot ejected safely   Gnat F.Mk.I
13th February 1968
RAAF
Vampire  Mk 35 A79-667 1 AFTS Pearce 35 nm  southwest of  RAAF
Pearce,
  WA  Loss of control during  compressibility flight. 
Pilot Cadet
P. Jabornicky ejected at 11,000ft with aircraft rolling out of control
and  400 kts, and landed in the sea. Suffered
superficial injuries
  Martin-Baker Mk.3B
13th February 1968    F‑4D 66‑7670   hydraulic failure. crashed in populated area  Yosan‑Ni, South Korea.1 on ground killed and 3 injured      
ejected safely ejected safely  
14-Feb-68 GerAF F.G91     OC HFW H. Corameyer   M-B
14-Feb-68 USMC Cougar     OC Capt. E. H. Menzer   M-B
14-Feb-68 USMC Cougar     NK 1.Lt. G. H. Cramer   M-B
               
14-Feb-68 USAF F-4 Phantom     NK 1.Lt. T. J. Powers   M-B
14-Feb-68 USAF F-4 Phantom     NK Capt. D.L.Smith   M-B
Wednesday 14th February 1968
USAF
 F‑100D 56‑3304
90 TFS
3 TFW, USAF, Bien Hoa
Hit by VC ground fire during second strafing run against gun positions near  the village of Can Ke,  17 miles southeast of Can Tho Captain John K. Lewis ejected safely and recovered by HH-43 (Detachment 10 of the 38th ARKS) NAA
14th February 1968 USN Crusader F-8E 150909 VF-194, CVA-14 Vietnam. SAM     Martin-Baker Mk.5
15th February 1968 USN Crusader F-8E 150293 VRF-32  in US
NAS El Centro
LCDR L.A. Henke   Martin-Baker Mk.5
FEEDBACK

In your ejection by year, you have Feb 15, 1968, Crusader F-8E Buno: 150293 from VRF-32.  I was with VRF-32 at the time, and the pilot was , he was my division officer and I believe he was coming out of NAS El Centro when the aircraft flamed out.  Messed up his back pretty good.  Glad he got out ok though, Mr. Henke was one heck of a nice guy, and good officer/pilot.

Larry Hickman
in Site Guestbook 29th July 2008

15th February 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7586 389 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang VN Col Lawrence D. Writer

POW Link

Martin-Baker
15th February 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7586 389 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang VN Joe Carpenter  
15-Feb-68 USN  F-8 Crusader     OC Lt. Cdr. L. A. Henke   M-B
15-Feb-68 USAF  F-4 Phantom     EA Capt. L.D.Writer     M-B
15-Feb-68 USAF  F-4 Phantom       EA Capt. J. V. Carpenter     M-B
16-Feb-68 RN   Sea Vixen      OC Lt. C.E.Beilby   M-B
16-Feb-68 RN Sea Vixen     OC S.Lt. J. S. M. Chandler   M-B
16th February 1968 RN Sea Vixen FAW2 XJ516/H245 893 Sqn Crashed while on approach to Yeovilton, Somerset      
     
17th February 1968   F‑100E 56‑3959    VP 614th TFS,35th TFW shot down by small arms fire during bombing run 5 M SW of Can The, SVN      
ejected, rescued ejected, rescued  
18th  February 1968     63-8293   AAA over North Vietnam      
ejected, rescued ejected, rescued  
19th February 1968
BAF
F-84F Thunderstreak FU???   crashed while landing, due to stalling The pilot ejected but was killed    
19-Feb-68 USAF F-4 Phantom     OC Capt. P J. Seiler   M-B
19-Feb-68 USAF F-4 Phantom     OC Capt. P. Brandt   M-B
20th February 1968   F‑4C 64‑0803
BO
390th TFS/366th TFW hit by ground fire during take­ off from Da Nang. Crashed A Shau Valley, 10 M SE of Khe Sanh, SVN,      
ejected, rescued by USAF helicopter ejected, rescued by USAF helicopter  
21st February 1968 RAF Jet Provost T4 XP561/51 1 FTS lost in cloud over
Linton on Ouse, Yorkshire
The pilot S.Lt. G. F. Harris ejected   M-B
21st February 1968   F‑4D 66‑0262   stalled shortly after take‑off and spun into the ground near Palmdale, CA, USA      
ejected but killed ejected but killed  
23rd February 1968 USMC A-6A Intruder 152631 VMA(AW)‑533 collided with F‑8E 150857 crashed  in sea c5 M E of Da Nang, SVN     Martin-Baker Mk.5
1st Lt. R. V. Smith ejected,  rescued unknown ejected, rescued Martin-Baker Mk.5
23-Feb-68 USMC  Intruder     OC 1.Lt. R. V. Smith   M-B
23-Feb-68 USMC  Intruder     NK     M-B
23rd February 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8725 497 TFS, 8 TFW, Ubon VN  
Col Laird Guttersen Lt Col Myron L. Donald  
24th February 1968
USMC

A-6A Intruder

152644

VMA(AW)-533, MAG-12, Chu Lai VN Cdr Laurence V. (Larry) Friese B/N Martin-Baker
24th February 1968   A‑6A 152644 VMA(AW)‑533  hit by SAM c20 M SW of Hanoi      
POW POW  
25th February 1968 USN Cougar            
     
  ENS R. E. Houser

Lt. Cdr. J. R. OKelly

25th February 1968 USN F-8E Crusader 150335
NM 1
VF-191, CVA-41 ran out of fuel while trying to refuel from  A‑4, Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, nr USS Ticonderoga Lt.JG W. E. Brown ejected and rescued   Martin-Baker Mk.5
25th February 1968   A‑4E 150104
CF
 VMA‑211 hit by small arms fire nr Hoi An, 10 M SE of Da Nang, SVN pilot ejected and rescued by helicopter    
25th February 1968   F‑100D 56‑3261 355th TFS/37th TFW  hit by 37mm AAA during target run 25 M E of Saravan nr Saravan, Laos pilot ejected; rescued by HH‑3E    
26th February 1968 RAF Jet Provost T4 XS229/49 CFS  in the Cotswolds, Gloucester collided with Jet Provost T4 XP675/48      
Flg. Off. J. Tye ejected Flt. Lt. D. J. Smith ejected  
26th February 1968                
Capt. W. S. Paul

MAJ R. P. Bateman

26th February 1968   F‑100D 55‑3762
CB
90th TFS/3rd TFW hit by ground fire nr Ap Nhut, 13 M NE of Can Tho just W of Can The, SVN pilot ejected safely    
28th February 1968   F‑105D 62‑4385 354th TFS/355th TFW hit by gunfire c10 M N of Ban Hai, Laos on NVN/Laos border  pilot ejectedand was rescued    
29th February 1968   F‑4D 66‑7528
FO
435th TFS/8th TFW, 9 M SE of Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, lost hydraulic pressure on approach,      
Pilot ejected killed RIO Lt.COL C. D. Smith Jnr ejected  
29th February 1968   F‑105E 63‑8312 44th TFS/388th TFW hit by SAM. SW part of Hanoi, NVN      
pilot killed WSO MIA  
29th February 1968   RF‑4B 153115
FM
VMCJ‑1 Shot down near Muang Bad, 50 M SW of Da Nang AB, SVN      
ejected safely; rescued by Army helicopter ejected safely; rescued by Army helicopter  

 

             

Then on 14 Feb, a USAF F-4D out of Kunsan AB crashed near the village of Yongan-myon, Ilssan-gun, Chollabukto killing three villagers and injuring another. The pilot and nav ejected safely.)

 

               
               
               
               

 

 

 

   March

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
2nd March 1968
USMC
F-4 Phantom       Major R. J. Morley    
Capt. D. C. Richards    
5th March 1968   EB‑66E 54‑0524
RC
41st TEWS/355th TFW engine failure, Thailand ejected safely    
ejected safely    
ejected safely    
5th March 1968   F‑102A 56‑1234 526th FIS crashed into a house 1 NM SE of Bubesheim, West Germany pilot ejected safely    
6th March 1968   F‑100D 55‑3587
CB
90th TFS/3rd TFW hit by ground fire, 6 M E of Quan Long, SVN pilot ejected safely    
7th March 1968
RAAF
MB 326H  Macchi A7-003 CFS
RAAF East Sale
Aileron control jammed  during aerobatics. Crashed 14 nm  southwest of  RAAF East  Sale, Vic  . Flt. Lt. W.R. Rayner
ejected at 10,000ft. Landed in heavy 25kt. wind into fence
and received minor injuries.
  Martin-Baker O4A
9th March 1968
USA
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk       Crew member ejected   Martin-Baker

9th March 1968

USAF

F-100

2805

401st TFW/353rd TFS

crashed SW of Almazan, Spain

Pilot survived the ejection but suffered back injuries

 

NAA 

12th March 1968
USN
Crusader F-8E 150306 VF-53, CVA-31 Bingo divert to Da
Nang. GCA approach ended in the trees
Lt.Jg J. A. Weber ejected   Martin-Baker
12th March 1968
German AF
FG.91       Capt. J. Reich    
12th March 1968   F‑8E 150306
NF 2
VF‑53 during radar approach, hit trees  nr Monkey Mountain, nr Da Nang AB, SVN Lt.JG Jerry A. Weber
ejected
[see also 25th June 1968]
  Martin-Baker
12th March 1968   A‑4E 152088
NH 300
VA‑144  hit by ground  fire during strafing run, 20 M W of Khe Sanh, inside Laos pilot ejected and was rescued by USAF HH‑3E    
14th March 1968   F‑4D 66‑7508 390th TFS/366th TFW hit by AAA, 15 M SW of Hue, SVN      
pilot rescued WSO ?  
14th March 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom            
MAJ W. J. Swaney Capt. S. C. Puma  
14th March 1968   F‑4D 66‑7592 8th TFS/49th TFW
Spangdahlem AB, West Germany
entered a spin during ACM      
ejected safely ejected safely  
14th March 1968
USAF
F-4 Phantom            
MAJ G. Tressemar 1.Lt. J. E. Hamm  
15th March 1968
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7701 391 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Hit while attacking a truck park in southern Laos, about 80 miles west of Da Nang      
Capt. R. C. Fairlamb ejected - rescued by USAF HH‑3 1.Lt. P. E. Huber  ejected - rescued by USAF HH‑3  
15th March 1968   F‑8E 149225
DB
    pilot ejected
rescued by USN helicopter
   
[15th?] 16th March 1968
USMC
Crusader F-8E 149225 VMF(AW)‑235 hit by ground fire, flew feet wet, in sea off DMZ, SVN Capt. G. L. Post
ejected
rescued by USN helicopter
  Martin-Baker
17th March 1968
USN
A-6A Intruder 152940
NG 510
VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
 hit by AAA, just N of Hanoi, NVN Martin-Baker
LCdr Edwin A Shuman II
ejected
POE
LCdr Dale W. Doss Martin-Baker
17th March 1968   F‑4D 66‑8780 390th TFS/366th TFW hit by AAA, in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, just N of DMZ, NVN      
MAJ P. D. Lambridges
eject
ed
rescued
1.Lt. J. L. Tavenner
eject
ed
rescued
 
17th March 1968   F‑100D 56‑3269 CE 510th TFS/3rd TFW
Bien Hoa AB, SVN
shot down during approach pilot ejected safely    
17th March 1968   F‑105D 62‑4336
RK
333rd TFS/355th TFW hit by gunfire, nr Na Canong, Laos pilot ejected
rescued
   
18th March 1968
French AF
Mirage       SGT.CH Flasseur    
19th March 1968
BAF
F-84F Thunderstreak FU???   crashed, after an explosion in the engine at 1.000 ft due to a broken blade in the 2nd stage of the compressor The pilot ejected and was slightly injured.    
20th March 1968
USAF
F-100D 55-3606 416 TFS, 37 TFW, Phu Cat VN Fred Thompson   NAA
21st March 1968   A‑4E 151077
WL
VMA‑311 nr Hoi An, S of Da Nang, SVN pilot ejected safely    
22nd March 1968
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 64-0830 559th TFS, 12th TFW, Cam Ranh Bay Shot down about 15 miles west of Khe Sanh   Martin-Baker
Lt. Col. Theodore "Ted" Wilson Guy
POW
Maj Don Lyons  
22nd March 1968
USAF
F-4C Phantom II 63‑7684 391 TFS,12th TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay Refuelling problems. Engines flamed out      
Capt G L Butler ejected Maj J G Kondracki ejected  
23rd March 1968
USN
F-4 Phantom       Lt.JG D. B. Norem    
                 
 

23mar68    64‑0830  F‑4C  XN  559th TFS/12th TFW, 15 M W of Khe Sanh, inside Laos, hit by explosion, possibly due to own bomb detonating, pilot captured, WSO killed

                 
  23mar68    56‑1396  F‑102A  57th FIS, nr a river in southern Iceland, engine flamed out, pilot ejected safely
23rd March 1968
McDonnell-Douglas
F-4J Phantom II     crashed shortly after take-off Martin-Baker H-7 Rocket Seat
C. D. "Pete" Pilcher,
Production Test Pilot, McDonnell Douglas Corporation ejected safely
Radar Observer Harvey A. Begay  ejected safely Martin-Baker H-7 Rocket Seat
23rd March 1968
RN
Hunter T8 XE664 764 Sqn. Crashed near Lossiemnouth following power loss Pilot ejected
but was killed
  Martin-Baker
24th March 1968 German AF  F.G91       Lt. Ottawa    
28th March 1968
USN
Crusader RF-8G 144616 VFP-63 Vietnam. AAA?. Pilot ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
29-Mar-68
IDF/AF
Super Mystère B2     Jordanian AAA Yonachan Rozer recovered DID HE EJECT ??  
29th March 1968
RAF
Lightning Mk 6 XS924 5 Sqn
Binbrook
Crashed Beeby, 4 miles NNE Binbrook
 Control lost during in flight re-fueling - nose dived into the ground
Flt Lt Al  Davey initiated ejection but did not eject
   

The Lightning was one of a pair which had taken off from Binbrook to join up with a Victor tanker for a practice flypast at Scampton for the Strike Command ceremony on the 1st April. It nosedived into the ground shortly after take-off.

Ref Ejection 29 March 1968 - Flt Lt Davey

Unless my memory has totally failed it was a Lightning Mk 2 out of Leconfield (19/92 Sqns). Al had failed to take-on fuel during AAR, hence was short of fuel and the cockpit misted-up badly as he was trying to land.

in email 24th November 2006 Terry Adcock

29th March 1968
German AF
L.T33       Sgt. E. Henninger    
29th March 1968
USA
OV-1B Mohawk 64-14257 73rd AVN VUNG TAU, Rep. Of Vietnam     Martin-Baker Mk.5
Major William Hurley
KIA
SP4 Stephen C "Chad" Fletcher ejected
(given in early listing as 2,000th Life saved by Martin-Baker seat)

[first ejection - see also 22nd November 1968]
Martin-Baker Mk.5
30th March 1968   F‑111 A 66‑0017 428th TFS/355th TFW foreign object became lodged in in pitch/roll mixer assembly, Thailand      
ejected safely ejected safely CAPSULE

 April  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
8th April 1968
Indian A. F.
HF-24 Marut   ASTE Ejected over Kanpur Flt Lt I J S Sandhu   Martin-Baker
14th April 1968
USN
F‑4B 150644 VF‑154; USS Ranger
CVA-61
Operational loss Cdr. D. Pringle ejected, recovered   Martin-Baker
Lt. (jg) G. E. Rose ejected, recovered   Martin-Baker
                 
 

5 April 1968: a non‑combat mishap cost VF‑96 an F‑4B (150463). Both crew members were recovered.

 

 
5th April 1968
US
             
  Pilot was Phil Harrison, flew into ground on night GCA at Yuma. It is believed that the seat fired on impact. He was found in top of fruit tree the next morning. Survived.
8th April 1969
US
             
  Low transition takeoff, aircraft settled back on runway at Barbers Point, HI ,aircraft received strike damage
 
                 
  7-4-1968 [SEA Conflict due to enemy action]
USA Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. SP5 Slatt ejected.
[sj/2078]
                 
  8-4-1968
USN Crusader F-8B, BuNo 145544, VC-5 . Ejection area Japan.
[Martin-Baker Mk.5]
[crusader book]
                 
  12-4-1968
USN Crusader F-8A, BuNo 142410, NAS Dallas Reserves . Ejection area in US.
[Martin-Baker Mk.5]
[crusader book]
                 
 

14 April 1968: a non‑combat mishar claimed an F‑4B (150644) of VF‑154. Both crew members were recovered.

 

15 April 1968: Kitty Hawk lost twc F‑413s (153002 and 153043) of VF‑114 in a non‑combat mishap; all crew member were recovered.

 

  19-4-1968
USN Crusader F-8B, BuNo 145526 . Ejection area in US.
[Martin-Baker Mk.5]
[crusader book]
                 
  20-4-1968 [SEA Conflict ?]
USA Grumman OV-1 Mohawk. M. Hall and PF/C J. G. Sparks ejected.
2100 & 2101]
21st April 1968
French Marine
Etendard       1.Lt. W. C. Vasser or more likely P.O M. Dubrulle     Martin- Baker
23rd April 1968
USN
A-4 Skyhawk       Richard "Dick" Lord (SAAF) ejected Escapac
28th April 1968
USAF
 
F-4D Phantom II
66-8757 389 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang   Wesley Rumble

JOHN FINLAY, returnee

   
                 
 

02apr68  55‑2875  F‑100D  CE 510th TFS/3rd TFW, southern outskirts of Saigon, SVN, shot down during attack run, pilot

 ejected and was rescued

 

                 
  05apr68 150463  F‑4B  NG 614  VF‑96, South China Sea off SVN, ejectrical failure during launch; controls froze and pilot lost control, 2 crew rescued
                 
  05apr6863‑7684  F‑4C  XT  391st TFS/12th TFW, 12 M NE of Da Nang AB, SVN, following aerial refueling boom of KC‑135 struck F‑4 which lost control and crashed, 2 crew ejected safely
                 
  07apr68  56‑3839  F‑100F    416th TFS/37th TFW, 20 M W of Xom Duong Quan, nr Min Gia Pass, Laos, hit by 37mm AAA  during attack on truck park, 2 crew ejected and were rescued by USAF helicopter
   
  On April 7, 1968, Capt. Eben “Jonesy” Jones became the first F-100F Misty FAC pilot to reach 100 missions. One-quarter of all Misty FAC aircrews were shot down, including Jones, who was shot down (but recovered by rescue forces) on his 100th mission
                 
 

11apr68  153511  TA‑4F  TM  H&MS‑11, 7 M S of Da Nang, SVN, shot down by small arms fire during attack run, 2 crew ejected and were rescued by USMC helicopter

 

4/13/68
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 66-0383 12 TRS, 460 TRW, Tan Son Nhut LA/VN Col Walter M. Stischer Martin-Baker
                 
 

20 April 1968: Kitty Hawk suffered a painful fifth non‑combat loss of a Phantom on a single cruise (as compared with just one combat loss) when an F‑4B (153003) of VF‑114 was lost. Both crew members were recovered.

 

28 April 1968: an F‑413 (153014/NE‑103) of VF‑21 was shot down by AAA over North Vietnam. LCdr D. E. Hernandez and Lt (jg) D. J. Lortscher were recovered.

 

 
                 
  15apr68    153002  F‑48  NH 2  VF‑114. Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, operational accident ‑ collided with F‑4B 153043 on the way to the carrier, 2 crew rescued
                 
  15apr68    153043  F‑4B  NH 2  VF‑114, Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, NVN, operational accident ‑ collided with F‑4B 153002 on the way to the carrier, 2 crew rescued
                 
 

15apr68    61‑0206  F‑105D  JJ  34th TFS/388th TFW, c15 M NW of Dong Hoi, NVN, hit by 37/57mm AAA, pilot captured but died in captivity

 

                 
   15apr68    63‑8337  F‑105E  FU  357th TFS/355th TFW, in sea c40 M N of Da Nang, SVN, hit by 37mm AAA over Dong Hoi, NVN. Tried to make it to Da Nang but fire was too intense, pilot rescued by HH‑3E
                 
  19apr68    150063  A‑4E  CF  VMA‑211, in sea 3 M off Hue, SVN, hit by ground fire during 7th pass over target, pilot ejected  and was rescued
                 
  19apr68    65‑0706  F‑4D  479th TFW, Bayport, New York City, NY, USA, engines flamed out, crashed in open area but did damage 6 houses on ground, 2 crew ejected safely
                 
  20apr68    55‑3643  F‑100D  SD  306th Ti TFW, 18 NM N of Tuy Hoa AB, SVN, engine failed, pilot ejected safely
                 
  21 apr68  66‑7600  F‑4D  C  480th TFS/366th TFW, Gulf of Tonkm 25 M off DMZ, SVN, hit by AAA SE of Deng Hoi, tried to make it out to sea, crew ejected and rescued by SAR helicopter
                 
  23apr68  63‑7435  F‑4C  Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, USA, engines flamed out during break for landing, 2 crew ejected safely
                 
  23apr68 56‑0902  F‑104C  198th TFS PR ANG, 21 NM SSW of San Juan, PR, USA, lost control due to failure of stabilator servo control system, pilot ejected safely
24th April 1968
USA
OV-1C Mohawk ??? 245th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade VS/VN TO PFC John Sparks

M. Hall (rescued)

Martin-Baker
                 
  25apr68  142048  A‑1J  TT  602nd ACS/56th ACW, nr Ho Chi Minh trail, 30 M W of A Shan valley, Laos, hit by 37mm AAA  during attack on truck convoy, pilot ejected and was recovered
28th April 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-8757 389 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang  over Quang Binh province

pic

Martin-Baker

Col John S. Finlay
ejected
POW

Capt. Wesley L. Rumble
ejected
suffered back injury
POW
early release

Martin-Baker

  One of the freed prisoners was Lieut. Robert Francis Frishman, a 29-year-old Navy pilot, who had been shot down over Hanoi on Oct. 24, 1967, and had barely managed to eject from his stricken F-4C Phantom fighter-bomber because of a serious injury to his right arm. A second pilot, Air Force Captain Wesley L. Rumble, 26, had gone down over Quang Binh province on April 28, 1966. The third man, Seaman Douglas B. Hegdahl, 23, had been rescued and captured by North Vietnamese fishermen in the Gulf of Tonkin on April 5, 1967, after he had fallen overboard from the cruiser U.S.S. Canberra while it was shelling the coast.
 

30apr68  151578  A‑6A  DT  VMA(AW)‑242, Vietnam, structural failure during strike mission, 2 crew ejected and were

  rescued

 


 

04-Apr-68 Capt. C.Madsen   USMC  Cougar   M-B OC    
05-Apr-68 Capt. G.L.Butler   USAF F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
05-Apr-68 MAJ J. G. Kondracki   USAF F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
05-Apr-68 Lt.JG P. R. Harrison   USN F-8 Crusader   M-B NK    
05-Apr-68 ENS S.D.Graber   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
05-Apr-68 Lt. C. J. Schwarze   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
07-Apr-68 SP5 Slatt   USA Mohawk   M-B EA    
09-Apr-68 Classified         M-B      
12-Apr-68 Lt. R. B. Vongrote   USN F-8 Crusader   M-B OC    
13-Apr-68 MAJ Stischer   USAF F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
13-Apr-68 Capt. D. L. Verhees   USAF F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
14-Apr-68 Lt. G. Olson   USN Intruder   M-B OC    
15-Apr-68 Lt. Cdr. J. F. Farnsworth   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
15-Apr-68 Lt.JG R. L. McCready   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
15-Apr-68 Lt.JG G. K. Baer   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
15-Apr-68 Lt.JG J. Sarnecky   USN F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
16-Apr-68 P.O N. Ahmed   IndAF Vampire   M-B OC    
16-Apr-68 Flt. Lt. J. Singh   IndAF Vampire   M-B OC    
19-Apr-69 Capt. R. E. McKenzie    USAF  F-4 Phantom    M-B OC    
19-Apr-68 MAJ L. E. Lewis    USAF  F-4 Phantom    M-B OC    
19-Apr-68 Lt. Cdr. W. L. Hill       USN   F-8 Crusader   M-B OC    
20-Apr-68 P.O M. Dubrulle     FrN   Etend   M-B NK    
21-Apr-68 1.Lt. W. C. Vasser     USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
21-Apr-68 MAJ C. R. Webster   USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
23-Apr-68 MAJ.GEN H. A. Davis J    USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
23-Apr-68 MAJ B.D.Patton         M-B OC    
24-Apr-68 M. Hall   USA  Mohawk   M-B NK    
24-Apr-68 PF.C  J. G.Sparks     USA  Mohawk   M-B NK    
24-Apr-68 Lt. Cdr. R. P. Lester    USN V  Cougar   M-B NK    
24-Apr-68 ENS T. N. Gommer    USN   Cougar   M-B NK    
25-Apr-68 S.Lt. Renandin    Fr AF  Mirage     M-B OC    
27-Apr-68 1.Lt. W. L. Rumble    USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
27-Apr-68 Lt.COL J. S. Findley   USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
27-Apr-68 Lt. W. J. Mayhew    USN   F-4 Phantom   M-B OC    
28-Apr-68 Lt.JG D. J. Lortscher    USN   F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
28-Apr-68 Lt. Cdr. D. E. Hernandez        USN F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
29-Apr-68 1.Lt. R. P. Tignitor   USAF Cougar   M-B OC    
30-Apr-68 ENS P. F. Schmid   USN     M-B NK    
30-Apr-68 Lt. Cdr. C. C. Hoffner   USN     M-B NK    

 

 May  

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
1-May-68 USMC  F‑4B Phantom II 149424
VW
VMFA‑314, hit by ground fire during attack run and caught fire 12 M W of Da Nang, SVN Capt. D. Evans ejected and rescued by USAF helicopter     
1.Lt. L. F. Hunsaker ejected and rescued by USAF helicopter    
   
1-5-1968 USMC A-6 Intruder       Capt. G. H. Christensend ejected    
unknown ejected    
 
 
                 
  05may68   151105  A‑4E  WL 20  VMA‑311, nr Ba Long, 7 M SW of Casing Tn, SVN, hit by .50 cal during pull‑up from target, pilot ejected and rescued by USMC helicopter
                 
 

 

   
                 
05-May-68


USN

RA-5C 149278
NG 102
RVAH-1
USS Enterprise CVAN-65, Air Wing CVW-9
AAA. exploded in mid‑air, nr Xom Hoai, 15 M W of Ha Tinh, North Vietnam North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Lt. G. R. Norrington
POW
Lt. R. G. Tangeman
POW
   
6 May 1968 NASA Neil Armstrong ejected  
Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) #1 Ellington AFB lost pressure in its control
rockets
3-5-1968 USN F-8E Crusader BuNo 149173 VMFA-235 AAA. Vietnam     Martin-Baker Mk.5
 
 
5th May 1968
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 149278, NG 102 RVAH‑1
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Capt Richard G. Tangeman

[Lt Giles R Norrington
POW]

NAA
5th May 1968
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 149278, NG 102 RVAH‑1
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA; North Vietnam Lt. Giles R. Norrington

[Lt Richard G Tangeman
POW]

NAA
6-5-1968 USN F-8C Crusader BuNo 147026 VF-111, CVS[?]   Lt. A J. Nargi       Martin-Baker Mk.5
 
 
6-5-1968 RAF Hunter FGA9 XE532/D 8 Sqn Crashed into the Persian Gulf three miles west south west of Dubai after hitting a radio mast when carrying out a rocket attack on a range Flt. Lt. W. Taylor ejected    
   
                 
  6may68    145096  A‑4C  WP 1  VMA‑223, A Shea valley, SVN, collided with A‑4E 151196, pilot ejected safely, rescued by  helicopter
                 
  6may68 151198  A‑4E  WL  VMA‑311, A Shau valley, SVN, collided with A‑4C 145096, pilot ejected safely, rescued by   helicopter
13-5-1968                
  13-5-1968 Vietnam
USN A-6 Intruder from USS Enterprise. Crew had just dropped bombs during a night raid over
North Vietnam when,
"We took a direct hit by some kind of detonating shell and part of the instrument panel exploded in
the cockpit with a loud thud. I continued to break toward the sea and started to climb. About this
time I saw a bright light in the mirror and turned to see what it was. The left wing had burst into
flames. We were about ten miles inland, so our first objective was to get out over water. I also
wanted to get as high as possible and perhaps starve the fire of oxygen and put it out."
They were still more than 120 miles from their carrier. They flew over a search and rescue destroyer
hoping to make it back to the Enterprise. They were joined by another Intruder that confirmed te
wing was burning badly. Bremner climbed and levelled off at 35,000ft but the fire continued. When
he flewlower the flames became brighter. "It was so bright around the aircrat that my night vision
was ruined."
The A-6 finally reached the Enterprise and passed over it at about 7,000ft. They still hoped to land
on the Enterprise and Bremner flew the aircraft down to 2,000ft at slower speed and with flaps
down. The ship's landing signal officer advised the crew to eject. Lt. John T. Fardy [BN] and Lt.
Bruce B. Bremner ejected and were picked up by HC-1 Seasprite helicopter and were back on board
within 30 minutes.
[U. S. Naval Aviation - Ian Allan "airextra No. 12, p. 30 - 32 - isbn 0307-7411] & [sj./2121 &
2122]
                 
  15-5-1968
USMC A-6 Intruder. Maj. D. F. Crowe and Capt. J. C. Clingerman ejected.
[sj./2124 & 2125]
                 
  22-5-1968
USN Crusader RF-8G, BuNo 146886, VFP-63, CVA-31 . Ejection area Vietnam. AAA.
[Martin-Baker Mk.5]
[crusader book]
  7 May 1968: an air‑to‑air missile from a MIG shot down an F‑4B (151485/NG‑210) over North Vietnam. LCdr E. S. Christensen and Ltr(jg) W. A. Kramer were recovered.
                 
                 
  7may68    142059  A‑1J  ET  6th ACS/14th ACW, nr Chu Lai, SVN, hit in wing by AAA, pilot ejected and was rescued by  Army helicopter
                 
 

8may68    152005  A‑4E  NG 406  VA‑56, 12 M S of Ha Tinh, NVN, hit by ground fire during pull‑out from rocket firing run; engine   failed and aircraft caught fire, pilot ejected and was rescued by Navy SH‑3

 

                 
  9may68    152092  A‑4E  VK  VMA‑121, in sea off Monkey Mountain, nr Da Nang, SVN, suffered battle damage and tried to return to base m vain, pilot ejected and was rescued
                 
 

 

 

9 May 1968: a MIG‑21 was shot down by an F‑4B (153036) of VF‑96 flown by Major John P. Hefferman, USAF and Lt (jg) Frank A. Schumacher. It had to be a satisfy­ing moment for RIO Schumacher, who on Enterprise's previous cruise had been shot down and rescued (on 8 April 1967). Air Force exchange officer Hefferman was to suffer the indignity of seeing his name omitted from his own service's roster of aerial victories.

 

 

10may68    60‑0415  F‑105D  RU  357th TFS/355th TFW, W of Dak To, SVN, hit by .50ca1 ground fire, pilot ejected and was rescued

 

                 
 

13may68 152951  A‑6A  NG 510  VA‑35. in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, nr LISS Enterprise, hit by 57mm AAA during attack on Vinh. Wing caught fire and crew attempted to extinguish it by climbing to 35,000 ft which did not

  work. They decided to land on carrier but were forced to eject on approach, both

  crewmembers ejected and were rescued

 

14 May 1968     147854 RVAH‑7
USS Independence
       
Cdr. Pritscher Lljg. Feldhaus  
1968.05.16
Hungarian AF
MiG-21F-13 803     1st Lt. László Gyenei ejected

( confirm ??)

   
                 
  17may68 149970  A‑4E  WL  VMA‑311, 7 M N of Khe Sal SVN, hit by small arms fire, pilot ejected and rescued
                 
  17may68 56‑2949  F‑100D  If  416th TFS/37th TFW, 5 M W of Phu Cat AB, SVN, hit by ground fire during attack run, pilot ejected and was rescued by HH‑43
                 
18th May 1968
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 66-0442 14 TRS, 432 TRW, Udorn Quang Binh near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam Col. Terry J. Uyeyama

Tommy Gist

Martin-Baker
18th May 1968
USN
RA-5C Vigilante 149283 RVAH-11, Kitty Hawk VN Capt Charlie N. James

Vincent Monroe

 
18-May-68


USN

RA-5C 149283
NH 606
RVAH-11
USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, Air Wing CVW-11
AAA
North Vietnam
  North American HS-1A  Rocket Seat
Cdr. C. N. James
POW
Lt. Cdr. Vince D. Monroe
"He died somewhere between shootdown and Hanoi"
 

18may68  149283  RA‑5C  NH 606  RVAH‑11, c10 M S of Tan Ky, NW of Vinh, NVN, hit by AAA, 1 crew captured, 1 killed (died in captivity)

                 
  18may68  66‑0442  RF‑4C  OZ  14th TRS/432nd TRW, or Dong Heil, NVN, hit by AAA, 1 crew killed, 1 captured
                 
   
                 
   
                 
22nd May 1968
USN
RF-8G Crusader 146886 Det 31, VFP-63, Bon Homme Richard VN Edwin Miller    
                 
   
                 
 23rd May 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG‑21 PFM

94A6514  6514 34 PLM        
23rd May 1968



Polish Air Force

MiG-21PFM

  26 PLM OPK  Rosnowo   Lt. Włodzimierz Lubniewski    

 

27th May 1968


A.V.Roe (Canada)

CF-104D 104635 417
Cold Lake
In-flight engine failure

   
Capt W L Worthy Capt J. M. Denard Lockheed C-2
   
                 
 

21 may68  154988  A‑4F  NF 313  VA‑93, Gulf of Tonkin 10 M off Vinh, NVN, hit

by automatic weapons fire 15 M N of Vinh. Caught  fire, pilot headed for the coast, pilot ejected and was rescued by Navy helicopter

                 
 

 21 may68 56‑6954  U‑2C  100th SRW, 29 M ENE of Davis Monthan AFB, AZ, USA, uncontrolled pitch‑up following autopilot  malfunction which caused loss of control and structural failure, pilot ejected safely at 41,000 ft

 
                 
 

22may68 154974    A‑4F  NF 502  VA‑212, Gulf of Tonkin off Vinh, NVN, hit by AAA and caught fire. Pilot headed out to sea where, pilot ejected safely and was rescued by Navy helicopter

 

146886  RF‑8G  NF 602  VFP‑63 det.31, Vinh, NVN, hit by 37mm AAA during photo run, pilot captured

 
                 
 

23nray68 135252    A‑1 H  TC  1st ACS/56th ACW, SVN, engine failure during helicopter escort mission, pilot ejected and was

151500  F‑4B  VE  VMFA‑115, 15 M S of Saravan, Laos, hit by ground fire, 2 crew ejected and were rescued by Army helicopter

 

151507  F‑4B  WH  VMFA‑542, 3 M N of Hot AN, S of Da Nang, SVN, hit by small arms fire, 2 crew ejected and were rescue

 
                 
  24may68 148549  A‑4C  WP  VMA‑223, 30 M from Chu Lai AB, SVN, hit by .50cal while attacking gun position, pilot ejected and was rescued by USAF helicopter
                 
 

 25may68 66‑7569    F‑4D  FO  435th TFS/8th TFW, nr Ban Sappeng, Laos, hit by AAA nr Xom Duong Quad, N of Mu Gia Pass Pilot tried to make it back to Thailand on one engine but were forced to eject, 2 crew ejected  and were rescued by USAF helicopter

                 
 

28may68 154982    A‑4F  NF 5  VA‑212, NVN, engine failure, pilot rescued

  144303  TAF‑9J  3J 5  VT‑25, DBR

 
28th May 1968
USAF
F-105D Thunderchief 61-0194 34 TFS, 388 TFW, Korat VN Col Roger D. Ingvalson Republic
                 
 

28may68 161-194        F‑105D  JJ  34th TFS/388th TFW, 5 M NW of Dong Hot, NVN, hit by automatic weapons fire during strafing run, pilot captured

 
                 
 

30may68    154174  A‑4F  NF 513  VA‑212, Gulf of Tonkin 30 M off Vinh, NVN, engine ingested debris from firing rocket pod on oil site 12 M NW of Vinh and lost power. Pilot flew out to sea and ejected when aircraft stalled, pilot ejected and was rescued by Navy helicopter

 

60‑0511  F‑105D  JV  469th TFS/388th TFW, c10 M E of Muang Phin, Laos, hit by automatic weapons fire, pilot ejected   and was rescued

 
31st May 1968
USAF
A-1H 135282 602nd Ftr Sq (C)  656 ACW, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
Shot down near Tchpone, Laos
Lt Col Edward W. Leonard ejected at about 150 ft traveling about 250 kts. Stanley Yankee extraction system

31st May 1968


USN
A‑7A, Corsair II 153255
AE 304
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
shot down by AAA during attack on storage area over Laos near Ban Kate Lt K W Fields
ejected
recovered by helo
  Douglas Escapac
31st May 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153258
AE 307
VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Fuel starvation
Operational loss in Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam due to fuel starvation during aerial refueling,
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac

 

 

07-May-68 Lt.JG W. A. Kramer   USN  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
07-May-68 Lt. Cdr. E.Christensen    USN  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
14-May-68 1.Lt. Watson   USMC  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
15-May-68 MAJ D. F. Crowe   USMC  Intruder   M-B OC    
15-May-68 Capt. J. C. Clingerman   USMC  Intruder   M-B OC    
18-May-68 1.Lt. G. McCubbin   USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
18-May-68 Capt. J. Davies   USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
20-May-68 Flg. Off. N. J. Roberson   RN Buccaneer   M-B OC    
20-May-68 S.Lt. A. C. A. Moore   RN Buccaneer   M-B OC    
22-May-68 Lt.JG E. Miller   USN  F-8 Crusader   M-B EA    
22-May-68 Capt. P-Cox   USMC  F-4 Phantom   M-B NK    
22-May-68 W.S.Poole   USMC  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
25-May-68 Lt. A. Turner   USAF  F-4 Phantom   M-B EA    
25-May-68 CPT D. A ???????   USAF F-4 Phantom   M-B NK    
29-May-68 Lt. G. Brown   USN  Fury   M-B OC    

 

   June    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat

 

1-Jun-68
USMC
Fury       Capt. E. H. Dorsett    
1st June 1968
USAF
F‑4C Phantom II 64‑0779
XT
391st TFS
12th TFW

Cam Ranh Bay
hit by AAA during attack run Crashed near Van Ninh, c50 M NW of Nha Trang, SVN      
Maj Glenn Thomas Ciarfeo  KIA Capt. M. P. Rhodes ejectedand suffered severe injuries, rescued.  
1st June 1968
USAF
A‑1E Skyraider 52‑139584 602 ACS, 56 ACW
Nakhon Phanom
Mission to find Lt Fields (injured but evaded capture and rescued) and Capt Leonard (became POW)shot down near Ban Kate on the 31st May. Engine was hit by a 37mm shell, crashed near Ban Alao,15 miles southwest of Ban Kate Maj W G Palank ejected rescued by a USAF SAR helicopter   YANKEE
2nd June 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150453
NG 215
VF‑92
USS Enterprise
During a combat air patrol suffered double failure of power control hydraulic system, nr carrier in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN      
Lt. Cdr. P. A. Carroll ejected and recovered Lt. Cdr. E. P. Sierra ejected and recovered

 

 
2nd June 1968
About 20:50

USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 66‑0412  18th TFW, USAF Itaduke AB, Fukuoka Prefecture

During night take off and landing training, caught fire on approach and crashed into the under-construction computer centre building, school of engineering, Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University, in Hakozaki, Higashi Ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

     
Major E. E. Johnson ejected Lt. Col. R. F. Crutchlow ejected  

4 June 1968

USN F-4J Phantom II 155554
AE‑204
VF‑33
'Tarsiers'

USS America
AAA hit pulling up following bombing attack flew to coast 25 miles out to sea the Phantom caught fire. Crashed. North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Lt Eric Parker Brice tried to eject but canopy then failed to jettison(KIA)
[photo via T. Reece]
Lt. (jg) William A Simmons ejected, rescued Martin-Baker
6th June 1968
USAF
A‑1E
Skyraider
52‑132667 1 ACS, 56 ACW, USAF, Nakhon Phanom Mid air collision about nine miles north of Khe Sanh      
Capt E E Kirkpatrick
ejected injured
Maj David James Gunster
KIA
YANKEE
6th June 1968
USAF
A‑1E
Skyraider
52‑133925 1 ACS, 56 ACW, USAF, Nakhon Phanom   Maj Rodolph Lee Nunn
KIA
   
7th June 1968
USN
F‑4B Phantom II 150994
NG 211
VF‑92
USS Enterprise
control column got stuck during launch crashed near carrier in Gulf of Tonkin off NVN     Martin-Baker
Lt.JG W. R. McClendon ejected Lt.JG R. J. Edens ejected Martin-Baker
8-6-1968 RAF Gnat T1 XR999/56 4FTS Controls jammed. Crashed into the sea off North Wales coast  ejected   Folland
 ejected   Folland
8th June 1968
USA
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk     due to enemy action     Martin-Baker
Maj. H. F. Benton ejected SP4 J. H. Baird ejected Martin-Baker
8th June 1968
USAF
F‑105D 61‑0055
"
Dorothy II"
34th TFS/388th TFW USAF, Korat hit by 37mm near the village of Xom Quan Maj Carl B Light
ejected
   
9th June 1968   F‑4D
Phantom II
66‑8746
FP
497 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Hit by AAA as it orbited about four miles north of the DMZ. Flew feet wet Crashed 10 miles off coast      
Maj William B Bergman
ejected
rescued by USAF helo
1 Lt David A Willett
ejected
rescued by USAF helo
 
9th June 1968
USMC
A‑4E 151080
KK
 VMA‑121
MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai
Hit by .50 clibre ground fire north west of A Shau valley, nr Then Ke, 20 miles south west of Hue 1 Lt Walter Roy Schmidt
ejected
killed on ground
   
10th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153265
AE 404
VA‑86
USS America
CVA-66
AAA over North Vietnam Lt Cdr R W Ford
PoW (died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac
11-6-1968 RAF Canberra B(1)8 WT363/H 14 Sqn collided in mid-air with Canberra B(1)8 XM278 of 14 Sqn. WT363 lost its tail and crashed over Roermond, Netherlands. XM278
landed at Bruggen
Flt. Lt. G. N. Morris ejected   Martin-Baker
FATE ????   Martin-Baker
  RAF Phantom            
15th June 1968
 (PAF)
F-86 Sabre       Flg. Off. Medhi   Martin-Baker
15th June 1968
 (PAF)
F-86 Sabre       Sqn. Ldr. Rehman   Martin-Baker
15th June 1968
US
F-8H Crusader  148656 VF-24
CVA-19
USS Hancock
Explosion following Cat shot. Flamed Out Lt. J. R. Miller   Martin-Baker Mk.5]
15th June 1968
USAF
F‑4E Phantom II  66‑0381 MacDill AFB FL. USA

Both engines flamed out when aircraft came out of afterburner shortly after take‑off. Crashed in Tampa Bay nr MacDill AFB FL. USA

    Martin-Baker
MAJ C. W. Redfearn Lt. J. R. Miller Martin-Baker
15th June 1968
US
A‑4E 149665 VA‑56, USN, USS Enterprise Hit by ground fire  near Xom Dong,15 miles west of Vinh Lt J M Wright
ejected
at 4000 ft
  Douglas
16th June 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155548
AE 101
VF‑102
"Diamondbacks"

USS America
CVA-66
MiG-21 AAM, North Vietnam   Martin-Baker
Lt (jg) Bernard Francis Rupinski
ejected
KIA
Cdr Walter Eugene Wilber
ejected
major injuries
POW link
 
18 June 1968
USAF
F‑100D 55‑2914
VZ
615 TFS, 35 TFW, USAF, Phan Rang Hit by small arms fire during take‑off 10 miles south wesr of Phan Rang AB, SVN Maj G J Butler
ejected
recovered
  NAA
19th June 1968
RCAF
CF‑104 104874 4 Wing Baden Aircraft went out of control while in the circuit for landing

Capt. R.J.Swanston ejected but with insufficient time to effect parachute deployment

  Lockheed C-2
19th June 1968   F‑4J 155546 VF‑33, USN, USS America Hit by  SA‑2 at an altitude of 2,600 fee during armed reconnaissance mission looking for trucks on the roads north of Vinh      
Lt Cdr John W Holtzclaw
ejected
rescued
Lt Cdr John A Burns
ejected
recsued
 
20th June 1968
RN
Buccaneer S.Mk.2
 
XV158 / '655/LM'
 B3-24-65
 
736 NAS, RNAS Lossiemouth Premeditated ejection into Moray Firth following undercarriage malfunction
- ditched in 25 fathoms
Flg. Off. N. J. Roberson   Martin-Baker
Sub Lt. A. C. A. Moore   Martin-Baker
21st June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153269
AE 411
VA‑86 America
CVA-66
Hydraulic starvation
Operational loss
Gulf of Tonkin
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
21-Jun-68 USAF F-4 Phantom       Capt. W. B. Deacon   M-B
22-Jun-68 USMC  F-4 Phantom       1.Lt. J. B. Penn   M-B
22nd June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153257
AE 306
VA‑82 America
CVA-66
Engine failure during launch
Operational loss
Gulf of Tonkin
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
23rd June 1968 USAF F‑105D 59‑1765 333 TFS, 355 TFW, USAF, Takhli Hit  by 37mm flak during his third strafing pass on trucks near  near Van Loc. Attempted to fly to Da Nang but lost 30 miles off the coast northeast of the DMZ Maj J W Alder
ejected
rescued by USAF SAR helicopter
   
23rd June 1968   A‑4F 154216
NG 301
VA‑113, USN, USS Enterprise Engine flamed out. Unsuccessful with relight attempts Gulf of Tonkin 60 miles off Vinh Lt E E Christensen
ejected

rescued by Navy helicopter
  Douglas
24th June 1968
USN
A‑6A Intruder 152949
NG 503
VA‑35
CVW‑9
USS Enterprise
CVAN-65
AAA over target - a waterway about five miles southwest of Vinh North Vietnam    
LT Nicholas Mallory Carpenter
KIA
LTJG Joseph Scott  Mobley
POW
link
Martin-Baker
  LTJG Joe Mobely – A6, POW at Hanoi Hilton, returned, retired as Vice Admiral  
Although he suffered a broken leg upon shoot down, Lt. Mobley was tied,
standing, to a pillar, was beaten, interrogated, displayed for public
humiliation, and forced to dodge bricks and bamboo sticks for eight or nine
hours. He was then put into a cell and after waiting many long agonizing
hours for medical attention for his broken leg, he set the bone himself.
Later his captors applied a splint. Months of solitary confinement and
intermittent torture and interrogation sessions continued over the five
years of his imprisonment. He is six foot one and during captivity his
weight dropped to 120 pounds.
24th June 1968   F‑100D 56‑3339
CB
90th TFS/3rd TFW hit by ground fire and caught fire one mile south of Quan Long City Lt Col W G Savage
ejected
  NAA
25th June 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153271 VA‑86 America
CVA-66
 Engine failure
Operational loss
Pilot recovered CHECK for EJECTION and name   Douglas Escapac
25th June 1968
US
F-8E Crusader  149158
NF-206
VF-53,
CVA-31
USS BON HOMME RICHARD
Attempted to refuel from an A‑4 tanker but was unable to do so because of a mechanical malfunction. Engine flamed out Lt.JG Jerry A. Weber
ejected
[see also 12th March 1968]
  Martin-Baker Mk.5]
25th June1968
USN
F-8E Crusader BuNo 149158 VF-53, CVA-31 ran out of fuel when aircraft was unable to refuel from A‑4 tanker due to technical malfunction. Crashed in Gulf of Tonkin off N. Vietnam. Lt.JG J.A.Weber ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
25th June 1968
USN
A‑7A 153271
AE 412
VA‑86
USS America
Aircraft caught fire following generator failure during a strike mission, NVN pilot ejected safely and recovered    
25th June1968
USN
A-6 Intruder     Vietnam      
LtJg J. S. Mobley ejected    
25th June1968
USN
A‑4C 147804
WP 11
VMA‑223 hit by ground fire, crashed 5 M SW of Khe Sanh, SVN pilot ejected and was rescued    
25th June 1968
night

USAF
RF‑4C Phantom II 63‑7755 11 TRS 432 TRW
Udorn
RTAFB
Shot down by ground fire near the village of Ban Nakok, 20 miles east of Nakhon Phanom.flying
combat recce mission over southern Laos
     
Pilot Capt M S Jones ejected RIO Maj Frank J McKenna ejected  
both picked up by a USAF Jolly Green SAR helicopter at first light the following day
26-6-1968 RAF Hunter FGA9 XF388/C 8 Sqn Engine seized. It crashed in open
desert 50 miles south east of Dubai
     
Flg. Off. V. W. Yates ejected Flt. Lt. Pym ejected  
  DETAILS OF ABOVE MISHAP REQUIRED - WHY TWO EJECTEES ???
30th June 1968
USAF
F‑100D Super Sabre 56‑3372
VM
352nd TFS
35th TFW

Phan Rang
Hit by ground fire during attack on enemy bunkers, nr Tan An, 15 M SW of Tan Son Nhut AB, SVN pilot Capt F F Davis  ejected and picked up by Army helicopter    

 

   July     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st July 1968
RN
Blackburn Buccaneer S.Mk.2 XV335   control lost  during ACT, entered spin at 10,000ft in a std break at 300knots, spun into the North Minch 200yds offshore, 2m N of Point of Stoer, NW of Lochinver,     Martin-Baker
Lt.  A. F.  Hutchison ejected through canopy at 8,OOOft, picked up unhurt by local fishing boats and then by SAR helicopter Lt. R. P.  Turnbull  ejected through canopy at 8,OOOft, picked up unhurt by local fishing boats and then by SAR helicopter Martin-Baker
1st July 1968   F‑105D 61‑0118
RK
333 TFS, 355 TFW, USAF, Takhli hit by automatic weapons fire nr Ta Puong, in DMZ, NVN Lt Col Jack Modica
ejected
Sustained broken pelvis
Spent night in hiding
   
4th July 1968 Swed Hunter       Capt. F. Sundblad    

4th July 1968

  F‑4C 63‑7496
XT
391st TFS/12th TFW USAF, Cam Ranh Bay hit in port engine by ground fire during strafing pass.10 M N of Cam Ranh Bay, SVN      
1Lt J B Jaeger ejected picked up by Army helicopter Maj D A Hamilton ejected picked up by Army helicopter  
4th July 1968   F‑4B 151467
VE
 VMFA‑115, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai hit by ground fire nr Khe Sanh crashed "feet wet" about 5 miles north of Hue      
Maj Jay N Bibler ejected picked up by Army helicopter Capt Daniel J Coonon ejected picked up by Army helicopter
[see also 8th October 1968]
 
4th July 1968   A‑4F 155002
NM 2
VA‑192
USS Ticonderoga
collided with F‑8E 149165 during ACM, in Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam CDR F. W. Almberg ejected and was rescued    
4th July 1968   F‑8E 149165
NM 401
VF‑194
USS Ticonderoga
collided with A‑4F 155002 during ACM, in Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam LT J. F. Strahm
ejectedand was rescued
   
5th July 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66‑7756
FG
433rd TFS/8th TFW, USAF, Ubon hit by 37 mm AAA during attack run, nr Van Loc, N of Deng Hof, NVN Martin-Baker
Lt Col Carl Boyette Crumpler
POW
1st Lt Michael Thomas Burns
POW
 

5th July 1968

  F‑100E
Misty FAC
58‑1226
VP
614 TFS, 35 TFW, USAF, Phan Rang Hit by 37mm AAA nr Thach Ban, 10 M N of DMZ. Flew back to the south      
Col P B Hardy
ejected
rescued by USAF helicopter
Capt D W Jenny
ejected
rescued by USMC helicopter
 
5th July 1968 USN F-4J 155564 VF-121
NAS Agana
       
Lt. G. L. Moore
VF-121
ejected
Lt.JG R. A. Prince
VC-7
ejected
 

6th July 1968

USN Crusader F-8A 143684
VF-124
NAS Dallas Reserves
area in US LT C. J. Cretter
ejected
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

8th July 1968

  F‑4B 148432 VMFA‑122, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang Hit by automatic weapons fire during strafing run 3 M SW of Da Nang AB. Crashed in South China Sea just off Da Nang      
Lt Col E R Howard
ejected
Capt R D Hess
ejected
 

8th July 1968

  F‑4D   66‑7671
FG

Roman 01 or 02
[confirm]
433 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Hydraulic failure after being hit by ground fire during rocket firing pass 12 M E of Me Gia pass, NVN      
1 Lt Charles W Mosley
ejected
rescued by SAR Helo
1 Lt Don M Hallenbeck
ejected
rescued by SAR Helo
 
8th July 1968 Fr AF  Mirage       Lt. Raynaud    

9 July 1968

  A‑1E
Skyraider
52‑139575 602 ACS, 56 ACW, USAF, Nakhon Phanom shot down near the village of Sopka Lt Col William A Buice rescued by a USAF SAR helicopter   CHECK

Bale-out
or
YANKEE

9th July 1968

  F‑100D 56‑3124
SS
309 TFS, 31 TFW, USAF, Tuy Hoa shot down bombing an enemy gun position two miles west of Khe Sanh Maj M K Ryan
ejected
rescued by a USMC helo
   
10th July 1968
USAF
Northrop F-5A
Freedom Fighter
66-9141  4441st Combat Crew Training Wing
Williams Air Force Base
 During practice dog-fight collided at 19,000 feet crashed in in the Comobabi Mountains about 50 miles west of Tucson Captain Gary Dana
killed in crash
NO EJECTION
  Northrop
10th July 1968
USAF
Northrop F-5B Freedom Fighter 63-8444 Captain Arthur Powell
ejected successfully. Rescued by local members of the Papago Indian tribe
Instructor Pilot Captain David Dreifuss
killed in crash
NO EJECTION
Northrop
 

10th July 1968

 
  A‑1 H
Skyraider
135251
TT
602 ACS, 56 ACW, USAF, Nakhon Phanom hit by small arms fire, nr Ban Pha Ka, Laos Maj H R Jennings
ejected

recovered by Air America helicopter
  CHECK

Bale-out
or
YANKEE

13th July 1968

 

 

USAF F-4D Phantom 64‑0940 Luke AFB ejectrical failure shortly after take‑off. Crashed near   Blythe, CA, USA MAJ S. O. Bakke
ejected
No other crew member  
13th July 1968   F‑105D 60‑0453 34th TFS/388th TFW, Done Thani, Thailand hit by AAA over NVN, DBR during emergency landing pilot ejected safely    

14th July 1968

  F‑105D 62‑4367
RK
333 TFS, 355 TFW, USAF, Takhli hit by AAA nr Ha Loi, nr Phong Nha, NW of Dong Hoi, NVN Maj Robert Keith Hanna
ejected
broke ankle on landing.
Rescued by a USAF HH‑3 from Nakhon Phanom next day
   

14th July 1968

  F‑100D 55‑3722 612 TFS, 37 TFW, USAF, Phu Cat Hit by AAA 25 M SW of Hue, SVN Capt J T Piner
ejected
Rescued by a USMC helicopter
   

14th July 1968

  F‑100C 54‑2004 174 TFS, 37 TFW, USAF, Phu Cat Hit by AAA 25 M SW of Hue, SVN 1 Lt Warren K Brown
ejected at low altitude. Parachute did not have time to deploy (KIA)
   
15th July 1968
RCAF
CF‑104 104897 3 Wing Zweibrucken Oil system malfunction during flight

Capt. V. F. Gerden

Lockheed C-2 

15th July 1968
USA
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk   131st Aviation Co. stationed in Phu Bai Hit by 
a 37mm in the right engine at 8000' over Laos
    Martin-Baker Mk.5
CAPT Neil F. Ostgaard
ejected
R. F. "Fred" Green
ejected
Martin-Baker Mk.5
  I was guided to your website by "The Mohawker" magazine. I punched out 
on July 15th, 1968 s from an OV-1 Mohawk. My Technical 
Observer was Fred Green. We were flying  when we were . (You have the incident and Fred's name in 
your list.) We were from the . I 
hope this helps.
Thanks
Captain Neil F. Ostgaard
15th July 1968 RAF Hunter 7 WV253/24 ETPS , Boscombe
Down.
Failed to recover after an intentional spin. Crashed into Lyme Bay half a miles south of Eype, near Bridport      
Lt. C.A. Wheal (spelling WHEEL ??)RN
ejected
Injured
   
16th July 1968
Iraq Air Force
Hunter       Pilot Lt. F. Mustaf ejected   Martin-Baker
15th July 1968
USAF
F105F
Wild Weasel
63-8353 44 TFS
388 TFW, USAF Korat
During Attack on SAM site hit by 37mm AAA close to Phu Qui, seven miles northwest of Dong HoiVN  

  Republic
Major Gobel Dale James
ejected
POW
Capt Larry Eugene Martin (KIA
 (NR)
 
16th July 1968 USN A‑7A  153234
NK
VA‑97
USS Constellation
ran out of fuel while in holding pattern for landing on the carrier. Gulf of Tonkin off NVN pilot ejected and was rescued    

17th July 1968

GerAF  F.G91       Capt. Ballhorn
ejected
  M-B
18th July 1968 USAF F-4 Phantom            
  Capt. T. C. Skanchy  
17th July 1968 USAF F‑102A 56‑0963
on temporary deployment from Clark AB
509th FIS
405th FW
Bien Hoa AB, SVN
engine failure near Bien Hoa AB, SVN pilot ejected and was rescued    
 20th July 1968


DDR

MiG‑21 SPS‑K

 6504
972
JG‑9 Over water. Crashed Germany Hpt H.Schubert ejected   KM-1

21st July 1968

  A‑1 E 132668
TC
1st ACS
56th ACW

Nakhon Phanom
engine hit by ground fire 10 miles northwest of DMZ, 10 miles southeast  of Ban Karai pass, NVN Maj B M Mobley ejected and was recovered by helicopter   YANKEE
21st July 1968 USN RF‑8G Crusader 145642
AK 9
VFP‑63
Detachment 11
USS Intrepid
fuel pump failure during test flight. Crashed into the sea off Vietnam Lt F W Pfluger
ejected and rescued
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
Monday 22nd July 1968 RAF Hunter FGA9 XJ674/O 20 Sqn hydraulic failure. Crashed near Tengah, Singapore Flt. Lt. C. J. Pinder ejected    
Monday 22nd July 1968 USN TF-9J 142479
3K 4??
VT-24
NAS Beeville Texas
Crashed during approach to landing at NAS Beeville Texas     Martin-Baker
Captain Ed H. Menzer
IP
USMC
ejected
broke neck
but survived and later flew as a commercial airline pilot
LTJG Kenneth C. Burgess
USN
ejected
stress fracture
 vertebrae
Martin-Baker
Monday 22nd July 1968 USN A-6 Intruder            
Lt. T. D. Stuart
ejected
Lt. J. R. Suckow ejected  

23rd July 1968

USAF RF‑4C Phantom II 65‑0895
AC
Strobe 1
12th TRS
460th TRW
USAF, Tan Son Nhut
Hit by ground during photographic reconnaissance mission fire10 miles northwest of Hue, SVN,   Martin-Baker
Major Gen Robert Franklin Worley
(KIA)
canopy failed to separate
Major Robert F Brodman
ejected (survived)
Martin-Baker

23rd July 1968

  F‑4D 66‑8716 13 TFS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn complete hydraulic failure over Thailand during combat mission     Martin-Baker
ejected
survived
recovered
ejected
survived
recovered
Martin-Baker
24th July 1968
USN
A‑7A
Corsair II
153253
AE 302
VA‑82
USS America
CVA-66
 Probably flew into ground during armed reconnaissance mission in the region around the Mu Ron Ma peninsula over North Vietnam Lt. Cdr. David Scott Greiling
PoW
(died in captivity)
Douglas Escapac
24th July 1968   KA‑3B 138937
NJ
VAH‑123 nr NAS Whidbey Island, WA, USA      
24th July 1968   F‑4J 155551
AE 203
VF‑33
USS America
hit by AAA caused hydraulic system to fail. Flew towards the sea to Gulf of Tonkin      
Cdr ?. G "Tex" Elliott
ejected (survived)
 experienced canopy separation problem
 rescued by Navy helicopter
Lt(jg) Andris Dambekaln
ejected (survived)
rescued by Navy helicopter
 
24th July 1968   F‑4D 66‑7703
FP
497 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon Hit by AAA over North Vietnam. Crashed having flown back to Da Nang for emergency landing      
Capt T O Gill
ejected (survived)
rescued by a USAF helicopter
1 Lt R G Pierce
ejected  (survived)
 picked up by a US Navy vessel
 
24th July 1968   F‑4D 66‑7682 497 TFS, 8 TFW, USAF, Ubon

Hit by ground fire on an armed reconnaissance of the southern provinces of North Vietnam. Crashed into sea while attempting to reach Da Nang

     
Capt Harley Benjamin Hackett (KIA) 1 Lt John Robert Bush (KIA)  
25th July 1968
USN
F-4J Phantom II 155540
AE 112
VF-102
USS America
CVA-66
Hit by AAA during attack on  marshalling yard at Vinh, North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Lt. Charles Carroll Parish
KIA
[Believed not to have ejected]
Lt  Robert St Clair Fant
ejected
[initiated command ejection]
POW
released on 14 March 1973
Martin-Baker

25th July 1968


USMC

A-6A Intruder 154166

"Hellborn 20"

VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai

Hit by 37mm flak about 10 miles northwest of Thon Cam Son while on armed reconnaissance sortie just north of the DMZ

 
MAJ Curtis G Lawson
ejected
(survived)

landed in river
Rescued next day
photo via Don Dineen
Spad 13 on this mission
1LT Paul Gordon Brown
ejected
(POW)

released on 14 March 1973

 
25th July 1968 USN Crusader F-8H BuNo 148658 VF-124 in US Lt. Cdr. N. Donovan ejected   Martin-Baker Mk.5
27th July 1968   F‑100F
Misty FAC - ???? - confirm
56‑3750 35th TFW,1ISAF, Phu Cat engine failure during training flight 19 NM SW of Phan Rang AB, SVN      
??
ejected and rescued by a US Navy Swift Boat PCF‑53 operating from Cat Lo
??
ejected and rescued by a US Navy Swift Boat PCF‑53 operating from Cat Lo
 
28th July 1968
Danish

SHOULD THIS BE PORTUGUSE?

LT-33       COL F. D. C. Gomes   Martin-Baker
29th July 1968   RF‑4C   Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan rolled over during take‑off and crashed inverted      
pilot killed WSO MAJ E. E. Johnson ejected safely  
29th July 1968 USN TF-9J Cougar  3J-5?? VT-25     Lt.JG P. L. Adamcin  
                 
     

   August     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew seat photo
2-Aug-68 Italy F.G91       Sgt. P. Sola    
2-Aug-68 Italy F.G91       TEN G. P. Roverato    
2 August 1968   F‑100C 54‑1775 136 TFS, 31 TFW, USAF, Tuy Hoa

hit by automatic weapons fire 10 miles southeast of the A Shau Valley

 
1 Lt Michael J Laskowski
ejected (survived)
   
2 August 1968   F‑4B Phantom II 149449
WS
VMFA‑323, MAG‑13, USMC, Chu Lai hit by small arms fire near An Hoa,17 miles southwest of Da

Nang

     
Maj D I Carroll
ejected a mile off coast (survived)
rescued by Army helicopter
1 Lt R C Brown
ejected a mile off coast (survived)rescued by Army helicopter
 
4-Aug-68 Den L.T33       Capt. C. D. Jensen    
4th August 1968


DDR

MIG‑21 PFM

761114
913
JG‑2 Technical problem. Crashed Tetzleben, Germany Ltn H. Bittkau ejected   SK-1
4-8-1968 USN F-8C Crusader BuNo 146920 VF-124  in US Lt. C. D. Rottgering   Martin-Baker Mk.5
4-8-1968 USA Grumman OV-1 Mohawk     enemy action      
1st Lt. R. C. Reese PF/C J. W. Hoffman  
5-8-1968 USN A-6 Intruder       Lt. D. W. Cable ejected    
05aug68    F‑104G 63‑13274  4510th CCTW Gila Bend ranges, nr Luke AFB, AZ, USA pilot ejectedd  safely   Lockheed C-2
6-Aug-68 USMC F-4 Phantom            
1.Lt. R. J. Therriault 1.Lt. T. H. Tanguay  

6 August 1968

  RF‑101C 56‑0215
AH
Detachment 1, 45 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut Damaged by AAA near Thach Ban, about 10 miles north of the DMZ. Flew feet wet

Maj G D Harlow
ejected
into sea off Hue, SVN (survived)

   
7-Aug-68 USN F-4 Phantom       Capt. J. Denton    
8th August 1968
RN
Buccaneer
S.Mk.2
XV163
110/E
800 NAS Tailplane flap failure during a night GCA approach to Lossiemouth     Martin-Baker
Lt Tony Ogilivy
Landed safely
Lt D. W. Brierley
ejected near Alves, Grampian
[see also 28th March 1966]
Martin-Baker
8th August 1968   F‑4B 148420
DC
 VMFA‑122, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang hit by .50 calibre gunfire five miles north of An Hoa      
Capt C R Cusack
ejected
feet wet (survived)
rescued by Navy ship
Capt S M Creal
ejected feet wet (survived)
recovered by a USAF helicopter
 
8th August 1968   F‑100C 53‑1713 136 TFS, 31 TFW, USAF, Tuy Hoa engine failure Pilot ejected    
9th August 1968
USAF
F-105D Thunderchief 62-4292
RU
357 TFS, 355 TFW, Tahkli hit by 37mm AAA near the village of Xom Quan Col. David W. Winn
ejected
near the village of Xom Quan

Link

 

Republic
9-Aug-68   L.T33       Capt. A. J. Vognsen    
10th August 1968


DDR

MiG‑21 F‑13

 74 0904
620
JAG‑15 Crashed Ullersdorf, Germany OS J.Arnold ejected   SK-1
10-Aug-68 USMC  Cougar        1.Lt. R. J. Eisenlohr     
15th August 1968
USAF
RF-4C Phantom II 66-0447 14 TRS, 432 TRW, Udorn reconnaissance mission in Route Package I. Hit by ground fire over the mouth of the Sou Giang River, 15 miles northwest of Dong Hoi  
Capt Terrin Dinsmore Hicks
ejected
Killed on ground during evasion of enemy
(KIA)
Capt Joseph Francis Shanahan
ejected
(POW)

[released 14 March 1973]

 

16 August 1968

  F‑4D 66‑8754 389 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang hit by small arms fire near the village of Thon Binh An, 20 miles north­west of Da Nang      
Maj L N Cain
ejeced
(survived) rescued by USAF helicopter
1 Lt M Metcalfe
ejected (survived) rescued by USAF helicopter
 
16aug68   A‑4E WL  VMA‑311 hit by AAA over A Shau Valley but managed to reach Hue pilot ejected safely and was rescued    
16 August 1968 USAF F100F   309th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat, SV North Vietnam      
John Francis Overlock
MIA
Michael McElhanon
MIA
 
17th August 1968 USN  Cougar        Lt. K.A. McClusky      

17 August 1968

  Misty FAC
F‑100E
56‑3834
H
355 TFS, 37 TFW, USAF, Phu Cat Hit by 37mm AAA 40 miles northwest of Dong Hoi      
Capt Charles A Shaheen
ejected
(survived)
 rescued by USAF helicopter
Capt Richard G Rutan
ejected(survived)
 rescued by USAF helicopter
 

17 August 1968

  F-4B Phantom II 151404
NK 206
VF-142, Constellation CAP mission Engaged with MiG-21s  nr Yen Thanh, c20 M NW of Vinh, NVN, shot down by its own Sidewinder missile Martin-Baker
Lt William John Mayhew
ejected
POW

[released 14 March 1973]

Lt(jg) Markham Ligon Gartley
ejected
POW

[released 5 September 1972]

Martin-Baker
17th August 1968
USAF
F-4D Phantom II 66-7565 555 TFS, 432 TRW, Udorn Hit by ground fire. 20 miles northwest of Dong Hoi Martin-Baker
1 Lt William Elmo Powell (KIA) Col Arthur T. Hoffson
ejected
POW
 
18 August 1968   F‑4D 66‑8811 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang hit in fuselage by .50 cal gunfire nr Cam Lo      
Capt A R Thomas
ejected near Cam Lo rescued by a US Army helicopter
1 Lt G M Green
ejected near Cam Lo rescued by a US Army helicopter
 
19th August 1968 USN Crusader F-8H BuNo 147924
NP 2
VF-24
CVA-19

USS Hancock
malfunction in the in-flight
refueling system caused fuel deprivation and procedural difficulties resulted in a Flame-out over the
South China Sea off SVN
Lt(jg) Lou R Plotz
ejected - survived
  Martin-Baker Mk.5
20-Aug-68
RCAF
CF-100        Capt. R. J. McPherson     Martin-Baker
Lt. F. L. Sencchal    Martin-Baker

20 August 1968

  A‑4C 148470
AK
VA‑36, USN, USS Intrepid mid‑air collision with another A-4 which landed on the carrier Pilot ejected    

20 August 1968

  A‑6B 151560 VA‑196, USN, USS Constellation Gulf of Tonkin off NVN, nr USS Constellation      
Lt W A Neal
ejected
(survived)
Lt(jg) D C Brandenstein
ejected
survived)
 
23 August 1968   F‑100C 54‑1922
SG
136 TFS, 31 TFW, USAF, Tuy Hoa shot down by automatic weapons fire about 30 miles southwest of Ban Me Thuot 1 Lt J J Thurn
ejected
(survived)
rescued by an Army helicopter.
   
24-8-1968   A‑7A Corsair II 154359
NK 613
VA‑27, USN, USS Constellation Hit by flak near city of Vinh Lt J R Lee
ejected
(survived
rescued by a SH‑3 SAR helicopter from HC‑7
   
24-8-1968   F‑4B Phantom II 150434 VF‑143, USN, USS Constellation catapult bridle connection failed. Aircraft sank      
Lt William Arthur Heep (KIA) Lt(jg) T L McPherson (survived)  
24-8-1968 USN Crusader F-8H BuNo 148694
NP 1
VF-211, CVA-19 USS Hancock hydraulic failure during BARCAP and lost control Lt(jg) B S Foster
ejected
survived
rescued
  Martin-Baker Mk.5

25 August 1968

 
  F‑105E
Thunderchief
63‑8323
RU
357 TFS, 355 TFW, USAF, Takhli oil system failure near Takhli      
ejected ejected  
26-8-1968   F‑4D Phantom II 66‑7531 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by ground fire climbing from Da Nang - flew five miles out to sea      
Maj Donald William Pick (KIA) WSO 1 Lt Samuel F Wilburn
ejected (survived)
 
27-8-1968 USN A-6 Intruder            
Lt. Cdr. Hower LtJg L. T. Lockwood ejected  
28th August 1968
USN
A‑6B Intruder 151561, AE 521 VA‑85
USS America
CVA-66
SAM North Vietnam Martin-Baker
Lt (jg) A F Ashall
KIA 
Lt (jg) R R Duncan
KIA
Martin-Baker

30 August 1968

 
  A‑4F 154981
NF 316
VA‑93, USN, USS Bon Homme Richard Hit by AAA in the Vinh Son region Lt Cdr H A Eikel
ejected
(survived)
Rescued Navy SH‑3 helicopter

[see also 24 May 1972]

   
31st August 1968   F‑4C Phantom II 64‑0837
XN
559 TFS,12 TFW, USAF, Cam Ranh Bay training flight over South Vietnam in sea off Cam Ranh Bay, SVN     Martin-Baker
Lt Col P A Kauttu
ejected
(survived)
1 Lt G A D'Angelo
ejected
(survived)
Martin-Baker
   

   September     

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
There is some confusion as to the crew and details of CARTER 01 and doubts exist as to the fact that this crew ejected . Help appreciated.
Lt. Col. William A. Jones III flying a SAR SANDY was awarded  the Medal of Honor for his efforts to ensure the recovery of the F-4D pilot (CARTER 01 Alpha). However none of the accounts given of the rescue mention the rescue of the crew of CARTER 01 - they all talk about the rescue of the downed F-4D pilot
The only other Phantom there are details for lost on the night / morning of 31st August / 1 September is  RF-4C
65‑0858 from the 12 TRS, 460 TRW, USAF, Tan Son Nhut. the crew of Capt T G Dorsett and Capt D G Kenny (survived)

 

31st August / 1st September 1968   F-4D Phantom II CARTER 01 555th TFS Udorn RTAFB night armed reconnaissance mission in the northeastern approaches to the Ban Karai Pass, hit by enemy ground fire      
Capt T G Dorsett  ejected, rescued by same SAR HH‑53 as Captain Wilson   Capt D G Kenny ejected, rescued by same SAR  HH‑53 as Captain Wilson  
31st August / 1st September 1968   F-4D Phantom II 66‑8688
CARTER 02
555th TFS
432 TRW Udorn RTAFB
hit by ground fire during attack on NVA troops moving into the area where the CARTER 01 crew was located    
Captain Jack Wilson ejected, rescued by SAR  HH‑53 1st Lt William Louis "Bill" Kinkade believed to have ejected
MIA
 
1st September 1968 USN F-8 Crusader   VF-13 overrotation on night takeoff,at Cecil Field, FL Lt.JG David J. Wilcox    
1st September 1968
USAF
F‑105D 60‑0512
JJ

`The Mercenary'
34th TFS/388th TFW Korat hit at 15,000 feet by AAA and caught fire during a Barrel Roll mission in central Laos, crashed 20 M NW of Muang Pal, Laos pilot Capt D. K. Thaete ejected and rescued   Republic
2nd September 1968
BAF
F-104 Starfighter Fx-87 1 Wing CTT Beauvechain Cpt Jacobs  + unsuccessful ejection - killed   Lockheed C2
2nd September 1968
USA
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk       Major M. L. Bellamy ejected   Martin-Baker

2nd September 1968


USMC
A‑4E Skyhawk 150100
WL
VMFA‑115
MAG‑13
Chu Lai
hit by ground fire during attack 30 M W of Do Nang and caught fire, Phu Loc, 25 M NW of Be Nang, SVN pilot Major Donald S Carr ejected and was rescued by a helicopter   Douglas
2nd September 1968
USN
A‑7A Corsair II 153225
AE 4
VA‑86
USS America
hit water during attack mission, crashed in sea off NVN pilot ejected and was rescued by helicopter   Douglas

3rd September 1968


USAF
F-4C Phantom 64‑0681
XD 
558th TFS
12th TFW
Cam Ranh Bay
Hit by small arms fire during attack run at 600 feet, Crashed 2 M W of Tan Son Nhut AB, SVN     Martin-Baker
Major T.E.Assalone ejected and rescued 1st Lt. C. P. Parlatore ejected and rescued Martin-Baker

4th September 1968


BAe Warton / R. Saudi AF
Lightning 53K 53-690
Ex G-27-60
  hydraulic fluid leak caused an explosion in the no 2 engine bay. Crashed in the village of pilling, lancs, narrowly missing houses Mr. John J. Cockburn PTP ejected successfully 6 min 30 sec after t/o at 4.2k ft and 305 kn

[personal testimony]

  Martin-Baker
 

Export Lightning Lost

A Lightning on a test flight from BAC, Warton, crashed near the village of Pilling, near Lancaster, on September 4. The pilot, Mr John Cockburn, ejected and was saved. The aircraft was a Mk 53 single-seater, the variant on order for the air forces of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. According to a BAC statement, a malfunction developed shortly after take-off. The pilot headed out to sea, but eventually lost control and had to abandon the aircraft over land. The accident was seen by Mr J. L. Dell, BAC's chief test pilot at Preston, who was airborne in another Lightning at the time. Although the cause has not yet been ascertained, reports that the aircraft caught fire in the air have not been discounted

FLIGHT 12th September 1968 p393

6th September 1968


USN
A‑6A Intruder 154127
AE 506
VA‑85
USS America

CVA-66
hit by 37mm AAA, crashed island in Song Ca river, just E of Vinh, NVN   Martin-Baker

 Cdr. Kenneth Leon Coskey  ejected, captured
POW

 Lt. Cdr. R. G. Mckee ejected, rescued Martin-Baker

6th September 1968


USN
A‑4F
Skyhawk
[tanker]
154187
NF
VA‑93
USS Bon Homme Richard
Engine or fuel system fault, caused explosion Gulf of Tonkin off NVN pilot ejected safely   Douglas
7th September 1968
USMC
F‑4B Phantom II 152994
VE
VMFA‑115
MAG‑13
Chu Lai
Close air support mission, hit by small arms fire during napalm run 7 M S of Hue, Caught fire, crashed nr Phu Bai AB, SVN     Martin-Baker
Pilot Capt J. R. Denton  ejected, rescued by helicopter Navigator 1.Lt. J. C. Church ejected, rescued by helicopter Martin-Baker
7th September 1968
USAF
F‑105E 63‑8289
JE
44th TFS
388th TFW,
 Korat
Engine failure,  SE of Udorn RTAFB, Thailand     Republic
 ejected safely  ejected safely Republic
8th September 1968
USMC
F‑4J Phantom II 155744
WU
VMFA‑334
MAG‑11
Da Nang
hit by ground fire during napalm run 15 M SE of Da Nang. Crashed 1 M from end of runway at Da Nang AB, SVN on final approach     Martin-Baker
Capt. M. H. Branum ejected, rescued by helo from Da Nang Bay 1.Lt. H.W.Hibbs ejected, rescued by helo from Da Nang Ba Martin-Baker
10th September 1968
USAF
F‑100E Super Sabre 56‑3772 355th TFS
37th TFW
Phu Cat
hit by ground fire during strafing pass nr village of  Bon Dire, 20 M SW of Ban Me Thuot, SVN,     NAA
 Capt D. A. McGrath ejected, rescued by USAF helicopter Capt R D Uffley  ejected, rescued by USAF helicopter NAA
10th September 1968
USMC
F‑4B Phantom II 148409
VW
VMFA‑314
MAG‑13
Chu Lai
 hit by .50 cal gunfire during attack run12 M NE of Khe Sanh, SVN     Martin-Baker
Lt Col F E Petersen  ejected, picked up by Army helicopter Capt K D Edlen  ejected, picked up by Army helicopter Martin-Baker
10th September 1968
USN
F-8H Crusader BuNo 148680
NF 114
VF-51
USS Bon Homme Richard
CVA-31
TARCAP mission, engine exploded, Gulf of Tonkin off NVN Lt. J. N. Quisenberry ejected and was rescued   Martin-Baker Mk.5
10th September 1968
USN
A‑4C Skyhawk 148565
NJ
VA‑125 CHECK FOR EJECTION     Douglas
10th September 1968
USA
Grumman OV-1 Mohawk     ASTA Platoon, CO. B, 1st Aviation BN, 1st Inf. Div, Rep of Vietnam     Martin-Baker Mk.5
Pilot Maj Evans
didnt eject and landed safely
Observer SP5 Primo L. Funari
ejected at Phu Loi on take- off, thru canopy, at night
Martin-Baker Mk.5
11th September 1968
USAF
F‑4D Phantom II 66‑8752 389 TFS 366 TFW
Da Nang
Aircraft was hit twice by 37mm flak while attacking trucks on a road near Van Loc, 10 miles northwest of Dong Hoi. Aircraft on fire. Flew to coast.   Martin-Baker
Major Larry E Bustle ejected after crossing coast,injured legs recovered by USAF SAR helicopter 1st Lt Richard Haven Vandyke
Died in Captivity of his injuries
Martin-Baker

12th September 1968


USAF
F‑100D Super Sabre 56‑3245
CE
510th TFS
3rd TFW
Bien Hoa
 Hit by automatic weapons fire nr Vam Song Ong Doc, off southern tip of SVN Capt Ronald R. Fogleman  ejected safely, evaded capture, rescued by AH‑1G NAA

12th September 1968

  F‑105D 62‑4359
JV
469th TFS/388th TFW Engine flamed out when it ran out of fuel 6 NM N of Bangkok IAP, Thailand pilot ejected safely   Republic
 

12th September 1968

 

13-Sep-68   F-4 Phantom   Civ   C.D.Pilcher    
13-Sep-68 USAF F-4 Phantom            
Capt. D.G.Whitney MAJ R.G.Dilger  
14sep68   A‑7A 154344
NK 610
VA‑27
Da Nang AB, SVN
hit in starboard wing by AAA. Emergency landed at Da Nang, arrester cable broke and aircraft ran off runway pilot ejected and rescued    
14sep68   F‑105D 60‑0522 RU  357th TFS/355th TFW hit by 37/57mm AAA over North Vietnam, caught fire, crashed NW of Ban Na Phao, Laos pilot ejected and was rescued by USAF helicopter    
16-Sep-68 USN F-4 Phantom  149443 VF‑143 destroyed in a non‑combat accident Lt. Cdr. W. R. Lambertson ejected, survived    
Lt.JG T.L. McPherson ejected, survived    
16th September 1968
RoCAF
F-104 4315   flameout and crashed Jan Jen-biau ejected, but killed due to undeployed chute   Lockheed C-2
17-Sep-68   F-8 Crusader       Lt.JG P.E.Swingart    
17-9-1968 USN F-8C Crusader BuNo 146942 VF-13       Martin-Baker Mk.5
17-Sep-68 USAF F-4 Phantom            
17 or 18sep68   F‑4D 66‑7565 8th TFW, Ubon RTAFB, Thailand  ran off runway      
Pilot Killed WSO Capt. L.L. Paul ejected safely  
18th September 1968
USN
A-7A Corsair II 153214
NK 507
VA-97, Constellation AAA, over North Vietnam. Capt Brian D. Woods

http://www.scopesys.com/cgi-bin/bio2.cgi?bio=W073

 

Escapac
18-Sep-68 Fr AF Mirage       CMDT Autret    
18-Sep-68
Swiss A.F.
Venom       Sgt. P. Mueller    
19th September 1968 USAF F-4D Phantom II 66-8692
FO
435 TFS 8th TFW Ubon AB, Thailand Veered from runway during night approach     Martin-Baker
Major Roger O. Clemens
died
1.Lt. Peter "Pete" Nash
ejected through canopy
Martin-Baker
 

Regarding the USAF F-4D that crashed on September 19th 1968:  The pilot became disoriented during a night approach to Ubon AB, Thailand and flew into the trees.  Pilot:  Major Roger O. Clemens died.  Backseat pilot, 1Lt Pete Nash was ejected through the canopy (this isn’t supposed to happen but it did), his chute streamed and he landed in the trees, severely injured but survived.  He went to medical school, became a flight surgeon and eventually got back on flight status as a dual qualified pilot/flight surgeon.

in email 2nd July 2009

 

Subject: Major Roger O. Clemens
Date: Tue, 11 May 1999
ANYONE who knew Major Roger O. Clemens KIA Sept. 18,1968
I am looking for anyone who knew my father. He was flying an F4 when it veered from the runway at Ubon and crashed. His copilot, Peter Nash, ejected to safety. The information we have surrounding his death is sketchy, at best. I would like to tell my children about the grandfather they will never know. To me, he is our family's hero. I would like to pass the legacy he left on to my children.
Kris Jenkins
email: chazjenkins@sprintmail.com

21 sep68   B‑57B 52‑1498
PO
8th BS/35th TFW hit by 37mm AAA during attack run nr Ban Loumpoun, Laos flew out to sea, Gulf of Tonkin off Hue, SVN ejected safely    
     
23rd September 1968 USN Cougar       Lt. (Jg) W.G.Ellis    
23rd September 1968
USN
A-4F Skyhawk 155015 VA-55, Hancock VN Cdr Dale H. Osborne
[personal testimony]
Douglas
23rd September 1968
USAF
F-111A 66-0040
NA
474th TFW  Nellis AFB, NV Crashed on approach to Nellis AFB, NV, USA Both crew ejected in capsule.
Pilot was from RAAF
  Capsule
FEEDBACK Hi,  I found your website and was an eyewitness to one of the accidents and ejections.

 
23 SEP 68  66-0040 F-111A  474th TFW  Nellis AFB, NV.

 
At the time, I was a USAF pilot assigned to the 428th TFS of the 474th TFW and was in training as a "right-seater," in the F-111A. I was between classes and was having coffee at the squadron on the flightline at Nellis AFB, NV., when we heard on the squadron radio that the 'accident' aircraft was having problems and was returning to base. 

 
As he got closer, we all went outside the building on the flightline side to watch the approach and landing. We were right on the edge of the parking ramp and had a clear view as the aircraft approached the runway. As the F-111 got closer to the ground, maybe 100-200 feet in the air, the nose began to come up and we could hear the crew yelling on the radio that they couldn't stop the nose from coming up. 

 
At about that time, the aircraft rolled off to the left to about a 70-80 degree bank and with the fuselage parallel to the ground and in the steep left bank, the capsule separated from the plane after the ejection sequence was initiated. The aircraft had a strong warning in the Flight Manual about keeping the weight of each crewmember within certain limits. This was due to the fact that the entire cockpit was ejected and any large imbalance between the left seat and the right seat could present problems upon ejection. This was taken in consideration for crew assignments, but was not an issue during the training phase with the instructor.

 
Luckily for this accident crew, there was a HUGE imbalance between the student trainee in the left seat, and the instructor pilot in the right seat. The ejection took place far outside the "safe parameters" for a successful ejection due to the altitude, airspeed and bank angle. The left seater was a classic slim and trim fighter pilot type and his instructor was rather more rotund and much heavier.

 
Because of this big imbalance, the capsule trajectory started to lean toward the heavier crewmember and this in fact made the capsule reach almost a vertical path as the rocket motor propelled it high enough for the chute to deploy and swing once before they hit the ground. If they had been the same size, weight wise, they would have both perished.

 
Later, we were always crewed together based on similar size as that really was the safest plan.

 
Chris Neale
USAF (Ret)

in email 24th August 2006

 

F-llls Grounded

All USAF F-lllAs have been

grounded following the accident to an

F-111A on September 23 at Nellis AFB,

Nev. The aircraft was on finals on a

training flight, end was at a height of

about 3OQft when it "began a smooth,

slow pull-up." The pilots, one of whom

was an RAAF trainee, ejected safely. To

date 11 F-llls—nine F-lllAs and two

F-lllBs—have crashed since January

1967 (see also page 548).

FLIGHT 3rd October 1968 p517

F-lll Training Accident

AUSTRALIAN INVOLVEMENT in the latest

F-lll accident—ninth to occur to one

of the Air Force versions of the aircraft—

was reported to Parliament in

Canberra last Thursday by the Minister

for Air, Mr Gordon Freeth. He said

that when the F-lll was between 100ft

and 200ft up during an approach at

Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nev, "pitch up"

and loss of control reportedly occurred.

Both pilots, one of whom was an

Australian under training, successfully

ejected but the aircraft crashed and

burned. In addition to these nine accidents

to Air Force versions, there have

been two involving Navy F-lllBs.

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr

John Gorton, conceded Opposition demands

that the financial aspects of the

Australian agreement to buy 24 F-llls

should be tabled and asked the Attorney-

General, Mr Nigel Bowen, to try to

separate the financial details from the

classified parts of the contract.

The Defence Minister, Mr Allen

Fairhall, said he did not believe that

Australia could cancel its contract to

purchase 24 of the aircraft if more

defects were found. He said he had not

considered advising the Government to

withdraw from the contract; however, he

was not completely happy about the F-lll because of the defects.

FLIGHT 3rd October  1968 p548-549

 

24-Sep-68 Ger AF  F-104       Capt. P.Cronauer    
24-Sep-68 GerAF  F-104       MAJ R.Prinz    
24th Sep 1968
RCAF
CF‑104 104724 417 OTS Cold Lake Aircraft pitched up while avoiding another aircraft

Capt. D. Macintosh

Lockheed C-2
24-Sep-68 USN F-8C Crusader BuNo 146945 VF-124 in US Lt. M.T. Najarian    
  USN F-8 Crusader       CHECK FOR SECOND LOSS ON 24-9-68    
26-Sep-68 USN F-4 Phantom       Lt. B.B.Byers    
Lt. L. W. Nordstrom    
28sep68   A‑4F 155011
NP 511
VA‑55 hit by 37mm AAA during climb‑out from attack on railway line, engine flamed out as aircraft crossed the coast,  Gulf of Tonkin NE of Vinh, NVN pilot ejected safely and was rescued by Navy SH‑3    
                 
                 

   October    

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st October 1968 RAF Canberra 2 WH715 ETPS Boscombe Down fifth flight of
six asymmetric exercises measuring safety speed at 2k ft
Pilot, Capt. J.G. Depui FAF
ejected too late
killed
   
Mr. R. Meecham
injured
   
Mr. A Hoskins
injured
   
1st October 1968
USMC
Douglas TA‑4F
Skyhawk
153523
H&MS‑11, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang
Damaged by  AAA three miles southwest of Thon Cam Son, in the DMZ   Escapac
Capt James A. "Spot" Spaith
ejected
(survived)
rescued by a US Navy ship
1/LT U. S. "Sam" Grant
ejected
(survived)
rescued by a US Navy ship
Escapac

"We believe we were hit by 37mm or maybe 57mm.  The left side was pretty badly damaged and the full tank punctured, streaming fuel.  Spaith has the A-4 trimmed all the way to the right and the stick also right to maintain straight and level. We went from over 3000lbs to about 300lbs when we punched out.  Have you had a chance to review the video yet?  Spaith’s nickname was “Spot”.  We were spotting for the New Jersey when hit and were picked up by the USS Towers, DDG-9."

U. S. "Sam" Grant
in email 3rd October 2009

1st October 1968   A‑4C 147767 VMA‑223, MAG‑12, USMC, Chu Lai blew a tyre during take‑off 1 Lt David I Habermacher
ejected
 (survived)
   
2nd October 1968   A‑4E 151126
NP411
VA‑164, USN, USS Hancock hit by 85mm AAA NW of Vinh Cdr Donald Edward Erwin
ejected
feet wet (KIA)
   
2nd October 1968
night
  F‑100D 55‑3661
VM
352 TFS, 35 TFW, USAF, Phan Rang damaged by small arms fire near That Son flew to Cam Ranh Bay in attempt to land Maj D R Barron ejected over the sea close to the Cam Ranh Bay airfield    
3rd October 1968 USN Crusader F-8H BuNo 148631 VF-111 Ejection area in US Lt.JG G.M. Wright   Martin-Baker Mk.5
3rd October 1968 USAF F-4 Phantom            
1.Lt. B. M. Kennedy    
4th October 1968 Austrian Air Force Vampire T-55            
H.Bruckner H.  Witeschnik  
4th October 1968 USAF F-4 Phantom            
Capt. R. W. Ruark    
5th October 1968   F‑4D Phantom II 66‑8751
C
480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang hit by .50 cal fire during attack run near Giang Hoa, 15 M SW of Da Nang, SVN,      
Capt S L Lustfield
ejected
 (survived) rescued by a USAF helicopter
1 Lt R E Walkup
ejected
(survived) rescued by a USAF helicopter
 

5th October 1968

  B‑57B 52‑1570
PQ
8th BS/35th TFW, Phan Rang AB, SVN engine failure      
Maj Miller
ejected (survived)
Maj R Dyer
ejected
(survived)
 

6 October 1968

 

 
  A‑7A
Corsair II
153273
NK 612
VA‑27
USS Constellation
SAM detonation near aircraft near Phuc Bien, IS miles north of Vinh Lt(jg) G M Biery
ejected
feet wet (survived)
  Escapac
10th October 1968   F‑105D 61‑0137
ME
562nd TFS/23rd TFW nr Cassoday, 40 NM NE of McConnell AFB, KS, USA pilot ejected but died  of his injuries    
10th October 1968   SR‑71A 64‑17977 9th SRW, Beale AFB, CA, USA wheel exploded, take‑off was aborted and aircraft overran  runway      
1 crew ejected 1 stayed (but safe)  
13 October 1968   A‑1G 52‑132542 602 SOS, 56 SOW, USAF, Nakhon Phanom Lost during night mission near Ban Kangthat in central Laos Capt Michael John Masterson
ejected
believed died of injuries on ground (KIA)
  YANKEE
18 October 1968   RF‑4B
Phantom II
 151976
FM
VMCJ‑1, MAG‑11, USMC, Da Nang photographic reconnaissance mission. Hit by ground fire. Port engine was shut down. Flew  five miles off the coast and about 30 miles north of Hue      
Maj J W Quist
ejected
feet wet (survived)
1 Lt D T Schanzenbach
ejected
feet wet
(survived)
 
19 October 1968   F-4D Phantom II 66‑7740 480 TFS, 366 TFW, USAF, Da Nang Hit by AAA N of Dong Hoi, crashed Gulf of Tonkin nr Tiger island, 15 M offshore. NE of DMZ, NVN,      
Lt Col Donald R D'Amico
ejected (survived
1 Lt Samuel F Wilburn
ejected
(survived)

[see also 26 August 1968]

 
20th October 1968 USN Cougar       Lt.  D.K. Maskell    
20th October 1968 USN Crusader F-8A BuNo 143795 NAS Atlanta Reserves Ejection area in US     Martin-Baker Mk.5
21st October 1968